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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:08 PM
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Anyone know of old home remedies for all types of diseases..
that seemed to work before the pharmaceutical industries started taking over. Example: My grandmother always gave us flour water to cure diarheaa . I know its spelled wrong.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:09 PM
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1. Mama gave me milk with nutmeg and sugar for diarrhea
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 04:10 PM by librechik
when I was a little squirt (so to speak)
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:13 PM
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5. Did it work?
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:26 PM
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12. as I recall, splendidly
nowadays I can swallow Pepto Bismol, so I haven't tried the nutmeg--seems like it might be an antispasmodic, just cuz it's a powerful alkaloid. But I don't know about the milk--that should be a nono, no?
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:48 PM
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23. My grandma gave us weak tea with nutmeg and sugar to wash down
the banana.

It made sense when my pediatrician told me to give my one-year-old bananas as a natural cure for a runny bottom.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:49 PM
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24. Milk is how my mama gave me diarrhea
because I've been lactose intolerant since I was 5 or 6. However, she was convinced I was gonna die without three glasses of the horrible stuff a day, and she didn't always leave the kitchen long enough for me to pour it down the sink (I'm just putting my glass in the sink, Ma!).

Blackberry brandy was her cureall and I found it nearly as nasty as milk.

My pop, on the other hand, was convinced Epsom salts cured everything. It was an uphill battle to convince him otherwise, but I finally did.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:11 PM
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2. Limes for scurvy, mate.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:12 PM
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3. rice pudding or cottage cheese works (works for animals, as well)
as does hard cheese.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:12 PM
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4. ginger tea or ginger ale for upset tummies
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:36 PM
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32. Candied ginger works well for car- or sea-sickness.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:16 PM
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6. Willow tea for aches and pains, also wintergreen.
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jdadd Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:17 PM
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7. We were given
Coke syrup for Diarrhea...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:54 PM
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25. Coca Cola syrup over cracked ice
was an old southern remedy for nausea.

It worked.

What we need to remember is that back in the days before patented headache powders (aspirin, usually), people used laudanum for pain. It was tincture of opium, it was over the counter, and it worked.

Yes, there were laudanum addicts, but no more per capita than we have opiate addicts now.

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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:21 PM
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8. hot toddys for sore throat
hot water, lemon juice, honey, plus a little bourbon - would fix you right up
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:24 PM
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9. Cod Liver Oil for Dropsy
Beef Tallow for Gout
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:24 PM
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10. Most are general and I've used them
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 04:28 PM by StClone
To induce sleep: eat a bunch of raw cabbage (on a scale of 0 - ineffective to 3 Effective) -> 3
Dizziness, queasiness or vertigo: chew Ginger Root (YOW! HOT) -> 2+
To prevent and ease colds: Elder Berry Flower tea -> 2 (2+ with L-Lysine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Vitamin C & Rose Hips)
Great cold easer found in Natural Foods section Gypsy Cold Care tea to which you add Honey -> 2
Simple tooth pain: piece of Cinnamon stick, Cloves directly on spot -> 2+


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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:30 PM
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15. How much cabbage do you have to eat? I am thinking gas pains
would keep me up because of it. Maybe I am wrong.
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:36 PM
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21. I never have had a problem (gas)
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 04:37 PM by StClone
I'd say a 1/2 cup or more shredded (but seems best whole leaves), the greener the better. Gas maybe but I've never noticed. It works best if you consume it an hour or two before bed after a average to bland meal.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:38 PM
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22. The one I saw that I really liked was this
Back hurts so rags were tied under the knees and around leg on both legs. That lady came from an Island in the Middle of the Indian Ocean so I do not know how well it usually worked. Course that is hardly as bad as what they used to tell you when you were going to have a baby. In this country, I felt at times I would have to put my head in a bag if I did not want my children covered with birthmarks.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:25 PM
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11. Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies
work wonders for IBS, diarrhea, and in some cases Crohn's.
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:30 PM
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16. That is one of my favorite treatments
For coconut deprivation. HHhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm! :-)
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:33 PM
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18. Coconut
is also an aphrodisiac. :)
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:45 PM
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36. Are you joking ...
I love coconut.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 09:54 AM
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40. Nope
Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies For Diarrhea

This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discovered that Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies helped control the diarrhea better than any medicine he had taken.

Lots of people have written to tell us that eating coconut macaroons has stopped their diarrhea.

This is the essence of home remedies. The discovery relied on serendipity, but Donald also paid attention to how his body responded.

We cannot promise that these cookies will work for everyone with serious diarrhea, but for some people they seem to be amazingly helpful. And for mild diarrhea, there is no reason not to try.

http://www.healthcentral.com/peoplespharmacy/408/19982....

Do a search and you'll find more.... :)
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:27 PM
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13. Caraway seeds made into a tea or soup is great for an upset stomach
and as a treatment for colds and flu. It makes you sweat. I also hear that it is good for digestion. (I have to put salt in the tea)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water is great for acid indigestion.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:28 PM
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14. Eating cotton soaked in honey and lemon juice as a contraception
Oh, wait... That's too far back. Ancient Egyptians.

TlalocW
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:34 PM
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20. When you are pregnant the doctor tells you not to eat any herbs
because they could terminate the pregnancy. I started thinking about using them as a contraceptive but I was advised that it might not be as effective as I wanted it to be. Years and years ago women would eat certain herbs to keep from getting pregnant. Sorry I don't know which ones might work.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:30 PM
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17. Sounds like eating the right food was the thing.
We had a chart in school and I think in my parents head that we had to go by. But face it we live longer now and my guess it is part of cutting down on those childhood things that killed kids off and mostly on good eating. Just think N. Korea, if this is true, is having problems with men in the service under 5 feet. That is usually just bad early diets. I had a lot of classes in college on societies that are kept alive on a staving diet where people would normally die and what they thought these people would grow up to. It seems to have been a worry in social sciences. It also does things to your mind to be on the near side of dying for lack of food as a child. Pills are not the great thing drug Co. say.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:34 PM
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19. mustard plaster for boils
I wish I knew the recipe, but a friend of the family used my grandmother's concoction and his boil went away in days. This was after he'd tried everything from doctors.

And chocolate cures everything. Honest. :)
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:49 PM
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37. I know of friends who have been having a problem with boils...
both of my grandmothers gave me their remedies and they worked for me. I haven't had a boil in years though. One remedy was take the skin out of the egg shell while it is still wet and place it on the boil and it will dry and squeeze the boil until it starts to drain. The other remedy is to take a piece of salt pork and sit it on the the boil and the salt will make it come to a head and then it will begin to drain.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:54 PM
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26. Well, no, "home remedies" didn't have any effect on DISEASES, per se...
...as no home remedies I can think of offhand (at least in Western medicine) have sufficient anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties to kill disease organisms.

However, that said, there was a wide range of modestly effective home remedies that could be relied on to alleviate SYMPTOMS of various ailments, in some cases just as effectively as modern pharmaceutical products. In some cases the alleviation was perhaps not as swift or strong as modern pharmaceuticals, but neither did the home remedies carry the heavy side effects/risks of modern pharmaceuticals.

Among the more effective home remedies are:

Hot and cold packs to alleviate muscle aches, swelling, surface inflammation, etc. Also camphorated oil and other "hot/cold" liniments for muscular inflammation/soreness, etc.

Baking soda or mint tea for acid indigestion.

Hot, high-protein drinks such as chicken and beef broth to alleviate upper respiratory discomfort.

Dairy products and other sources of concentrated calcium for diarrhea.

Stewed prunes, raisins, and other dried fruits for constipation.

Caffeinated beverages to relieve bronchospasm.

Mentholated steam inhalers for bronchial congestion.

Baking soda paste for stings and bites.

Witch hazel for other skin irritations.

Hydrogen Peroxide to clean minor wounds.

Oil of cloves for toothache.

Warm pack for earache.

Beyond this, a number of cheap over-the-counter products are effective "second lines of defense" in the case of more severe discomfort:

Buffered aspirin for headache or joint/muscle inflammation.

Calamine lotion for skin irritations.

Iodine for disinfecting wounds.

etc., etc., etc.

I agree with your main point, which is that we rely far too much on the equivalent of a sledgehammer (most modern pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter remedies,) when in many cases a tack hammer will do.

And I am no friend at all of today's pharmaceutical megacorporate profiteers, who should be ashamed of themselves for the sleazy money-grubbing games they play with something as essential as health care.

Nevertheless, the advent of modern pharmaceutical science is the direct cause of human lifespans increasing, much pain and misery being alleviated, and many lives being saved. We would be foolish, indeed, to condemn all modern pharmaceutical products based on the disgusting excess of today's vile corporate profiteers.

judiciously,
Bright
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:44 PM
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35. My mother use to give us ...
camphorated oil or turpintine I am not sure on a lump of sugar for colds. I haven't seen that in years. Some of those things you listed we also used. I suggested this subject because some can't afford health care and some suggestions may be of some help.
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Mrs. Overall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:58 PM
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27. For an ear ache-- my mother would slightly warm some
vegetable oil, pour about half of a teaspoon in my ear, and plug it with cotton. It took away the pain.

Also, we would gargle with salt water (very salty) at the first sign of a sore throat and that seemed to work as well.
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:50 PM
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38. we used sweet oil..
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schmuls Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:17 PM
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28. My boyfriend told me "Granny" would tie a dirty sock around their
throats when they had a sore throat.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:21 PM
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30. I've heard that one too! eom
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:20 PM
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29. My great-grandma had 15 kids... during the depression
There was no money for fancy store bought medicine. They are hard to remember right now, but whenever my b/f has an ailment, the proper home remedy nearly always comes to mind.

Warm salt water can be gargled for a sore throat or swished around in the mouth to sooth a toothache.

Grandpa preferred Irish whiskey for toothaches. He would make us hold about a tablespoon on the affected tooth, then spit it out. We almost always swallowed it... I think it aided in soothing the pain :)

Brown paper soaked in vinegar applied directly to the skin for bruises.

For ringworm or chiggers, paint with nail polish. Keep it covered with the polish for several days and it will cut off the oxygen and kill the little buggers.

For the barfs, wait until you haven't vomited for at least 30 minutes. Then eat one saltine cracker very slowly. When you can do that and not vomit again, have more crackers and some 7Up. If that stays down for an hour, eat an apple without the skin.

For a runny bottom, bananas and cheese, tea with sugar and nutmeg, with a pinch of salt. I think the tea was to counteract dehydration.

Let a dog lick your feet to cure athlete's foot.

For a sinus headache, sniff warm salt water up into your sinuses and let it drain as you lean forward.

Those are just a few off the top of my head...
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 12:58 AM
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39. Did you hear Rosie O'Donnell say on "The View" that her doctor
said to let their dog lick her baby's butt to cure diaper rash. Now that you said that about athlete's foot I think there may be something to it.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 02:56 PM
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41. Dog saliva has anti-bacterial qualities
That's why they can eat rotten meat and we can't.
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irislake Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:36 PM
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31. Baking soda
For acid reflux and sometimes for nausea.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:51 PM
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33. an apple a day
was good for something... i forget what?

:D

dp
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 12:51 AM
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42. lol it "keeps the doctor away"
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:57 PM
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34. For colds
Eat spicy Mexican food, and then wash your hair in a steamy bathroom.
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NotGivingUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-17-06 06:06 PM
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43. Lots of remedies here for diarhhea. Any more for constipation??
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 05:24 PM
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44. Black Strap Molasses....
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