These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were

Do not drink sulfur

Many in the Old West thought they knew a thing or two about self-medication. Self-medication was resorted to in this era, and in some cases, it worsened their ailment, led to an allergic reaction, disability, and even premature deaths. Doctors were already very scarce, this encouraged people, even more, to find cures on their own. Imagine how terrified it would be if you didn’t have a doctor to advise you and prescribe medication for you. Well, this totally sums up the way of life in the Wild West.

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In general, people in the American West believed that the more unpleasant the remedy, the more likely it was to be effective. If the taste is disgusting and the smell even worse, then it must be good for you. This is how some ended up drinking sulfur, with its horribly powerful smell. Modern medicine, of course, does not support this practice, as it is potentially very harmful to the human body and is guaranteed to destroy all organs. The people of that era thought differently than we do now; call it ignorance if you will, because it is nothing more or less. If people had known at the time that sulphur was harmful to their health, they would have avoided it.

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