Stowe Boyd> When Chinese workers came to San Francisco as indentured laborers to build the railroads there was no health plan, so they brought medicine from See morehome. One popular remedy was joint liniment made from the Chinese water snake. Like salmon and other cold water fish, Chinese water snakes are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that because omega-3's have to stay liquid inside cold creatures at cold temperatures, they have special structural properties that allow enzymes to cross cell membranes. Great for pain and inflammation.
> American entrepreneurs heard about snake oil and wanted to get in on the ground floor. Given that the Chinese water snake supply chain was a little nonexistent, they had to get creative. Rattlesnakes were plentiful and exciting. And the public wanted simple, exciting solutions to common ailments. So, Stanley’s Snake Oil containing 0% snake of any kind (except for a picture on the label) really had a good run…until about the time the FDA was invented in 1906. And since then “snake oil” has been synonymous with a scam sold as a panacea, even though it began as a real solution to a specific malady in a particular context.
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