Radium Ore Revigator
[From The Journal of the American Medical
Association, November 21, 1925]
The Propaganda for Reform
RADIUM ORE REVIGATOR
Capitalizing on Public's Ignorance of Radium and
A huge traffic has been developed during the past four of five
years in the sale of so-called radioactive pads, consisting of a few cents'
worth of crude ore having a low grade of radioactivity and possessing no
more therapeutic value than do the luminous figures on the dial of a two-dollar
Still more recently a new scheme has been developed; that of
selling water jars containing, ether as a part of the walls of the jar or
as an accessory to the jar, some low-grade radioactive ore.
jars are sold under the general claim that they render water that is put
into them radioactive and that this radioactive water will make you well
if you are sick and keep you from getting sick if you are well.
"TIRED" DRINKING WATER
One of the most widely and extensively advertised of these devices
is known as the "Radium Ore Revigator," put out by a California company.
As is commonly the case with latter-day pseudo-medicine having large financial
resources behind it, the Revigator concern put forward an hypothesis for
which there is no foundation and proceeds to build its claims upon it. The
thesis in this case is that the drinking water of today has a "basic fault."
It is "denatured"; more than that, it is "tired or wilted water." If we are
to believe the Revigator concern, the water that one hundred and nine million
out of the hundred and ten million people of the United States drink is woefully
lacking in an essential element. To quote from the Revigator advertising:
"More illness is caused by improper water than any other reason and largely
because radioactivity is lost from our daily supply of drinking water." Hence
the Radium Ore Revigator to the rescue!
"By the patented composition of highly selected and scientifically
compounded radium ores of which the Revigator is made, this lost element
is perpetually restored to all drinking water placed therein."
The public is told, further, that the tired, wilted denatured water that
they are drinking lacks the "vigor gas" and the "vigor element" which "is
just as necessary a part of water as hydrogen or oxygen." The Revigator
"revigorates or restores natural vigor to drinking water."
Revigator, ca. 1925
14 1/2" x 10"
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