Fight quackery! 1950s FDA public service announcement


25 Responses to “Fight quackery! 1950s FDA public service announcement”

  1. 666beast1 says:

    But z-rays cured my green fever.

  2. Hoyden Here says:

    Quakery or quackery?  At first I thought there was an epidemic of oatmeal eating Friends we had to be on the lookout for.

  3. Rich Samuels says:

    A bit naive even by mid-century standards to believe that humans will not continue to believe in utter bollocks, even when disproved, if they’re desperate. A nice attempt all the same.

    • C W says:

      Yep. There are plenty of gullible/naive homeopaths and “allopathic/naturopathic” believers that jump into the BB comments page on every story about Alt-Med.

  4. Erin W says:

    Quackery is bad, but I’m down with the Quakers.  Pretty chill religion.

  5. princessalex says:

    That’s how I read it, too.  I wondered what on earth the Quakers did wrong THIS time.  :-)

  6. 666beast1 says:

    And the violet ray cured my sprue.

  7. millie fink says:

    I love the way he says “quackery” at the end. He seems to relish the word. 

    As do I, actually. Especially when Raymond Massey says it.

  8. 666beast1 says:

    And spectrum therapy cured my scriveners palsy.

  9. Martin Harley says:

    There are no zee rays! What have I been using all these years?

  10. teknocholer says:

    Zee rays are useless. Zed rays, on the other hand, are known to be efficacious, but are illegal to import into the US thanks to the efforts of the powerful zee ray lobby.

    Also, I miss the days of doorbell doctors.

  11. idiosynchronic says:

    I’d love to rent a truck with a flatscreen monitor on it, running that in a loop, and drive around Fairfield, Iowa all day long.

    The Maharishis here would not be pleased.

  12. Gutierrez says:

    Sure, Z-Rays are fake, but fluoridation of water is not.  Do you realize fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?

  13. Sooo, what does anybody know about that anti-cancer device?  Me thinks I want one.

  14. herrnichte says:

    As Drs Rand|Ron Paul would tell you this sort of badgering by the FDA against your basic freedoms to be fooled into squandering your money on false and desperate hope is the continuing travesty of government overreach!

    You sad shepherds must only wait until Ron|Rand Paul attain the sufficiently higher offices of authority so that they can make clear to you how you must never listen to any government official or accept any …hey, wait a minute…  hm.

  15. Ryan Lenethen says:

    All I know is that the Q-Band balances my aura using ions and mystic Chinese Chi which cures everything. Some random golfer on TV told me so.

    Anyway I have to go read about manifesting my desires using my brain waves, see ya!

  16. glaborous_immolate says:

    why can’t they do PSAs like this for homeopathy?

  17. Petzl says:

    1. I was waiting for Massey to declare “Oh, yeah, and ”Wings over the World” is taking over.”
    2. Nice logo, FDA.  Where’d you get it?  Goodwill?

  18. bkad says:

    Does anyone know if the FDA still does public service announcements? My quick search of their website leads me to believe they provide limited materials to help public health educators, but don’t do any of that work themselves. Which is disappointing. I guess the CDC does some of that, but it would seem quack medicine would be the FDA’s job.

  19. benher says:

    Who needs Z-rays and music when you have the all healing power of prayer? (It’s 2011… no really)

  20. This quackery should not be confused with the e-meter which has an invaluable role in clearing engrams and is necessary to ensure the billion year future of humanity.

  21. Jack Doe says:

    There are no PSAs for homeopathy because they have enough money to buy immunity from the authorities.

    Except here in Germany, where they’ve been legalized by an old law. Enacted by Hitler.

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