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CURE

MRS. BOLCEN'S MOTHER WAS A DIABETIC WHO REFUSED TO TAKE INSULIN
AND THEREFORE HER DOCTOR GAVE HER ONLY SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.
AN INDIAN FRIEND OF THE FAMILY BROUGHT A WEED CALLED
SILVER THREAD, LET IT DRY AND MADE TEA OUT OF IT.
HER MOTHER DRANK IT IN PLACE OF WATER
AND SHE LIVED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.

Submitter comment: MARIE LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER IN 1934

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BRASS RAIL CHOP HOUSE

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PROLONGATION OF LIFE BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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CURES

MRS. BOLCEN TOLD ME OF THE HOME MADE CURES HER MOTHER HAD.
SHE TOLD ME OF THE TIME THAT SHE CURED SCARLET FEVER BY MAKING THE
CHILDREN SOAK IN HOT WATER AND MUSTARD.
SHE ALSO CURED BOILS BY PUTTING BREAD AND MILK POULTICES ON THEM.
TO CURE BURNS SHE PUT COLD TEA ON THEM.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; BRASS RAIL CHOP HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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