Does it feel like our nation is on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
Is there anyone who’s nerves aren’t frayed?
Between mass shootings and stalled gun laws, Britain falling and markets plunging, xenophobia spreading as fast as the Zika virus, is it any wonder our collective nerves are overwrought?
And that’s not even counting extreme floods and wildfires, tainted water and tainted politicians, terrorist threats and climate deniers, and those old stand byes racism, sexism and homophobia.
Time to break out that old bottle of Dr Miles Nervine.
A once upon a time popular nerve tonic that sold through the late 1960s, it was a money back guaranteed treatment for anxiety, nervous exhaustion, restlessness, hysteria, headache and sleeplessness.
For frazzled folks during the great depression, Nervine was a life saver. Just ask Mrs. White whose testimonial is presented in this 1930’s ad.
For today’s retro Republicans who long to go back to the good old days, this tonic might seem quite appealing. After all no segment of the population seems more on the brink of mental collapse than those disenfranchised, patriarchal loving, nativist, white Americans who seems in a state of extreme distress.
Just like Mrs. White.
Though Nervine is no longer sold, these anxious, nervous nellies have sought relief through another dubious tonic – Donald Trump.
Wanting to make America great again, Trump has swooped in to save Americans from nervous collapse. Under the illusion that Trump will be the elixir for what ails this country, it turns out Trump’s solutions are as bogus and ultimately toxic as Dr. Miles Nervine.
The amazing, scientific ingredient in Nervine was Bromide. Sure they state, “Dr Miles Nervine is the formula of a well-known nerve specialist,” and the tonic claimed to be “…among the safest of effective medications to calm the nerves.”
Of course that was not the whole truth.
Despite being “compounded under the supervision of competent chemists in one of the most modern and completely equipped laboratories in the world” the truth is that excess consumption of bromide can lead to bromism, which is a condition that leads to various psychiatric, neurological, and gastrointestinal problems.
It was removed from all over the counter sedatives in 1975 but Bromine and/or forms of bromine (e.g., bromides) are currently used in pesticides, disinfectants, flame retardants, as a gasoline additive, and for swimming pool maintenance.
Where the miracle ingredient in Nervine was bromide which would act as a sedative, Trump’s own boastful bromides are filled with self-serving inaccuracies, laced with xenophobia and racism and enough misinformation to make a fact checkers head spin.
Trump’s prescription for Americas recovery only proves once again that the treatment is as toxic as the problem itself
If Trump wins, we will all need something a lot stronger to sedate us than Dr Miles Nervine.
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