One of the most fascinating things about the human race is that we are forever interested in the minutiae of other people’s lives.
Back in the day, it meant peeking over the neighbour’s fence to assess everything from the time they put their bins out to the items they had peeking out of their grocery bags.
From there, the interest spiraled into magazine articles where thousands of words were dedicated to what people keep in their closets and now the obsession has actually gone on to spawn a slew of careers. Generations of people now spend the majority of their downtime watching strangers talk through their shopping hauls in mesmerising detail, while they get paid for the privilege.
The SBS show Medicine or Myth? takes our fascination with other people and their families to a whole new level by allowing everyday Australians the chance to pitch their sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, health and home remedies to a panel of medical experts with the idea that some of them could go onto a medical trial.
Watch the trailer for SBS’s Medicine or Myth? below. Post continues after video.
The idea is that every family has some little home remedies that they swear by.
For Medicine or Myth? host Jan Fran, her family cure-all centered on the belief that boiled potatoes can aide diarrhea or digestive issues (although she was quick to point out there is no science to back this up so please don’t try it at home).
In the spirit of being endlessly interested in each other’s lives, here are the wildest home remedies and ideas that were presented on Medicine or Myth?
A do-it-yourself weapon against head lice.
If you’ve been one of the few humans lucky enough to avoid their grasp, head lice are tiny wingless insects who reside on the human scalp and feed on human blood. Symptoms of head lice infestation can include itching, but they can also go quietly undetected.
In Medicine or Myth? a mother and daughter team named Patti and Mia presented their head lice repellent to viewers, giving us an inside look at how Patti chooses to keep head lice from Mia’s hair, which is mermaid-esque and flows down to the eight-year-old’s calves.
Patti’s headlice spray includes tea tree, rosemary oils, lavender and the hero ingredient, eucalyptus.
Would you smear ear wax on your cold sores?
Ear wax has never been the kind of thing you wax lyrical about in public, yet that’s exactly what Victorian medical nutritionists Kathy and Chris Ashton did on national TV. Ear wax is the harmless (yet highly irritating when it builds up) substance made by tiny glands found in your ear canal.