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Monday, November 9, 2009

Retro Tuesday All Week Long Salutes Leading Medical Authorities



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I'd heard about this ad...

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But could never find it...

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Until I found it online here

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It's really hard to know what to say.

It's pretty hard to even wrap my mind around the whole Lysol as douche as gentle as non-caustic as a way to recapture 'appealing daintiness'. In what alternate universe?

So I looked it up on wiki 'cause maybe I was missing something...

The original Lysol formula contained creosols which are organic compounds categorized as phenols and smell like coal tar.

The coal tar smell must be that appealing daintiness they spoke of.

Myself, I prefer Angel...

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But Coal Tar's nice too...

Oh by the way:

When cresols are breathed, ingested, or applied to the skin at very high levels, they can be very harmful. Effects observed in people include irritation and burning of skin, eyes, mouth, and throat; abdominal pain and vomiting; heart damage; anemia; liver and kidney damage; facial paralysis; coma; and death.

Wiki, so helpful in things like this, provided even more information. *In the late 1920s Lysol began being marketed as a feminine hygiene product. They intimated that vaginal douching with a Lysol solution prevented infections and vaginal odor, and thereby preserved marital bliss. This Lysol solution was also used as a birth control agent, as post-coital douching was a popular method of preventing pregnancy at that time.

In the US, from around 1930 to 1960, vaginal douching with a Lysol disinfectant solution was the most popular form of birth control. US marketing ads printed testimonials from European "doctors" touting its safety and effectiveness. The American Medical Association later investigated these claims. They were unable to locate the cited "experts" and found that Lysol was not effective as a contraceptive.*

Ai-yi-yi-yi. Let me not confuse things, here..... I have Lysol under my bathroom sink in several forms. It's great for what it's good for. I worked in a hospital. I'm all about killing germs - I actually pretty much love doing that. I'm just not so much for recapturing appealing daintiness with creosols. And for 'leading medical authorities' misleading the public.

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6 Comments:

heidi 11/9/09, 9:50 AM  

put out or get out. what a mantra to be proud of, gents.

i love drama ads!

Vonlipi 11/9/09, 11:54 AM  

OMG! unbelievable!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/9/09, 11:56 AM  

I know... There are several of these ads around. Scary scary scary.

Makes me wanna cross my legs.

Maureen 11/9/09, 1:32 PM  

Speechless. Just speechless.

chicamom85 11/9/09, 11:20 PM  

I finally got a Retro Tuesday post together!!
Ok, Lysol for birth control? First of all the smell of it would be a turn off so there probably wouldn't have been any sex and therefore yes it can work for birth control lol.

Anne

Anonymous,  9/5/10, 9:04 PM  

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

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