Monday, June 2, 2014

How to Slim Down, 12th century

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BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 179
"If, however, the woman is fat and seemingly dropsical, let us mix cow dung with very good wine and with such a mixture we afterward anoint her. Then let her enter a steambath up to the neck, which steambath should be very hot from a fire made of elder [wood], and in it, while she is covered, let her emit a lot of sweat... We also treat fat men in another way. We make for them a grave next to the shore of the sea in the sand, and in the described manner you will anoint them, and when the heat is very great we place them halfway into the grave, halfway covered with hot sand poured over. And there we make them sweat very much. And afterward we wash them very well with the water of the previous bath." 
The Trotula (12th century)
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23 comments:

  1. It sounds crazy, but, hot/cold therapy is indeed good for edema or being "dropsical".

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  2. Wow, nothing like putting cow shit in your wine to loose weight! I'm not surprised stupid people then and stupid people now. Haha and we are evolutionary creatures.

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    1. they are not drinking the wine the are pouring on there body that is what anoint means
      silly girl

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    2. Not to mention Stupid people who do not spell the word "lose" correctly and spell it "loose". Surely an excellent example of stupid!

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    3. People who mispell aren't usually stupid. A minor example would be my husband, who is a brilliant mathematician but has atrocious spelling. I pride myself with my typically brilliant spelling but sometimes, I, too, have typed too fast to realize any errors. So, Anonymous, lay off the previous comment by miss leah s., although a bit ignorant.

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    4. Oh for the love of Pete, can't we just come here and have fun instead of calling each other stupid?

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    5. LOL - I can't stand reading the thousands; nay, make that millions - of misspellings online. I like that there is a little red dotted line underneath all of my mispellings. (Haha! gotcha there, didn't I, Anonimous! More torture for ya). ROTFL - couldn't help myself, truly, although I wish the internet had auto-correct that actually WORKED.

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  3. This is beautiful.

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  4. Funny, doesn't help with being "fat" but it is a good way to cut out water weight. Yay for dehydration!. lol

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    1. That's what "dropsical" means. They've got edema.

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