Die Verrückten Deutschen

Oh those crazy Germans. Who else would market radioactive toothpaste. Doramad Radioaktive Zahncreme was produced during World War II by Auergesellschaft of Berlin.

“Its radioactive radiation increases the defenses of teeth and gums. The cells are loaded with new life energy, the bacteria are hindered in their destroying effect. This explains the excellent prophylaxis and healing process with gingival diseases. It gently polishes the dental enamel so it turns white and shiny. Prevents dental calculus. Wonderful lather and a new, pleasant, mild and refreshing taste,” states the archive at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Mel Brooks couldn’t have made this up. Die Verrückten Deutschen!

8 thoughts on “Die Verrückten Deutschen

  1. Jude Stewart

    Excellent post as always, Steve – and even more hilarious if you speak German as I do. 
    The modern German rhetoric in healthcare claims has swung almost a full 180 from this. The Apothekes are crammed with homeopathic remedies that even very undecidedly New Age people will sternly recommend. For instance, “Blutreinigungstee”, “blood purifying tea”, which has you running to the bathroom while you cleanse your kidneys with herbal pungency:
    http://www.medpex.de/haut-und-blutreinigungstee-st-nr-4-p4119933#ai300
    Homeopathy is so widely supported, in fact, that our American habit of popping ibuprofens for headaches is seriously frowned on. I recall hiking a good thousand meters in the Alps, only to bang my knee to swelling size at the top and hobble my way down. My German and Austrian hosts – all doctors, and exceedingly uncruel types – thought ibuprofen was way too invasive compared to simply icing my knee. (Can’t say I agreed, but it proves a point.)

  2. Annette Schaich

    Fantastic Flashback into the German soul. Interestingly, it’s described as a “biological process”. Looking at this in the context of current healthcare discussion and teh pervasiveness of “anti-microbial” agents…

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