Tobacco Smoke Enemas
- Creator(s): Native American Tribes
While Tobacco products are a health hazard, tobacco itself has been used for successful medical treatments. Yet some medical inventions using tobacco were not exactly, shall we say, “smart.” For example, in the 18th Century, Tobacco Smoke Enemas were introduced. While enemas themselves, like saunas, are based on misconceptions or lies…this was just over the top. These enemas were done for various conditions, even for resuscitation from drowning. Smoke has proven to sometimes help people in these situations. However, this was usually helpful when another person did things like CPR compressions, as the smoke loosened up the lungs to help the person cough up the water. Yet enemas wouldn’t do much here. It wasn’t uncommon to see this in tribal territories yet Europeans took this concept and ran way too far with it.