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The Stupid Age of Fake Radioactive Medicine

Miracle cures and quack medicine crashed into a new era of science during the dawn of Radionics. While history is rife with fake medicine and medical fraud, the introduction of unseen waves and radiation into the public zeitgeist led to the floodgates opening for wacky quack devices from hucksters like the Atomotrone, the Electro-Metabograph and…

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Miracle cures and quack medicine crashed into a new era of science during the dawn of Radionics. While history is rife with fake medicine and medical fraud, the introduction of unseen waves and radiation into the public zeitgeist led to the floodgates opening for wacky quack devices from hucksters like the Atomotrone, the Electro-Metabograph and the Rado-Pad which was literally a bag of dirt.

Popular Science decided the people who fell prey to the lies from these grifters were fools but the truth is, when people are desperate for a cure to their medical problems, even the stupidest quack medicine is worth a shot.

Even if its radioactive gas.

#FakeMedicine #Popularscience #history #science #alternative medicine

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41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. @demetriusshade9730

    June 19, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    Who this

    • @popularscience

      June 19, 2024 at 2:30 pm

      This series is narrated by longtime Vsauce2 producer and co-host of The Create Unknown podcast, Matthew Tabor. Thanks for watching! -Kevin

  2. @ThatFurryonMainStreet

    June 19, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    drinking my radithor out of my orange glazed Fiestaware™️ cup to fulfill my daily requirement of radon

    • @evanbrown7325

      June 19, 2024 at 7:33 pm

      Might I suggest the Revigator? Much better than the radioactive red Fiestaware

  3. @Conrad500

    June 19, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    WAS THAT TECHNOLOGY CONNECTIONS!?

  4. @galaxyn3214

    June 19, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    ⚛⚕⚛

  5. @gaiarhodes9171

    June 19, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    Really good video…would have been cool to see one of those old machines in action.

  6. @jkjkl567

    June 19, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    Did I see vsauce in the intro??

    • @sHorTaDaM2

      June 19, 2024 at 9:00 pm

      He hosts this channel half the time

  7. @medicalwei

    June 19, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    People in cancer often believe in anything that claims to cure it, and they can easily fell for scams and expensive items that can do almost to none.

    My mother is doing MLM schemes that she also targets for such patients and did the same to my now-gone relative who had a stage-IV lung cancer, it was cringe to hear her on the phone telemarketing for the product.

    • @enjoyerofspace

      June 19, 2024 at 3:15 pm

      damn, sorry about that.

  8. @radiorob7543

    June 19, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    Irradiating food with ionizing radiation, is not only safe, but it’s often done to kill bacteria, and germs.
    No radiation will remain in the food.

  9. @catherinebaldwin6580

    June 19, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    I hate when people prey on the descripts. But like I get it. You’re so overwhelmed that you’re willing to try anything to stop the distress. I’m so glad I always had my family for tough situations, but some people don’t even have that.

  10. @shibbymiyah6614

    June 19, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    Christ lives amen 🙏

  11. @diyeana

    June 19, 2024 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t care how desperate I become. I’m not going to ingest COBRA VENOM, _Mark!_ 😂 Sorry, that “one weird friend” line hit close to home.

    • @evanbrown7325

      June 19, 2024 at 7:34 pm

      Actually some blood pressure medications are derived from snake venom.

  12. @LendriMujina

    June 19, 2024 at 6:30 pm

    2:19 That musical instrument with the little muppet face on it?… oh wait, that’s an OtamaTONE.

  13. @denniskarlsson9010

    June 19, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    Kevin we can hear it’s AI trained with your voice. And it’s not great haha. Sorry, you can’t retire just yet Kevin! ❤

    • @popularscience

      June 19, 2024 at 7:54 pm

      Haha definitely not AI and not retiring! This series is narrated by longtime Vsauce2 producer and co-host of The Create Unknown podcast, Matt Tabor!

  14. @babblo

    June 19, 2024 at 8:47 pm

    Booooo we want Kevin!

    • @stupidocanerosa

      June 20, 2024 at 6:16 am

      Cry louder!

  15. @lastnamefirstname8655

    June 19, 2024 at 10:50 pm

    interesting. thanks. scary fake doctors.

  16. @BUY_YOUTUB_VIEWS.986

    June 20, 2024 at 12:53 am

    Spectacular!

  17. @synergy021

    June 20, 2024 at 4:09 am

    5:05 Red state hillbillies would still 100% fall for this today in 2024.

  18. @memeslich

    June 20, 2024 at 6:26 am

    Radium makes me feel more human than human.

  19. @agingmillennialmainer

    June 20, 2024 at 6:31 am

    Southern olds have always been dumb, is what im hearing.

  20. @fireaza

    June 20, 2024 at 8:41 am

    So, we went from Joe Average *wanting* to expose his milk to radiation for safety, to Joe Average *NOT* wanting to expose his milk to radiation for safety. Progress..?

  21. @NathanPatton

    June 21, 2024 at 12:50 am

    wow @0:50 basically describes Theranos 😏

  22. @staberas

    June 21, 2024 at 2:10 am

    back in the day we would drink radon play with our lead painted toys and sleep under our asbestos-uranium blanket’s thats how we got so strong…. Nowdays you kiddos only have microplastics to content with sigh

  23. @Derpy1969

    June 21, 2024 at 5:59 am

    Today we call the magic products vitamins and food supplements.

  24. @darksamich1173

    June 21, 2024 at 6:38 am

    Im the 100,000th subscriber!

  25. @mota7506

    June 21, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    Long history of grifters you have

  26. @fartzinwind

    June 21, 2024 at 2:04 pm

    This is different from today how? Today people will do dumb shit just to fit in with some trend.

  27. @dyscotopia

    June 21, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    Wow. Abramas was way ahead of his time. He did 23andme decades before we’d even mapped the genome!

  28. @lotterwinner6474

    June 21, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    1960s – 5g will cure you
    2020 – 5g is gunna get ya
    Ahh the gullible and the scammer, a perfect pair.

  29. @BentlyBerstler

    June 21, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    kislux You are so well-informed about luxury accessories and bags. You’ve obviously done your due diligence and the comparison to the US is very informative…because of course, I live in New York. thank you very much.

  30. @zancaredler

    June 23, 2024 at 8:50 am

    kislux You are so well-informed about luxury accessories and bags. You’ve obviously done your due diligence and the comparison to the US is very informative…because of course, I live in New York. thank you very much.

  31. @nikimuhlfeld7202

    June 23, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    huuuh,nope

  32. @cannibalbananas

    June 24, 2024 at 9:22 pm

    So sad that people still try to sell “snake oil” to grift people who just want to feel better 😢

  33. @TuriyanGold

    July 2, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Now do the “Holy Roman Empire”😏

  34. @user-eh6th9wj5k

    July 14, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    This new channel rocks!

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