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IN History & Culture ON 11 Nov, 2015
You will not believe the kind of mistakes history has made. Take this one for example: during the early 1900s, it was widely believed that exposing yourself to UV light was a good thing when it came to health! That's the reason why electric baths had become such a health craze at the turn of the 20th century. Check it out!
If you thought corn flakes was all that Kellogg's gave the world, then you've probably not heard of who invented the electric bath! In fact, some of the first electric baths used by the public were at Kellogg's holistic health clinic in Michigan.
At the time, UV rays shone on the body were thought to help cure wounds and kill off bacterial infections.
Electric baths were also popular remedies for tuberculosis and other bronchial diseases.
Women were permitted to use the electric baths in the morning and men were allowed to use them in the afternoon and evening. The passengers aboard the Titanic who wanted the privilege of drenching their bodies with powerful UV rays were required to buy a ticket for $1. Imagine! Paying money to basically harm yourself!
This newspaper advertisement boasts: "A new hand-type-ultra-violet-ray lamp makes it easier for nurses in a Brooklyn, N.Y., hospital to brand the initials of a new-born baby on his skin to prevent identification mix-ups in the hospital nursery...harmless the identification brand is said to remain visible for a period of two weeks." Safe. Yeah right!
Sometime in the 1930s, Hollywood movie star Dorothy Sebastian underwent treatment for chest congestion at MGM studios with a UV lamp.
It was believed that light therapy was particularly healthy for "sickly" children.