Modern science has taught us a great deal about the world and universe around us. As years move on, some things that were once considered quite normal actually turned out to be incredibly dangerous. Picture this: You’re cleaning out your Grandmother’s old attic. Then, before you know it, an older relative tells you “just be careful up there, I think her walls are still lined with Asbestos.”
There are a lot of harmful chemicals out there that have serious effects on the human body, but back in the day some of these were commonplace in nearly every home in America. Luckily, we live in a more ‘enlightened’ age where knowledge is easily accessible to everyone thanks to the internet.
However, before the internet was invented, knowledge on certain medical practices, ideas about harmful drugs, or even the dangers of decorating your walls with lead paint were not so easily accessible to the general public. The following 8 “dangerous things” from our past were once considered quite normal! Check them out:
1) Radioactive Toys: You heard correctly! Radioactive toys were all the rage in the 1950s, including this Atomic Energy Lab that contained actual harmful portions of radioactive isotopes. Thankfully, the toy was only on the market for around a year before pulling it from the shelves.
2) Lead Paint: Lead has been known to cause nervous system damage, stunted growth, kidney failure and delayed development in children. Lead-based paint was widely used in many households, and apparently, lead also has a sweet taste, so many curious children would eat lead paint chips like a delightful treat. Fortunately, in 1978, lead-based paints were banned from the market in favor of latex.
3) Cocaine Prescriptions: Cocaine was a medical ingredient readily available back in the 1880s. This advertisement for “Cocaine Toothache Drops” offered children instant relief from toothaches while sending them on the trip of a lifetime! Even in its earliest days, some variations of Coca-Cola, in fact, contained extracts from coca leaves.
4) Smoking For Babies: It’s been a well known fact for a while when it comes to the dangers of smoking, however, in the past, not only was smoking while pregnant or nursing accepted, it was encouraged!
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