[From The Journal of the American Medical Association, November 21, 1925]
The Propaganda for Reform Department
RADIUM ORE REVIGATOR
Capitalizing on Public's Ignorance of Radium and
A huge traffic has been developed during the past four of five
years in the sale of so-called radioactive pads, consisting of a few cents'
worth of crude ore having a low grade of radioactivity and possessing no
more therapeutic value than do the luminous figures on the dial of a two-dollar
"TIRED" DRINKING WATER
One of the most widely and extensively advertised of these devices is known as the "Radium Ore Revigator," put out by a California company. As is commonly the case with latter-day pseudo-medicine having large financial resources behind it, the Revigator concern put forward an hypothesis for which there is no foundation and proceeds to build its claims upon it. The thesis in this case is that the drinking water of today has a "basic fault." It is "denatured"; more than that, it is "tired or wilted water." If we are to believe the Revigator concern, the water that one hundred and nine million out of the hundred and ten million people of the United States drink is woefully lacking in an essential element. To quote from the Revigator advertising: "More illness is caused by improper water than any other reason and largely because radioactivity is lost from our daily supply of drinking water." Hence the Radium Ore Revigator to the rescue!
"By the patented composition of highly selected and scientifically compounded radium ores of which the Revigator is made, this lost element is perpetually restored to all drinking water placed therein."
The public is told, further, that the tired, wilted denatured water that they are drinking lacks the "vigor gas" and the "vigor element" which "is just as necessary a part of water as hydrogen or oxygen." The Revigator "revigorates or restores natural vigor to drinking water."
Revigator, ca. 1925
At the Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU's) Historical Health Physics Instrumentation and Radioactive Quack Cures Collection, see
Radioactive Curative Devices and Spas by Paul W. Frame and
Article and red pamphlet cover from the American Medical Association's Historical Health Fraud & Alternative Medicine Collection.
Museum of Questionable Medical Devices