Not quite sure where to begin with this article. Sulfuric acid to treat a cold or kerosene as a treatment for poisoning. This bloke was regularly taking drops of sulfuric acid to treat the symptoms of a cold. I have looked on the interweb and didn’t find this particular substance recommended for use in this way (apart from homeopathic treatments where it is interestingly used for both patients ‘hasty or restless in their actions’ or ‘depressed’…hmmm…ok….)
Sulfuric acid can be used in; car batteries, chemical munitions, fertilizers and toilet cleaners. Kerosene is a product that I can put in the fuel tank of my car. Neither of these things are going to make their way into my medicine cabinet.
I looked up the effects of both things before writing this and I think that the well-meaning bystanders would have been better off buying him a beer and saying goodbye than tipping him onto his back and pouring kero down his throat after the initial dose of sulfuric acid. The symptoms of sulfuric acid poisoning can include; breathing difficulty due to the swelling of the throat, burns and, unsurprisingly, pain. Kerosene poisoning can produce symptoms like; breathing difficulty due to the swelling of the throat, pain, collapse and convulsions. Not sure what was worse, the initial poison or the cure they administered. These days, if you were poisoned by these things vomiting is not recommended either. Once the poor bugger took the first dose, his days were numbered.