To Lick or not to Lick

About two years ago, a 13 year old girl, Mallory Kievman, created a solution to hiccups. They surprisingly were lollypops, and they were called Hiccupops. They were said to effectively cure hiccups, using Mallory’s 3 favorite remedies: lollypops, apple cider vinegar, and sugar, all being combined to make 1 Hiccupop. Her product was accepted, and many people promoted it. That’s one popular lollypop.

Recently a few of new lollypops came out, supposedly curing nausea. The more common ones were the Preggie Pop and the Queasy Pop. The Preggie Pop was for people with morning sickness, while the Queasy Pop was more common amongst chemotherapy patients. Most of these lollypops are made with ginger or lemon oil, to fight the nausea, and are flavored with other nausea fighting flavors. “Some of the flavors in Preggie Pops — such as sour lemon, sour tangerine and peppermint — appear to be soothing to the stomach,”—quoted from the WSJ describes the flavors of the nausea fighting pops.

My issues with Hiccupops are:

  • Why can’t you just ingest the individual ingredients w/o having to pay more money?
  • Why can’t you use any of the regular remedies?
  • How do you know that Hiccupops will work on everyone’s hiccups?
  • (question for Mallory Kievman) If you said that lollypops are one of your favorite hiccup remedies, then why can’t you just buy regular lollypops?

My issues with nausea curing pops are:

  • Studies show that the act of sucking can cure nausea.
  • Mint aroma does not cure nausea.
  • What will people do if they are seasick?
  • Preggie Pops have a terrible brand, they should not hint the word pregnant.

There you have it folks, reasons not to trust placebos. Remember: always question products.

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