Dad of Divas' Reviews: Pepto Bismol Giveaway

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pepto Bismol Giveaway

Between ballpark hot dogs and weekend festival funnel cakes, summer eating can take a toll on the stomach. Luckily, Pepto has summer covered.

For more than 100 years, consumers have found relief for five stomach problems with soothing pink Pepto-Bismol.

Did You Know?

  • During the 1920s, Pepto-Bismol was sold at drugstore soda fountains.
  • Pepto-Bismol once treated a disease called "cholera infantum," which caused severe diarrhea, vomiting, or even death among infants.
  • The medicine we now call Pepto-Bismol was originally developed more than 100 years ago by a doctor out of his home.
History of Pepto-BismolToday, we think of how Pepto-Bismol® soothes the digestive system after we've overindulged at a meal or eaten unfamiliar foods while traveling. But in its early days, Pepto-Bismol did more than comfort; it actually helped treat a very serious illness.

The medicine we now call Pepto-Bismol was originally developed at the start of the 20th century, when high standards of hygiene and sanitation weren't as widespread as today. Looking to cure a frightening disease called "cholera infantum," which struck infants suddenly, causing severe diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes death, a doctor concocted a formula in his home that proved effective against these symptoms. The formula was made from pepsin, bismuth salicylate, zinc salts, salol, and oil of wintergreen, along with a colorant to make it pink, and he called it Mixture Cholera Infantum. (Researchers would later learn that cholera infantum was caused by a bacterial infection, treatable with antibiotics.)

The invention of what we now know as Pepto-Bismol coincided with other health advances, such as milk pasteurization and public campaigns advocating hand washing. These advances knocked infant diarrhea out of the top spot on the list of causes of death for infants in the United States.
The early success of Pepto-Bismol presented a production crisis for its inventor, who couldn't make enough product in his home to satisfy demand. He brought his formula to what was then called the Norwich Pharmacal Company in Norwich, New York. Norwich Pharmacal had a way to increase production dramatically—by manufacturing it in 20-gallon tubs.
Norwich added the remedy to its catalog for medical professionals, with the product name "Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum." Norwich tinkered with the doctor's formula a bit and advertised the improved product as an "elegant, pleasantly flavored" mixture suitable for children because it contained no opiates.

How would you like to win a Pepto-Bismol prize package that includes a bottle of Pepto-Bismol Max, a box of chewable Pepto-Bismol tablets and a T-shirt. Back to School Kit as seen above for yourself? All you need to do 1) Subscribe to the Dad of Divas Reviews Site  and 2) Leave a note here and on Dad of Divas on Facebook about what you would eat if you knew there was something that would safeguard your stomach. I will be giving away one prize pack to a lucky reader! The contest will run for one week and will end on September 4, 2010.

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