Fun Fact Friday! Fact 15

Posted by Daubin Barshtak on June 29, 2012.

 Fun Fact Friday:

Did you know that people have been ingesting precious pearls whole and in a powdered form for ages as a medicine for sickness? The interesting fact about this custom is that pearls are mostly comprised of calcium carbonate, which is an antacid, so the only thing they were really curing was an upset stomach. The roots of this custom trace back to Asia and are still being practiced today by many. It seems like a very expensive remedy for something that could easily be achieved with Tums.

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