Dr. Lazarus travels the territory with his wagon of tools, potions, and essentials. Some may look askance at his fancy waistcoat and silk hat, but he knows his trade and he knows his customers. He’s only the Trickster for those who deserve it.
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Chinese railroad laborers brought with them various medicines — including snake oil. Made from the oil of the Chinese water snake, which had omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation, snake oil was a legitimate treatment for arthritis and other aches.
When did snake oil become a fraud? American opportunists tried to replicate their own snake oil, but rattlesnakes don’t have the same omega-3s.