Listen, Tiffany Haddish has some great ideas. Sneaking fried chicken into the Met Gala was nothing short of genius, if only because our purse hot sauces finally met their match, but maybe we shouldn’t take the medical advice she finds on YouTube, which is notorious for promoting conspiracy theories. In an interview with GQ, the comedian urged her fans to literally drink turpentine to cure the common cold, a treatment she claimed was commonly used by slaves.
“A teaspoon of turpentine will not kill you,” Haddish said, adding, “The government doesn’t want you to know that if you have a cold, just take some turpentine with some sugar or castor oil or honey and it’ll go away the next day.”
Before you down a paint-thinner cocktail and curse the Zicam lobby, it’s important to note that turpentine is highly toxic. According to Insider, the substance was used medicinally “in the Colonial Era and Industrial Era,” but in modern medicine, it’s only used “topically” in things like Vicks rub. Why? Just 15 millilitres can be lethal. A study from the National Institute of Health found that chronic exposure can cause various ailments like bone marrow damage, anemia, behavioral changes, kidney toxicity, renal damage, and cerebral atrophy (the loss of brain cells).
Dire medical warnings be damned, because Haddish also claims it will give you “the best doo-doo of your f**king life.” Please, just don’t drink poison.