Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, May 11, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS: 1920 “SAVE THE KIDNEYS!”

If you lived in 1920 Nairobi, you would most likely have attended the recent race week events. You would have placed some wagers, perhaps won some and likely lost more. You’d have gone to some private parties and attended the gala fancy dress ball at the Muthaiga or the New Stanley hotel at the conclusion. By the end of the week you might have felt the strain of the week; headache and backache. You’d have overpartied, overeaten, over-worried, and under-exercised. And if your arm started to tingle or your legs felt week, you might have really become concerned. What should you do? Look no further than your local newspaper advertisements for advice. These gentlemen shown in the 1920 East African Standard ads below would have had some for you.


One man feared he’d never be free of his chronic rheumatism. He’d lost the use of both of his legs and his right arm. He was told he’d never do a day’s work again. The man was only fifty years old. He’s now sixty-six and swears by his Backache Kidney pills.

The second gentleman advised everyone to thank their kidneys and take care of them by lightening the work, getting simple exercise like daily walks, reduce the food and stimulus intake (alcohol was counted as a stimulant in 1920 along with coffee), and take Backache Kidney pills to strengthen the kidneys. He cautioned the pills should be started BEFORE any serious kidney disease for maximum efficacy.

The product? Doans Kidney and Dinner Pills. In 1920, the pills (kidney shaped and colored) contained oil of juniper and potassium nitrate along with wheat flour and starch to bind. The Doans dinner pills, used to treat digestive disorders, contained oil of peppermint. The advice? Take your pills and thank your kidneys.

NEXT WEEK: a Nairobi school tragedy

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com and follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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