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March 01, 2023
WATCH: Doctors Have to Tell People That Potato Juice Does Not Cure Strep Throat. Yes, People Really Thought It Did.
This story reminds me of the great Tide Pods fiasco of 2018 when doctors had to literally warn young Americans not to eat laundry detergent. Now, doctors are explaining to TikTokers that potato juice actually can't cure strep throat. Contrary to popular (?) belief.
The bizarre claim seems to have originated from Allie Casazza, a blogger and author with some 12k followers on TikTok. Casazza claimed to have cured her daughter's severe case of strep throat by giving her the juice of a potato.
\u201cIf you've seen someone mention Strep Throat & potato "juice" today, this is why.\n\nNeedless to say, but eating a raw potato does not cure Strep, if you actually have Strep your doctor will tell you by taking a sample & immediately prescribing antibiotics\nNot through self diagnosis\u201d— ChudsOfTikTok (@ChudsOfTikTok) 1677618857
Casazza began the video by explaining that strep is one of the only diseases she hasn't been able to cure naturally and had to use antibiotics. Until she discovered root vegetables. Apparently.
She then explained that she juiced a regular ol' spud and had her daughter drink it. According to Casazza, her daughter's strep, which was so bad she could barely swallow, was gone within two hours.
I've tried to find any sort of scientific basis for this claim. I'm sure you're shocked to hear I have come up empty-handed. Potatoes do apparently reduce inflammation, which is cool. But no, they don't cure strep. And the doctors of TikTok were quick to make this very clear before potato juice becomes the next health fad.
Dr. Rubin responded to a claim that potato juice is a natural anti-fungal and anti-biotic. The comment also spelled potato "potatoe," which is irrelevant to the story, but did make me chuckle.
Rubin debunked the research behind the comment and explained that, while potato juice could potentially help treat a sore throat, it does not kill the strep bacteria.
Replying to @waitingtogo nice try, but solanimycin found in potatoes may help fight Candida albicans, which is a fungus, not a bacteria. There’s no substantial evidence potatoes treats strep throat. Antibiotics treat strep throat.
Another doctor said the video was "one of the most dangerous videos" he's ever been sent and simply said, "do not treat your child with potato juice".
Natural cure for STREP THROAT!! #weightloss #fatloss #nutrition #fitness
The original video from Casazza has since been deleted. Hopefully because the mother ended up getting some antibiotics. Fingers crossed.