Warner’s Safe Diabetes Cure was one of Warner’s initial offerings in 1879. The box promised “A Sure Remedy for Diabetes.” But, as we all know even 125+ years later, there is no cure for diabetes. Diabetes is still very much with us and is generally managed by insulin or diet. No big surprise that Warner promised cures to the incurable. The surprise is that there were those who believed that his nostrum resolved their problems.
Warner described Diabetes as being of “two forms, the insipid and the sweet.” If you understand what that means, please let me know. He goes on to say that both forms “are revealed by an unusual flow of water, accompanied with great thirst, loss of flesh, cramps, sore gums, boils, weakness, etc., etc.” The whole “loss of flesh” thing sounds kind of scary. The fact of the matter is that diabetes has very serious symptoms and effects, not the least of which could be blindness or amputation of limbs. Perhaps that’s what he meant by loss of flesh.
And, lest you think that Warner’s Diabetes Cure would resolve all of you symptoms, think again. As Warner pointed out “Don’t use Safe Diabetes Cure for kidney disorders – use only Warner’s SAFE Cure, a different compound.” I have included portions of the 1888 Warner’s Artist’s Album that discusses the Diabetes Cure as well as a labelled bottle and the Rochester and Dundein Diabetes Cures.