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Dr. Bronner and His Magic Soaps: The Man, the Mental

I've written about Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps before. Arguably my favorite soap, it once made a cameo appearance in an HSW article I wrote about outlawing antibacterial soap. So I was enthused, unsurprisingly, to learn from a post on Alternet that the Dr. Bronner who founded the brand was a bit mad. He received electroconvulsive therapy, at least and, from what I understand of the fashion of the time, would have likely received a lobotomy had he escaped and went westward on $20 stolen from his sister's purse.