Lollipops to cure hiccups sounds like a remarkable idea. Although you may think that such a novel invention was perpetrated by two dozen highly-educated, well-compensated scientists inside an elaborate think tank somewhere in the Midwest, you’d be wrong. This particular creation was crafted by 13 year-old Manchester, Connecticut girl Mallory Kievman. With the assistance of a few MBA’s, she may even bring this delicious relief to a retail shelf near you in the not-too-distant future.
The secret to Kievman’s success: apple cider vinegar and extra sugar, a recipe she concocted in the family kitchen. Once the lollipop hits the market, it will fall into the group known as “nutraceuticals”, which, essentially, is a consumable foodstuff that produces healthy benefits. The upside of these products is that they usually generate little to no side-effects, a sharp contrast to the concerns traditional pharmaceuticals can cause.
“It’s a terrific story,” astroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan explained to WTOP. “I think she tried over a hundred different remedies and researched this for two years … that is some really terrific research and development.”