No it doesn’t. But I do think hot peppers and other foods have important health and wellness benefits even if they do not cure plague. More over, I think a body kept healthy by various measures is much more likely to fend off disease. So while I was just joking about my hot pepper relish being able to cure plague, maybe there is something to the various claims about hot peppers being a benefit to health and wellness.
I read everything on the Internet with a bit of skepticism. Its good practice considering how much the information highway lends itself to the creation of urban legend. So when I heard about the loin cloth wearing head hunters who include bag pipes and ghost peppers in their Christmas time celebration, I thought surely this is a fabrication. Then I looked to the URL to assess the reputation of the website. The website belongs to The Smithonian Magazine.