Well, the fact that healer who treated a lot of ebola patients was a casualty
indicates that in that one case the healer was mistaken. That should be exhibit
A in any arguments that biomedical practicioners are a better choice.
Once, when the dental offices were all closed, I was able to benefit from a
traditional Indian cure for my raging toothache - the application of a piece of
cucumber to the affected tooth. It worked very well; Aspirin and Tylenol had
done all right but I had woken up repeatedly in pain.In 1749 Jenner
invented our western form of smallpox innoculaion, but he received the first
notions of his idea from uneducated English dairy maids, not scientists, who
had observed that those who were around cows did not contract smallpox. Check
this out; it is true.. British sailors found that limes prevented scurvy. You
probably know that.The uneducated of many continents, including our
own, were anciently, as they now are, aware of substances, derived from plants,
of many basic drugs, some still current in modern medical useage. They were
misapplied by common folk to get drunk, stoned and variously stupified. They
do not have these drugs dehydrated, pulverised and encapsulated, as a pharmacist
might do to obtain them in an acceptable medical form. A scientist
must keep an open mind and find the truth where he may.
I doubt that anyone would "dismiss all herbal remedies as
superstitions".But, oftentimes, the claims made are totally
bogus and unsubstantiated by any medical or scientific information.I
have no problem is someone wants to eat volcanic ash.But no one
should be able to advertise that it cures cancer unless there is something
credible to back it up.
Apparently the majority of our medicines are made from herbs or their extracts.
The rest? Penicillin, for example, is made from mould and aspirin from a tree
bark. We might be a bit less haughty in dismissing all herbal remedies as
superstitions, and promoting every new drug as a "medical breakthrough"
etc. Thalydomide was hardly a modern marvel as administered to the optimistic,
science- believing, mothers and their affected children. Other drugs and modern
medical procedures have caused severe problems and attendant law suits.
Today's 'modern miracle' may be tomorrow's superstitition or
I have no doubt that some herbal supplements have merit. But many dont. This industry should not be allowed to make completely unsubstantiated
claims.Thanks in large part to Orrin Hatch.
When a child of ours was diagnosed with cancer, we were flooded with multi-level
marketers selling their concoctions and herbs. We had so many other things to
deal with, it was the last thing we needed at the time.
Maybe we should stick with science instead of superstition.