As churches take measures to prevent Ebola, traditional healers ply herbs

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  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    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.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    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.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    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 barbarity.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    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.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Maybe we should stick with science instead of superstition.