Getting bugged for all the right reasons

“ONE of the crucial transitions of modern health care was from herbal to chemical medicine. Doctors had known for millennia that willow bark and poppy sap relieve pain. But it was not until the late 19th century, when Felix Hoffman synthesised versions of their active ingredients, namely acetylsalicylic acid and diamorphine (or aspirin and heroin, as they are more commonly known), that proper pharmaceutical science got going.”

I found a key in this article! One of the myths, tending to be whole heartedly believed with close to no questioning, among the majority of us, is the completeness of current research. However, “Bugs in the system: Bacterial medicine is starting to emerge” brings out the correctness or if you please “truth” of any research being only partial. Research is necessarily designed to rightfully exclude things. Things are excluded so that the sharply focused question can be fully answered and yet the question being asked, as it is, isn’t possibly to be the whole picture.

Dr Lawley’s finding that key in feces (British spelling faeces) reminded me of where I was like looking for things my toddlers had swallowed. Think about this, our beginning, once again to pay attention to old and effective fashions of treating illnesses which are still taking lives, by forcing us back into the guts of the problem is a marvelous  whack to the knuckles with a ruler.  I am grateful that Lawley and now many more are focusing in on old treatments, which in centuries past were successful, once again!


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