Every now and then alternative medicines are mentioned on my blog and there is a debate about whether or not they work, etc. Me I am a skeptic on many things, but I do believe that there is some validity to many of the herbs and what some have called magical foods.
Now that does not mean that I am going to ignore modern medicine and yes I do believe in the scientific method of testing medicines. That is why the following news article caught my eye Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion kills MRSA superbug . I am excited to see someone testing some of these old alternative medicines. Now that doesn’t mean I am going to mix a batch of this potion and use it instead of modern antibiotics in a life-threatening situation. But what about after TEOTWAWKI?
I think that modern medicines along with improvements in hygiene have greatly extended our life spans. But at the same time, I don’t think that we should ignore the past. Many of our modern medicines such as digitalis are based on herbs.
As a result, I have collected information on various herbal and other alternative medications. In a real emergency when modern medicine is not available, I will use these alternative medicines within reason. But at the same time we have to beware of the scams that are out there, do your research and don’t just believe everything you read on the internet. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
As far as how foods affect our bodies, I believe that some foods are effective in preventing certain types of illness. For example, many of the life style illnesses such as diabetes and heart problems. Does eating a good healthy diet reduce your chances of getting cancer or other illnesses over eating a junk food diet? I believe it does. I remember when they told us that smoking was not bad for us. To some extent, I think it is like this with many of the additives in our modern diet. Sometimes it takes science a while to catch up.
My doctor and I discussed alternative medicines a while back and he said that he feels that some of them worked. But at the same time, he said most would never be tested by the scientific method, because there was no money to be made from the research. In a real emergency, he would use some of them.
My suggestion is to eat a good healthy diet, get yearly checkups from your Doctor, keep your weight under control and stay in shape. But at the same time learn all you can about both modern medicine and alternative medicines.