A variety of articles some topical and some with a mild political flavour. Feel free to comment on any.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
On Naturally derived alternate chemical
treatments and legally accepted drugs in medicine.
A friend stated:
“In an era of misinformation, alternative medicine needs
to be more tightly regulated.”
And I replied:
they should make sure that the regular medicines are neither too conservative
(beyond reasonable safety requirements) nor ridiculously expensive due to the
large drug company's monopoly. These drugs should also be free of harmful side
effects. Science is never absolute and many so called "studies" are
often proved to be flawed.
Scientific method is a common
thought/behavioural process of all intelligent people. It can be performed in
remote rain forests and has been performed back in History and even
Prehistorical times. For example, before
‘Aspirin’ was developed and legally tested the chewing of willow bark was
commonly used as an analgesic. Willow contains a chemical which is similar in
its effect and chemistry as that found in ‘Aspirin’. Recently, when we were on
a tour of part of the Amazon basin we stayed in a native village. Here we were
introduced to several plant derived natural remedies which had been in use for
countless years. Their efficacy is well established, accepted and respected.
The modern science of medicine is just one
aspect of S.M. conjunction.
Modern medicine has produced many legally tested drugs,
many actually facsimiles or stereo-isometric versions of naturally discovered
drugs (This is necessary for satisfying patent law). Often these result in
unfortunate side effects. Science is not perfect ever, even if the best we