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The Religious Roots of Medicine.

Updated on February 1, 2016

Logical Evolution.

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The Evolution of Innoculation

The standard historical summary of the evolution of inoculation is well known and accepted. Below is a quote taken from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Jenner) which I reproduce to refresh our memories:

"Variolation or inoculation was the method first used to immunize an individual against smallpox (Variola) with material taken from a patient or a recently variolated individual in the hope that a mild, but protective infection would result. The procedure was most commonly carried out by inserting/rubbing powdered smallpox scabs or fluid from pustules into superficial scratches made in the skin. The patient would develop pustules identical to those caused by naturally occurring smallpox, usually producing a less-severe disease than naturally-acquired smallpox.

The method was first used in China and the Middle East before it was introduced into England and North America in the 1720s in the face of some opposition. The method is no longer used today. It was replaced by smallpox vaccine, a safer alternative. This in turn paved the way for the development of the many vaccines now available."

Same Principle used as a Hangover cure.

To this day ancient principles are used to create cures such as having an alcoholic drink in the morning to cure a hangover.
To this day ancient principles are used to create cures such as having an alcoholic drink in the morning to cure a hangover. | Source

"Hair of the Dog That Bit You"

From the same Medieval period in history when primitive forms of inoculation were taking place comes the old cure for rabies: take a sample of the fur from the dog who bit the patient and mix it into a concoction so the patient can drink it!

As with many such "cures" there was a pervasive principle of finding the cure in the affliction that caused the illness at first. This can be traced back even further to the very start of man's history in the realms of "sympathetic magic" whereby the 'like attracts like principle' was used to cure or control just about anything that was out of man's control. It relates to a primitive kind of magical manipulation of what we term today as "sympathetic resonance"

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in other words it was observed from nature that the cause and cure of affliction were somehow related.

This is the basis for both Homeopathy and modern inoculation! Modern inoculation evolved out of the same "like attracts like" principle which people now use as an excuse to debunk Homeopathy!!

So why is there a debunking of the Principle behind Homeopathy? I am not asking you the reader not to criticize the methods used by Homeopathy (ie one part of the disease per million parts of water etc) but I am expecting a rational appraisal of both the Principle and the Evolutionary precedents to this Principle.

Ask yourself, if you were in danger of contracting smallpox (without the availability of modern medicine) would you prefer to rub old smallpox scabs belonging to other dead people on your lesions, or would you prefer to drink a one part per million concoction?

Smallpox Scabs

Would you prefer to rub a small pox scab on your skin or drink a concoction of one part per million?

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Maggot Therapy Makes a Comeback!

Good old reliable Maggots are making a comeback in hospitals due to the weakening effect of antibiotics. Flies bring germs and fly maggots clean the germs up: this is the naturally occurring "like attracts like" principle discussed in this Hub.
Good old reliable Maggots are making a comeback in hospitals due to the weakening effect of antibiotics. Flies bring germs and fly maggots clean the germs up: this is the naturally occurring "like attracts like" principle discussed in this Hub. | Source

Why the Detractors?

We must therefore ask ourselves: Why are there so many detractors of the Principle of homeopathic inoculation by people who practice and promote the same exact Principle!

Although the continued prosperity of large drug manufacturing corporations is an obvious reason, I wish only to mention it and put it aside for a moment in order to focus on another more sinister unethical reason.

There is a strong modern tendency to laugh at or debunk traditional cures and/or to ridicule any quasi "spiritual" or antiquated remedy; although this is slowly changing now that antibiotics are proving less successful. Hence we see old therapies (such as using leeches and maggots) making a comeback.

Acupuncture is the classic quasi spiritual cure that was once debunked widely as no medical reason could be found as to its efficacy. It was seen as unscientific due to its direct connection to "Chi" a mysterious "body energy" with spiritual connotations, but has now gained wide acceptance.

Part of the ongoing ridicule of old remedies and ideas comes from a strong superior atheist mentality, as many old remedies are connected to new age spiritual groups or religion. It is as if the powerful new atheist camp is saying that the new age or "spiritual" ideas have nothing whatsoever to offer society. However while doing so they are implicitly rejecting their own cherished atheist Principle of Evolution which clearly shows that one state of knowledge (or animal) evolves and changes into another unusually better adapted idea (or species).

So why discard and promote the exact same principle: Sheer human folly!

The ancient ideas and cures DO have many things to offer humanity by way of ethics and natural medicine. Ridiculing one's own history and roots is a foolish and disastrous road for any self respecting scientist or atheist to tread.

Placebos

Pills for the Faithful flock of Modern Medicine
Pills for the Faithful flock of Modern Medicine | Source
The placebo effect can be produced by inert tablets, by sham surgery, and by false information, such as when electrical stimulation is turned "off" in those with Parkinson's disease implanted brain electrodes
The placebo effect can be produced by inert tablets, by sham surgery, and by false information, such as when electrical stimulation is turned "off" in those with Parkinson's disease implanted brain electrodes | Source

The Placebo Effect=Faith.

Recent studies have proved that the frequency of the placebo effect is almost identical regardless if homeopathic cures or modern medicinal cures are used!

It is now quite apparent to any serious student of this topic that the placebo effect is responsible for almost half,or more, of all cures for real or imagined illnesses.

Of course rather than use the word "faith" we see modern atheist science again replacing it with the term "the placebo effect" to distance itself from giving any relevance to spirituality or traditional cures. This bias is not helping research into curing ailments or in finding any unknown truths behind otherwise miraculous healing.

The prejudicial bias of modern atheist science also supports gargantuan corporations who produce a "pill for everything" at great cost to the public and at great profit to themselves.

Placebo Research

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Cause and Cures in Nature.

The Lock plant: the cure to stinging nettle grows just below the stinging nettle! Look for a plant called the "dock plant". This plant usually grows low conveniently around nettles. It has large leaves and a thick stem.
The Lock plant: the cure to stinging nettle grows just below the stinging nettle! Look for a plant called the "dock plant". This plant usually grows low conveniently around nettles. It has large leaves and a thick stem. | Source

Unexplained Natural Causes and Cures.

To add further to the mystery and debate there is a frequently occurring natural phenomena whereby venomous plants or species occur closely associated with their relevant cures.

Was this the source of some of early man's principle of "like attracts like", whereby causes and cures can be seen occurring together?

As seen with "maggot therapy", the fly's that bring disease also bring fly maggots which clean up the disease! This is the naturally occurring "like attracts like" principle.

Snakebite Cure near snake areas!

The Acacia bush occurs near snake prone areas and provides a natural indigenous cure for snake bite!
The Acacia bush occurs near snake prone areas and provides a natural indigenous cure for snake bite! | Source

Highly toxic Gympie Gympie Plant and Nearby Cure

The Cunjevoi plant is commonly found nearby and if PROPERLY applied takes away the sting.
The Cunjevoi plant is commonly found nearby and if PROPERLY applied takes away the sting. | Source
Cunjevoi is reported to be an antidote to the poison (neurotoxin) in the hairs of the stinging tree (Dendrocnide moroides).
Cunjevoi is reported to be an antidote to the poison (neurotoxin) in the hairs of the stinging tree (Dendrocnide moroides). | Source

Cause and Cures in Nature

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      Mel Carriere 24 months ago from San Diego California

      Fascinating stuff. I was unaware of the origin of the term "Hair of the dog that bit you," even though I use it all the time, mostly in reference to curing hangover by drinking a beer. Faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains is an expression a lot of us raised in Christian homes are familiar with, and I actually wrote a science fiction tale based on this concept. Perhaps there is some validity to it. Great hub, great food for thought.

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      Oztinato 24 months ago from Australia

      Thanks Mel. I found a bit of time to catch up on all things hubpages..

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

      Hiya, I was actually watching a program tonight about homeopathy and the placebo affect! lol! both are fascinating, this was a really great read, nell

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      Oztinato 24 months ago from Australia

      Thanks Nell. It's odd how scientists try to take all the credit for all discoveries

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      Damian 20 months ago from Naples

      Oz ... Another great hub. I am currently taking shots of Copaxone for my MS. Only about a month so far and not much difference yet. I was reading about the positive effects of CB 2 oil which I believe exists in the marijuana plant. There are any other plants, fruits and vegetables that can add many healing benefits for the human body. It is amazing what God provides. We really never have to want for anything.

      Blessings.

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      Randa Awn Handler 16 months ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing! I do believe it's always a good idea to keep an open mind! Homeopathy is fascinating!

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      Oztinato 16 months ago from Australia

      Randa

      there is a disturbing tendency in modern science to disown it's roots and often claim credit for things invented in the distant past.

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      Sam Shepards 7 months ago from Europe

      Placebo is always an interesting case. It's like the findings that the best way to stay in good health is to avoid doctors and hospitals. No unnecessary checkups etc. This is not to say people shouldn't go to doctors when they are ill and need treatment, just don't overdo it. You don't need pills for a cold and not every unhappy day or sleepless night needs a lifetime addiction to medicine.

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