The Religious Roots of Medicine.
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.
"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"
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?
Would you prefer to rub a small pox scab on your skin or drink a concoction of one part per million?
Maggot Therapy Makes a Comeback!
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. Herbal remedies in particular are having a profound resurgence in popularity. Clearly people want to get away from mass produced artificial chemical "cures" that have more bad side effects than good results. Statins for example can easily kill certain individuals; but drinking "kombucha" rarely has any side effects and gently removes cholesterol.
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.
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.
Were you aware of the current findings of Placebo research?
Cause and Cures in Nature.
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.