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I think traditional medicine is

hooey and hokum
mostly hooey and hokum
a 50/50 mix of legitimate and hooey
mostly legitimate
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2012, 07:13:38 pm »

I hear what you are saying, but is Dong Razzled really a bad thing?
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2012, 08:53:06 pm »

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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2012, 09:57:04 pm »

My anthro classes argued heavily in the direction you guys are leaning (if people have been doing it for this long it's probably not a horrible idea, people are good at noticing correlations) but another part of me is like, you know, there is a reason it's "traditional medicine" and not "what everyone in the world does." Like, if eating some herbs cured arthritis pain, wouldn't some company have started extracting whatever is in those herbs and selling it? I was actually supposed to read a book about this.

I guess my sense of traditional medicines is colored by reading a lot about it in the context of "Chinese people kill this nearly-extinct animal for its horn, to make aphrodisiacs (which don't work)." Sometimes people do things for many generations that are actually bad for them, or do nothing.
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2012, 01:35:10 am »

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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2012, 09:32:14 pm »

I guess my sense of traditional medicines is colored by reading a lot about it in the context of "Chinese people kill this nearly-extinct animal for its horn, to make aphrodisiacs (which don't work)." Sometimes people do things for many generations that are actually bad for them, or do nothing.
This.  Also, Viagra is dirt cheap and unambiguously works.  There are still people poaching rhinos and tigers for use in TCM nostrums, so the human relationship with medicine can't be described as logical.
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2012, 06:11:41 pm »

This.  Also, Viagra is dirt cheap and unambiguously works.

Word. I can't stress this enough. I know Viagra is a cheap easy punchline, but when a person is with a new partner (or partners), there is something to be said for modern medical marvels. Especially when a dude doesn't use condoms with his regular partner.
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2012, 01:39:38 am »

Boner pills are awesome!
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2015, 08:38:45 pm »

Interesting story. Powdered alcohol sucks and is bullshit, and concern that it's going to inflict horrible damage on our youth is way overblown.
http://www.wired.com/2015/05/powdered-alcohol-experiment/
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2015, 11:04:05 pm »

Wait, I thought it was Pop Rocks and Cola that were the downfall of America.
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2015, 07:02:33 am »

Why is it so  much? Shouldn't they distill it down to where one drinks worth was much less powder?
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Re: Science vs Nature
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2015, 03:24:08 pm »

Wait, I thought it was Pop Rocks and Cola that were the downfall of America.

It thought it was the negro music with its hypnotic jungle beat.
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