78 – Cutting and Casting

I’m back! I really missed this. In fact, this music doesn’t really capture how pleased I am to be recording again.

Now I know I’ve been gone for a bit. You might recall that I was over in the UK doing interviews and also meeting some pretty fantastic listeners. Well, that’s finished for now and over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing from the various experts I’ve been speaking to but for right now I think we need to bring to a close the saga of Unferth and his incredible collection of maladies.

And lets open up with a comment from Listener Claudia. You might recall the use of breast milk to cure Unferth’s eye troubles from the last episode? Well, Claudia says that using breast milk to treat your child’s conjunctivitis is common advice in New Zealand to this day. So some of these cures we’ve been speaking about live on.

Now in order to wrap up this discussion on medicine in a single episode, we’ll need to make this something of a catch all episode. We’re are going to cover surgery, magical cures, issues of contraception and family planning, and childbirthing. It’s going to be a busy one! So lets do this!

So surgery… Much of western medicine, I think many of you will agree, has been surgery focused. “Is something wrong with you? If so, can we cut if off? Then why are we still talking? Hand me my scalpel.”

2 Responses to “78 – Cutting and Casting”

  1. Woohoo! It’s a good long one! Can’t wait to listen.

  2. Topher Stephens says:

    I was very interested to listen to these episodes. I thought it might interest you to know that the practice of cupping has ancient origins in Egypt (recorded in 1550 BC) Greece (used by Hippocrates ca 400 BC) and China where it is still used in Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine. An organization called the British Cupping Society promotes it’s medical use as well http://www.britishcuppingsociety.org/.
    Also Chinese medicine still uses flying squirrel dung (Wu Ling Zhi) as a pain reliever and to invigorate the blood.
    In India cow dung and urine is widely used for medicinal purposes in India. The last time i was there I used a homemade bar of cow dung soap (a great exfoliator), and have seen dung applied to cuts and scrapes (I never got that brave) .http://news.discovery.com/human/health/cow-dung-medicine-spiritual-india.htm
    I am a believer the medicinal power of faith, call it placebo or magic, and I see the growing re-acceptance of holistic medicine practices such as Ayurveda and Classical Chinese Medicine which incorporate a spiritual aspect invaluable to our spiritually and physically ailing society.

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