The first time I heard there was a pharmaceutical version of heroin, I was pretty sure the person telling me so was exaggerating at least a little. Heroin has always gotten such a bad rap, for being so addictive and notorious for turning the people who use it regularly into junkies; even if they have a medical version of it, they must use it super sparingly.
We’ve all heard stories of someone who was cured of cancer with a sugar pill, or who was told by doctors they would never walk again only to leave the hospital on their own two feet. There may be a wide range of such stories, and an even wider range of beliefs around such possibilities; but I think we can all find some common ground on this issue. Extensive studies have been done using placebos for one purpose or another, and many such studies show that they work surprisedly well at treating or curing some ailments.
Sometimes they even work better than the medicine they’re being tested against, with less side effects. But that’s not the point here, and I have too much to say around that point to digress for once.
Or, you’re welcome.
Lately a lot of doctors have been calling out chiropractors for not being real doctors, specifically targeting the founder of chiropractic medicine as a way to make fun of these popular practitioners. They like to point out some of his methods, like magnetic healing, as being archaic and useless. Yet we don’t hear them talk about Hippocrates, and what the ‘father of modern medicine’ was into, back in his day. Why aren’t they pointing out what a quack he was, and how much stuff he got wrong?
Are they afraid we’ll find out their secret, based in those very ancient practices? Is it possible they all know that modern medicine only works most of the time because…
Whoa, hang on. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #049 – The father of modern medicine was a quack!”
When I found this out, I was a little appalled. I had been told in school that all doctors were bound by the Hippocratic Oath, and that’s why they couldn’t do things like prescribe laxatives as a practical joke or end someone’s life no matter how much pain they were in. It turns out doctors stopped taking this oath a long time ago, and just a little investigation pretty quickly shows us why.
I mean, have you ever actually read the Hippocratic Oath? I can’t read Greek, but I have to assume the translation is pretty accurate. It starts out with ‘I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses…’ Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #048 – Modern doctors don’t take the Hippocratic Oath!”
Evolution is one of those topics some people don’t like to discuss, since they feel it somehow contradicts what they believe. My own take on it is a little different than theirs, although it is by no means unique. Even a version of the Bible approved by King James doesn’t make much mention of God as some old dude in the sky; when it does, it’s clearly metaphorical. When the writings place the emphasis on the ‘omnipotent’ and ‘omnipresent’ God that is usually referred to, you lose the personification aspect of it; and that opens up a whole new way of seeing it.
Did I just call God ‘it’?
Yeah, I think I did. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #047 – We’re all mutants!”
Most of us learned about climate change when we were little kids. They didn’t call it that, back when they first told me about it; but you can’t have an ice age unless the climate changes. In fact, you can’t have a planet without climate changes. An atmosphere is built over time, and there was a time when the Earth was nothing more than a rock floating in space with no air to breathe at all. Between that time and this one, the climate has changed so many times that it almost seems silly to even call it climate change. From the long view, the Earth’s climate is in constant flux; the only thing that doesn’t change about our atmosphere is that it is always changing. We should all be grateful for climate change: without it, we couldn’t live on this lovely planet. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #046 – Climate change can’t be quantified!”
Ever since humans discovered atomic bombs and nuclear energy, we have really left nature in the dust so far as horrific longterm planetary consequences go. The list of places where people can’t visit without being exposed to harmful radiation keeps getting longer, due to more of that pesky inescapable logic. We keep building more bombs and nuclear energy facilities, without bothering to figure out a way to clean up the previous sites. While harmful radiation keeps leaking out of old barrels buried near valuable water supplies, we continue to draw up plans for new power plants that produce this volatile and dangerous energy. Even if the plans are perfect, scientists have to admit that human error has caused more of the nuclear power problems than bad designs have. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #045 – We’re running out of places to live!”
Did you know a lot of planets revolve at a rate exactly relative to how fast they rotate? Due to the gravity of their sun or suns, they do the same thing our moon does to the Earth: they only ever show it one side. That means one side of these planets exist in perpetual darkness, while the other side knows nothing but continual light. The popular theory is that if life existed on these planets, it would have to dwell on the thin inhabitable strip where it would have access to both light and darkness. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #044 – The days are getting longer!”
The first thing we should be clear on is that this discussion has nothing to do with Pink Floyd. I’m a big fan, but I’m not here to discuss whether or not one of their most popular albums was dark in tone or texture. In fact, we’re not here to talk about Pink Floyd at all.
I don’t know why you even brought it up. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #043 – The dark side of the moon isn’t actually dark!”
The first time I ever saw the saying on a bumper sticker, I whooped and hollered and otherwise loudly proclaimed my support of it. Very few systems seemed set up to make life anything but hard on me when I was young, and I was kind of mad at the world. Consequently, that phrase really hit home with me at the time. You know the one I’m talking about, still pretty popular among the bumper sticker type…
‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!’ Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #041 – If You’re Not Outraged…”