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  •  The ancient people weren't stupid either. (none)
    If there was a pattern of increased disease with any practice, whether it was eating a food or something else, they may have observed the apparent cause and effect without understanding the mechanism.  A lot of these observations would be passed along through elders, shamans, herbalists and the like.  A few of them might actually be codified in secular or religious law.

    The history of medicine has a long history of hits and misses.  Some beliefs and practices that were persisted for centuries were in error or without merit.  Even effective remedies were risky.  Imagine using digitalis for heart conditions without today's practice of dosing the patient by body weight!  Dose a 110 pound widow the same as a 200 pound man and you just might kill her.

    We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

    by Fabian on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 01:49:19 PM PST

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    •  Exactly my point (4.00)
      Ancient peoples observed, learned and passed those lessons on to their neighbors and the following genarations. They were most definitely not stupid because the stupid wound up as saber tooth tiger chow. They learned from observation of the natural world and each other, not from ancient astronauts, Lord Whizbang of the lost continent of Atlantis, or some two bit deity. We brought fire to Prometheus, not the other way around. Nothing magical. Nothing revealed. Nothing hidden. The priests and shamans muddied things up later.

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