Literally! Green Self-Medication Selfie! For Real!
Nicotiana alata (Azteca), Freckles, Keratoses, Scissors…Thumbs up! (From strictlymedicinalseeds.com Nicotiana alata is called Azteca NIght Blooming; other sources might call particular N rustica varieties Aztec so beware common names vs. the more reliable botanical “binomial” names.)
“…faut cultiver son jardin!” Candide/Voltaire
Tobacco species, genus Nicotiana, one of which (rustica/Hopi) was used to treat skin diseases/cancer successfully 450 years ago by Jean Nicot based on Monardes’ introduction; another species, Nicotiana alata (Azteca in the photo), was discovered recently, better to say rediscovered, to contain antimicrobial peptides, AMP Defensins, that do in fact attack and eviscerate human cells with irregular or abnormal membrane characteristics without harming healthy ones, a better alternative than fluorouracil treatment for sunlight damaged skin aka actinic keratoses.
Re: Are traditional herbal medicines obsolete?
What replaces them? Recent drug “inventions,” many based on traditional plant constituents? Drugs which may treat particular conditions but for some people have serious adverse collateral effects? Methods and substances based on the principle of attacking the agent of disease while often ignoring prevention and harming the host organism? Closing the barn door after the horses escaped, or worse, shooting the horses that did escape! Is the traditional method built on hundreds of years experience replaced by so-called controlled studies which can’t possibly control for all possible variables?
In fact, genetics, epigenetics, and the evidence of pervasive effects of microbiomes different for each person and each organ have all kicked the support out from under the 20th century evidence-based eco-phobic allopathic medicine scam. It is a method based on the misuse of statistics to imply more certainty or confidence than can exist in highly variable real-world populations and never applies to any single person. Statistics do not apply to individuals, no surprise there! The Medical Industrial Pharmaceutical Complex or cartel is more about liability, insurance, invested interests, entitlement, and psycho-social politics at many levels, not true science. Use all the buzz-words you want, try to claim evidence to support one position or another, but evidence and data are not misleading, people misuse statistics calling them evidence to mislead people. “Asinus asinum fricat.”
Statistics give you probabilities about future behavior of collections or aggregates of objects/events based on and derived from analysis of past outcomes of similar (but necessarily not identical) populations and events. How good is the modeling and similarity?
True science, as opposed to the pseudo-science practiced in “Evidence-based” medicine, would acknowledge that a single case, an anecdote, while suggesting a possibility of causality, does not confirm any general conclusion, at the same time also recognizing that the statistical results of a population study do not confirm or predict with certainty the outcome of a single case.
“What is truth?” so Pontius Pilate said to Jesus
What is any fact or truth that Evidence-Based Medicine can claim to own it exclusively? From the book, The Half-Life of Facts:
“Facts” live and die, writes Samuel Arbesman in this nifty introduction to “scientometrics,” the ecology of knowledge; facts migrate through social networks, interbreed, evolve, and undergo mass extinctions. Surprisingly, the growth and turnover of knowledge plot the same predictable curves as bacteria in a petri dish or a radioisotope’s decay. But predictable doesn’t mean optimal: errors are perpetuated, effort is duplicated, and pieces of many a lifesaving puzzle lie buried in widely separated studies.
The simplistic “Evidence-Based Medicine” approach on careful logical examination turns out to be another version of the No True Scotsman fallacy.
http://www.logicalfallacies.info/presumption/no-true-scotsman/ >This fallacy is a form of circular argument, with an existing belief being assumed to be true in order to dismiss any apparent counter-examples to it. The existing belief thus becomes unfalsifiable.
“Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.” The Buddha
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” The Buddha