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toparov1 wrote (edited )

We have effective sanitation because empirical medicine discovered germ theory after millennia of "herbal medicine" failed to properly understand it and address it.

We have excellent survival rates for pneumonia because empirical medicine discovered and mass manufactured effective antibiotics after millennia of "herbal medicine" failing to do so effectively.

Tuberculosis contained due to again antibiotics and vaccinations, more empirical scientific medicine solving another problem.

Enteritis was solved again due to germ theory and anti bacterial treatment on food but also critically by rotavirus vaccinations for severe strains. Again empirical, scientific medicine solved it after millennia of "herbal medicine" failing to.

Thank you for perfectly proving my point though.

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EmeraldShark wrote

empirical medicine discovered and mass manufactured effective antibiotics after millennia of "herbal medicine" failing to do so effectively

3000BC: Many ancient cultures, including those in Egypt, Greece, and India, independently discovered the useful properties of fungi and plants in treating infection.
1640: England apothecaries such as John Parkinson, King's Herbarian advocated the use of mold to treat infections in the book Pharmacology.
1870: Scientists discovered that bacteria would not grow in the presence of a mold culture
1928: Penicillin, the first antibiotic was derived from the mold culture: Penicillium fungi.
1961: First antibiotic resistant infection super bug: MRSA
2013: Big Pharma drops antibiotic development due to poor profit margins.
2017: WHO declares drug-resistant super bugs a global crisis projected to kill more people than cancer by 2050.

"Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients." - Hippocrates