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Medical decolonization
« on: November 06, 2020, 12:55:05 am »
Western Conceptions of Depression and the Colonization of Women’s Emotions Worldwide
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In a chapter titled “Gender, Depression, and Emotion: Arguing for a De-colonized Psychology,” scholar-activist Bhargavi Davar investigates how narrow conceptions of emotions in the West have led to the medicalization of depression, the imposition of ineffective approaches to mental health throughout the Global South, and the pathologization of women’s experiences worldwide.
https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/08/western-conceptions-depression-colonization-womens-emotions-worldwide/

Psilocybin therapy 4 times more effective than antidepressants, study finds
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A new study is presenting the first published data from preliminary human trials investigating the effect of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). The incredibly positive results have been described as just a “taste of things to come” with larger a Phase 2 trial well underway.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted psilocybin, the primary psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, a Breakthrough Therapy designation on two occasions over the past 24 months. Initially the designation was granted to help accelerate trials for severe treatment-resistant depression, but more recently the classification focused on trials for major depressive disorder.
https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/psilocybin-therapy-major-depression-trial-results-johns-hopkins/

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 07:02:32 pm »
30 medicinal plants the Native Americans used on a daily basis
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The Lost Book Of Remedies : http://bit.ly/natralremedybook
Native Americans are renowned for their medicinal plant expertise. It is reported they initially started making use of plants as well as natural herbs for recovery after viewing animals consume certain plants when they were ill. In order to shield these plants from over harvesting, the medication men utilized to pick every 3rd plants they found. Right here are one of the most versatile plants the Indigenous Americans used in their daily lives.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8e09BUquB8

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2020, 01:44:24 am »
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In the light of the debate over 'Medicare for All' here in the States (which implies Western medical care, in other words, disease care) I think we should share different non-Western medical practices that we have tried.

I'll start out: I started Urine therapy over a year ago. I don't get constipated anymore, I feel less hungry because I'm retaining more nutrients and enzymes, and I can go on longer fasts without loosing energy. The secret is urea: In the blood it's toxic, that's why it never gets reabsorbed from the bladder like other components of urine, but when it's swallowed it has a cleansing effect on the colon.

I think UT is a really good example of non-western medicine because it precludes any kind of pharmaceuticals, drugs, alcohol, and even meat and dairy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE6vfWoJcuo

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Decolonization refers to rejection of culture and/or reversal of changes imposed during the colonial era. For example, putting up statues of people other than colonialists alongside the statues of colonialists is not decolonization. Only destroying the statues of colonialists is decolonization.

Similarly, mere marketing of non-Western medicine is not decolonization. In the context of medicine, decolonization should strictly mean phasing out of Western medical practice or, better yet, Western medical knowledge. In practice, public availability of Western medicine (which is already widely the case around the world) has not anywhere led to demand for phasing out Western medicine. What happens instead is that the non-Western medicine is interpreted and judged by the standards of Western medicine.

The video you posted is a good example of this. Look at what is on the whiteboard. "Urea":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urea#History

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Urea was first discovered in urine in 1727 by the Dutch scientist Herman Boerhaave,[30]

"amino acids":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amino_acid#History

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The first few amino acids were discovered in the early 19th century.[21][22] In 1806, French chemists Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin and Pierre Jean Robiquet isolated a compound in asparagus that was subsequently named asparagine, the first amino acid to be discovered.[23][24] Cystine was discovered in 1810,[25] although its monomer, cysteine, remained undiscovered until 1884.[24][26] Glycine and leucine were discovered in 1820.[27] The last of the 20 common amino acids to be discovered was threonine in 1935 by William Cumming Rose, who also determined the essential amino acids and established the minimum daily requirements of all amino acids for optimal growth.[28][29]

The unity of the chemical category was recognized by Wurtz in 1865, but he gave no particular name to it.[30] Usage of the term "amino acid" in the English language is from 1898,[31] while the German term, Aminosäure, was used earlier.[32] Proteins were found to yield amino acids after enzymatic digestion or acid hydrolysis. In 1902, Emil Fischer and Franz Hofmeister independently proposed that proteins are formed from many amino acids, whereby bonds are formed between the amino group of one amino acid with the carboxyl group of another, resulting in a linear structure that Fischer termed "peptide".[33]

"fatty acids":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Eugène_Chevreul

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Michel Eugène Chevreul (31 August 1786 – 9 April 1889)[1] was a French chemist whose work with fatty acids led to early applications in the fields of art and science. He is credited with the discovery of margaric acid, creatine, and designing an early form of soap made from animal fats and salt.

"stem cells":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell

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Research into stem cells grew out of findings by Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till at the University of Toronto in the 1960s.[2][3]

"hormones":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretin#Discovery

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Secretin was the first hormone to be identified.[10] In 1902, William Bayliss and Ernest Starling were studying how the nervous system controls the process of digestion.[11] It was known that the pancreas secreted digestive juices in response to the passage of food (chyme) through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum. They discovered (by cutting all the nerves to the pancreas in their experimental animals) that this process was not, in fact, governed by the nervous system. They determined that a substance secreted by the intestinal lining stimulates the pancreas after being transported via the bloodstream. They named this intestinal secretion secretin. Secretin was the first such "chemical messenger" identified. This type of substance is now called a hormone, a term coined by Starling in 1905.[12]

Do you see what is going on? The guy is trying to argue why urine therapy is effective using Western models! Even if everyone believes him, no decolonization has occurred; all it means is that he would have inaugurated one more form of Western medicine!

You yourself fall into the same trap:

"I'm retaining more nutrients and enzymes"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme#Etymology_and_history

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In 1877, German physiologist Wilhelm Kühne (1837–1900) first used the term enzyme, which comes from Greek ἔνζυμον, "leavened" or "in yeast", to describe this process.[11] The word enzyme was used later to refer to nonliving substances such as pepsin,

I already warned about this when talking about "B12" in the other topic.

I am not discouraging you from studying urine therapy, but I advise you to start by throwing out all the Western models from your mind. Only then can you properly study urine therapy as a non-Western medical practice (as you claim to want it to be).

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What is "nutrition", then?

aryanism.net/culture/aesthetics/food/

What "nutrition" is destroyed from dry-cooking? Water-soluble nutrients like Vit. C can be destroyed via heat (as well as water and oxygen)... which doesn't seem to matter as vitamins were discovered by westerners...

How does a child prevent getting rickets without dependency on Vit. D (and calcium and phosphorus, I believe)?

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"What is "nutrition", then?"

www.dictionary.com/browse/nutrition

"What "nutrition" is destroyed from dry-cooking?"

Eat a slice of raw carrot. Eat another slice of carrot grilled for an hour. Can you tell which is more nutritious?

"Water-soluble nutrients like Vit. C"

Do you think people in the ancient world (who had no notion of "Vitamin C" in their minds) would be unable to tell which is more nutritious?

(For that matter, how old were you when you first learned about "vitamins"? Try to remember back to before you learned this. I am quite confident that even then you would have been able to tell which slice of carrot is less nutritious had you been asked back then.)

"How does a child prevent getting rickets"

Sunlight.

"without dependency on Vit. D"

"Vitamin D" is just the model you choose to use to describe what is going on. The ancients were well aware that exposure to sunlight is healthy for children's bones without any notion of "Vitamin D" in their minds. This is what I am trying to get the world back to.

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I have no idea what nutrition tastes nor feels like (I ate heaps of junk food as a kid - Mum was rad like that - and I think that put my body out of whack).
It is stupid of me to assume the ancients themselves were stupid and ate whatever all willy-nilly and I think that's because I'm a bit pedantic about knowing EXACTLY what's going into my body and if it's keeping me healthy. Being observational (what the people of the ancient times would have been, I suppose) just seems too... risky? idunno

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The first concept (common to many independently derived non-Western medical systems) that I suggest you try to grasp is hot and cold, which refers not to temperature but to the character of the food:



Which end of the scale do you prefer, tastewise? This will tell you something about what kind of nutrition is good for you. (Part of your answer is likely to vary depending on when you ask yourself the question. But there are also likely to be some constants independent of occasion, which should reflect your personality.)

"I'm a bit pedantic about knowing EXACTLY what's going into my body and if it's keeping me healthy."

The problem is that what keeps you healthy will not necessarily be the same as what keeps the next person healthy. You are an individual.

The real problem is that Western medicine does not treat people as individuals, instead callously treating us as particular cases of a generalization (hence RDAs). If you believe that knowing what's going into your body provides you with sufficient information to know if it's keeping you healthy, then even you yourself have failed to treat yourself as an individual!

What should be going into your body is not a set of rigid RDAs, but whatever is required by your unique body on each unique day as it interacts in real time with unique (and constantly changing) environmental conditions (habitat, weather, activity, stress, etc.).

"Being observational (what the people of the ancient times would have been, I suppose) just seems too... risky?"

What is more risky: trusting your own sensitivity, or assuming your body just happens to be the most average body in every parameter (which is what RDAs assume everyone is)?

And yes, if you have been Westernized, then the former really may be more risky at first. But we have a duty to recover as much as possible of the innate sensitivity that Western civilization has beaten out of us.

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Ha!

www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/are-vitamins-a-waste-of-money-a-new-study-says-yes-231521620.html

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Like most people, you probably have a stash of vitamin and mineral supplements in your bathroom cabinet. In fact, nearly 70 percent of people take supplements, according to the industry trade association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Fueled by an increasing focus on health and “wellness,” dietary supplements have become so popular that they’re now a $32 billion industry.

But do they actually improve your health? Several studies have found that taking supplements aren’t associated with living longer and now a massive new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that the vast majority won’t help you live a longer life or reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.

I do not take supplements.

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Our bodies will always use the vitamins and minerals that are in food much better than in supplements.”

Maybe it's time to start thinking in terms of the foods themselves as integral entities instead of - as per Western reductionism - attributing the value of the food to the value of supposed "vitamins" and "minerals" supposedly "in" food?

Repost:

frbkrm.com/2013/02/17/139/

www.shen-nong.com/eng/lifestyles/food_property_food_tcm.html

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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7554683/Hate-crime-psychologist-brutally-killed-South-African-home.html

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A brilliant psychologist and specialist in hate crime and violence in South Africa was brutally butchered and had her throat slit in her own home by a gang of armed robbers.

Leading scholar Dr Mirah Wilks was ambushed and attacked by the men who had waited until her husband Frank left to worship at the local synagogue, leaving her home alone.

The group had climbed up onto the roof and removed tiles and dropped down inside the house and stabbed Mirah at least twelve times in the chest and back then cut her throat.
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Dr Wilks, 69, was renowned for her research into hate crimes, trauma and violence and was a highly respected former Chair of the Psychological Society of South Africa.
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She had also gained degrees at the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and was working at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg when she was murdered.

Dr Wilks had moved to Australia from Israel as a young girl and had a daughter Tarryn and son Brett in Melbourne, Victoria, with husband Frank and the family later emigrated to South Africa.
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Counselling psychologist Dr Ingrid Artus said: 'We have a scarcity of psychologists in South Africa and the service they provide to society are vital and her loss will impact on patients.

Azania does not need Western psychologists. It should be thinking about building its own system of psychology (and medicine more generally), ideally based on local ancient approaches, that can eventually replace the Western disciplines as the national (and ultimately international) default. We are here to help with this.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB87G1hsymQ

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Example of Western attitudes towards medical practice:

"I went to med school therefore only I know what medicine is right!"
This also illustrates the (Western) corruption of education which now only serves as a means to gain qualifications.

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2020, 01:56:26 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

www.yahoo.com/news/avoid-taking-ibuprofen-covid-19-symptoms-202007508.html

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Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization recommended Tuesday that people suffering COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen, after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus.
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"In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That's important," he said.
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Paracetamol must be taken strictly according to the recommended dose, because too much of it can damage the liver.

Non-Western medics have long warned that Western pharmaceutical products in general, even if effective at rapidly mitigating symptoms of specific illnesses, lead to unhealthy side-effects elsewhere. This is due two main factors:

1) Western pharma is not custom-prepared for each individual patient, but is ready-made for general consumption, thus will be suboptimal relative to most patients' unique metabolism.

2) Western pharma delivers active ingredients in isolation, hence necessarily stressing the patient's body (which was never evolved to consume any ingredient except as part of a whole food containing it alongside the other ingredients contained in the same food) required to absorb them.

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This is because the medicine was designed with the "survival of the fittest" Darwinist archetype in mind, the same archetype which rightists exalt.

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If Yahweh is the creator then lady nature must be his evil side-kick? "Survival of the fittest" is her paradigm right? Not "survival of the funniest", or "survival of the noblest".... Lady nature wants you to eat each other, think about that before you go worshiping her!

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We need more of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcm0Oc_xz9U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxesE8vEe9M



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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroxychloroquine#Side_effects

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The most serious adverse effects affect the eye, with dose-related retinopathy as a concern even after hydroxychloroquine use is discontinued.[2]
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adverse effects include the acute symptoms, plus altered eye pigmentation, acne, anemia, bleaching of hair, blisters in mouth and eyes, blood disorders, convulsions, vision difficulties, diminished reflexes, emotional changes, excessive coloring of the skin, hearing loss, hives, itching, liver problems or liver failure, loss of hair, muscle paralysis, weakness or atrophy, nightmares, psoriasis, reading difficulties, tinnitus, skin inflammation and scaling, skin rash, vertigo, weight loss, and occasionally urinary incontinence.[2] Hydroxychloroquine can worsen existing cases of both psoriasis and porphyria.[2]

Children may be especially vulnerable to developing adverse effects from hydroxychloroquine.[2]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azithromycin#Adverse_effects

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Occasionally, people have developed cholestatic hepatitis or delirium. Accidental intravenous overdose in an infant caused severe heart block, resulting in residual encephalopathy.[30][31]

In 2013 the FDA issued a warning that azithromycin "can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm." The FDA noted in the warning a 2012 study that found the drug may increase the risk of death, especially in those with heart problems

Duh!

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Here is a perfect microcosm of Western medicine (and Western civilization more generally):

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3342362/Doctor-magic-touch-Paediatrician-reveals-secret-hold-baby-stop-crying-time.html

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An American paediatrician claims to have found a miracle way of holding an infant to make it stop crying.

Dr Robert C Hamilton, of Santa Monica, California, says his technique, dubbed 'The Hold', works every time without fail.



Sure, it "works" in that it mechanically short-circuits the crying reaction. (For that matter, he could dunk the infant head first into water for a similar effect.) This makes it in fact a initiation of violence upon the infant, who is being mechanically prevented from crying (despite being upset) by being placed without consent into this position by a stronger adult, no less than it is violent to use force to make an infant cry (see below). And insofar that it is a technique prescribed (like all Western medical prescriptions) for infants in general, it has already failed to treat each infant as an individual, never addressing why the infant is crying in the first place, which will differ in each individual situation, but which I guarantee is not because the infant wants to be put in a submission hold by an adult!

A crying infant is trying to communicate distress and ask for help. The compassionate response is to find the source of its distress and remove it, thereby removing its need to cry any more. When I am babysitting, I immediately look around and identify what in the vicinity caused the infant to cry, and fix the situation ASAP (whether by taking away a distressing object, giving to the infant a wanted object, etc.). It is all about satisfying the infant and thus radically ending its distress. Of course, this requires a certain level of empathic sensitivity.

Lacking such sensitivity, Western medicine prefers to treat the infant as a brain attached to a nervous system attached to a respiratory system attached to etc. to be manually manipulated in such ways as to smother whatever symptoms it wants to smother.

And to top it off, can you guess why the infant being subjected to 'The Hold' was crying in the first place?

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An infant who has just received a shot at Dr Hamilton's practice is crying

Yep, Hamilton was also the one who violently made the infant cry by injecting chemicals into it (again without its consent). This is Western civilization: initiate violence that caused the distress to begin with, and then initiate more violence to make the sufferer unable to express it. From the perspective of our True Left way of babysitting, Hamilton (and by extension Western civilization as a whole) is the object requiring removal.

(It goes without saying that the ultimate way to ensure no infants ever cry is to stop them from being born in the first place.)

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www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-vaccines-insight/as-pressure-for-coronavirus-vaccine-mounts-scientists-debate-risks-of-accelerated-testing-idUSKBN20Y1GZ

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Studies have suggested that coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus. The mechanism that causes that risk is not fully understood and is one of the stumbling blocks that has prevented the successful development of a coronavirus vaccine.

I told you so.

But even if vaccines have no adverse effects, they are still evil for the following reason:

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Coronavirus vaccine developers are still required to conduct routine animal testing to make sure the vaccine itself is not toxic and is likely to help the immune system respond to the virus.

Some Western history:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_animal_testing#In_medicine

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In the 1880s and 1890s, Emil von Behring isolated the diphtheria toxin and demonstrated its effects in guinea pigs. He went on to demonstrate immunity against diphtheria in animals in 1898 by injecting a mix of toxin and antitoxin.
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In 1921, Frederick Banting tied up the pancreatic ducts of dogs and discovered that the isolates of pancreatic secretion could be used to keep dogs with diabetes alive.
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In the 1940s, Jonas Salk used rhesus monkey cross-contamination studies to isolate the three forms of the polio virus
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Also in the 1940s, John Cade tested lithium salts in guinea pigs in a search for pharmaceuticals with anticonvulsant properties.
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In the 1950s the first safer, volatile anaesthetic halothane was developed through studies on rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats and monkeys.[29] This paved the way for a whole new generation of modern general anaesthetics – also developed by animal studies
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In the 1970s, leprosy multi-drug antibiotic treatments were refined using leprosy bacteria grown in armadillos and were then tested in human clinical trials. Today, the nine-banded armadillo is still used to culture the bacteria that causes leprosy

etc. etc.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2020, 02:08:03 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

This is the sensitivity that most humans (except competent non-Western medics and a few others) have lost, and that is becoming rarer even among non-Western medics due to Westernization:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoopharmacognosy

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Zoopharmacognosy is a behaviour in which non-human animals apparently self-medicate by selecting and ingesting or topically applying plants, soils, insects, and psychoactive drugs to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of pathogens and toxins.[1][2] The term derives from Greek roots zoo ("animal"), pharmacon ("drug, medicine"), and gnosy ("knowing").

An example of zoopharmacognosy occurs when dogs eat grass to induce vomiting. However, the behaviour is more diverse than this. Animals ingest or apply non-foods such as clay, charcoal and even toxic plants and invertebrates, apparently to prevent parasitic infestation or poisoning.[3]
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The methods by which animals self-medicate vary, but can be classified according to function as prophylactic (preventative, before infection or poisoning) or therapeutic (after infection, to combat the pathogen or poisoning).[4] The behaviour is believed to have widespread adaptive significance.[5]
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Many parrot species in the Americas, Africa, and Papua New Guinea consume kaolin or clay, which both releases minerals and absorbs toxic compounds from the gut.[12]
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Ants infected with Beauveria bassiana, a fungus, selectively consume harmful substances (reactive oxygen species, ROS) upon exposure to a fungal pathogen, yet avoid these in the absence of infection.[16]
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Great apes often consume plants that have no nutritional values but which have beneficial effects on gut acidity or combat intestinal parasitic infection.[1]

Chimpanzees sometimes select bitter leaves for chewing. Parasite infection drops noticeably after chimpanzees chew leaves of pith (Vernonia amygdalina), which have anti-parasitic activity against schistosoma, plasmodium and Leishmania. Chimpanzees don't consume this plant on a regular basis, but when they do eat it, it is often in small amounts by individuals that appear ill.[18] Jane Goodall witnessed chimpanzees eating particular bushes, apparently to make themselves vomit.[citation needed] There are reports that chimpanzees swallow whole leaves of particular rough-leaved plants such as Aneilema aequinoctiale; these remove parasitic worms from their intestines.[19]

Chimpanzees sometimes eat the leaves of the herbaceous Desmodium gangeticum. Undigested, non-chewed leaves were recovered in 4% of faecal samples of wild chimpanzees and clumps of sharp-edged grass leaves in 2%. The leaves have a rough surface or sharp-edges and the fact they were not chewed and excreted whole indicates they were not ingested for nutritional purposes. Furthermore, this leaf-swallowing was restricted to the rainy season when parasite re-infections are more common, and parasitic worms (Oesophagostomum stephanostomum) were found together with the leaves.[9]

Chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas eat the fruits of Aframomum angustifolium. Laboratory assays of homogenized fruit and seed extracts show significant anti-microbial activity.[20] Illustrating the medicinal knowledge of some species, apes have been observed selecting a particular part of a medicinal plant by taking off leaves and breaking the stem to suck out the juice.[21]

Anubis baboons (Papio anubis) and hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas) in Ethiopia use fruits and leaves of Balanites aegyptiaca to control schistosomiasis.[22] Its fruits contain diosgenin, a hormone precursor that presumably hinders the development of schistosomes.[4]

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) apparently self-medicate to induce labour by chewing on the leaves of a particular tree from the family Boraginaceae; Kenyan women brew a tea from this tree for the same purpose.[23]
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Indian wild boars selectively dig up and eat the roots of pigweed which humans use as an anthelmintic. Mexican folklore indicates that pigs eat pomegranate roots because they contain an alkaloid that is toxic to tapeworms.[26]
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About 70% of domestic cats are especially attracted to, and affected by the plant Nepeta cataria, otherwise known as catnip. Wild cats, including tigers, are also affected, but with unknown percentage. The first reaction of cats is to sniff. Then, they lick and sometimes chew the plant and after that rub against it, with their cheeks and the whole body by rolling over.
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Many animals eat soil or clay, a behaviour known as geophagy. Clay is the primary ingredient of kaolin.[34] It has been proposed that for primates, there are four hypotheses relating to geophagy in alleviating gastrointestinal disorders or upsets:[35]
soils adsorb toxins such as phenolics and secondary metabolites
soil ingestion has an antacid action and adjusts the gut pH
soils act as an antidiarrhoeal agent
soils counteract the effects of endoparasites.
Furthermore, two hypotheses pertain to geophagy in supplementing minerals and elements:
soils supplement nutrient-poor diets
soils provide extra iron at high altitudes
Tapirs, forest elephants, colobus monkeys, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees seek out and eat clay, which absorbs intestinal bacteria and their toxins and alleviates stomach upset and diarrhoea.[36] Cattle eat clay-rich termite mound soil, which deactivates ingested pathogens or fruit toxins.[1]
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A female capuchin monkey in captivity was observed using tools covered in a sugar-based syrup to groom her wounds and those of her infant.[37][38]

North American brown bears (Ursos arctos) make a paste of Osha roots (Ligusticum porteri) and saliva and rub it through their fur to repel insects or soothe bites. This plant, locally known as "bear root", contains 105 active compounds, such as coumarins that may repel insects when topically applied. Navajo Indians are said to have learned to use this root medicinally from the bear for treating stomach aches and infections.[20][39]

Non-Western medicine is basically just humans doing the same. This is what we need to get back to.

But can you guess what Westerners did after noticing zoopharmacognosy? Yep, more cruel animal experimentation to "confirm" (what has been totally obvious to everyone else since ancient times) that the animals really are doing zoopharmacognosy:

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A study on domestic sheep (Ovis aries) has provided clear experimental proof of self-medication via individual learning.[6] Lambs in a treatment group were allowed to consume foods and toxins (grain, tannins, oxalic acid) that lead to malaise (negative internal states) and then allowed to eat a substance known to alleviate each malaise (sodium bentonite, polyethylene glycol and dicalcium phosphate, respectively). Control lambs ate the same foods and medicines, but this was disassociated temporally so they did not recuperate from the illness. After the conditioning, lambs were fed grain or food with tannins or oxalates and then allowed to choose the three medicines. The treatment animals preferred to eat the specific compound known to rectify the state of malaise induced by the food previously ingested. However, control animals did not change their pattern of use of the medicines, irrespective of the food consumed before the choice.[27] Other ruminants learn to self-medicate against gastrointestinal parasites by increasing consumption of plant secondary compounds with antiparasitic actions.[17]

Standard laboratory cages prevent mice from performing several natural behaviours for which they are highly motivated. As a consequence, laboratory mice sometimes develop abnormal behaviours indicative of emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety. To improve welfare, these cages are sometimes enriched with items such as nesting material, shelters and running wheels. Sherwin and Olsson[28] tested whether such enrichment influenced the consumption of Midazolam, a drug widely used to treat anxiety in humans. Mice in standard cages, standard cages but with unpredictable husbandry, or enriched cages, were given a choice of drinking either non-drugged water or a solution of the Midazolam. Mice in the standard and unpredictable cages drank a greater proportion of the anxiolytic solution than mice from enriched cages, presumably because they had been experiencing greater anxiety.

**** YOU.

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Americans should especially look into reviving pre-colonial New World medicine, which uses local herbs rather than Old World herbs:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_ethnobotany

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chumash_traditional_medicine

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List of Chumash medicinal herbs[edit]
The climate of the Chumash territory supported a variety of plant species, many of which were used in medicine. The following list provides a sampling of commonly used plants in Chumash healing practices, but cannot be considered complete.[2]

Chumash Medicinal Herbs
Plant
Uses

Common Yarrow
Toothache, cuts, excessive bleeding
Sacapellote
Cough, cold, lung congestion, asthma, constipation
Chamise
Childbirth and menstrual complications
Ribbonwood (Red Shanks)
Toothache, gangrene, cold, tetanus, spasms, lockjaw, paralysis, ulcers, sore throats
Maidenhair Fern
Blood disorders, regulation of menstruation, bleeding, internal injuries, kidney and liver problems
Coffee Fern
See Maidenhair Fern
Agave
Boils
Wild Onion
Appetite stimulant, sores, insect repellant, snake and insect bites
Scarlet Pimpernel
Disinfectant, eczema, ringworm
Yerba Mansa
Cuts, sores, rheumatism, venereal disease, cough, cold, asthma, kidney problems
Coastal Sagebrush
Headache, paralysis, poison-oak rash, disinfectant
Mugwort
Cauterizing wounds, skin lesions, blisters, rheumatism, headache, toothache, asthma, measles, burns, infections
California Croton
Colds
Coyote Brush (Chaparral Broom)
Poison-oak rash
Spurge
Fever, snake and spider bites
Pineapple Weed
Gastrointestinal disorders, regulation of menstruation, dysentery, inflammation, fever
Soap Plant
Consumption
Spineflower
Fever, warts, skin diseases
Creek Clematis
Ringworm, skin disruptions, venereal disease, colds, sore throat
Wild Gourd
Purgative, rheumatism, nosebleed,
Durango Root
Sore throat
Toloache (Jimsonweed)
Pain relief
Rattlesnake Weed
Rattlesnake bite
Coastal Wood Fern
Wounds, sprains, bruises
California Fuchsia
Cuts, sores, sprains
Yerba Santa
Colds, chest pain, cough, fever
California Buckwheat
Rheumatism, irregular menstruation, respiratory problems
California Poppy
Lice, colic, toothache, stomachache, analgesic
Sneezeweed
Colds, flu, scurvy
Sticky Cinquefoil
Fever, stomach problems, Spanish flu,
Wedge-Leaved Horkelia
See Stick Cinquefoil
California Juniper
Rheumatism, genito-urinary disorders
Peppergrass
Diarrhea, dysentery
Giant Rye
Gonnorhea
Chuchupate
pain relief, stomachache, flatulence, headache, rheumatism
Climbing Penstemon
Runny nose, sore throats, wounds
Laurel Sumac
Dysentery
Bull Mallow
Colds, cough, fever, stomach problems
Cheeseweed
See Bull Mallow
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Spanish colonization[edit]

1769 marked the beginning of Spanish military and religious missions to assimilate Native Chumash in the Alta region of California, roughly around modern-day Santa Barbara. This date also coincides with apparent changes to the Chumash environment and way of life that invoked declines in Chumash health. Prior to colonization, the Chumash enjoyed ecological abundance and diversity even during cyclical droughts and El Niño events, indicating a millennia-long period of acclimatization to their environment. However, this stability was significantly altered by European contact.[9]
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The effect of Spanish overpopulation and resource destruction is documented by a Spanish missionary, Father Gregorio Fernandez, in 1803. This letter documents the increasing number of Chumash migrants to Spanish missions—not because of increasing Christian beliefs—but because of the devastation of Chumash agricultural plants. This effect was greatest on the Chumash staple of the acorn, caused primarily by overexploitation of Spanish cattle-grazing. The religious conversion of Chumash also corresponds to documented disease increases and poorer health from the vitality and healthfulness prior to colonization, which was even recorded by early Spanish conquistadors.[9]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_traditional_medicine

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There is growing interest in Brazilian medicine as the Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world, and is home to immense biodiversity, including cures or treatments for many ailments. Japanese scientists have found strong anticancer activity in Brazilian traditional remedies.[2] In one study in 1997 published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, only 122 species existing in Brazil could be related to the Chinese species (or 14.35% of the samples).,[3] which means the vast majority of species are not known to Chinese traditional medicine. Thousands and possibly millions of species remain unstudied and/or susceptible to extinction by habitat destruction.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhYbpHoCFuE

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Still trust Western hospitals?

www.yahoo.com/news/hungarian-doctor-left-boy-catastrophically-160248264.html

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A Hungarian doctor who injected a four-year-old with a potentially lethal dose of acid because he could not read the label has claimed a requirement to learn English at his age is discrimination.

Dr Gyorgy Rakoczy, 65, argued that he was being put at a disadvantage because older people find it harder to learn new languages.

The consultant paediatric surgeon was initially suspended in 2012 after he wrongly injected the unnamed boy with a potentially lethal amount of carbolic acid when he misread a label in an incident three years earlier.

The boy was left with 'catastrophic' internal injuries and required a colostomy bag, having originally been admitted for a suspected haemorrhoid.

He required over 30 corrective operations, including the removal of a section of his bowel.

Despite the incident, Rakoczy returned to work at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital but he later failed English language tests in reading, writing, listening and speaking and was reported to the General Medical Council over concerns about his grasp of the language.
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The tribunal determined that Dr Rakoczy fitness to practice is still impaired due to his lack of knowledge of the English language but allowed him to continue to work with conditions for 12 months.

It should be noted that injection is unique to Western medicine:

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Christopher Wren performed the earliest confirmed experiments with crude hypodermic needles, performing intravenous injection into dogs in 1656.[7] These experiments consisted of using animal bladders (as the syringe) and goose quills (as the needle) to administer drugs such as opium intravenously to dogs.

The cruelty to animals involved in injection research should be our first reason to refuse injections.

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Wren and others' main interest was to learn if medicines traditionally administered orally would be effective intravenously. In the 1660s, J. D. Major of Kiel and J. S. Elsholtz of Berlin were the first to experiment with injections in humans.[6][8] These early experiments were generally ineffective and in some cases fatal. Injection fell out of favor for two centuries.

The 19th century saw the development of medicines that were effective in small doses, such as opiates and strychnine. This spurred a renewed interest in direct, controlled application of medicine. "Some controversy surrounds the question of priority in hypodermic medication."[9] Francis Rynd is generally credited with the first successful injection in 1844.[10][11] Alexander Wood’s main contribution was the all-glass syringe in 1851, which allowed the user to estimate dosage based on the levels of liquid observed through the glass.[12] Wood used hypodermic needles and syringes primarily for the application of localized, subcutaneous injection (localized anesthesia) and therefore was not as interested in precise dosages.[8] Simultaneous to Wood's work in Edinburgh, Charles Pravaz of Lyon also experimented with sub-dermal injections in sheep using a syringe of his own design. Pravaz designed a syringe measuring 3 cm (1.18 in) long and 5 mm (0.2 in) in diameter; it was made entirely of silver.[13] Charles Hunter, a London surgeon, is credited with the coining of the term "hypodermic" to describe subcutaneous injection in 1858.

The second reason we should refuse injections is because our bodies were never meant to absorb foreign substances other than via the digestive system or the breathing system (including the skin), something which all non-Western medical systems trivially understood, but which Western medicine ignores. This is why young children are automatically averse to injections (but are violently forced by Western medics to be subjected to injections anyway). Yet instead of taking a hint from children's distressed reactions to injections to deduce that injections are wrong, in a perfect example of Western insensitivity, Western medicine proceeds to treat children's fear of injections as a phobia itself requiring overcoming:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosocial_treatment_of_needle_phobia_in_children

And no, children are not afraid of needles, Westerner, they are afraid of injections. Children typically find acupuncture very fun:



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I made an observation many years ago on white females I met at the local sports club. Out of ten, at least five of them had had hip replacement due to osteoporosis which is attributed to lack of calcium and exercise. As they were definitely keen on sports, I was perplexed because they were at the same time also lovers of dairy products which are supposed to be rich in calcium. It made me wonder why they would have osteoporosis in the first place.

Why I am suddenly reminded of this after so many years is because I am recently told that contrary to the advice of many western doctors, drinking milk is detrimental to the bones because dairy food makes the entire system acidic. In the self-help process to neutralize the acidity, calcium in the bones being alkaline would be released into the system. On balance therefore, the more milk you drink, the more calcium is drained from the bones back into the system to bring down the PH level, thus ending up with brittle bones. This has answered that query of mine from actual observation on real cases from long ag

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2020, 11:39:03 am »
I believe in emotion. Nothing is meaningful without emotion, feeling, or intuition; not our reason, not our beliefs, not anything. And I've never seen my depression as a "disease", it's a symptom, and I'm very glad to suffer depression for a bit of noble pessimism, and because it "motivated" me to leave the rat race, despite the painful cost of my cherished social status and material success. It led me to enlightenment and insight, because I ended up spending a lot of time with myself ascetically, and nothing to push or pull me. Ultimately it led me to Aryanism.

Antidepressants: I've been prescribed pretty much everything, and honestly? I think hard drugs are safer and more effective than antidepressants, in a sense (not that 'psychedelics' are hard drugs btw; they're absolutely not). Explanation: You can safely take a moderately strong opioid infrequently, whereas for antidepressants to have any effect you're forced into chronic use, which necessarily causes physical addiction. And antidepressants aren't "inspirational", they're not "happy pills", they don't offer joy or wellbeing, they just take the edge off things, in hopes to function as a long-term recovery aid (whether they even do this is dubious). You might as well just meditate for 15 mins a day.


I'm really glad to see some psilocybin-sympathy, it's really impressive what those little mushrooms can do and how safe they are.

From my understanding, psilocybin increases global brain connectivity (yet reduces its total activity, paradoxically), granting us a more "whole" perspective, while simultaneously relaxing certain connections (particularly in areas responsible for ego, planning, decision-making), and strengthening or creating others (like creating cross-talk between sensory regions, and increasing activity in areas associated with emotion and memory), resulting in a very dream-like pattern of activity. It has great power to break one out of old and unsatisfactory thinking patterns, and bring buried issues to the surface which can now be dealt with in a novel way. Very very therapeutic, I suspect (and in my personal experience) even for physical conditions where there's miscommunication between the brain and body.

Edit: I just learned that psilocybin specifically reduces activity in the Default Mode Network, which is the network adults default to any time they're not engaged in external activities. It's the ruminating, self-absorbed, non-present, easily-bored mind. The DMN is even more overbearing in people with depression or ADHD. When the DMN is down, the brain reverts to its long-forgotten, childlike pattern of brain activity - which is also seen in meditation and dreaming. As children, neuronal connections are based on proximity rather than, as adults, functionality; which sounds more efficient and probably explains why on psilocybin, global brain connectivity increases despite a reduction in total brain activity/blood flow.


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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2020, 10:25:56 pm »
Trust Western medicine at your own peril:

https://twitter.com/epigenwhisp/status/1342933849911697409 (video at link)


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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2021, 10:35:50 pm »
How's that Western medicine working for you?

https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2021/01/16/23-die-in-norway-after-receiving-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine

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Besides those who died, nine had serious side effects — including allergic reactions, strong discomfort and severe fever — while seven had less serious ones, including severe pain at the injection site.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2021, 12:31:38 am »
https://principia-scientific.com/uk-government-releases-shocking-report-on-covid-vaccine-side-effects/

https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/01/26/cna-nursing-home-whistleblower-seniors-are dying-like-flies-after-covid-injections-speak-out/


More information on Covid vaccine injections respectively in the UK and US....

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2021, 03:07:21 am »
What about the animals tortured and killed in coronavirus vaccine testing? Western medicine is non-vegan and should be rejected on ethical grounds as much as possible.

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Six rhesus monkeys were injected with the vaccine before being exposed to the Covid-19 virus. A control group of three non-vaccinated monkeys were also exposed to the virus. All the monkeys were monitored for 7 days for signs of infection before being killed and dissected.

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Ten rhesus monkeys were injected with two different doses of the vaccine three times over a two-week period. The Covid-19 virus was then injected directly into their lungs through a tube down their windpipes. A control group of five non-vaccinated monkeys were also infected with the virus.

Seven days later, the monkeys were killed and dissected. All the unvaccinated monkeys developed severe pneumonia before they were killed.

https://youtu.be/BymUKDp-omQ

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Several European countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears
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Seven European countries – Denmark, Norway, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxembourg – have suspended all or part of their #AstraZeneca​ #vaccine​ roll-out as a #precaution​ while they investigate concerns relating to blood clots.
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2021, 12:08:51 am »
Medical machinery in action:
https://youtu.be/TUIaezrSszo

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2021, 08:42:22 pm »
Covid 19 Vaccine contains gelatin (pork); not permissible under Muslim law, says Indian cleric:
https://youtu.be/si7GhC9jTnM
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Japanese Fasting Study Reveals Complex Metabolic Changes in the Human Body
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Fasting’s health benefits may be broader than scientists previously realized.
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Fasting is gaining popularity among biohackers looking for an edge, but there’s remarkably little information on what happens inside the body during a fast. While some research has shown that caloric restriction can increase lifespans in lab animals, and plenty of intermittent fasting enthusiasts swear it boosts their cognition and helps them lose weight, the molecular mechanisms have remained somewhat vague — limited mostly to the fat-burning phenomenon of ketosis. To start filling in this knowledge gap, a small new study shows that fasting’s effects on human metabolism are actually much broader than previous research has shown, and intermittent fasting could have unrecognized benefits.
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But for now, it’s safe to say that fasting is nowhere near as simple as it seems, and scientists are only beginning to bring the full picture into focus.
Entire article: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/japanese-fasting-study-reveals-complex-metabolic-changes-in-the-human-body?utm_source=pocket-newtab