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What About Thomas Edison’s “Doctor of the Future” Quote?

In case you are unfamiliar with the Edison quote, I am reproducing it here visually:

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I just ran across this quote tonight and, frankly, it blew my mind. Edison died in 1931. How about that for a forward-looking idea?

The whole purpose of this blog is to live healthy through diet and exercise and to use as little as possible drugs and unnatural substances in our systems.

In reading up on that quote, it turns out that chiropractors have used it to bolster their practice over the years. I have no quarrel with this. I have used chiropractors on and off for years for skeletal and muscular matters. They worked.

But, did Edison really say it?

I checked with Snopes, “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”

Here is some of what Snopes had to say:

“…we turned up several newspaper articles from late 1902 and early 1903 that reprinted Edison’s predictions for the upcoming year. Those predictions included some comments from him about the future of medicine, a portion of which incorporated the “doctor of the future” statement now attributed to him:

“Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease….”

You can read the entire Snopes item by clicking on the link where I first mentioned them.

I am thrilled to learn that the visionary Thomas Edison pointed in the same direction that I have been aiming for the past six years. Granted his statement was made before the development of antibiotics and many of the effective drugs we find in our medicine cabinets today.

Nonetheless, I am thinking of the needless suffering and deaths resulting from smoking, overeating and neglect of our need to exercise our bodies. Think how much healthcare costs would decline if we just learned to take care of ourselves as Edison suggested. We need to quit trying to solve our careless health practices with pills. Remember, over 60% of us are overweight and more than 30% are obese, not to mention teenagers coming down with adult onset diabetes, all as a result of bad food choices.

Here is a quote from my Page on the harm of smoking,Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable cause of death in the United States. On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.”

I wish that quote from Edison would set off a light bulb in people’s heads and get them to managing their health better.

Tony

 

 

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What About Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from pain in their joints, often a result of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation says there are more than 100 types of arthritis.

I am a sufferer, afflicted with osteoarthritis. It rests in the base of my thumbs and impairs the use of my hands. Buttoning and unbuttoning, turning a key in a lock are immediate sources of stabbing pains in my palms.

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A long time friend of mine told me about the raisin cure. We played in the Pony League together when we were 13 and 14 years old. We are now in our 70’s and both suffer from arthritis. Continue reading

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Inaccurate Infographic – Pineapple Juice as a Cough Remedy

As regular readers know, I love infographics. Also, I am a big fan of pineapple juice and pretty much drink some every day, so I was impressed by the infographic below saying pineapple juice was 500% more effective than cough syrup for stifling a cough. However, a nagging little voice in my head said, that sounds like pie in the sky, check it out further. So I went to Snopes – the definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors and misinformation.

Sure enough. It ain’t so.

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This information is not accurate.

Here is some of what Snopes has to say:

“Most articles proffering this claim reference a research study conducted in 2010, but locating the data in question has proved difficult. Few articles linked to any evidence, and more often than not they merely provided links to additional unsourced articles about the purported cough-battling properties of pineapple juice. One iteration referenced a particular study before adding that a second (unspecified) study bolstered the first:

“Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. Thick and stubborn mucus in your lungs or sinuses can cause seemingly endless spasms of coughing, sneezing and painful infections. In a study published in “Der Pharma Chemica” in 2010, researchers attempted to find beneficial treatments for patients who have tuberculosis, an infectious disease often caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As part of their studies, they discovered that a mixture of raw pineapple juice, pepper, salt and honey given to patients every day helped to dissolve the mucus in the lungs.

“In a subsequent study, research found that raw extracts from pineapple could decrease mucus five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrups. Patients recovered 4.8 times faster and exhibited a decrease in all symptoms related to coughing, especially hacking.”

“While we were unable to locate any other research indicating “patients recovered 4.8 times faster” when treated with pineapple juice in lieu of cough syrup, the source material (to which nearly all other claims referred) appeared to be a 2011 article from a small publication called Der Pharma Chemica. The article did not seem to be a study as such, and its title had nothing to do with pineapple juice (“Use of Secondary Metabolite in Tuberculosis: A Review”).

“The quote above represents the entirety of the “study” so commonly cited that purportedly proves pineapple juice outstrips cough syrup on a number of efficacy metrics. How that brief and vague mention about its helpfulness in dissolving mucus (in an unrelated article about tuberculosis) morphed into a ringing endorsement of Dole over Dimetapp is anyone’s guess. It’s possible pineapple juice will someday be deemed beneficial for cough symptoms in the course of a study, but we found no current research proving pineapple juice is five hundred percent, five times, or any other multiplier more effective than cough syrup at alleviating cough symptoms, suppressing cough, dissolving mucus, or hastening recovery time from a cold. ” (Emphasis mine.)

Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I like pineapple juice and recommend that you drink it for health purposes. Just don’t think it will fix your cough.

Livestrong.com says, “Pineapple juice contains enzymes that can help digest proteins and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Depending on whether you buy natural juice, or it has extra vitamin C added, just one serving of pineapple juice provides 30 to over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. For the best health benefits, look for fresh or canned pineapple juice that does not have added sugar or preservatives.”

Tony

 

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Does Eating Carrots Help You to See Better?

They must help; you never saw a rabbit with glasses, right? Just joshing.

Snopes, that arbiter of all urban legends, says, “While carrots are a good source of vitamin A (which is important for healthy eyesight, skin, growth, and resisting infection), eating them won’t improve vision. The purported link between carrots and markedly acute vision is a matter of lore, not of science. And it’s lore of the deliberately manufactured type.”

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Here is a fun video that explains it in detail. Enjoy!

Regarding nutritional value, FITDAY says, “Because of all the vitamins and nutrients contained in carrots, your body will benefit from eating more of them. For starters, carrots contain pro-vitamin A carotenes, and carrots are the greatest vegetable source of them. The powerful antioxidants found in carrots help protect your body from cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer, and they’re also great for helping your vision due to the high levels of beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A within your body). As a result of the increased levels of vitamin A, carrots can also help prevent postmenopausal breast cancer and also protects your body from other forms of cancer in the bladder, colon, larynx and prostate. They can even cut your risk of lung cancer by up to 50 percent.

“Aside from doing all this, carrots help in some of the body’s basic functions, too. For instance, they help to regulate the blood sugar in your body. They also help those who may be deficient in vitamin A because of the carcinogens found in cigarettes. Overall, carrots provide your body with the necessary amount of vitamin A to function fully.”

Now you know. Mother knows best even if she didn’t have it quite right in this case.

Tony

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