Friday, July 22, 2011

Persecution Salve

One of the most interesting aspects of 21st-century religiosity in the US is the intense persecution it feels. This persecution is often administered by the “intellectual elite”. Since most of the readers of this blog would be grouped into that category I thought it would be nice to point out that there are people who think you are being naughty, and they want it to stop; now!

Thought you are being naughty by simply thinking your elitist thoughts there are some of you who take your naughtiness one step further, and formulate opinions. Some of you even go so far as to share your opinions. Some of you even write them down.

You create confrontation between facts, figures, philosophy, art, and truth. You are a little intimidating to even those who agree with you, but have not done their homework. I personally (sometimes) spell check my blog entries to suck up to your favor, and I don’t just do this because you are so good looking.

The standard American focus of perceived persecution is Christianity. This is probably due in part to the fact that so many Christians use torture iconography as a mainstay of their fashionable jewelry. I recently saw someone with a chic little gold cross inlaid with diamonds hung around their neck on a gold chain. If the core magic of your faith requires the torture and death of your god then images of persecution should never be far from your mind. Some Christians, who may simply feel that they are not persecuted enough in their daily lives, go so far as to whip themselves bloody.

Practitioners of alternative medicine are also the subject of elitist persecution. I have heard the derisive statement: “there is no such thing as alternative medicine; if it worked it would just be called ‘medicine’” thrown around like a well loved stuffed toy. Persecution is not victimless. People’s livelihoods are at stake when alternative medicine is attacked.

Practitioners of alternative medicines must hide behind disclaimers to prevent being bullied by that lapdog of elitist science: the FDA. While researching hexagonal water I often ran into disclaimers similar to these:

The statements contained on these pages have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Many of the methods and products in this page are NOT considered scientific by the FDA, nor are they even recognized.

The information contained here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this document are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, meant for diagnosing illness, or for prescriptive purposes.

The FDA has even begun publishing lists of what it calls “fake cancer cures that should be avoided”. The list I found had 187 items on it. “187” is gang-slang for premeditated murder (this is a reference to California Penal Code section 187, subdivision (a) that defines murder as the "unlawful killing of a human being, or fetus, with malice aforethought"). What significance should we derive from this connection between this FDA alternative medicine hit list, and the hidden meaning behind the number of items on it?

Some of the items on the list are directly associated with proven cancer-causing benefits. Dong Ling Cao (aka Rabdosia or Isodon Rubescens) has sourced two extracts that have killed cancer cells in preliminary tests. Shouldn’t teas made from the whole plant kill cancer better than some extract?  Perhaps one would get even more benefit by eating the dirt the plant grew in also?  What if they smoked it?

One whole subgroup present several times on the FDA’s 187 list is the potion generically called “Black Salve”. Black Salves have been clinically proven to cure certain types of skin cancer. Sure they are non-metastasized skin cancers that have a 100% cure rate after modern out-patient surgery, but the Black Salve’s cure them. This is why they are called an alternative to modern medicine.

The Black Salves cannot cure all the cancers that modern medicine can. There are a couple of side effects. Sometimes they are manufactured without active ingredients. Sometimes they contain random nastiness.

On the upside, they have been used for hundreds of years. Their use, like bleeding with leaches, predates modern medicine.

The black salves work by burning the skin off the area they are applied to. Because of this they are sometimes called corrosive salves. Sometimes they are named after their ingredients with names like “bloodroot black salve” or simply “bloodroot salve”.

Sometimes they do burn off a little more than the applied area, but this is easily blamed on the sensitivity of the patient instead of the effectiveness of the product. There is also the pesky problem of infection when one chemically burns open a necrotic sore while simultaneously smearing the wound with a concoction loaded with bacteria of questionable origin.

I’ve seen the photos people whose noses have melted off after the application of these alternative medicine products. I firmly deny the charge that I personally showed them to anyone and then told them not to pick their nose. The publication of those pictures is simply scare tactics by elitist doctors and lawyers.

And..y’know… they are a little scary.

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