Coincidence

Strange that soon after my blog on vinegar mothers, the UK newspaper Daily Mail On-line, ran an article on the amazing health benefits of vinegar:

“…this humble condiment is being investigated as a way to help with everything from burns to jellyfish stings and even heart disease…In fact, new research suggests vinegar could be an alternative to antibiotics and diabetes drugs. …vinegar contains a cocktail of chemicals that combat bacterial infection, reduce levels of harmful fats and sugars in our blood and even fight cancer.”

Who would have thought?

I knew it was an effective and environmentally friendly cleaning agent, that it could be an aid to slimming but this article says that acetic acid from malt vinegar could be useful in the treatment of serious burns. Now, that could be useful to know but I’m sure there are rules the layman would need to know re dilution, purity etc. The article lays out a whole raft of possible areas where vinegar may well be beneficial and is worth reading for interest alone: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3891516/Could-dash-vinegar-heal-ailment-cutting-cholesterol-soothing-jellyfish-stings-experts-reveal-condiment-s-unlikely-healing-powers.html

I am continually flummoxed by the pharmaceutical community’s disdain for many of these traditional remedies. The stock response is that they haven’t been tested! No? Over several hundred years of use – that doesn’t count as testing? Our forebears were not stupid and if a natural remedy did not work they would have stopped using it. Their ‘testing’ was the trial-and-error method rather than test-tube–in-a-laboratory method but nonetheless valuable. How often do we hear that a promising treatment is years away because it hasn’t been tested in or on human beings? Well, most of these folk remedies were tested in and on human beings from the getgo. Every so often science confirms that there was a benefit to a particular traditional treatment (spiders’ webs for staunching wounds for example; sixteenth century surgeons trying to stop bleeding wouldn’t have known why or how it worked – they just knew it did). Of course, if too many of us found out that good old-fashioned, cheap vinegar could cut our cholesterol – we wouldn’t all be keeping pharma in business, would we?

Maybe  Cook Ashby wasn’t as daft as Seth thought!

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