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Skepquote of the day – 02/03/09

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on February 3, 2009

Unfortunately, age and popularity are not valid criteria for judging medical ideas. Yes, the idea of “qi” is thousands of years old, but a thousand years ago, people didn’t live very long. A thousand years ago, our understanding of the human body and its diseases was limited to vague ideas of spirits, curses, gods, and other superstitions that did not rely on any understanding of anatomy or physiology. People didn’t know causes, and couldn’t prevent or cure disease (but some physicians had made inroads into properly describing diseases). In fact, these ideas have been largely abandoned in their countries of origin. People in China who have access to proper health care choose the same “western” medicine that we use here in the States every day.


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