MEDICINE Bloodletting Maggots Weird Stuff Trepanning Bee Stings
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HOW ABOUT NOW?
There is a lot of just plain weird stuff that people have done to the human body to heal it or to make it beautiful!
Here are a few select choices!
Shocking a person with electricity doesn't seem like it would help anything, unless you were Frankenstein, but it's been tried for a number of things! Running electric current through the body has been a treatment for headache, stomach ache, cramps, and mental disorders.
Electroshock became very popular in the 20th century in the treatment of mental illnesses and depression. It is still a very controversial treatment. Some doctors swear it works and some see it as inhuman and barbaric.
The use of magnets to treat illness goes back thousands of years! Hindu, Egyptian, Tibetan, and Chinese writings mention using magnetic rock to treat body pains and wounds.
People who use magnets say that they open blood vessels, change the body's electromagnetic field, or stimulate chemical processes in cells. Nobody knows for sure what's happening.
Magnets can be taped or held next to the skin, put into shoe insoles, sewn into clothes, or even put into mattresses! Talk about a lumpy night's sleep!
It won't do any good to stick refrigerator magnets all over yourself--medical magnets are 10-400 times as strong as those. Manufacturers will make about $500 million dollars this year selling magnets for health. Hey, you can even buy a magnetic dog or cat collar for about $20. Then, will they stick to passing cars?
TREATMENT OF WOUNDS
Wounds, ("Owies") have been treated through the centuries in dozens of ways-most of them painful! Here is a library of a few!
Even now, there are experiments being done with honey. Doctors who are doing cancer surgery are coating their instruments with honey, which attracts and kills all the "loose" cancer cells along the edges of the incision. Even wounds from limb amputations are being coated with honey and seem to heal more quickly! Wow!