A woman code named “SM” suffers from Urbach-Wieth disease – a condition where the person cannot feel fear. Her identity is guarded for her safety by researchers who are studying her and only 400 people on the planet are known to have this condition.
Dr Barry Marshall was convinced that H.pylori bacteria causes stomach ulcers, but no one believed him. Since it was illegal to test his theory on humans, he drank the bacteria himself, developed ulcers within days, treated them with antibiotics and went to win a Nobel prize.
People used to make clothes from asbestos. These garments were fireproof and people cleaned them by burning off the stains.
Okinawa has some of the longest living people on earth, and it has the highest rate of people over a hundred in the world. Two thirds of them are still living independently at the age of 97. Okinawans have also been found to have low rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. According to the article, it’s because of their diet.
Drinking soda could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study. But here’s the more surprising part: so could fruit juices.
Coca-Cola is sometimes used medically to dissolve ‘phytobezoars’ – large indigestible balls of material in the digestive tract. It works by dissolving material that otherwise would not be broken down.
According to a study by WWF, Dalberg, and the University of Newcastle, Australia, “on average, people could actually be ingesting approximately 5 grams of microplastics every week – that’s the equivalent of a credit card.”
In the 1800’s, sewer-hunters scavenged the London sewers for bones, fragments of rope, miscellaneous bits of metal, silver cutlery, and coins. Paradoxically, the men were strong, robust and even florid in complexion, often surprisingly long-lived–thanks to their strengthened immune systems.
During WWI, cotton was in high demand for the manufacture of uniforms and explosives. For bandages, doctors turned to using sphagnum moss. It can hold up to 22 times its own weight in liquid — twice as absorptive as cotton. The moss is also antiseptic, making the surrounding environment acidic.
Detox plans have no scientific basis. They are considered a waste of time and money by scientists.