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    Default When science meets folklore.

    When searching for cures to human disease it may sometimes be the case that the remedies lie in the myths and lore of our past. While modern science is only discovering these things we could almost certainly contend that at some stage mankind forgot, as is often the case surrounding lore.

    Quote.. An ancient folk remedy from County Fermanagh could help scientists in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

    According to local belief, the soil from a churchyard in Boho can cure infections.

    A microbiologist who took samples to see if there was any scientific basis for the cure has made an astonishing discovery.

    Dr Gerry Quinn found a unique strain of streptomyces, a microorganism used to produce antibiotics.

    It was found to kill the top three pathogens (organisms that cause disease) identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a major threat to human health. unquote.. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46651702

    What else might folklore teach science?
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    Default Re: When science meets folklore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    When searching for cures to human disease it may sometimes be the case that the remedies lie in the myths and lore of our past. While modern science is only discovering these things we could almost certainly contend that at some stage mankind forgot, as is often the case surrounding lore.

    Quote.. An ancient folk remedy from County Fermanagh could help scientists in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

    According to local belief, the soil from a churchyard in Boho can cure infections.

    A microbiologist who took samples to see if there was any scientific basis for the cure has made an astonishing discovery.

    Dr Gerry Quinn found a unique strain of streptomyces, a microorganism used to produce antibiotics.

    It was found to kill the top three pathogens (organisms that cause disease) identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a major threat to human health. unquote.. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46651702

    What else might folklore teach science?
    Very nice article... and the tribes of New Zealand also have a trove of folklore treatments worth further investigation in the lab.

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    Default Re: When science meets folklore.

    I've heard the Native Americans had a wealth of local plant-based and quite advanced medicines including anesthetics and surgical techniques. They just didn't have time to come up with cures to all the myriad new diseases (new to them) that the filthy Europeans brought with them before millions got wiped out.

    And yeah the Europeans of the time were filthy. They believed bathing was dangerous, the streets of European cities ran with raw sewage...reports of locals all over the world in the Age of Exploration all speak of the quite unbelievable stench of European ships and sailors.

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