|fedex - 2012-08-17 |
watch out that you don't get the eggs soaked in 40-year old virgin piss
|cognitivedissonance - 2012-08-17 |
I was reading an old grimoire recently that had an "infallible" method of finding treasure, and it involved keeping a virgin boy fed on certain things and required to wear a specific robe, at which point the magician was to give him a magical ink, a magical bowl filled with magical water, lock him in the room and wait until the ink dropped in the bowl gave him the vision of the nearest treasure, at which point he'd presumably tell you, instead of, you know, going to get it for himself after this whole rigamarole of abuse being deserving of a large pile of gold.
by Orson Scott Card
|Blue - 2012-08-17 |
Does anybody know what the status of alternative medicine was in the 40s when this shit was illegal? Was there widespread belief in shit like acupuncture among educated people prior to it's legalization?
I'm sure every culture's traditions sound fucking retarded to anyone outside that culture's traditions, but I'm really curious to know if this shit was generally accepted as real even in the decades when it was illegal.
New Thought, and lots of it. This reigned from the 1920s to the early 50s, at which point it diverged into the Scientology type pseudopsychiatry and the Benny Hinn prosperity theology.
acupuncture is a lot like voodoo; if you believe it will work, it can work
You realize that studies showing a reduction in pain relief is something not only consistent with but expected from completely bullshit therapies, right? Also, when you have a study in a peer reviewed journal that concludes that both the treatment AND placebo are effective, you are straight up being lied to. There is no ambiguity there.
To be clear, I was referring to acupuncture's legalization in CHINA. The Chinese government banned the practice because it knew it was bullshit, but it brought it back and standardized it in the 50s. It was part of a program to bring medicine to the rural areas of the country. They basically picked farmers, gave them about 6 months of education and sent them back to their communities with a big book with step by step instructions on how to do doctor stuff.
The addition of acupuncture was about delivering a shot of nationalism to the people that needed it most: sick people whose doctors didn't have the equipment, medicine, or knowledge to treat them. The book was clear. Use real medicine. If you don't have real medicine, use bullshit medicine. It was about saving face and providing comfort to people that the government had failed.
When that book was translated into English, it was abridged. They basically cut out all the parts about real medicine. That's the book that introduced TCM to America.
|OxygenThief - 2012-08-17 |
"You will have more energy when you do work."
|chumbucket - 2012-08-17 |
collected from toilets...this is the process that disturbs me the most
HARVESTED, chumbucket, HARVESTED from childrens toilets.
I am genuinely hard-pressed to thing of anything creepier than a greasy, aging chinese street vendor hovering outside of a school bathroom for the precious spirit nectar for his egg cart.
yes thank you
Gives things called "harvest festivals" a whole new meaning.
|kingofthenothing - 2012-08-18 |
I really don't want to believe this is real.
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