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DIAGNOSIS: ASTHMA

The Historical Treatment of Asthma

When you look at the historical treatment of asthma, it goes back a long ways. It was believed that wheezing and asthma were incarnations of evils spirits from the past. In the ancient Egyptian times, Hippocrates, in the year 450 BC, was the first to call it 'asthma' It was then recognized to be a true ailment of the body. They're not sure whether he meant to call it a actual disease, or was putting it down merely as a symptom. A papyrus that was found in the 1870 called the "Georg Ebers" Papyrus has prescriptions on it that show over seven hundred remedies for asthma. The ancient Egyptians would heat herbs on top of bricks, and then inhale the smoke. China were the first to give herbs which contained a drug we currently use to stop allergies, ephedrine. So, in the historical treatment of asthma, the Greeks used the word aazein, which means that you inhale through an open mouth. In a book about the time that Troy was sieged, they used the term 'asthma'. As usual, when doctors don't know what to do to help someone they said that asthma was 'in the head'. That's always a common thing for doctors to do. Whatever they currently don't understand is termed 'all in the head', pure psychosomatic invention. It's amazing that science doesn't, supposedly, believe in magic, yet their concepts of 'all-in-the-head' would have us be able to invent the most amazing of ailments, purely from our minds. In 1864, Dr. Salter was the first to prove that asthma was a purely physical problem. It sometimes takes a very long time for people to come to grips that a disease is a physical problem. How they can imagine that people imagine that they can't breathe is beyond me. That sounds so much like superstition, to me. Doctors are supposed to be scientists, not those who believe in superstitions. If we could make ourselves wheeze and not breathe, that would be pretty amazing. However, still, there are thousands of ailments that are blamed on the mind, as if a person might be able to manifest all kinds of different ailments all invented out of the brain, acting in a very real way throughout the body. How about if, which is much more likely, that all of the ailments which they currently stuff under the 'in-your-head' category also have roots in physical processes that are just not currently well-understood. Allergies, in general, have always been a thing which physicians scoffed at… they still do. However, all it takes is one time for someone to show how to treat the 'in-your-head' ailment to prove that it can't possibly have been in your head. If you can do something that makes it go away for good, and that is a repeatable thing, then it wasn't all in the head at all. So, in many ways, the historical treatment of asthma is the story of many ailments, many of which still are considered to be 'all-in-the-head'.

The Historical

Treatment of Asthma

When you look at the historical treatment of asthma, it goes back a long ways. It was believed that wheezing and asthma were incarnations of evils spirits from the past. In the ancient Egyptian times, Hippocrates, in the year 450 BC, was the first to call it 'asthma' It was then recognized to be a true ailment of the body. They're not sure whether he meant to call it a actual disease, or was putting it down merely as a symptom. A papyrus that was found in the 1870 called the "Georg Ebers" Papyrus has prescriptions on it that show over seven hundred remedies for asthma. The ancient Egyptians would heat herbs on top of bricks, and then inhale the smoke. China were the first to give herbs which contained a drug we currently use to stop allergies, ephedrine. So, in the historical treatment of asthma, the Greeks used the word aazein, which means that you inhale through an open mouth. In a book about the time that Troy was sieged, they used the term 'asthma'. As usual, when doctors don't know what to do to help someone they said that asthma was 'in the head'. That's always a common thing for doctors to do. Whatever they currently don't understand is termed 'all in the head', pure psychosomatic invention. It's amazing that science doesn't, supposedly, believe in magic, yet their concepts of 'all-in-the-head' would have us be able to invent the most amazing of ailments, purely from our minds. In 1864, Dr. Salter was the first to prove that asthma was a purely physical problem. It sometimes takes a very long time for people to come to grips that a disease is a physical problem. How they can imagine that people imagine that they can't breathe is beyond me. That sounds so much like superstition, to me. Doctors are supposed to be scientists, not those who believe in superstitions. If we could make ourselves wheeze and not breathe, that would be pretty amazing. However, still, there are thousands of ailments that are blamed on the mind, as if a person might be able to manifest all kinds of different ailments all invented out of the brain, acting in a very real way throughout the body. How about if, which is much more likely, that all of the ailments which they currently stuff under the 'in-your- head' category also have roots in physical processes that are just not currently well-understood. Allergies, in general, have always been a thing which physicians scoffed at… they still do. However, all it takes is one time for someone to show how to treat the 'in-your-head' ailment to prove that it can't possibly have been in your head. If you can do something that makes it go away for good, and that is a repeatable thing, then it wasn't all in the head at all. So, in many ways, the historical treatment of asthma is the story of many ailments, many of which still are considered to be 'all-in-the-head'.
DIAGNOSIS: ASTHMA