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The Conventional Medical Paradigm
Man has always struggled with how best to treat disease. Medical practice has been a combination of healing arts and healing sciences with the balance between the two shifting depending on popular demand and political will. Never in the history of medicine has science been able to keep up with the evolution of diseases confronting man and, so, healing has depended on application beyond the known, beyond the proven. As a consequence, medical science offers effective treatments for but a small subset of the universe of diseases that afflict man and depends heavily on the healing arts. Rather than bring about a cure, drugs more often than not mask symptoms, depending on the body to bring about a cure.
Since the first moment man had a rational thought, he has been operating based on predictions born from observation. Having seen the sun rise each morning, man came to believe it would each morning thereafter. Primitive man, aware that superficial wounds would heal themselves, no doubt marveled, as do children today, that the body was possessed of extraordinary healing properties. Primitive man also gained knowledge from observing the effect of various natural substances on his ability to overcome the ravages of nature and endure disease.
The nomadic tribesmen of Northeast Asia road on short stocky Mongol horses for miles during their marauding campaigns against the walled cities of ancient China. They were capable of sustaining themselves on a diet derived from drinking the blood of the horses they road. They would make small incisions into a minor vein in the necks of the horses and draw the blood into a cup, instantaneously giving them a whole food source. Although traversing for months atop arid mountain steppes of Mongolia, they were able to sustain themselves in no small measure on the blood of their horses. This they learned from difficult experience.
From observation and experience, man came to acquire anecdotal knowledge of the healing properties of plants and animal food sources. This paradigm of natural healing and of so-called old wives tails, passed down from family to family and civilization to civilization combined with spiritual healing to form the basis of medical practice until the modern era.