Re: Re: When Feces is the Best Medicine: An Anglo-Saxon Medicine follow-up

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Yep, onion kills bacteria and I imagine that garlic does too.  For that matter so will English wine (=vinegar :-) )MRSA and VRSA are resistant to antibiotics but they can still be killed by antiseptics (such as the stuff in that recipe, honey, maggots but also more modern stuff like chloramphenicol.  The biggest issue is finding substances that leaves the human tissue relatively undamaged.The problem with veterinary medicine is that to get a decent evidence base you need either a really big effect of a drug or really large numbers of patients.  You can do that by pooling the results of multiple clinics but ideally you also want every patient to be diagnosed and treated exactly the same way apart from the thing you're testing so that you know any differences were due to the treatment rather than differences in the quality of the hospital, the doctor/vet, the nursing etc or the health of the patient.  A lot of human hospitals have fairly stringent protocols for diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions, and this will (at least in the UK) not be altered as much by the ability of the patient to afford tests/meds.    As far as drug companies go, developing a new drug for heart disease in humans is likely to be far more lucrative than designing one for animals.  Fortunately in a lot of cases vets can piggy back on advances in human fields; there are more similarities than differences between dogs/cats and humans.  And, while I'm a big fan of evidence based medicine, you don't need to treat 2000 wounds (with 2000 controls) with onion/garlic if nearly every wound you treat gets better and nearly every wound you don't treat goes gangrenous (that's actually still evidence based, just without the need for complicated statistics)

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