February #32 : Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

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Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

Tapped for Greatness

My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

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Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

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February 1998

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales

Robert and Michéle Root-Bernstein
Houghton-Mifflin Company

According to this book, Mom may have been right—or at least those medieval medics were. Slathering on some sterile honey, drinking urine, getting bled, immersing oneself in water and eating dirt may sound disgusting, but so is swallowing 75 pills a day. Far from folklore, these old remedies serve as the bases for today’s common treatments: Urine provides us with modern fertility and anticlotting agents, and Kaopectate is chock-full of clay.

Along with his historian wife, Michéle, Robert Root-Bernstein (best known for his Rethinking AIDS) tackles these ancient approaches one at a time, reviewing the potential values, dangers, clinical studies and current derivations on the pharmacy shelf.

The book presents neither arrogant dismissal nor gullible acceptance; it is simply a call for rational assessment. The Root-Bernsteins state their case: These remedies may not seem scientific, but lack of research into what many people with HIV are using to alleviate symptoms leaves us all with a very unscientific ignorance.

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