In days gone by doctors/surgeons/apothecaries had often novel ways to deal with sickness. One of these was the use of leeches to suck blood from the poor hapless victim of illness.
Occasionally this was useful – as in the leeches ability to suck out useless/dangerous puss from an inflamed wound, and I suspect this was what formed the basis of the widespread use of these rather horrendous looking creatures whose sole purpose in life is to feed off other creatures.
Nowadays, thank goodness, the use of leeches to suck blood from ill folk has all but disappeared – but what has replaced it??
Chemicals ……… the widespread use of chemicals- mostly man made by big and profitable chemical companies masquerading as part of the ‘health industry’. We all know this – antibiotics, pain killers, sedatives, skin creams, indigestion remedies etc etc. We can’t live without them (or can we???).
My recent experience with chemo therapy (therapy???) has been interesting. Three sets of drugs administered to a strict timetable by very caring nurses – nurses who believe that what they are doing is the right thing – has been very interesting (and bloody painful and debilitating). I have worse to come in preparation for my stem cell transplant …. goody goody that will be fun. Of course I agreed to all of this, though to this day I am not sure why. I really was given no option other than the prospect of an uncertain and very short term future.
Horrible side effects, constant physical sickness and pain, an inability to function normally – all part of the price to pay for ‘being in the chemo regime’. this is what has overtaken me in the quest to improve ( not cure!) an illness I didn’t know I had nine months ago.
Really, maybe those pesky leeches did present a decent option after all!!!