When syzygy trips over serendipidous deja vu

‘Eye of newt’ episode:

I started reading 1066 and before all that yesterday afternoon (having had it available to read for several weeks/months) and found a section on Bede and the lǣce-bōc of his time – quite interesting.

Then last evening, what should appear, but:

Ancient Wisdom

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2015/march/ancientbiotics—a-medieval-remedy-for-modern-day-superbugs.aspx

6 comments for “When syzygy trips over serendipidous deja vu

  1. The Blocked Dwarf
    November 17, 2018 at 10:24

    Colour me unsurprised. One needs only to consider the man-hours, effort and/or money involved in making a manuscript; tanning, scraping, stretching the vellum, the gathering, fermenting of oak apples, denuding a goose etc etc . People tended to write down stuff that was important. In the case of remedies , stuff that worked. Of course most of the ‘charm’ cures (‘hoppeth ye upon one legge thricefold widdershins around the church uponeth Saint Judas daye’)were psychosomatic cures and I imagine , after my own recent experience with such things (long story), that they worked well. In the case of actual recipes, just the listing of a precise procedure to create the lotion or portion , means-IMNSHO- that the chances are it was a cure formulated over centuries of trial and error.

    We ‘moderns’ tend to forget that our ancestors were not idiots.

    *there is somewhere, if I recall my OE textbooks aright, a “Charm against a Dwarf” 😛

      • The Blocked Dwarf
        November 17, 2018 at 12:09

        After my own recent experience with a ‘vitamin’ whose effects I described to many, including my GP, as ‘like being on f***ing crack’ [sic], that saw me sleeping properly, awaking refreshed, awaking with TOO much energy to face the day, which meant I could get off the floor after playing with the grandkids with a mere shoulder spring and not major medical assistance, able to carry heavy bags of shopping for a mile without changing hands, that allowed me to think and learn as I had once been able to when I was considered a rising theological star , and boosted my libido to ’16 year old male ‘ I hesitate to use the term ‘placebo’ unless talking about sheer bunkum such as The Cult Of Magic Water (ie homeopathy).

        • dearieme
          November 17, 2018 at 13:05

          Name that vitamin!

          • The Blocked Dwarf
            November 17, 2018 at 13:58

            Not an actual ‘vitamin’ but a dietary supplement : Astaxanthin

            For a couple of months I really felt like I was 30 years younger, culminating in a drive all the way from Norfolk to the Ardennes (2 hour break on the ferry) without taking any painkillers! Normally I would have taken painkillers after every packet of fags smoked during a drive…so about once an hour. Got to the ‘hotel’ and bounded out of the car like a teen after one too many episodes of the Dukes Of Hazard.

            A couple of years before that , just as a comparison; https://i.postimg.cc/1RJJFQTm/Screenshot-2018-11-17-13-53-51.png

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