> I thought the medicine analogy was perfectly apt. If you had tapeworms
> or malaria or ringworm or leishmaniasis or whatever, you would likely
> take a pesticide to try to kill the organisms that were plaguing you. The
> dosage would be calculated to kill the unwanted organisms without
> causing undue harm to you. Isn't that exactly the intent of farm
A case in point: Many years ago, I was prescribed a medical drug for and
intestinal parasite (that happened to be misdiagnosed). I took the medication as
I understood the prescrition to read, which came very close to killing me,
requiring extensive emergency measures, hospitalization, and the employment of
extremely delicate and powerful drugs, after other forms of radically invasive
methods of intervention failed to impede the continued approach of sudden death.
Once "recovered", since the parasite remained intact, I was again prescribed
another, more appropriate but still toxic mediaction, which only caused great
discomfort, once again without eliminating the parasite.
The parasite was eliminated by a short fast followed by ingestion of raw pumpkin
seed kernals - a much less toxic and in fact more effective solution, that
required no prescription and involved my making a much lower cash outlay.
Question: To what extent did the difficulty in exploiting pumkin seeds
ecoonomically contribute to this highly educational life experience? Thatīs a
rhetorical question - at least for me. I know the answer only too damn well.
And am not so easily fooled. But many others will be less fortunate. Ya te digo.
And we're not talking academically. These things happen every day, and I will
(of course) fight it until I really am dead. (A trait that will undoubtedly help
me postpone that a bit, even if I have to kick a litlle ass here and there now
and then. Itīs all part of my day).
> When farm pesticides cause harm at the consumer or
> environment level, it seems a close parallel to drug side-effects -- ie,
> where the exposure is great enough to cause harm to non-target
> organisms. For an especially sensitive individual (eg allergic), this level
> may be essentially nil.
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