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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

The two Aussie Docs who discovered that stomach ulcers are actually caused by bacteria have won the Nobel prize for medicine. Finally some good news. I just hope that the newspapers make a poster of these two just as they would for sporting figures who reach the top of their field. Yeah I know, it isn't going to happen.
It is interesting that they came up against a lot of resistance when they tried to introduce their idea into the medical community. For years, ulcers had been said to be caused by stress and poor diet, making their management an issue of lifesystle. Basically, they were blaming the victim for their misfortune. Then these two quacks try to suggest that cause was germs; this was just not on. It was an odd reaction for the 20th century, it would have been more like a reaction that occurred in the middle ages towards supposed witchcraft.
There are a few other conditions at the moment that are being blamed on lifestyle issues that might actually be an illness.


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