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23 Oct 2015, 09:03
I read, long ago, about something indigenous people do for broken bones, etc., that involves hollowing out a large branch/tree trunk to set the limb in, and then applying some mixture of something, which actually does something to the injured bone. Does anyone know what this is?

B. de Corbin
23 Oct 2015, 09:24
No, but on Star Trek, Dr. McCoy once healed a silicon based life form with a sack of concrete, if that helps...

(Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!)


On the more serious but still somewhat giggly side, I read an article about MaryJane that claims boo helps heal bones.

23 Oct 2015, 09:41
^^^ This is why I'm not asking on facebook.

23 Oct 2015, 10:35
Actually,Tommy Chong is treating his cancer with weed...not sure how it is working out.

See here.

23 Oct 2015, 17:14
What I posted about is something I read about long ago. Might be folklore, might be fact, I don't know and I was hoping someone would have some info or had heard of it.

23 Oct 2015, 17:21
I did a quick google search and many of what I came up with revolved around the Aborigines. I haven't read all the articles but I searched "indigenous people healing bones".

23 Oct 2015, 17:33
TY, I'll take a look!

23 Oct 2015, 17:35
A lot of modern medical stuff was/is based on Native medicine. Aspirin is based on a Native American use of chewing on bark.

Actually from searching it goes back much further.

Quote from site:
The ancient Egyptians used willow bark as a remedy for aches and pains, said Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug." They didn't know that what was reducing body temperature and inflammation was the salicylic acid.

That from here (http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/12/22/aspirin.history/)

B. de Corbin
23 Oct 2015, 17:49
^^^ This is why I'm not asking on facebook.

Was I just accused of being Facebook-worthy?

Now you've hurt my itty-bitty feelings...