Will the Anglo-Saxon “Bald’s Salve” remedy see wider use in addressing superbugs?

Nature is full of antimicrobial compounds. Indeed, most of the antibiotics we use today are derived from secondary metabolites secreted by soil bacteria and fungi. Plants also synthesize antimicrobial compounds as a way of defending themselves against infections. Alliums (which include garlic and onions) in particular are known to produce antimicrobial compounds[1] , and have Read More …

What evolutionary purpose does the placebo effect serve?

Assigning a “purpose” to any feature of evolution is an invitation to make a fool of one’s self. Evolution is an inherently random process. The desire to use evolution to tell “just so” stories often results in seemingly scientific explanations that are completely bogus. But I’ll bite, and risk looking like an idiot, because this Read More …