by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
Reporting from Tijuana, Mexico…
“Prior to 400 BCE,” Alex Zhavoronkov writes in his book The Ageless Generation, “most scholars believed illness was punishment from wrathful gods.
“The Greek doctor Hippocrates correctly theorized that illness resulted from physical causes. By separating it from religion, medicine could henceforth be pursued by the scientific method of cause and effect rather than the prevailing religious dogma.”
Despite Hippocrates’ massive personal paradigm shift, his insights, which seem obvious today, wouldn’t be accepted as “mainstream” for another 2,000 years. And, unfortunately, infectious diseases would remain the number one killer until the mid-1900s.