Throughout history many explanations have been offered to explain why people act in unnatural ways; from supernatural explanations such as possession by demons or gods to an imbalance of bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile). Today, western civilizations' theories of abnormality emphasize biological causes. Our advanced knowledge of human biology has allowed us to systematically name, diagnose and offer treatment for an ever expanding list of psychological disorders.
We all know that broccoli is good for us. But, could it be classed as an actual medicine? Well, the cruciferous vegetable, or, more specifically, the phytochemical Sulforaphane, which is found in relatively high concentrations in broccoli, is currently being researched as a possible treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Many times people will say, they don’t ‘believe’ in so called ‘holistic medicines’ meaning that they don’t believe in the healing and medicinal values of plants, herbs, and vegetables. This just points to the fact that they don’t know much about medicines in general.
Britain was unique in that it was the first country to experience industrial revolution. This had a profound impact on the British population. As industrialization expanded and as a result of urbanization, the population size within major cities expanded dramatically, sanitation issues and increased cases of deadly disease (mainly within the poor and working class) began to rise.