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Honey and Snails

By: Steve Herman
Posted: October 5, 2009, from the October 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Through this assessment of the potential in natural resources and the accumulated insight into the use of these sources, it is clear that all knowledge has potential value. In an age of Twitter—with its tiny, unverifiable data bits—what lessons can be gleaned in evaluating the usefulness of substances such as honey, kanwa or snail slime? The modern scientific mind can sometimes shut down when confronted with anecdotal information. We would gain a wealth of possibilities by taking everything seriously. We could then objectively identify and embrace the best therapies emerging from thousands of years of experimentation in the best laboratory of all, the living world.

General Reference

R Root-Bernsatin and M Root-Bernsatin, Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels, Houghton Mifflin (1997)


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Steve Herman is president of Diffusion LLC, a consulting company specializing in regulatory issues, intellectual property, and technology development and transfer. An adjunct professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Masters in Cosmetic Science program, his book, Fragrance Applications: A Survival Guide, was published by Allured Publishing Corp. in 2001. A former chairman of the Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s New York chapter, he was elected to fellow status in 2002.