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Thursday December 14, 2017
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American Indian physicians

Bill Ellis

American Indian doctors were accomplished healers. North and Middle American Indians used antibiotic medications. Indians of the Northern Plains used anti-viral medications. The Aztec did medical research on 1,200 plants.
American Indians were the first people in the world to have a public health care system. The American Indian doctor was also a specialist. He could set bones, treat wounds, prevent infection and perform surgery.
The health of the Indians was usually much better than the health of the Europeans. The Indians had no aching bones, no fever, no chest pains, no smallpox or abdominal pain. They had no TB, no stomach pain and no headache.
The American Indian lived in small settlements that were open to the air. Indians were cleaner than Europeans. Indians bathed daily. Human waste was disposed of away from the camp.
Indians also ate better than Europeans. Indians ate more food that was high in vitamin C. Europeans learned to rely on Indian remedies and many Indian medicines were adopted into the US pharmacopoeia.

Potato Soup
In a pot, sauté some chopped up bacon and onion. Add sliced potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer until done. Add more water if you need it. When the potatoes are done, add a good sized chunk of butter and some cream or milk and enjoy with cornbread. Everything goes better with cornbread.