Archive for December 7th, 2010

Viking Scurvy

There wasn’t any.

Nordic sailors spent enormous amounts of time on the sea, but Classical sailors seldom sailed out of sight of land and fruits with vitamin C were a regular part of a poor man‘s diet in Greece and Rome.

When Europeans began to take long voyages, they encountered scurvy for the first time. Unfortunately that was exactly the same time that organized medicine was based on the glorious Renaissance discovery of Classical Wisdom.

When the Vikings first encountered scurvy, they found something to do about it. Once again, this is one of those points that are so obvious we don’t think about them.

Bleeding and leaches were the universal cure for everything when Mommy Professor took over medicine. All disease was an imbalance of the Humors and doctors trained on how to bleed in the right place for each sickness.

Bleeding for scurvy? It was surely tried, but there is no record of it.

This bleeding nonsense did all right in society in general, because so many people died of disease anyway. But a ship is a completely different proposition. The old tars who had been on the sea for years wouldn’t stand for something that didn’t work when it came to a disease like scurvy.

Bleeding was the Word of Classical Wisdom elsewhere because people didn’t know what worked and what didn’t. But you can’t get away with that crap on a ship where sailors have memories.

No one knows how the Nordics learned to navigate the open seas. We do know they didn’t get That from the Renaissance, from which we are supposed to have gotten everything including the opposable thumb.

All Classical Wisdom knew was to keep their glorified rowboats within sight of land, and if they got lost their only sea was surrounded on all sides by land.

So this is the only place you will see the words “Viking Scurvy.”

Real science was crippled by the so-called Renaissance. Things like scurvy came back. People stopped doing what worked. Medieval Europe washed wounds with wine because it worked. Alcohol is an antiseptic. They stopped that nonsense when Mommy Professor quoted Galen and denounced their ignorance.

A history professor will try to trace the origin of calculus back to a society that used Roman numerals.

Once some Nords were livid because the enemy had attacked them on Saturday, their bath day. This tale was quoted to show how silly those barbarians were. Quoted by the same Intellectuals who said that barbarians didn’t bathe.

Ancient settlements routinely have baths. In the few castles that have not been renovated or destroyed beyond finding such small things, they had showers not much different from our own.

The Romans GOT their baths from their days as Northern invaders. “Turkish baths” were a holdover from the Byzantines.

You cannot understand the future without a careful study of the past. And our history is as insane as Galen’s medicine.