Alternative Medicine – Gaining Popularity And Acceptance

Alternative medicine has been gaining in both popularity and acceptance in recent years. Many cities now have plenty of shops  for alternative medicine.  A person interested in buying alternative medicines can find whatever they are seeking. In addition to being able to take advantage of many alternative medicine services at local practitioners’ offices.

Alternative medicine is a type of treatment that’s not officially recognized by the medical establishment as a relief or cure. There are literally thousands of practices that fall under this category. Most people would be surprised to find that some of the techniques that either are or once were considered to be alternative are now accepted.

Not too far back in medical history, doctors did not wash their hands while helping child labor. The result of not washing hands was thousands of infections and death due to bacterial transfer. Doctors who advocated the practice of hand-washing or warned of unseen microbes were shunned and mocked by their peers. And only in the last century has sterilization become a common and then regulated medical practice. It is hard to believe that something we take so much for granted was once considered alternative medicine.


In the 21st century, alternative medicine is not as frowned upon by the medical profession as it once was. Treatments such as acupuncture are common, and many other forms of alternative medicine are gaining acceptance. Even watching weekly magazine shows like Dateline on NBC, observers can see alternative medicine practitioners curing patients with terminal illnesses to the wonderment of experts. Some are scams for sure, but some are simply inexplicable. Professionals who witness the events tend not to endorse them, but neither do they dismiss them.

Part of the reason for the increase in acceptance of alternative medicine is the recognition of mind over the body. There is increasing evidence that a patient’s attitude can sometimes shape the physical response. And this attitude in part helps to illustrate why alternative medicine is more well received today. A patient who believes he or she is doing better, often will.

Before going out to walk on coals or ingest an ear tuft of a koala though, it is important to do some research into the practice or practitioner one is considering for advice. Alternative medicine is not regulated. That leaves a lot of room for quacks to take advantage of people’s ills to make a quick buck. Don’t rush into anything, and if it appears shady, do not partake of it.

The Night Sky

No matter how far along you are as an amateur astronomer, there is always one moment we all go back to.  That very first moment that you went out where you could really see the cosmos, and you took in the night sky.  For city dwellers, this is a revelation as profound as if we discovered aliens living among us.  Most of us have no idea the vast panorama of lights that dot a clear night sky when there are no city lights to interfere with the view.

Sure we all love the enhanced experience of studying the sky using binoculars and various sizes and powers of telescopes.  But I bet you can remember as a child that very first time you saw the fully displayed clear night sky with all the amazing constellations, meters and comets moving about and an exposure of dots of light far to numerous to ever count.

The best way to recapture the wonder of that moment is to go out in the country with a child of your own or one who has never had this experience and be there at that moment when they gaze up and say that very powerful word that is the only one that can summarize the feelings they are having viewing that magnificent sky.  That word is – “Wow”.

Probably the most phenomenal fact about what that child is looking at that is also the thing that is most difficult for them to grasp is the sheer enormity of what is above them and what it represents.  The very fact that almost certainly, virtually every dot up there in the sky is another star or celestial body that is vastly larger that Earth itself, not by twice or ten times but by factors of hundreds and thousands, can be a mind blowing idea to kids.  Children have enough trouble imagining the size of earth itself, much less something on such a grand scope as outer space.

Love of Astronomy

But when it comes to astronomy, we do better when we fall into deeper and deeper levels of awe at what we see up there in the night sky.  Some amazing facts about what the children are looking at can add to the goose bumps they are already having as they gaze eyes skyward.

Facts like…

  • Our sun is part of a huge galaxy called the Milky Way that consists of one hundred billion stars just like it or larger.  Show them that one hundred billion is 100,000,000,000 and you will se some jaws drop for sure.


  • The milky was is just one of tens of billions of galaxies each of which has billions of stars in them as well.  In fact, the Milky Way is one of the small galaxies.


  • If you wanted to drive across the Milky Way, it would take you 100,000 years.  But you can’t get there driving the speed limit.  You have to drive five trillion, eight hundred million miles per year to get all the way across that fast.


  • Scientists calculate that the Milky Way is 14 billion years old.
Astronomy Discussion

These little fun facts should get a pretty spirited discussion going about the origins of the universe. As well as about the possibility of space travel or if there are life on other planets.  You can challenge the kids to calculate the odds that life would exist on another planet?  I think you will see some genuine excitement when they try to think about the possibility.
Such discussion can be fun, exciting, and full of questions.  Don’t be too hasty to shut down their imaginations. This is the birth of a lifelong love of astronomy that they are experiencing.  If you were there that first moment when they saw that night sky, you will re-experience your own great moment when you ware a child.  And it might set off a whole new excitement about astronomy in you all over again.

Soccer a General History

If you want to understand the history of soccer, you have to admit that for some reason, humans have a natural urge to kick things. Whether it’s to release frustration, or simply for fun, we do this even without noticing.

How many times have you not walked on the street as a kid (and not only), simply kicking that pebble or cone on the ground in front of you out of boredom. It’s this natural urge that stands at the basis of the history of soccer.

– When was soccer invented?

When speaking about the history of soccer a lot of people regard England as the place that soccer was born. Although this could be a true statement in a particular context, the truth is that the English were the first to organize soccer around 1863. However they did not “invent” it per say. So if 1863 is the year the sport got “baptized”, then what year was soccer invented and where?

Since soccer or soccer-like sports can be traced way back to ancient times, it’s difficult to pin-point a specific year. Historians of the phenomenon usually chop it down into 3 periods of time.

– History of soccer during ancient times

They might not have had our modern commodities, but ancient people sure knew how to have their fun. And, you guessed, kicking a “ball” around (obviously, the balls were extremely rudimentary compared to what is used today) was considered a fun activity in many areas all around the globe. Most of them developing at the same time, without interaction from one another.

In history of soccer the first written statement regarding the start of soccer comes from a Chinese military manual at around 300 BC. Which describes a practice called “cuju” that involved the players kicking a leather ball through a hole in a silk cloth stretched between two poles. On the other side of the globe, in the Americas, the Aztecs were playing a similar sport. Although some compare it to basketball more than soccer.

The purpose of the game was to kick the ball through a small stone circle that was placed high up on the arena’s walls. Hence the relation to basketball.

Now I don’t know about you, but to me it sounds a lot more difficult to place a small leather ball exactly in the middle of a stone circle that’s well high above your head with your foot, than striking a modern “high-tech” ball in an 8 yard goal.

– History of soccer during the Middle Ages

We usually think of the medieval era as a time when war was viewed as a necessity and a “job” rather than a calamity. Despite being quite a serious, “dark” period of time, somehow the medieval people managed to take some time for some sports, including soccer.

The forms of soccer played during this time were obviously incomparable to our current definition of the sport; hence they are usually classified as “mob soccer”.

While their dads were off at war, children would often grab a patched up leather ball, hit the nearby field and start a “war” on the field. The lack of rules often lead to fights and serious injuries and the sport was regarded as dangerous in many locations.

A clear example of this can be found in the London British Museum, where an engraving shows a group of men struggling to win a leather ball, with a second image showing a man with a broken arm. You do the math.

– Modern-day soccer

As mentioned above, although we don’t know when soccer was invented, we do know when it was organized as a sport under a clear set of rules. Being a popular practice in England, soccer was played chaotically and oftentimes it would lead to the same on and off-pitch battles similar to the ones occurring during medieval soccer matches. On each match, the two teams would agree on a particular set of rules, but with the lack of a referee arguments would often spark up.

In order to keep things in order, a few English clubs met in London on October 26, 1863 in order to create a set of well-defined and universal rules for the game.

The Football Association was born and although their set of rules did not apply to all clubs immediately, in a few decades, as soccer clubs switched from amateurism to professionalism, their laws and conduct restrictions became standard for everyone.

As you can see, there’s really no “right” way to answer the “When was soccer invented?” question. You’ll have your fair share of arguments at hand regardless of what period you believe was the spark that caused the wildfire that soccer is today.

And you’ll probably agree with me on this: it’s not really that important to know when soccer was invented. But rather acknowledge that we are lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful sport at its best, as we can in modern times.