The ‘remedy’ claims to contain medicinal extracts and essences from plants such as
mallow, artichoke, hops, arnica, valerian, mountain pine, plantain and many more. While it
cannot be denied that the major content is alcohol, there does seem to be agreement among
the German medical profession that one should not oppose the use of this medicine in that
particular group of patients.
Nevertheless, it is very obvious that health activists cannot live with the idea that even
one or two units of alcohol per day might be healthier than total abstinence. Statistical
adjustments for almost all important circumstances of life the view study of a human
population to the observation of rats in a cage, where all the animals are held under equal
Is it allowed to ask whether, in research involving data on thousands of
individuals, the analytical methods applied in the BMJ study might lead to a type II error? The
damaging effects of long lasting alcohol abuse are well known, and one of the diseases to
which the addicted person might succumb is liver cirrhosis, in which the cause of death might
be massive bleeding in the oesophagus. Those performing an autopsy on those cases will
usually observe that the vascular system is free of arteriosclerosis. Maybe the health activist
and those leading a more or less healthy life but having a drink once in a while can reach a
compromise and agree that one or two classes wine or beer in a while is not better than not
drinking at all, but at least it is also not damaging their health.Back to content
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