Mrs. Jesus believes that drinking cold water is unhealthy under certain conditions. I’ve been drinking it my whole life, with no ill effects.
I say that we simply adhere to different views of medicine which–like the different religions of the world–shall never agree. All we who are civilized can do, is hope that one day God may open the eyes of these poor ignorant souls, and teach them to renounce Tai-chi, Chinese medicine, and the regular propitiation of demons. On the offchance that some of these actually work, then they should do the right thing and have them peer-reviewed in somewhere respectable like Lancelet. (Except the demonolatry, for which a theology journal would clearly be more appropriate.)
But noooo, the Mrs. insists that Chinese traditions are just as good as actual science. And I hear the Indians and Tibetans have their own separate medicines too. And what about Traditional Texas Medicine? (Relies heavily on self-medication by means of whisky.) Does TCM have a single stinking advantage over TTM? Let’s just say I have my doubts…
Alas, whatever opinions she might have about health find themselves imbued with the aura of Tradition (which come to think of it, includes the tradition of the Aura) and clearly outweigh my own tentative uncertainties, based on nothing more solid than potentially falsifiable scientific findings. (Or at least, what I imagine what science would discover if it ever studied this stuff.)
So–cold water, good or bad?