We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Much or most of what you know about health, nutrition, and medical practice is already obsolete, but it can take years for new information to be accepted by doctors, hospitals and, God knows, the government.
It's a truism that all knowledge is transient. I sometimes catch myself thinking "I can't believe they used to believe...." before I call myself on it and realize that in fifty years people will be saying that about us.
Dr. Semmelweiss possibly did more for women than any other person in history, or at least in medical history. He is a stand-out in the medical pantheon, but acceptance of his ideas was extremely slow and he was thought a nut and a crank by the medical establishment.
Quite some years ago, there was an excellent series on TV about various doctors whose contributions to medicine were outstanding. I had heard of most of them, but not of Dr. Semmelweiss. I don't know just how accurate the video was in its portrayal of the opposition to his theories, but even a fraction of that portrayed would have been very disheartening to one dedicated to saving lives.
Semmelweisss died, I think, of sepsis from an autopsy. That was the same thing that happened to his friend, Jacob Kolletschka who cut his finger doing an autopsy. The mortality rate for surgeons was quite high in the days before antisepsis came along.,