- Kevin Horgan
- Philadelphia, PA
- United States
Chief Medical Officer, Soligenix Inc,
Is there wisdom/knowledge that is suppressed to the detriment of society - known as the "Tomato Effect"?
The "Tomato Effect" is a term used for the rejection of effective medical treatments because they conflict with currently-accepted theories. Derived from the erroneous avoidance of the tomato as a food for several centuries in North America because it was considered to be poisonous, whereas it was simultaneously been consumed in Europe without qualms. Examples include the drugs colchicine and aspirin. An obvious question is not only are there other important medical examples, but are there other domains (physics, economics, public policy etc) where society is deprived of proven effective interventions because they conflict with prevailing dogma!