things i learned in medical botany

[HC] Ravenwood Professors: Teaching Style

Also some extra subjects they teach because I am one gigantic nerd.

Storm:
(Applied Physics, Design and Drawing for Production, Mechanical Engineering)

Professor Halston Balestrom is a very excited professor that talks very fast, so if you blink once, you miss half the lesson. He gives breaks frequently and will always stop if a student asks him to explain something again. He has VERY heavy notes, and exams are long but if you study from his notes, they should be are easy. Always trying to encourage students to find creativity in science and loves trying out their inventions. Gets into trouble the most with Ambrose (because of said inventions).

Fire:
(Drama/Performing Arts, Aerostatics, Aerodynamics)

Professor Dahlia Falmea is an easy professor, but she hates latecomers. Come in even a second late and you can attend class outside through the window. Very passionate about her students and about magic, and will always try to find the best way for each student to succeed with their own strength. Notes are moderate, but her hands-on exams (lab exams) matter more than written exams. Always emphasizes her students to find their own style of magic that will show people who they are as individuals.

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anonymous asked:

I don't want to argue on the point of herb medicines, I just have a question. If someone studied on their own, like read a ton of books and things, wouldn't that make them sort of an amateur herbalist who knows enough of what they're talking about to give that kind of advice?

Ah, but the answer is right there in the question.

If the person is still an “amateur” herbalist, then they’re not a medical professional. Licensing requires a certain amount of education, during which one would learn things probably not included in most commercial books. I looked into an herbal medicine course once. It included a thorough grounding in Botany, Biology, and Chemistry, as well as a few courses in Pharmacology. This is some serious shit.

Practicing medicine of any sort should and often does require a proper education on the subject and some sort of licensing. It’s one thing if you want to just use it on yourself and your family, although I would still recommend a fair amount of study beforehand. It’s quite another to start tossing these things out to the public at large without including warnings about possible side effects and drug interactions or recommending that people talk to a doctor before taking the stuff.

Even the quickie fly-by medicine commercials have these caveats. “Do not take if you are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.” “Do not take if you are allergic to X or if you are taking X other medication.” “Side effects include insert laundry list here.” And they always end with, “ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF THIS IS RIGHT FOR YOU.”

It doesn’t matter how much freelance research you do. If you haven’t got the proper education and licensing, you shouldn’t be practicing for the general public.