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July 21, 2018

Marriage is a contract , albeit, a sacred one. Vows are taken to love one another. Promises are made to honor and cherish each other, forsaking all others until death parts us. 

Negotiations and agreements in ancient times were rounded off with the sharing of salt, as a sign of an agreement that could not be broken. When hesitant about agreeing to a contract with someone , it might be said that the person is “not worth his salt.”

Salt is an important ritual element in many cultures as it symbolizes spiritual nourishment. The covenant of salt in the Bible (2 Chronicles 13:5) denotes a covenant which God cannot break. In this context, salt denotes incorruptibility, as well as permanence in relationships, contracts or friendships. 

Marriage is all of these. 

In China, salt is used as a symbol of permanence in weddings, confirming the perpetuity of the Union. 

In the Roman rite of confarreatio , the sharing of a cake of flour and salt magically transformed them into blood kin, unable to harm on...

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineAhead of Print

CommentaryFree AccessOpen Access license

Published Online:11 Jun 2018https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2018.0039

Abstract

Homeopathic remedies (HRs) contain odorant molecules such as flavonoids or terpenes and can lose their efficiency in presence of some competitive odors. Such similarities, along with extreme sensitivity of the olfactory system, widespread presence of olfactory receptors over all organic tissues (where they have metabolic roles besides perception of odors), and potential direct access to the brain through olfactory nerves (ONs) and trigeminal nerves, may suggest the olfactory system as target for HRs. Recent works highlighted that HRs exist in a dual form, that is, a still molecular form at low dilution and a nanoparticulate form at high dilution, and that remnants of source remedy persist in extremely high dilutions. From the literature, both odorants and nanoparticles (NPs) can enter the body through inhala...

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