Today I was reading through the Japanese tweets of Nurse K—One of the 3Yen correspondents who sends me story ideas as well as fanmail pix to brighten my day (see right). →
Besides Nurse K’s kinky-but-discreet photos, she often emails me odd news items in Japanese, which I review using Google’s automatic translation feature. Sometimes this results in amusing machine-translation mistakes such as this post about school nurses in Japan offering their students, “BALL RELIEF.”
Actually the “BALL RELIEF” turns out to be tiny balls of sugar (lozenges) that school nurses hand out to students for comfort— a bogus homeopathic placebo.
Okinawa homeopathy in school nurse’s offices — sugar balls for students
(Google Translate) Asahi News — September 12, 2010
For more than five years, the public school nurses in Nago, Okinawa, with the parents, principals, and the school doctor’s approval, dispense balls of sugar as homeopathic folk medicine to the students visiting the school clinic….
…according to the “Homeopathic Medical Association” …sugar balls are used when students complain of poor health. The remedy composed of herbs, plants and insects are “substances that cause symptoms,” are diluted with water in soaked into sugar balls.
However, the Science Council of Japan late last month declared that homeopathy is, “absurd and without any scientific basis” …