Chimneys were a bit of an oddity around the year 1500 and were just starting to come into fashion,, a bit like dishwashers, now everyone has one.
The usual form of heat back then would likely have been a hearth of some sort to contain logs that were set alight, most likely just a circle of stones on an earth floor the middle of the room. The resulting smoke from the fire just found its own way out as best it could manage.
Anyway these new fangled chimneys were catching on and in the year 1577 One Rector in Essex, William Harrison, complained that the use of chimneys were making the people soft: " Now we have manie chimines and yet our tenderlings complain of rhumes, catarhs and poses. Then we had none but reredoses and our heads never did ake. As for the smoke in these daies it was supposed to sufficient harding for the timber house so it was reputed a far better medicine to keepe a good man and his family from the quacke."
I think it is natural to ask ourselves " Why is this "disease" fibromyalgia becoming so widespread today,,, I know I never stop, in the hope that I can somehow avoid what ever it is and start to feel a bit better.
We desperately turn to nutrition, and just about anything that may have a positive effect on our discomfort and incapacities, out of desperation and frustration at the attitude and lack of interest by the current medical system, it's quacks, quackery and utter lack of answers that make sense.
I often joke that I would try a witchdoctor if I could find one local,, and I would,,, you all would if you heard he helped Maggie down the road.
I doubt any will consider ripping out the central heating and lighting a campfire in the middle of the living room. Fear not, as you all flick the switch for the hot water for a shower and stick you breakfast plates in the dishwasher,, know,, Rector Harrison is safely in his box and never to return !
In the meantime I'm away to rip down the chimney, I'll let you know if there is any improvement in my condition !!