The use of cranberries for medical purpose was received with mixed emotions by the people. There were those that were against its use while other embraced it. The positive social impacts of the use of cranberries were; they provided relief to the human sufferings. People suffer a lot from the UTIs develop low self-esteem and they try to alienate themselves form the rest (Barceloux, Donald, 94). However, through the prevention of the disease, the interactions were increased leading to strengthening of the social ties in the communities. The healing would also reduce the mortality rate among the patients giving them a chance to live. Protecting of the human lives is a moral value that must be upheld by the societies at whatever cost. Its use showed the value of human life.
The use of the fruits in periodontal treatment was a positive impact. Tooth decay is very painful. At times, the patients can hardly eat or talk. With the introduction of the cranberries, the disease would be cured without necessarily having to remove the tooth. It was a reprieve to most of the people affected by the gum diseases, therefore, well received by the societies (Watson, Ronald, 135). The cranberries were known to prevent bacterial infections hence no one was ready to reject the use.
The negative social impacts were also present. Most of the people would argue that no research had been conducted to ascertain the medicinal value of the cranberries. It brought divisions in the communities where some were siding with its use while others were very much against it. Others claimed its use would undermine the already processed drugs. They were supposed to be failing to give credit to the doctors.
The historical impacts social impacts are that some confusion emerged due to the uncertain nature of the research. However, in the modern day, people have started embracing the medicinal uses of cranberries (Hechtman, Leah, 213). They have started appreciated the work of the researchers by agreeing to drink the juice made from the fruits. The future impacts would be a reduction of the UTI, bacterial and periodontal diseases. More research would probably be conducted to ascertain more medicinal values that have not been known.
Its use has affected people directly by curing and prevention of the diseases. Therefore, they can easily concentrate on other productive activities that could help in the improvement of the living standards. The reliving of the pain promotes peace in the houses. The cost implication of the cranberry juice is subsidized, thus helps in saving cash. Nevertheless, it also affects the people indirectly. Those with the ailing members are able to relax knowing their loved ones would be able to get cure using the readily available fruit. The emotions are stabilized because; they have nothing to worry about.
Conversely, the topic is not well known to people. The researchers have not come to the open to declare the fruit has some medicinal values. They fear being reprimanded by the public. Little information has been released to the public, thus leaving them in the dark (Cassileth, Barrie , K, and Jyothirmai, 197). Several studies have been conflicting on their conclusions leaving so many loop holes for suspicions. Lack of interests on new inventions among the people is very rampant. The fear of people trying out the new things has led to people knowing little or nothing about it. Many people would want to use drugs that have already been consumed by other persons.
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