Thanks for the voice of reason! Too many people put their rational minds on hold when they hear the snake oil salesmen's miraculous claims. Thanks for giving the real information and appropriate cautions about these herbal substances.
Becky Hand( the author) is also the woman that said that Aspartame is safe. I take herbal supplements and homeopathic medicines for everything and if I would have continued taking prescription medication created in a laboratory by " science" I would have been dead today( I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and given 3 years to live and did not get better until I refused to take the prescriptions because I was so miserable from the side effects I just wanted to die) There was a time when science was for the greater good, now it is for profit and every science project has its own agenda. I feel safer taking supplements ( herbs, vitamins, alternative meds) than I do taking anything approved by the FDA and here is another thing folks.........................most other countries DO NOT allow Monsanto or chemicals like RoundUp or GMO seed into their country so eating herbs and supplements created in other countries is safe too. As of 2006 54.6 MILLION hectares of land in the United States is GMO crop. In 2006 less than .1 million hectare of Mexico, less than 2 million hectare of Argentina , less than 3 million hectare of China. So go ahead and eat those fruits and vegi's from other countries because the FDA is a great big joke.
2/7/2011 11:19:10 AM
I have used Black Cohosh to control hot flashes and night sweats with great success. I'm very pleased to find an alternative to hormonally-based medications. Another great thing is I can use it for a few months and when I've stopped taking it I've gone for many months with no symptoms. It also relieves symptoms quickly when I start it again when the flashes have come back.
2/7/2011 10:11:50 AM
I like your point SummerBreeze. As Im reading the comments on this page I hear opposition from the unknown and well researched of experience...bottom line is if your unsure of it,you will stay away from something you dont know and if you want a none pharmaceutical laden product you will stay with the pharmacy world...for those who know so much about your pharmaceutical products ...did you know in many products they make there is fluoride....and in toothpaste...and in mouthwash...and your child takes in in school to prevent cavities!! hhhmmm...did you also know its it Rat poison and an ingredient in Nuclear bombs...it attacks your nervous system and slowly shuts it down! I have researched that one!
2/7/2011 9:23:32 AM
I have used herbal supplements for over 20 yrs with the way my health is . I swear by them and work with a naturopath . I know for a fact if I hadn't found another way to function with my family doctor knowing of course I would be confined to my bed by now . I agree with the person saying that comment about the pharmacy .
2/7/2011 8:58:55 AM
I really didn't like this article. Sounds like she is working for the pharmaceutical companies, using her terms "may interact with", etc. Of course one must be aware of what one puts in their body.
2/7/2011 8:02:35 AM
My mom swore by Goldenseal Root when the kids were growing up. It tastes like a hedge bush smells, but SO AMAZING at curing strep bacteria. We used it all our lives and it worked ffor us. And my mom also takes the cranberry pills mentioned, and they work for curing a UTI as well as preventing them.
The supplements can also be contaminated with other drugs. I see notifications of that at least once a week. Be careful, do your homework, and don't assume what's on the label is all you get. These people are in business to make money as well.
One thing i didn't see in the article was cinnamon for blood sugar. The research has been done in large groups over many types and ages. Cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar. It is not a replacement for treatment but can be a very effective boost.
I have used herbal supplements for most of my life (almost 60 yrs old) and very extensively the last 20+ years with no issues or problems. I raised my family with the same surety of these methods that I was raised with. I have studied natural medicine extensively, both here in the U,S, and abroad. I was raised in close proximity to the Lower Sioux Reseervation in Minnesota, which is where I learned many of the ways of their people.
There is a place for both Natural Medicine and Conventional Medicine and we must not be quick to discredit what we may not have knowledge of or understand. The European and Middle Eastern and Asian nations have studied these products extensively and most are regulated by their regulatory and guidance means.
11/13/2010 6:13:54 PM
SJW can cause blood clots, and if your allergic to ragweed, echinacia is not for you.
8/18/2010 2:54:13 PM
The main issue I have with herbal supplements is that they are not regulated or tested. There have been numerous studies about herbal supplements like Red Yeast Rice (people take it to reduce cholesterol), that have shown different levels of the cholesteral drug lovastatin. So there is a risk of being overmedicated, or on the other hand, not getting what you're paying for.
People/websites selling these unproven natural supplements can make any claims they want, because they are not tested or regulated by the FDA. Until these supplements are proven to contain what they state, and proven to do what they claim to do, I'll stay away from them.
Bottom line - get your information about herbal supplements from reputable sources, not just the websites that sell the products. The websites selling the products won't tell you about drug interactions, or adverse side effects.
Remember - just because a product is labeled "natural" doesn't mean it's safe, or better than a prescription medicine.
As we speak government and drug companis are trying to take away our rights to use herbal supplements. They are trying to take the rights away from educated health care professionals from using them. Big Pharma is Big Business and they don't like that herbal supplements are making their way back into mainstream.
People need to stop depending on others to educate them. Go out and educate yourselves. Stop riding around in neutral and listening just to what your doctor and pham. says. You are intelligent people, use that intelligence.
Thanks you for posting this article. So many people take herbal supplements/remedies, and assume they are completely safe, because they are herbal. A large number of medications on the market begin with with herbal natural ingredients. Chemotherapy drugs can be derived from common plant materials, and we all know what chemotherapy does to people. We hear every day about new studies and data that indicate medicines and supplements are not as effective as thought or have negative side effects. As with anything we put into or on our bodies, be careful and aware of the risks/benefits.
Dong Qai cured what a D&C and birthcontrol could not.
Sometimes treating "serious" medical conditions the alternative way is the best way. I take offense to someone telling me DO NOT do this when this is MY body. Natural remedies are usually the best ones, not chemical-laden drugs the pharmaceutical companies want you to spend money on.
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