I agree, there is proliferation mindlessly of stuff that is good or
harmless for some but dangerous for others.
And the pharma companies are demonizing herbs to gain money
and monopoly power, if not as an individual company more like
as a class of companies.
But as for informed decisions and protecting us against ourselves,
most people don't have the time or inclination to get informed
enough to make good decisions, and yes, we DO need protecting
But not from money grubbing people committed by economic
interest and habit of thought and acceptance as gospel the
standard science and testing routines.
You can never underestimate the stupidity, ignorance, and
bad taste of the American public.
But the solution for this would be free required reading (govt.
production would be the easiest) of information on herbs
and dosing and uses and contraindications compiled from
scientific and old time information sources.
Knowledge you may take for granted among your family
and friends, and common sense, may be exotic to the
If you grew up in a context that preserves great great
grandma's cures down the family generations, well and
but most did not.
Peace in Christ, and sorry if I offended anyone,
In a message dated 3/11/2011 12:05:37 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, bekki@... writes:
I know people who are deathly allergic to sunflower seeds or soybeans,
which for years have been promoted as a health food. There are lots of
things out there that can kill us! if improperly used (like chain saws,
cars, and on and on...) It's about being responsible for ourselves.
What I find frustrating and frightening is that herbs-- which when used
properly have been healing humans for thousands of years--have been
demonized by pharmaceutical companies, who stand to make a lot of money
from prescription drugs, which, as you have said, can have many and
dangerous side effects. Again, it' about being responsible for
ourselves. Educating ourselves. Educating each other.
A lot of regulating is done in the name of protecting us against
ourselves, as if we can't make informed