[Homestead] medication / supplement combos and danger
roxann at ancientearthwisdom.com
Sat Dec 27 13:17:22 EST 2008
Yes, I mean the allopathic drugs prescribed by doctors. The reason I don't trust them is because our bodies did not evolve to recognize them as they have with plants and herbs. A prescription drug isolates one compound or one component of what makes a plant effective (if it is a plant-based drug), and then synthetically reproduces it. Herbs contain dozens or more components that work together to bring about a change or make an effect, and even though sciences identifies one or two of them as the 'active' ingredient, they all work together and i don't like separating out the 'active' ingredient. For example, the plant once used in a lot of diet products, ephedra, has a component that brings about the desired metabolism increase. That's the one identified as "active". It also has other components that counteract that component and helps to keep actions in the body more balanced. When only the active ingredient is separated out and used, it causes all kinds of health issues and now the herb has been labeled as "dangerous and bad". But if the whole herb is used for the things it is good for, opening sinus and bronchial passages, for example, it is not dangerous when used with restraint and common sense. Unless of course, you are already on medications that might interact with it and intensify the effect it causes.
For emergencies like heart attacks and broken bones, allopathic (western medicine) is great and can be more reliable than 'natural medicines' like herbs. For in between issues, like cuts, burns, colds and infections, I prefer the herbs first. part of 'lifestyle change' means being willing to take a few days out of work or school to nourish and rest the body. It might also mean quitting a stressful job, but high-paying job and downscaling life in general. This is an approach frowned on by the fast-paced, so-called 'normal' society. For long-term chronic issues, i'd go the route of diet change, lifestyle, and herbs first and resort to prescriptions last. Sometimes, with the natural approach already in place, it is easier to safely add the prescriptions if your doc is open to prescribing smaller doses to find the least amount necessary to effect the desired change. I haven't found a doctor like that yet, but hope I do if I ever need long term meds.
Roxann, NW AR
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From: bobf <bobford79 at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Homestead] medication / supplement combos and danger
Sent: 27 Dec '08 17:04
Roxanne, when you say you don't trust drugs, do you just mean the hyped drug company products? You have taught yourself a lot about herbal remedys, is that not just 'natural' drugs?
You are correct, to a large extent, about the influence of the drug reps. But, alot of prescribers do take the time to investigate the newer drugs and in a lot of cases, are hesitant to prescribe, no matter how many nice dinners the drug reps buy....................
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