- Apr 28, 2016
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Yesterday I was considering the many bottles I have filled with little capsules. Due to illness/genetics/crappy luck I can't effectively produce B and D vitamins. I have to supplement them. I take a prebiotic to compliment a probiotic. I'm test driving beetroot (cardio). Of these I've not found any concerns. There is some kind of bee pollen I'm trying that is supposed to boost the autoimmune response. Does it? Idunno. Works for the bees. My handicap began with infections… no, not those. Anything that can manage to boost my defenses is likely a plus.Yep, totally agree man spot on. Herbal medicines are widely trusted but that trust is mostly due to our imagination coupling them with a bucolic vision of nature which never existed.
While the vast majority of herbal medicines are not as dramatically lethal as Botulinum toxin for example, virtually all will have some adverse effects. Indeed, any substance that alters your body’s physiology will have side effects.
After all, the main reason that there are so many chemicals in plants that we can use as medicines is that they are used as defences So they interfere with some aspect of physiology to stop animals eating them (morphine, caffeine, Tetrahydrocannabinol in marijuana and those lovely aromatic oils in Eucalyptus oil ). Or they provide defence against infection (salicylic acid in willow bark, for instance).
Extract of foxglove is effective for treating heart failure, but get the concentration wrong and it is lethal; willow bark is effective for reducing pains and fever but causes ulceration of the mouth and throat if used for a while; and Senna pods are used to relieve constipation, but can cause heart and gastrointestinal problems.
many herbal medicines have very low amounts of the active ingredients, or do not have the active ingredient at all. So many herbal medicines are no more than expensive placebos.
But I know these companies that peddle these snake oils aren't interested in my health. They just want the money. A little research before you try is prudent.
I believe all we need exists in nature. I do not believe in miracles. Nor do I trust processing. I've read a good many country remedies actually have a legitimate claim. And someone is trying to profit from them.
I have a drink I've made from grapefruit juice, orange juice, lemon juice and lime juice based on their dietary benefits. I think it had a touch of garlic. Maybe I should bottle it and use my fortune to run for congress.
I guess, just don't suck up the hype. Most vitamins contain tar. Some have no benefit because the law says the vitamin has to be in before processing. But the process can then remove it. I expect there are a lot of over the counter herbs that have this same issue.
It's all trial and error.
Have you ever wondered about the ones that figured out some mushrooms are deadly? How did they tell anyone?