Friday, July 15, 2005

It's only natural

I'll no doubt have more to say on this but 'Just say No to drugs' is probably the most annoying thing that Nancy Reagan came up with; it's so meaningless. What sort of drugs? Anything we ingest that significantly alters our psyche or our physiology could come under that category and the worst of it is that it is the biggest over the counter drug peddlers who do some of the most damage. Here's what I'm talking about:

Why Are Natural Products Held to a Different Standard?

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 106,000 Americans die each year due to adverse drug events (ADEs). The journal Drug Safety published a study which raises that number to 218,000. No matter how you look at it, adverse reactions to prescription and over-the-counter drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Compare this with the track record of natural dietary supplements:

annual deaths due to vitamins - 0

annual deaths due to amino acids - 0

annual deaths due to commercial herbal products - 0

Yet, despite their history, the government is actively seeking to regulate your access to these safe, natural alternatives. Talk about a double standard! Here's what Dr. Marcus Laux had to say about the subject in a recent issue of his e-letter:

"If a natural product were implicated in blindness, gastric bleeding, or suicide, the news would be a major item on the networks for weeks with reports on the dangers of natural products and how stricter regulations are needed to prevent this type of tragedy in the future. And the natural product at fault would be banned within a year."

- Jon Herring

It is no different here. I had a friend declaim against my endorsement of Royal Jelly on the basis that doctors and/or scientists had 'found it had no benefits'. That makes it one fuck of a placebo then. Geez, it couldn't be that the proponents of alleopathic medicine and pharmaceuticals feel a bit threatened by something that you can pick up easily for a fraction of the cost, could it? There wouldn't be anything in it for the naysayers of herbal remedies to diss something you can grow in your own garden now would there? The only BS is on the part of the real drug pushers of this world: the big companies and the physicians who get a kickback every time they prescribe some of their artifical muck.


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