I think it is important to remember that your body is your best doctor. If you eat something that makes you sick and you have managed to isolate the
substance that is causing the problem, then it is best to avoid ingesting that harmful substance -- no matter how many "studies" are conducted that
attest to the contrary.
If one were to wait until every supplement was totally validated through governmental studies (which by the way are not immune to prejudiced
conclusions), you go through most of your life in ignorance and will probably die prematurely.
For example, there is a black elderberry extract that was developed by an Israeli virologist and clinically tested to not only treat influenza but to
actually prevent it from occurring. It is called SAMBUCOL
If you were to run a Net search on SAMBUCOL, you will find a number of testimonials to confirm its effectiveness, and a lot of disclaimers because it
has not been endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In having tried SAMBUCOL and in taking it on a daily basis as a supplement (the stuff tastes better than cough syrup and contains no alcohol or other
harmful ingredients), I know that it works from experience, possibly better than any other homeopathic medicine.
Since flu shots were not available this year for most of us, this proved to be a good preventative measure and is available in most health food
Now if I were to wait until FDA approval, I'd might be long dead from influenza -- in having almost died from it a couple of years ago. I came down
with the "cruise ship virus" (on dry land) and dropped about fourteen pounds in two days. I looked like a cancer or AIDS patient and the hospital
couldn't really do much for me. If I had taken SAMBUCOL that December, I may have prevented that whole traumatic experience. The common excuse from
doctors about viruses is: "Oh, we can only treat the symptoms (if that) and we don't have anything to give you for it. It just has to work its way
through your system."
Sorry for believing in you! Remind me never to trust emergency room physicians again! Or the AMA and the FDA for that matter!
The FDA and the AMA are way behind the learning curve for providing adequate research and awareness to the general public. In lieu of that, one has to
do one's own research and listen to one's body. Oftentimes, a cure can be found nutritionally that has no harmful side effects and is much cheaper
than prescription medication.
[Disclaimer: Don't take a medical doctor's word about anything regarding your health without first doing some nutritional research on your own.
Otherwise, you may wind up taking harmful drugs or facing surgery that could be avoided completely with the right nutritional supplementation.]
[edit on 19-1-2005 by Paul_Richard]