Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
What I am saying is that there needs to be a standardization of the herbal products to ensure that the consumer is getting just what they pay for, at
a potency that is consistant with what is to be expected.
The FDA has been reduced to a political tool (see aspartame), but it can't be completely vilified. I don't think you want the food and drug industry
to suddenly be completely deregulated in favour of a 'buyer beware' philosophy.
[edit on 29-3-2008 by JohnnyCanuck]
I believe I see where your coming from.
Yes, I would indeed agree that it would be great to see a standardization in herbal medicine. In fact, I would love to see a standardization in what
is taught as a base course in all the natural schools...worldwide.
Its a shame that there are not more schools of the caliber of the naturopathic colleges in Arizona and Washington. (Who are 2 of the 4 accredited
colleges in the U.S. to put out 'legit' naturopathic doctors.)
Im not against the other schools, etc...but it would be nice to see a standard, comprehensive base of learning...
But to do this, you have to come to a consensus - which comes with scientific research to more fully understand the nature and properties of the
plants. (And I will say, tradition goes a long ways in starting such a project...if its a 1000+ years old tradition, you have a good base in which to
start the scientific aspect of the research.)
It is disappointing to the degree that this knowledge is not evenly taught outside of these 2 U.S. schools mentioned. (Im sure China has some great
And with that I would say that a comprehensive course would give one at least access to all the major herbal traditions of the world. (Indian,
Chinese, etc.) Of course you probably major in just one and focus on it depending on your location...but to have access to the other knowledge is
The FDA is by no means the organization meant to do this.
They may have a light (and that light may be to show people how to escape from them), but seriously they have to many vested interest which are
wrapped around the almighty $$$.
Of course, this could go for anything, including herbals as well.
It would be my 'dream' to see a world that isnt approaching only a physical holistic approach, but a 'spiritual' one as well. (That word is
overused...call it a healthy mental outlook or whatever.)
Without getting past the root of the problems, which manifest in the physical...and this is complex on many layers, then we will be stuck in the mess
we currently have...or pervert that which is meant to be good.
Understanding to recognize the ego, is the first and primary step to doing this.
As I mention quite frequently, Eckhart Tolle is one of the people who is great at pointing out how to get 'properly grounded'...practical knowledge
vs. something to add to your beliefs. (I always recommend audio books as it helps to hear the person to really get the point and feel whats happening.
When I listened to him it cleared up some misunderstanding I had from just reading the text.)
But, here we are now...and we deal with what we have.
So here and now I would say do the research and get a standardization...in the meantime allow those who already know or are researching, access to
that which they want access to. - Dont cut off one part of nature because someone else isnt ready for it, per say. - The term cutting off nature
sounds so...un-natural doesnt it.
If I want Ephedra and Kava, give it to me.
Again, the indigenous people of China and the south pacific dont have a problem.
But here is a key...this is not to be flippantly used - just being Chinese doesnt mean you know how to use the herb...or that your diet doesnt have
contraindications in it.
And this is the case with Ephedra...and any herb...you mix with alcohol and synths...you will pay the price. (As some have.)
Again, its buyer be ware...and it may be that most people should just wait for the FDA...if they dont wait, they are to blame...not the herb.
I understand that there are those making rampant claims about stuff...and in truth they should just go away. But that kind of thing really is obvious,
but I suppose to some it isnt. (Reminds me of my great great grandmother and others into the t.v. evangelist who ask for their retirement checks
But I suppose everything has a reason and a time. Life is here to experience and learn, not sure we can be left in the infant stage forever, what good
does that do?
(Does not mean not to take action by warning your loved ones etc. about something, but at the end of the day they will have to make a choice no matter
what the FDA or anyone says.)
Hope this is a bit clear.
Again, it appears we are talking along the same lines now.
Just a note...Im not against synthetics, I just would not use them.
If I did use them, I would definitely not combine them with natural medicine...(or use extreme caution if I did), as there are quite a few
contraindications between synths and natural - I have seen in the medical journals that this (combination) can cause serious issues/death.
When I say I would not use them, its not with disdain.
For me its a simple fact that we have not yet mastered mother nature (so it would seem) and yet we are already trying to 'go beyond'.
Notice all the side affects with synthetics? Most of them seem worse than the problems that come with the disease or makes more problems than what its
It seems it would be best to master that which is 'more gentle' - nature - then move on to becoming 'gods'. (when I say 'more gentle' it means
when herbs are taken how they are supposed to be and not combined with the wrong ingredients, including other herbs.