Originally posted by space cadet
Ephedra... it causes numerous health problems which include sudden death by heart attack, stroke, and heat stroke.
[edit on 6-4-2008 by space cadet]
Are you sure its not the fact that the natural product was mixed with other synthetic medications/supplements/alcohol?
It would seem the Chinese have used Ephedra, the natural herb, for 1000s of years without issues. All of a sudden, "it" is the cause of sudden
When you read the stories, make sure you read what else was in the 'diet' (meds/supplements/etc) of the individual to see what is really up.
People get caught by main headlines and buzz words in articles.
"Holland Bans magic mushrooms"
Well, no...its not banned, yet. A news article would even say that, but with how they word headlines and the text its easy to look past facts. And
thats really what they want I suppose, to guide you to what agenda they have.
In the case of ephedra, it was to get rid of it.
Same with Kava-Kava.
Back when it was competing with synthetic medications in the news, well something had to be done...right?
People said that kava caused liver damage, etc.
Funny that the south pacific islanders dont seem to have any recorded issues with Kava use.
Ah, they failed to tell you that they were selling the part of the kava plant that even the islanders didnt use.
And can we bet that people mixed it with synthetic medications/supplements/and worse alcohol?
I bet we can.
You see around 2000 it was already known and discussed in the medical realms that natural medicine and synthetics have contraindications with each
other...well even amongst themselves you have to know what to take with what.
But here is the problem...people dont realize this.
"Oh, its nature...la di da di da...its like eating a carrot I can eat it with anything..."
And the real issue seems to be that people like to mix this stuff with alcohol which does not even mix well with synthetic medications.
So as you will notice, the publics ignorance was played upon.
Again, nothing wrong with not knowing...what I mean is Im not looking down on anyone...we all have to learn some time, the point is wanting to learn
and grow past just a few ideas and thoughts that we cling to as if its the life blood of the universe, when its not even scratching the surface.
Again, if these indigenous people can use herbs for 100s and 1000s of years, lets not blame mother nature, lets blame ourselves for not looking into
Better yet, lets master nature before we begin to play gods and go synthetic.
Im not against synthetics...but we need to start with what we have...and as I mentioned, we have not even scratched the surface. Sure civilizations of
old (chinese, etc) seem like they have a leg up on us in this modern society sometimes.
So in short..."it" was probably the mixture of ephedra with alcohol.
I have to say, it has been a few years since I heard one of the main cases, but it seems that the medical journals etc. that I was working with
mentioned that the alcohol mixture may have played a part.
Of course the truth will be stated, even in main news sources...but if you dont read the whole story and just read the buzz...well you will be left
with buzz and the rest is left behind for those who want to dig deeper.
In a sense, it is up to us...do we need to continue being spoon fed what to believe?
It is comfortable...but its not necessarily beneficial.
[edit on 8-4-2008 by dAlen]