reply to post by bEE65
Natural simply means as nature intended...
That's a subjective concept if there's ever been one.
If everybody ate food that was not adulterated by means of iradiation,processing .. pasturising to name but a few ,then we would see more
people in better health.
Here's where you need to stop the mindless drivel and start applying a logical thought process.
We adulterate food all the time when we cook it. Cooking food causes changes to the protein structure, destroys enzymes and many compounds both of
benefit and harm to the body. There are several plants out there that will make you horribly sick if you attempt to eat them without cooking... and a
few that are the opposite.
We cook food, though, to do one of two things - make it easier to chew/digest, and to destroy harmful bacteria and parasites (especially in meats).
Food is treated for two very similar reasons, to kill harmful bacteria/parasites, or to prevent it from decaying (both from bacteria and from its own
Packing foods with preservatives (one of the more archaic ways being to extract all the moisture using copious amounts of salt) is done out of
necessity and practicality. You have to be able to evaluate the costs/risks/gains of utilizing certain methods (or consuming foods treated with
Sure - raw honey is awesome. You won't ever be able to get it in your local supermarket, though. It doesn't exactly look appetizing and will
ferment in short order (due to all of the enzymes people like to rave about). It will also begin to crystallize as a super-saturated mixture.
Natural remedies used in Herbalism are prepared using plants .... Plants used to treat the body can be very effective because they are easily
assimulated.In other words.... your immune system recognises them as friend rather than foe.
This was cute. But inaccurate, to say the least.
Plants are biochemical constructs. Your body reacts to them in accordance with the laws governing chemistry. There's no magic. Your body doesn't
understand whether it was a plant that grew out of the ground or one that was 'printed' using very advanced technology.
The advantage to using whole plants and/or foods is because of the way nutrients are 'packaged' in a plant's biology (and the other compounds that
come along with the subject nutrient in the plant). Many vitamins are more readily absorbed from fruits and vegetables than they are from vitamin
When it comes to treating medical issues, however - it is not recommended
to use herbs. The reason for this is very simple - a plant is a
living thing, much like a person. The exact amount of active ingredients in an herb vary based on the soil, the part of the plant used, the amount of
sunlight it receives each day, temperature, etc. Even the time of day you harvest the plant will influence the amount of active ingredients in a
plant. (Herbs have the highest oil concentrations just before daybreak; fruits have the highest sugar and nutrient content just before dusk)
It's one thing to use mints, garlic, and other common herbs to address irritating medical issues. It's another to start dragging out Digitalis and
Solanaceae to treat critical medical issues. Both of those plants have some powerful active ingredients in them that can save your life or take it in
a heartbeat (quite literally).
Hell, most of the houseplants people have in their homes are irritants or contain compounds that will slowly destroy your liver, kidneys, or other
vital organs if you were to consume them.
Tomatoes contain compounds that will irritate people who suffer from frequent migraines (they are, after all, a member of the Nightshade family -
Solanaceae). Potatoes are potentially lethal if you eat them while green (another member of the Nightshade family). All Solanaceae have alkaloids
that react with aluminum, and will leach large amounts of it from aluminum cookware (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc). Aluminum
consumption has been correlated to Alzheimer's - and it is not recommended you use aluminum cookware at all... but especially not with
Which brings me to tea - tea contains large amounts of fluoride, most of it contained within aluminum-fluoride compounds (which comes as a relatively
recent discovery after two men in Argentina came up with skeletal fluorosis after drinking nearly two gallons of tea a day for over twenty years).
This "fluffy" image of nature needs to stop.
This "It's natural, and therefor good for you" is also stupid, and needs to stop.
All of you preaching this nonsense need to go grab a few books on herbs and herbalism. Nature will # you up if you don't give it a critical eye and