2. Questions & Answers
Aren’t herbs still better than taking prescription drugs? I used to take digitalis for my weak heart, and now I use a plant called foxglove.
Many drugs sold by pharmaceutical companies are often nothing more than a laboratory extract from a plant or herb. The digitalis you used to take came from the foxglove plant you now use. What’s the difference? Both still have the same sort of toxin that occasions an increase in circulation and a rapid heartbeat.
Herbs are drugs. When you take an herb, it’s like swallowing a pill or spoonful of medicine. The only difference is in the package they come in. Herbs come in familar, “organic” looking packages—the plant itself. Medicine comes in plastic bottles. The contents, as far as the toxic effects, are about identical.
This is the most difficult point to get across to people that use herbs. Simply because something deadly comes in a form that looks organic and natural does not make it any less deadly.
Okay, you say herbs don’t work. But when I take some white willow bark capsules for a headache, my head stops hurting and I can go about with my work. Sorry, but pain relief is where it’s at as far as I’m concerned.
All pain, including mild headache, is the body’s signal that unhealthy living practices are being engaged in. For instance, in your case you get a headache at work, so you take some herb and go on with your work. That’s the danger in herbs.
Taking an herb may cause a painful symptom to disappear, but the cause of that symptom (perhaps in your case, your working conditions) will remain.
Agreed, pain relief is “where, it’s at,” but you should ask yourself, why am I feeling pain? Pain is never a natural condition. Using unnatural methods, such as dosing yourself with herbs, is a dangerous response to the pain signal.
I agree with you about most herbs, like goldenseal and so on that just taste terrible. But some herbs taste good, and I don’t see why we can eat them without food.
Anything you take into your body, with the exception of water, is either a food or a poison. Either your body can use it as healthy nourishment, or it must try to eliminate it as a toxin.
Herbs are often borderline cases between a food and a poison. The majority of herbs have so many harmful alkaloids that any nutritional benefit they might contain is negated.
True, some herbs such as basil, comfrey, spearmint, and so on may taste pleasant. But in what amounts? Even the most dedicated basil or parsley or rosemary lover would not want to chew up a whole mouthful of their favorite herb. Why? Because even these “mild” herbs are extremely high in essential oils that can irritate the organism. While such herbs are not as dangerous as the stronger acting “medicinal” herbs, there is no need for them in the proper diet.