We all know that modern medicine has made incredible advances in the treatment of many diseases, especially those caused by viruses and bacteria. Many diseases have been wiped out, and many others became harmless. Today we can take a pill for about any minor discomfort, and the pain will “disappear”. But lately, it has been proven that these medications have many drawbacks and some serious side effects.
Synthetic drugs are much younger than their natural equivalent. We only started using synthetic medicine about a century ago. But no matter what big pharma would like us to believe, ultimately, true health just doesn’t come in pill form — it comes from the things we do to promote our well-being.
Natural medicine has been an effective treatment since ancient times. Nature provides a wide variety of plants that contain medicinal properties. The powerful ingredients found in the stems, leaves, roots, flowers, and seeds of certain plants have natural healing properties that have been found to cure various health problems.
Are the side effects really worth it?
Even if a particular drug is designed to relieve the symptoms of the disease that doesn’t mean that our body will accept chemicals of manufactured “product” without any consequences.
Every man already contains the product from virtually all diseases within and we call it the “immune system”.
No matter what conventional wisdom says we can’t deny the fact that our human body is an organic, self-constituted, sovereign whole, and is subject to the same natural forces to which animals and plants are subject.
While it is true that many natural medicine treatments are nearly ageless, it’s only in recent years that they’ve been given the respect they deserve by the scientific community at large.
Nature is unrivalled in its ability to craft small organic molecules jam-packed with structural complexity and biological potency.
Chemistry is all around us. In more formal terms chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it can undergo. Chemists sometimes refer to matter as ‘stuff’, and indeed so it is. Matter is anything that has mass and occupies space. Which is to say, anything you can touch or hold.
Common usage might have us believe that ‘chemicals’ are just those substances in laboratories or something that is not a natural substance. Far from it, chemists believe that everything is made of chemicals and so should we.
Throughout history we are reminded of our duty to uphold our responsibility to the earth and ourselves.
But, in our fast-paced, modern life-style it is hard to see just how connected things are especially when we are so far removed from our “natural” source. Doctors were once the traditional gatekeepers of the public’s health.
However, physician-prescribing habits are increasingly circumscribed by HMOs, who prod them to prescribe more drugs, and by pharmaceutical benefits managers, who tell doctors which drugs insurance companies will cover.
Profit-hungry “pill” companies are ignoring responsible medical practices and taking advantage of a growth economy to booster and advertise prescription medications directly to the public. The rush to high sales has companies promoting some medications that have not been fully tested or approved by the FDA.
The nation’s big drug companies have never been known for high-minded ethical standards. Before 1900, orphans and street urchins were used as control groups in drug experiments. Testing remained informal in the early part of the twentieth century, as companies issued experimental drugs to doctors to try out on sick patients.
On November 13,1997, the FDA heard final comments on a Clinton Administration proposal that would require experiments on children and infants for the approval of new drugs that might be used in pediatric care. Following the ‘voluntary’ guidelines in current use, 75 companies are testing 146 new drugs on minors.
But the pharmaceutical industry is not the only industry that benefits from inconsistent FDA reviews and inadequate investigations of advertising claims. One of the nation’s biggest infant bottled water companies, Nursery Water, is misleading parents with erroneous information and false health claims on its website and in advertising materials, touting the safety and benefits of fluoride in infant bottled water, in clear violation of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FDA rules.
A letter sent from scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to officials at the FDA and FTC uncovers EWG’s extensive review of Nursery Water’s claims that both misrepresent the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which states, “supplementary fluoride should not be provided during the first six months of life” (AAP 2005), and contradict the official position of the FDA, which states, “the health claim [for fluoride] is not intended for use on bottled water products specifically marketed for use by infants” (FDA 2006).
The mass market is efficient and profitable, and we live in it. It determines not just what we buy, but what we want, how we measure others, how we vote, how we have kids, and how we go to war.
It’s all built on this idea that everyone is the same, at least when it comes to marketing (and marketing is everywhere, isn’t it?).
While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turns a blind eye, drug companies are making false, unsubstantiated, and misleading claims in their advertising, often withholding mandated disclosure of dangerous side effects. Though companies are required to submit their advertisements to the FDA, the agency does not review them before they are released to the public.
Chemistry is not limited to beakers and laboratories. It is all around us, and the better we know chemistry, the better we know our world.
Although there are countless types of matter all around us, this complexity is composed of various combinations of some 100 chemical elements. Nevertheless, all matter is composed of various combinations of these basic elements. The wonder of chemistry is that when these basic particles are combined, they make something new and unique.
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behavior, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc. Scientists tell us that the number of different genetic combinations possible in a child from the same two parents exceeds 42 million.
It’s interesting to note that we do not possess a combination of characteristics from our parents, but instead have a diverse collection of characteristics from many ancestors on both sides of the family.
Except for identical twins. Each human being has unique biochemistry resulting in quite diverse nutritional needs. Shakespeare was correct when he wrote “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
For example, some of us are genetically suited for a vegetable-based diet and others are not. Some persons can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone and others must have nutritional supplements to overcome genetic aberrations.
Because of genetic differences in the way our bodies process foods, most of us are quite deficient in certain nutrients and overloaded in others. Even with an ideal diet, most of us have certain nutrients that are at very low levels with many times the RDA required to achieve a healthy balance.
It should be known that every product has its own side effects. It doesn’t matter whether it is food, or food supplements, or most and likely – drugs, which have largest and most lethal side effects. Even the nutrients and vitamins may have side effects if you use them in large quantities they can cause unnecessary consequences.
The only thing you need to do so that the consequences would be lower or totally free is use products in moderation and responsibly. It is not hard to do.
The use of food supplements is indicated on the packs, the instructions for use. In accordance with the instructions the consequences can be avoided. The use of medicinal products also contains the instructions. In addition, there is always a warning and the suggestion to consult a doctor or pharmacist. It is not in vain.
As we enter the new millennium, the medical and scientific communities agree on the tremendous influence of neurotransmitters on behavior disorders, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia. Most persons with these disorders were born with a predisposition for these problems due to genetically-aberrant levels of specific neurotransmitters. Our mental health is dependent upon having the proper amounts of these critical brain chemicals.
Some psychiatrists express their scorn for nutrient therapies, claiming that they are too puny to have any real clinical potency. They often say, “You really need a drug medication to get the job done for a serious condition like depression.” My favorite response begins by asking the question, “Where do our neurotransmitters come from?”
The brain is a chemical factory which produces serotonin. dopamine, norepinephrine, and other brain chemicals 24 hours a day. The only raw material for these syntheses are nutrients, namely amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. If the brain receives improper amounts of these nutrient building blocks, we can expect serious problems with our neurotransmitters.
For example, some depression patients have a genetic pyrrole disorder which renders them grossly depleted in vitamin B-6.
In our fast-paced, modern life-style it is hard to see just how connected things are especially when we are so far removed from our “natural” source. That would be why we now have a term called Nature Deficit Disorder.
Every manufacture wants to reduce the cost of production and products are produced using fewer natural resources, they are changing the chemistry. Because of these factors, the side effects from even the most common things are having more and more consequences. Combine that to the depletion of the Earth’s immune system the Ecosystem and we have some serious problems.
Ecosystems provide the life support systems for all life, including human life, on Earth. Not only do they give us food and fuel, but ecosystems, among other things, purify air and fresh water, bind and detoxify poisonous substances, break down wastes and recycle nutrients on land and in the oceans, pollinate crops and natural vegetation, make soils fertile, and store carbon, mitigating human-caused climate change.
The loss of species deprives us of invaluable tools for biomedical research that provide insights into how human cells and organ systems function in health and illness, and precludes our developing important new medicines for currently untreatable human diseases.
We tend to take these services for granted and generally do not recognize that we cannot live without them. Nor do we understand many ecosystem services well enough to recreate them, not knowing what species are necessary for the services to work and in what proportions, or whether for some services there are essential or “keystone” species without which ecosystems would cease to function.
We live from and within the world of diversity and we are a part of that totality; and it’s that magnificent variety of life on Earth that has astonished members of our own species ever since we arrived on the scene.
When we consume chemically “products” it creates conflicts that result in a build up of toxic acids that act like poisons in the body. “Self-poisoning” is well documented and goes by many names, but all refer to the acidic end products of digestion and metabolism.
Your metabolism is well equipped to dispose of the acid it creates as a byproduct of its normal functioning. However, when your body also has to dispose of the acid created by eating foods that are chemically incompatible, then acid after acid builds up. It creates a surplus of poisonous chemicals that can’t be eliminated through the normal channels of excretion or incorporated into cell structures. Without a healthy environment, our cells and organs can’t function properly. Over time, the accumulation of this acidic environment overwhelms your body’s ability to cleanse itself leading to chronic fatigue, heartburn, body pains, an inability to maintain a healthy weight and, ultimately, life-threatening disease.
Nutrient therapy can be very potent and does not involve side effects, since no molecules foreign to the body are needed. This therapeutic approach may eventually eliminate the need for most psychiatric medications.
Without the Side Effects.
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