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27 Feb 2004

Why the disclaimer
Taking up an earlier question on regulation of the Herbal/Natural health product industry why is it that there is always the disclaimer that these products are not actually meant to cure but can only assist and that they have not actually been tested(Or words of a similar nature).
Do these products actually work or not?

If the professionals in this field doubt their efficacy then should they be selling them at all.

I am tired of being told about one herbal remedy and then to read a report which says it does not actually work.eg.Saw Palmetto -I have recently read that there is no ways that the quantities you would need to assist prostatitis could be obtained in tablet form and also Hypericum(ST Johns Wort).
A recent German studty found it does not work at all.

Your comments please as believe it or not I would like to think they do work.
Or is it all in the mind.
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01 Jan 0001

Hello Enquiring Mind

To answer the first question; Yes, most of the products do work. Ultimately, it is not a product, whether conventional or natural, that cures you but your body itself. The medicine can only assist. Not all natural medicine have been through double clinical trials and some because it is impossible to do with the lack of scientific skill we as humans have. Although we have developed tremendously in the last 60-100 years, we can not test and prove everything. You ask a doctor to test the energy of the molecules of your liver cells and he will tell you that it is impossible, yet we know that cells are made up of molecules and molecules of atoms and ulitimately energy. We always say; your body can not lie. It will tell you the truth always. So if a product works for you and does not harm you in any way, then use it when you need it.

We don't doubt the products. Conventional medicine doubts it because of lack of understanding.

Becareful to believe all studies. They are done by humans and humans can manipulate the system. The natural world is an enornous threat to the conventional world which is also stupid, because there is a time to use an antibiotic or have surgery or use a pain killer, but there is also a time and place for the natural world which has been part of human beings since the beginning of time. Some pharmacuetical companies are out to prove that natural does not work and what they do is manipulate the study in a way that will make it negative. You as the consumer only hear or read the final paragraph which will read: It has been shown that ...... does not treat ...... Interesting fact! Only 20% of the world actually use Western medicine. 80% stick to their knowledge of years and even centuries ago. This goes for people in all the countries, not only the Eastern block or Africa.

We know of several studies showing the effect of Hypericum and Saw Palmetto in the treatment of depression as well as prostatitis problems with excellent results.

The mind and heart does play a huge role in our well being. Happiness leads to great health!! It is after all who we are. I am not Estie because I am 6f1 and where a size ??? shoe. I am Estie because of my heart! That which we can not see, touch, measure, quantify etc.... Yet we know it is the truth.

Kind regards.

Estie



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