Yesterday, my middle son was home with a persistent cough. Anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger went in a smoothie, along with a bosc pear, spring greens, a tbs of flaxseed, cashews (soaked), water, and cinnamon. While he was up the night before, coughing, I never heard him even once last night. Was delicious too, just a great balance of warming spice and sweetness.
Herbs are potent. Fairly recently I was at a GI specialist with a loved one. The doc happened to be Indian. After a grim diagnosis for which there is no known cure in all of pharmaland, I was hopeful to bring up herbs. Apparently he was much estranged from the Indian Ayurveda tradition. He finally looked away from his computer screen upon hearing the word “herbs”. A look of absolute horror on his face. How dare I bring it up?! “After 30 years in practice I think I know what I am talking about. Herbs are dangerous!!!” His voice thundered. “Diets don’t work either. The only way to deal with this potentially serious condition is to manage it with medication. Yes, drugs are always toxic, but you have to know that in this case benefit always outweighs the risk. It will occasionally send the condition in remission. The upside is, no dietary restrictions. Truly the best thing!”
Suffice it to say the loved one and I exchanged a few grins (“herbs are dangerous”, still echoing) while the doctor was glued to his screen again, browsing for the ideal combination of drugs. Without ever as much of of an acknowledgment from his customer, he went ahead ordering a prescription @ $700.
We both knew it was senseless to even pursue any further discussion. Thankfully we could look up the insert for the toxic combo he prescribed. According to the manufacturer’s insert the drug can cause the very same symptoms they claim to “manage”. Suppositories no less. May seem like a good idea to avoid further GI irritation, except you cross the blood brain barrier. Plus it means foregoing the immune response from the digestive tract. The list of side effects was staggering, and included chronic diarrhea, nausea, headaches and cancer. Buyer beware.
It’s amazing what freshly extracted organic herbs, vegetables, seeds and nuts can do in terms of providing all the essentials and restoring health. And I completely understand how this doctor was trained to say that herbs are dangerous. To loose too many educated consumers is a dreadful thing for an industry that relies on using scare tactics to push toxic drugs.
Nutritional knowledge is much needed to bring balance and restore health in many who are craving it, and who just need to learn new ways of achieving it.
Doctors are great for emergency medicine and diagnostic expertise. Troubling though, that in all their years of medical school, they barely spend two weeks on nutrition. That is, according to several doctors who shared that info with me. These are doctors who were seeking, and found additional training in other modalities so that they can offer their clients more then a patient/doctor relationship. A way out of chronic illness.
“UC is a lifelong condition, taking medication as prescribed by a physician”. So noted. Thank you.