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Why Herbs work or do not
This is an article excerpt from Dr. Richard Schulze whose protocol I used to recover from fourth stage cancer.
It is an excellent dialog as to why herbal's work or do not. All the formula's on my web site are from quality
sources for this reason. Pure Herbs being the top end, then Christopher then Kroeger.
You say why offer all these then? Good question...many people are very dedicated to Christopher and
Kroeger and with good reason. I love them as well, so I offer what people will use no matter what. It is
also in deference to these master herbalists that I offer their products on my web site. It will be up to the
consumer to decide which they prefer. Pricing is on par and reasonable for all the herbals I offer on my
web site. Use precautions if you are on medications and or are pregnant.
Please read the contra-indications section and do research on your medications to see what herbs will
conflict with it. I cannot own decisions. Terms and Disclaimers Knowledge is power...to your journey
to wellness. - Cynthia Adelle Schultz
by Richard Schulze, ND, Master Herbalist, Teacher www.herbdoc.com
In the 1970's, I started helping others get well and opened up my clinic. From the early days of my clinical practice I was especially interested in helping people with serious illness and degenerative diseases. Almost all other graduates from the various institutes I attended worked mainly on young healthy people who wanted to be a bit healthier, but I was obsessed
with emergency treatment and the sick and dying. The same useless herbal formulae that failed me years before were now failing to help any of my patients. They though they were doing something wrong and this is why they were coming to see me. I was forced to improve upon the crude formulae I had developed to heal myself and also created new formula that
worked. Why were all the herbal formulae useless? Why didn't they work? As far as I could see there were 3 main reasons
REASON #1 - Antique Formulae
Many of the herbal formulae available were designed in the middle to late 1800's, some even earlier. The 1800's were very different times. Today, we have junk food restaurants on every corner, get less exercise and have more stress than probably ever before in history. What it took to stimulate and cleanse Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill 150 years ago doesn't work today. Even some of the more modern herbal formula available were still designed in the 1940's or 1950's. This is still over 40 years ago when herbs were looked at as a cute little hobby to alleviate headaches and tired feet, not cure life threatening disease. Many other modern formula are just remakes of these ancient formula; the herbs are just shuffled and a so called new formula is dealt. These formula just don't work.
REASON #2 - Weak formulae, wimpy dosages, poor manufacturing and poor quality herbs
Most modern American natural healers and herbalists have been educated and grew up in the hostile legal and political environment. Recent history reveals that the A.M.A. and other organizations have been on a witch hunt for practicing herbalists and have jailed many. Out of fear, most herbalists and manufacturers want to make sure that no one ever gets a strong action or has any reactions with their products, even a cleansing reaction. They feel it's far safer to make products that have little or no effect. Like medical doctors today, treatment and therapy parameters are designed by the hospital legal departments, to minimize financial repercussions and malpractice lawsuits, not always what is best for the patient.
One way these herbal manufacturers assure their safety, not your health, is to design a formula with very small amounts of the potent herbs, or none at all. Then to be really safe they suggest a dosage that is so low it's useless. They don't want to take any risks. To further weaken any potency many manufacturers have abandoned the tried and true methods of old herbalists for quick extraction processes, high tech (high heat) machinery, freeze dried herbs, ignoring the moons and seasons, mostly to make a quick buck. The result, most herbal products I see today are worthless junk. Many manufacturers are more concerned that their products tastes good or has a great looking label than with whether you will get well using it. I also see labels loaded with sophisticated laboratory testing results for potency, trying to convince you that the colorless, tasteless and odorless water inside will actually benefit you. How stupid do they think we are?
One of the worst aspects of many herbal formulae today is the poor quality of herbs used. The vast majority of herbal of herbal products are made from India, China, Egypt, Mexico or placeEastern Europe cost literally pennies a pound. I never used these poor quality herbs in my clinic. I always used American organically grown herbs that can cost over 20 times as much. I have visited these countries and found filthy, disgusting growing conditions, toxic pollution and out of control use of pesticides and insecticides. When we travel to those countries we don't drink the water, don't even eat the food, then why would we want to use herbs grown there?
In the last two years there have been numerous people getting sick after using famous herbal formula because the herbs were contaminated with human fecal waste. If this isn't bad enough most of these contaminated herbs, when brought into the United Sates, are gassed with Ethylene Oxide, an antibacterial gas that is known to cause cancer and also cause mutations in unborn children. In fact the vast majority of organic herbs are even sterilized with this gas because the manufacturers are scared to use unsterilized herbs. In the last two years I have done much to expose this corruption and I have been attacked by almost everyone in the herb industry, even my so-called friends. Even though they are well aware of the problems, I have affected their income and they are plenty mad. Even the ones who haven't attacked me wont go on record to expose the industry or speak the truth. Most of my colleagues, out of fear of prosecution, write books and magazine articles, gather at the meetings of their guilds, run schools and teach, but rarely have ever worked with a patient. It is illegal for an American herbalist to run a clinic and cure patients from illness and disease using American Herbs. This leads to the 3rd reason why most herbal formula don't work.
REASON #3 (Theory, not practical, clinical experience)
Why is it that most modern herbal formula, designed by many of my colleagues, don't work? As I walk down the isles of modern day health food stores I see hundreds of herbal products and recognize many of the names on the bottles. Many are my students and many are friends, but few of these armchair herbalists ever ran a clinic and would know the difference between a heart attach and indigestion. What they don't tell you on the bottle is that they developed these formula after countless hours of research reading books and searching computer data bases, but they have no clinical results or cures. You may be the first human to ever put these formula in your mouth. A few of their herbal hypothesis are good, and in years, probably decades, few might prove to be important discoveries. I also know most of these formula will be tossed in the garbage where they belong.
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