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Re: herbs and spices; OT

melody is right about the years and years of trials on pharmaceuticals. just listen to the manufacturers' pitiful wailing at any congressional hearing about drug prices.

the problem, however, is that the fox does the research--which, essentially, is jumping through hoops for fda clerks. fda does no basic research; it satisfies itself with monitoring the quality and {one assumes} rigor of the drug company's research on the product the drug company wants desperately to market. and, of course, we now have "fast track" approvals for, one assumes, the big campaign spenders. the whole system was always a crap shoot at best. it has become very close to meaningless with the deregulation that allows the drug companies to build a constituency, through marketing, before they can bully fda into caving in and approving the drug.

At 05:30 PM 1/2/03, you wrote:
    Current research on Digoxin is that it's not that good period. In
studies more women died using it than those that used placebos. It was only
slightly effective on men. All these years and now we find it's not helpful
and may be harmful.Dosage aside what can we really believe.Will research
down the line show that Digitalis isn't safe really? Keep up the homework
and be especially careful when it's a chemical imitation of a natural

----- Original Message -----
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2003 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] herbs and spices; OT

> Digitalis is one of the prime examples, though, of the importance of
> knowing the exact strength/concentration of the active ingredients. Too
> strong, and it kills. Too weak, and you might as well not waste your
> money.
> Cathy
> On Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at 10:32 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> > It's O.K. Auralie.  That is another factor in the matter, for certain.
> > And
> > some herbs are every bit as good as the patented medicine.  Why
> > digitalis is
> > nothing but an herbal remedy stamped with the pharmaceutical stamp of
> > approval and it is only one out of many.  Any thing that changes body
> > function should be looked at carefully in my humble opinion.  I don't
> > take
> > on a new medication or intake anything herbal until I've done a bit of
> > homework to lessen the probability of interactions and side effects.
> >
> > Blessings,
> >
> > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
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