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Re: herbs

My hunch is that most of us agree w/ you.  If you want to go one step further, why are they allowed to market cigarettes?  Anything else that toxic would have been yanked off the shelves by the FDA in record time.  How many die from lung cancer, emphysema, etc.?  Why is it legal?  Tobacco lobby = money.  Before the smokers have a stroke, I'm one of you, until midnight.  Then I plan to ditch this habit, hopefully this time for good.
sorry - that's my 2 cents for the day.

Happy New Year - 


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:23:50 EST

>In a message dated 12/31/2002 10:41:28 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
>kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:
>> Bonnie mentioned the lack of regulation of herbal remedies and other
>> homeopathic solutions.  And Auralie went on to discuss the cost of
>> pharmeceuticals.  These things triggered some reservations I have about 
>> what
>> the drug companies tell us.  They caution us against herbs, but have you
>> listened to the commercials for the new medications?  Talk about side 
>> effects!
>> Have you looked at a Physicians Desk Refernece?  I used tetracyclin many
>> years ago without a problem, but when it was prescribed for my husband, he
>> experienced every side effect in the PDR book!
>A book published last year by Putnam/Penguin documents how drug companies 
>make a practice of issuing their products in one-size-fits-all dosages, and 
>advertise them thus to doctors to make them easier for the doctors to 
>perscribe.  All this without the least consideration of the fact that body 
>size, age, and various other factors influence how the individual processes 
>the medication - and there are many individual variations.  Also, doctors are 
>encouraged to consider all but the most extreme side effects as "minor."  
>On at totally different angle, we are constantly told that because of the 
>global environmental destruction we are losing massive numbers of species, 
>any one of which could provide the next life-saving medication -- but we are 
>also told that these herbal or natural medications are primitive and 
>non-scientific.  What am I missing?
>I'd better stop before I get myself into trouble - I have strong opinions on 
>these matters.  Auralie
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