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Re: herbs

right. they all seem to cause [in a small proportion of the control group, mind you] random night sweats, nose bleeds, and incontinence. some are worse--hair loss, visual distortion, loss of muscular coordination with concomitant increase [or decrease] in horniness.

At 07:40 AM 12/31/02 -0800, you wrote:
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!

Some of the herb companies are striving for consistency on their own and
explain it on the containers.  It is wise to look for such products although
they may be more expensive - you get what you pay for.  Whether you are taking
drugs prescribed by a doctor or herbal rememdies, you owe it to yourself to
research these things you are putting into your body.  For a long time big
medicine has put down herbal remedies for menopause in favor of treatment with
horse urine byproducts.  Now they are finding out women are experiencing
problems from that that are far worse than any side effect of any herbal

I fortunately do not have to take any medications other than an occasional
Ibuprofen or over-the-counter sinus med.  However, some time back I had tennis
elbow (should be renamed gardener's elbow) and was prescribed Vioxx.  I took
it only 3 days and had such a severe reaction to it - took me a week to get
back to normal.

Yes, you do have to be cautious with herbs, but you also need to be careful
with pharmeceuticals.


On Tue, 31 Dec 2002 09:45:06 EST Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 12/31/2002 5:54:08 AM
> Eastern Standard Time,
> wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:
> > Herbs are not always appreciated by all
> sectors of life.  If you tell your
> > doctor you are taking an herbal remedy, he or
> she may not be very pleased.
> > There is some good reason for that in that
> many drugs come from herbs and
> > use of a home-made herb may interact
> negatively with some prescriptions
> > taken.  Also, many "manufacturers" of herbal
> remedies are not regulated by
> > the food and drug administration.  There is
> no organization that oversees
> > that Echinacea is the same strength from
> manufacturer to manufacturer or
> > even from container to container.
> Standardization is badly needed in the
> > "herbal" products on the market and
> interactions need more study.
> >
> >
> To say nothing of the fact that herbs are much
> more reasonable in price than
> the drugs sold by pharmaceutical companies.  Of
> course they don't want you to
> take anything that they can't make money from,
> and most herbal products
> cannot be patented and controlled by the big
> pharmaceuticals.  But I won't
> ride that hobby any farther.  Auralie

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