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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
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Posted:Just because it's been going around the net for some time.

There currently is a directive being in the final stages of completion within the EU "government" regarding medicinal herbs.

Claims now are that as an effect they will will be "disappearing" in the EU.

Read the infowars article here. This article is one of the many recent misinformations and examples of bad journalism in this regard.

Am I doubting that the pharma lobby is trying to make a gain? No. Am I opposing the argument that classifying medicinal herbs as drugs and requiring them to be - extensively and expensively - tested (as drugs currently are) might wipe them off the market? No.

So what is my "rant" about?

For decades the naturopathetic lobby - in their herbal haze - has tried exactly that: asked the respective authorities to finally accept that herbal remedies are drugs and potent medicines. Partly in an effort to prove that they are as good as doctors when it comes to prescriptions, partly so their patients can reclaim the money spent on these remedies, partly to prove the point that herbal remedies can have as much "healing impact" as the "chemical bombs" manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry.

Well guys, guess what? It backfired. And now you're standing there, bamboozled by the fact that you can't have tea without drinking.

Of course, if a herbal remedy should be classified as a drug, it needs to get properly tested. Because exactly this is what happens with (potent) drugs. Yes - it costs money. Yes - it costs a lot of it.

But your claim is that your leaves are as good as pills - so prove it. Clean up your act. Because that's what the pharma lobby had to do - for our protection.

Do I consider chemical drugs safe? No, I don't. Am I a pharma buddy? No I'm not.

It doesn't matter whether MINT has been around for a couple of thousand years prior. You say it is a medical herb - so classify it.

[sidenote: Oh and then you take some herbal extract, you water it down... the potent is up to 1:50.000 (in extremes)...

Let's take a C30. The likelihood to find !one molecule! of the original extract in one small bottle of remedy is 1 : 10(potent60-24) = 1 : 10(potent 36). It means you are taking 1 part of the remedy, add 100 parts milksugar or alcohol - and repeat the process 200 times. In comparison: Lottery... 6numbersoutof49... chances to get 6 numbers right in one field is 1:14.000.000 and that is still more than finding ONE MOLECULE of the original brew in a bottle of homeopathic C30 remedy... fathom that. /sidenote]

Do I think natural remedies are cowsP - no I don't. I would even say that they are much safer than chemicals. Sometimes you need chemicals and sometimes you need herbals - I'm happy there is both.

But if people claim that they are potent remedies - and as potent as chemicals, they should prove it and you should adhere to the same standards demanded from a chemical lab.

So in effect, the people to be grateful for is the naturopathic lobby as much as the chemical one.

Thanks.


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This Jaded Flesh
This Jaded Flesh

One soul is as good as another...
Location: England, Durham
Member Since: 30th Oct 2009
Total posts: 323
Posted:Homeopathy can be prescribed on the NHS, in fact a lot of herbalist stuff can so what is the drama? Why are they crying about the definition? I went to the link, but didn't read it coz there was a pic of Alex Jones. Who I'm sure I've seen state the obvious when it comes to religion a while back and he reminds me of that body guard off the Jerry Springer show, that got his own show? <-- a Serious arse hole so I was put off.

Anyhow, less talk and more making babies ^_- <~~ That right there? It's the left wink to your right wink lol ^^b


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Mynci
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Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8735
Posted:I have to agree Tom. there is nothing to stop people taking herbs to improve their own health but if it's to become big business and sold with the tagline of being a "treatment" I agree it should be regulated the same as any other oral medicine.

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.


Paddington Bear
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Member Since: 19th Jan 2010
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Posted:excuse me if im putting my oar in where its not needed as i havnt read all the thread but i read a book on homeopathy and how it shouldn't work. One theory put forward was that water or alcohol can actually have its "energy" changed. And by energy im not talking spirtualistic bull**** i mean its bonds can be changed by what has been contained in it. If anyones interested in this its a book called "13 impossible things"

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Weeping Willow
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Member Since: 5th Dec 2010
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Posted:Originally Posted By: Paddington Bearexcuse me if im putting my oar in where its not needed as i havnt read all the thread but i read a book on homeopathy and how it shouldn't work. One theory put forward was that water or alcohol can actually have its "energy" changed. And by energy im not talking spirtualistic bull**** i mean its bonds can be changed by what has been contained in it. If anyones interested in this its a book called "13 impossible things"
I've heard about this theory. However, as long as there is no valid analytical method of showing or quantifying the change in the state of energy, I'd rather question it. In fact, I wonder if a homeopath himself was able to distinguish tap water from highly diluted homeopathic medicine, both presented in identical bottles in a thimblerigger - like way.



Jameth
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Location: NSW
Member Since: 19th May 2008
Total posts: 378
Posted:There was a (I think UK based) study recently published on people seeing homeopaths and comparing them with people who just had standard NHS treatment for GP type ailments (ie vague, ongoing ill health, no clear cut things needing specific treatment).

group A had standard NHS care,

group B saw a homeopath and were treated with homeopathic remedies

group C saw a homeopath and were treated with coloured water.

Groups B & C did as well as each other and somewhat better than group A.

Which lead the study authors to conclude that having a sympathetic and caring listener helped, but the homeopathic remedies did nothing.

About what I would have expected, YMMV.

Also wrt safeness: to my understanding anything that has a real effect, can also have a side effect, and is likely to be toxic in overdose. That applies to herbs just as much as lab produced chemicals. Also, some drugs (digitalis, curare, others I have forgot) were originally herbal in origin. Western medicine has moved to the purified form because the concentration varied 100 fold from plant to plant, making it very hard to set a dose using herbs.

I think some herbs are probably active, and think they should be subject to the same controls pharmoactive chemicals are.



Rouge Dragon
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Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:A reason I believe that herbal remedies need to be monitored is that they can interfere with chemical remedies. Maybe people might think that it's ok to continue to take herbal remedies while they're taking chemical ones when really it's not - but because there's not much in the way of herbal regulations they're not aware of this.

For example, iron supplements (and other things, I think calcium is one) can mask the effect of antibiotics.

***EDIT***
Just came across this: St Johns Wort could interfere with the Pill

EDITED_BY: Rouge Dragon (1291620254)
EDIT_REASON: found something


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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:smile

YAY! Soon the days of not wearing gloves and smoking pot while clipping medicinal marijuana in California will too be over wink [/totally random and unrelated post]


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