I keep seeing so many posts bashing everything from effective prescription medications to cola and lauding "natural" supplements and remedies that I had to create a thread specifically about it. I got sick of refuting every ridiculous post about "natural" remedies - and sick of warning people left and right that "natural" remedies are in no WAY SAFER and often MORE DANGEROUS than any prescription drug you could take. I'm hoping enough people will read this thread since it's a subject I care deeply about and I worry greatly for all the people convinced this stuff is safe.
First of all let me repeat what I always say - "natural" supplements/remedies are in NO WAY SAFER than anything else. They are no better. In many cases, they are NO DIFFERENT than a prescription drug. "Naural" supplements are LOADED with chemicals as well. What do people think they're made of - sugar and spice and everything nice? Chemicals, the same as anything else. In many cases, they contain the SAME chemicals as prescription drugs. Know why? Because most prescription drugs were synthesized from natural sources!
That said, there is NO OVERSIGHT in the "natural" supplement industry. None whatsoever. No one tests them to ensure they're safe. No one oversees the manufacturing process to make sure IT is safe. For all you know Billy Bob could be making the stuff in his dirty bathtub. For all you know, it could have way too much of the active ingredients or none at all! It could be just water, as is the case with homeopathy. OR, it could have things in it not listed on the label - potentially dangerous things.
Someone recently posted about a "natural" weight loss pill, acting as if just because it was "natural", it was better than others. I did some research, and found the following:
Look at all those prescription grade CHEMICALS in a "natural" supplement? Doesn't look so wonderful now, does it?Yep, I just looked it up and not only does it have green tea but additional caffeine added as well - about the equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee per serving. Not only that, it has Geranium Flower in it, which contains Methylhexaneamine - also a stimulant and the substance many nasal decongestants you can buy at the pharmacy are made of. It also contains cocoa powder, which has Theobromine in it. Theobromine is a heart stimulant and diuretic that is also used as a prescription drug. And those are only the ones that are listed in the ingredients - apparently there are others listed as only "proprietary blend"......who knows what is in that......
The following is from another post where people were knocking colas for having "chemicals" in them - I did some research here too and most of the "chemicals" turned out to be the very same things we eat every day from natural sources. Read the excerpt below.
I'll never understand why people are so afraid of prescription drugs and so called "chemicals" (which are no different than the chemicals found in "natural" items), yet are more than happy to fill their bodies with anything that has "natural" on the label. HEMLOCK is natural too, you know? People will take ANYTHING "natural" on a whim without even knowing what is in it and what it does! It is completely ridiculous.What extra ingredients? Diet Pepsi contains:
Carbonated water - harmless
Caramel Coloring - harmless
Phosphoric acid - provides tangy taste. found naturally in milk, meat, poultry, fish, nuts, and egg yolks.
Potassium Benzoate (preservative) - Harmless. used in nearly all fruit juices too.
Citric acid - found naturally in fruits.
Aspartame - found naturally in eggs, milk, beef, etc.
So what are all these chemicals you all keep talking about, and where is the danger? Most occur naturally anyway!
I hope some of you will read the following articles I'm posting. They go into the issue in more detail, list some of the deaths that have occurred from natural supplements, and describe why there is no oversight (pure greed - it is such a big industry because people are so gullible they don't want their poorly made and usually ineffective trash to be subject to regulation, lest it all get pulled from the shelves for being dangerous). PLEASE, before you take ANYTHING else "natural", do some research - if not from my links from your own - just be sure the info you get isn't directly from someone trying to make money on these "natural" supplements......
Death By Dietary Supplement - Forbes.com
What's the harm in herbal remedies?
What is Herbal medicine, herbology or herbalism?
Discovery Health "Why doesn't the FDA regulate herbal supplements?"
The Skeptics Society Forum • View topic - A new book on the herb/supplement industry
FDA Regulation of Diet & Herbal-Supplement Industry: Fraud, False Claims - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
The Herbal Minefield
The Dangers of Dietary Supplements
Science-Based Medicine » The Scam Scam
I can point you to one hundred more articles about deaths and the dangers of these "natural" products - as well as thousands on their complete ineffectiveness. Please stop promoting this rubbish everyone - you're doing a disservice to everyone that reads it and just lining these scam artists' pockets.
Oh, and I just had to add a little something about homeopathy. I truly don't think most people understand the concept behind this foolishness. I think most people see homeopathy as another word for "natural". This couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, homeopathy can be practiced with any drug or substance. The theory behind homeopathy is that water has memory. That's right, they think it remembers. And they also believe that the LESS of a substance is in the water, the BETTER it works. So they dilute drugs or herbs hundreds - even thousands of times - until there is no trace left that anything is in the water at all. They believe that the water "remembers" the substance, however, and that it is MORE effective than the original substance. So when you buy any homeopathic drug, all you're buying is water, plain and simple.
Now if this were true and water did remember - well - when you think about it the whole theory falls apart (as if it made any logical sense to begin with). There is a finite amount of water here on Earth. Water is neither created nor destroyed. It just changes forms and ends up back on the ground or in the oceans. So the water here on Earth has been here for billions of years. In that time, I'm sure it has touched just about every substance there is in nature. If the theory of homeopathy were true, this would mean it "remembered" all of these substances. So along with your desired "treatment" memory - you'd be getting a thousand other "memories" of poisons and God knows what else. I'll stop there because anyone with a brain, when confronted with the ridiculous truth behind homeopathy, can tell it's a scam.
I assume it was created originally, like most "alternative" medicine, to scam people. Of course you're going to make money if you sell pure water to people as a treatment for illness - how much cheaper does it get? But then, also like many other nonsensical "alternative" treatments, gullible people started buying it. And then normal people like you and I heard about it, never bothered to research the concept behind it, and wasted our money on this rubbish too.
The moral of the story is not to believe what you hear unless it is from legitimate, respected scientists, research institutions or publications. Most people that promote this trash are either scam artists themselves or idiots that never bothered to do their own research (isn't your body more important than that and worth spending a couple hours researching something?). Don't be one of those idiots. Always research something before you put it in your body - and ESPECIALLY never promote anything to others without doing even MORE research - from LEGITIMATE sources - not people trying to SELL THE STUFF. If your life and health isn't important enough, at least consider others that may listen to you.......
Rant over.....if one single person takes this to heart it will be well worth the time spent writing it.......