Now I’m getting anonymous spam questions. Nonsense about diets and fake jobs and whatnot. I’m disappointed, tumblr. I expected better from you.
What do you mean, “what can I do?” You can participate. You can connect. You can get actively involved. You can turn off the tv. You can cancel the Disney vacation and buy bushels of tomatoes to can or turn into salsa. You can get some pots and grow a pot garden… of vegetables. You can put a beehive on the roof of your house. Just like today— whatever today looks like— is the manifestation of billions of individual decisions accumulated over time, tomorrow will be too. We must stop this incessant victimhood mentality. Somebody else will not fix things. Somebody else will not make me healthy. Somebody else will not make me happy. These things are my responsibility. Not the neighbor’s, not the government’s, not the church or the civic club.
Here is a very basic and inexpensive recipe for kim chi but you will need to allow for preparation time as the cabbage needs to soak for 5-6 hours and takes 3-5 days to ferment.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 large (or 2 small) cabbages, napa or regular
10 cups water
1 cup salt
1 cup crushed…
Wow, this seems way easier than I’d thought… :D
For those of you into complementary and alternative medicine, yoga, acupuncture, herbalism, herbal remedies, all-natural remedies, health living, etc cetera, here’s a little database for you: http://nccam.nih.gov/
It’s incredibly easy to come across false information when it comes to…
Hmmm. On the one hand, yes safety and knowledge are so so very important and I’m sure this is a great resource. Definitely worth a look especially for the drug interactions.
On the other hand… It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to be aware of the strong ties between the US government, pharmaceutical companies, and other entities who have vested interests in spreading misinformation, discouraging or outright banning the use of various plants, their health benefits notwithstanding (cannabis, case in point). So this source, like any other, should be taken with a grain of salt and as much knowledge as possible about its scientific validity and biases.
And yeah, I am just beginning to study herbalis. Yet even I know of powerfully medicinal plants (not cannabis) that have been sporadically called toxic and re-allowed by the FDA. Just saying. /rant over
The national center for complementary and alternative medicine, which is very supportive of CAMs, in comparison to commercial websites, right? This just reads very similar to anti-vaccine arguments…
The thing about the scientific validity listed on the website is that it doesn’t claim absolutes. It’s states that studies haven’t been conclusive about it or that not enough studies have been conducted. I don’t see the issue here or how it at all ties into any conspiracy theories you’re perpetuating.
The thing about you starting that argument on my post to begin with and telling people to take it with a grain of salt is that, whether you mean to or not (a nod at the “work a look for the drug interactions”) it’s quite possible people who see your post are going to discredit the toxicity information entirely and that’s dangerous.
I made this post because of the number of calls we get to our Poison Control center because of people taking herbs and natural remedies improperly. This site and the toxicity information provide are incredibly important to not take with a grain of salt because of that.
No matter how you feel about pharmaceutical companies, you can’t deny the fact that drugs are regulated. Herbal remedies, including extracts (and even vitamins if you wanna get on that note) usually aren’t. The problem here is that, more often than not, they don’t come with instructions, warning labels, etc cetera.
No/Improper labeling = poison consumption, incorrect administration, drug interactions, overdose.
People who know no better and who first start out on a CAM kick can very easily hurt themselves or their children because of that. Some plants you should only take topically. Some plants you should only consume parts of.
And the very real, immediate reactions that a lot of these can cause can be life threatening and should not be taken with a grain of salt when read about because you’re taking unnecessary risks with your life and the lives of people you may care for. And for some of these herbs and extracts, an incredibly low dose can be fatal. Which is no different than medications you may be prescribed beyond the fact that THAT bottle had a warning label and scientifically backed directions for administration (there’s nothing misleading here; I’ve studied physiological processing of medication and I’ve administered medications in a professional environment. It is calculated based on very specific factors.)
I also don’t see how the immediate/fast onset signs and symptoms associated with these plants can be ever be side-eyed because of the possibility that organizations may have interests that are contrary to its use. You can’t tell me that an herb that should be used topically, when consumed, causes shock and organ failure is only listed as poisonous because some people have “vested interests” against it.
I don’t care about what people thinking of the scientific validity when it comes to the effectiveness of herbal remedies. I do care about people using reliable research methods to put their minds to rest and give them an idea of what and how much they should take of something instead of engaging in and promoting risky behaviors.
I sincerely apologize if it sounded argumentative. That was not my intention at all. :( I usually try to add my thoughts with a post I reblog for my own records and honestly did not expect anyone to take note of it. Perhaps that was ignorant of me as well.
I meant to thank you for providing the useful and lifesaving database in case you did happen to look, and did not mean to counter the effect of your post. I meant to express my concern that valuable medicines exist that have sometimes been misrepresented, and that I will not always be able to learn the whole story by reading official statements. (not to suggest that just because they say so, it must be a conspiracy) The science behind how herbal medicines work and how they are tested (and who decides) and regulated by the FDA is something I am very interested in learning more about, but of course it is hard to read about without coming across the anti-vaccine, anti-hospital kind of theories you mentioned.
(I’d like to respectfully disagree that I am perpetuating any conspiracy theories. I am very aware that different herbs/extracts are used differently and can and do have harmful side effects depending on dosage, or how they are taken. I didn’t tell you about the safety or toxicity of anything, nor would I presume to do so.)
I will go back and edit my post so as to make it more clear I am not advocating disregarding the information (as again was not my intention, I reblogged because of how incredibly valuable I thought it was). I truly do not want anyone to come to harm because of my doubts. I am sorry that my post was ill-thought out and came across in such a way.