16
Jun
09

Natural “Remedies”; or Natural “Cures” for Proper Biological Function

Naturopaths love those few “remedies” they have that get some results; Zicam was one of them. It works by drying out the sinus mucosa which reduces congestion, coughing, etc. Unfortunately, it also has the potential to result in permanent loss of smell. This has also been KNOWN since 2003 and it is not the same as a “side effect” as one would commonly think of it. This is permanent nerve damage as a result of a “remedy” not having a proper regulation and reporting during a highly controlled prescription phase. The FDA finally did something 6 years later. Some presription medications are trials for broader release (Loratadine) which allows for a far better reporting of problems. “Natural” substances require no such regulatiory phase prior to being available over-the-counter.

Other “natural” remedies which are dangerous include:

  1. Menopause “remedies” such as soy, ginseng, thyme, and liquorice can promote tumor proliferation
  2. Tea tree oil (look at this list of supposed uses!) even though there is nearly no evidence to support the claims other than its usefulness as an antiseptic. “Boosting” the immune system is similarly something you never want to do. Either one’s immune system functions properly, or it does not. One does not want an overactive immune system.
  3. Capsicum for hemeroids? I’m just a stupid Cajun, but I know what hemeroids are, and I know what capsicum does… This just doesn’t sound fun.

People, seriously, at least investigate the crap naturopaths and other quacks push. Read about the ingredients in medications you are considering. No matter how corrupt you might think the pharmaceutical industry actually is, it’s better than most of this shit.

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2 Responses to “Natural “Remedies”; or Natural “Cures” for Proper Biological Function”


  1. June 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Do you have any advice on colloidal silver?

    My Emma’s daughter gave her a bottle and I looked it up, so we were hopeful that it was going to make us healty, wealthy and wise. Well, a little healthier, maybe.

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    June 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Colloidal silver? What, do you want blue skin? (read up about argyria) Granted, it would be cool to join the Blue Man Group without paint. Additionally, silver has no known function in the human body nor has it been demonstrated to be useful in any way.


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