$1,500,000,000,000.00 is at stake yearly.
Revenue 90% dependent on only one thing.....
YOU getting sick and staying sick!
The official position of our government (The F.D.A) is that natural (herbal) remedies are unproven.
Check out this Katt Logic.
For over 4,000 years the Orientals have routinely relied on natural remedies to deal with their illness'. Does it make sense that generation after generation would continue to take stuff which usually tastes awful....if there were no efficacy?
One would have to conclude that only stupid people would do so. Considering that they were navigating the oceans years before you Occidentals knew North from South, the argument fails.
Here is a classic example of the surpression of a natural remedy which can work miracles.
Echinacea......miracle or fraud?
Echinacea was first discovered in the late 18th century in use by native Americans in the plains states. They used it for all internal and external infections. It was their sole option for snake bite. (Cancer was unknown among these Indians)
In 1887 Dr. H.C.F. Meyer introduced Echinacea in the form of Meyer’s Blood Purifier. He made extravagant claims for his product. The back label read: Take one ounce three times every day in the following causes: rheumatism, sick headaches, dyspepsia, old sores and bites, open wounds, dizziness, and scrofula. In case of poisoning take the double dose, and for bites of rattlesnakes take three ounces three times a day until swelling is gone. This is an absolute cure within 24 hours. At this time some scoundrels claimed their product brought dead people back to life.
Echinacea gained great popularity early this century until the February 27, 1908 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association in which an editorial discredited Echinacea. In the November, 1909 issue of JAMA an article was published titled, Echinacea considered valueless.
Pharmacology of Echinacea
Echinacoside has an interferon-like activity. It has mild antibiotic activity against Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus. Six mg. echinacoside is equivalent to one unit of penicillin. Oncolytic activities (destructive to tumor cells) have been attributed to the volatile oils of Echinacea. It a may be more effective as an antibiotic than cortisone ie 0.04 mL of fresh plant extract possesses a hyaluronidase inhibitory action equal to 1 mg of cortisone. Indications: Stress, harsh environments or seasons, or whenever the body is in need of reinforcement, Echinacea may supply the boost required to maintain the natural lines of resistance to mend injured tissue and to stimulate body functioning.
Experimental Studies In 1984 by H. Wagner et al studied purified polysaccharides (EPS) from echinacea purpurea. It was observed that they strongly activated macrophages. These macrophages developed pronounced extracellular cytotoxicity against tumor cells.
In 1991 German researchers found that mice (fed Echinacea) were protected against otherwise lethal infections.
Clinical StudiesA 1954 study of 200 psoriasis patients showed that 90% had a definite remission.
A 1964 double blind study of 121 children with whooping cough. 50% were free of symptoms in five days. The other 50% were free in ten days.
In 1978 a study involving 4,598 patients with skin conditions was conducted. The study lasted five months and involved the observations of 538 physicians outside of hospitals from all parts of West Germany. Results were:
a) Inflammatory skin conditions (212 patients) has a success rate of 85.4% in 8.5 days
b) Wound category (1,453 patients) achieved a success rate of 91.5%
c) Eczema (628 patients) with a success rate of 82.3%
d) Burns (626 patients) with 96.3% success.
e) Herpes simplex (222 patients) with a 91.4% success.
f) Varicose ulcers (900 patients) 81.1% success.
In 1985 a study found that echinacea stimulates the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow of patients undergoing radiology treatment.
1986 a double blind study of 203 patients with vaginal candida revealed that echinacea was three times more effective than conventional methods.
Get a 1 oz. vial of liquid Echanacea from your health food store. Put it on any cut or skin infection and be prepared for a miracle within 48 hours.
A myth is circulating that continued use of Echinacea causes a loss of efficacy. It came from a mistranslation of an article published in German. See Medical Herbalism Spring 1994.