There have been books written by qualified scientists before. The problem is that most of these books were written by PhD's who never had any particular fascination with herbs. Maybe they just wanted to debunk them, maybe they wanted to praise them, but did they really understand why herbal medicine is so attractive? Did they come from this sense of discovery and curiosity, or was it from a standpoint of critique alone?
Recently I published some information on homeopathy from the 10:23 Campaign. This is a group that has staged some public mass homeopathic drug "overdoses". Don't worry it ain't no Jim Jones thing. It's a simple demonstration of the fact that no amount of a homeopathic drug can harm you because there is simply nothing in it but water and sugar.
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Many of the health benefits associated with Aloe vera have been attributed to the polysaccharides contained in the gel of the leaves. These biological activities include promotion of wound healing, antifungal activity, hypoglycemic or antidiabetic effects anti-inflammatory, anticancer, immunomodulatory and gastroprotective properties. While the known biological activities of A. vera will be briefly discussed, it is the aim of this review to further highlight recently discovered effects and applications of the leaf gel. These effects include the potential of whole leaf or inner fillet gel liquid preparations of A. vera to enhance the intestinal absorption and bioavailability of co-administered compounds as well as enhancement of skin permeation. In addition, important pharmaceutical applications such as the use of the dried A. vera gel powder as an excipient in sustained release pharmaceutical dosage forms will be outlined.
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My last post on the subject of herbs was about catnip and fennel (among some others) and I tried to make it clear just what my approach was to using herbs.
An easy and timely example of WHAT TO IGNORE has to do with scam artists and their readiness to take advantage of any situation. Situation at hand: H1N1 Swine Flu.
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I recently published some very informative articles on ergogenic dietary supplements by Melvin Williams. Or at least "supposedly" ergogenic dietary supplements. Obviously, while many supplements may have health benefits, some are more ergogenic than others.
As you may recall, an ergogenic is anything that can help us do work or increase our capacity to do work. In other words improve our performance.
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