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filthy
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Posted - 12/22/2004 :  18:42:12  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
These things just might kill you. From Scientific American:
quote:
Herbal Remedies Found to Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

Some herbal remedies may do more harm than good. Researchers writing today in the Journal of the American Medical Association report that 20 percent of herbal medicine products sampled contained dangerous levels of heavy metals.

Listed are lead, mercury, and arsenic. Nasty stuff. It causes me to wonder how many deaths or serious illness' have been caused by herbal remedies that were atttrubited to something else.


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Kil
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Posted - 12/22/2004 :  19:23:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
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"Although the prevalence of heavy metal-containing Ayurvedic [herbal medicine products] is unknown, the number of individuals at potential risk is substantial," the team writes. "Our findings support calls for reform of DSHEA that would require mandatory testing of all imported dietary supplements for toxic heavy metals." --Sarah Graham


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Dude
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Posted - 12/22/2004 :  19:27:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
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It causes me to wonder how many deaths or serious illness' have been caused by herbal remedies that were atttrubited to something else.


Well, one is to many. Odds are it's many more than one.

The problem is that you can't keep stupid people safe from themselves. Combine that with deliberate misinformation by the people selling this junk, and you end up with corpses.

Afterall, if the bottle says "herbal" it's got to be good for you, right?


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filthy
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Posted - 12/22/2004 :  19:53:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
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Afterall, if the bottle says "herbal" it's got to be good for you, right?

Only if it's filled with fermented and distilled vegetable matter or essence of cannabis.


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Starman
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Posted - 12/23/2004 :  00:32:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
Reminds me of an old Randi commentary
quote:
Reader Rob Mackey sends us this from a western Pennsylvania newspaper item, about a teen girl who decided that chewing jimsonweed seeds was a smart thing to do, because she read somewhere that it was "cool." This is a poisonous plant that sometimes kills cattle who graze on it, though it's prickly and nasty. The name comes from "Jamestown weed," which was first identified in Jamestown, Virginia. The girl was found wandering the streets in a daze.

"I thought it would be safe because it's natural," the girl told the Cresson Township police. "There aren't any chemicals or anything in it." Oh, I see.

"What do they teach these kids in school these days?" asks Rob. "Lets see,"a chemical-free compound. If I invent that, can I pocket the cool million? I won't quit my day job."
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Wendy
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Posted - 12/23/2004 :  10:40:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Wendy a Yahoo! Message Send Wendy a Private Message
I confess I occasionally use Valarian Root as a remedy for insomnia. I've tried other remedies and they leave me feeling groggy the next day. It's the only herbal remedy I have ever used, but it seems to work well for me.

Up until now the only down side was that it smells like feet.

I'll have to do some research to try to find out if the toxic metal content occurs in certain specific remedies and/or brands. Thanks for the tip.

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