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Most people throw it away or stick it somewhere and don’t ever read it. Well, your doctor told you how to take it and the instructions on when to take it is on the bottle, so……..?
The literature that comes with each prescription is not only good to read because it gives you a better idea of what you are taking, BUT it also lists the possible side effects of what you are daily. putting into your body.
Why is it important? What if the side effect felt like something else? what if you thought it just something that happened to your all the time and you took your normal OTC medication to help it. You had a headache and so you took your pain killer. And then it got worse and you don’t know what to do. You never thought that the headache had anything to do with the drug you are taking. Did you read the possible side effects?
Okay, here is the worse case scenario that I know of. (I’m sure there are plenty more). I was working with a mother to help her teenage son to work on getting healthy. He had been put on psychiatric medications. It was hard to get off of them and the doctors were trying different medications to see if they could help him. In order to help him, the added a drug Abilify. He seemed to be okay. His mother called me often to just talk about what she could do to help him build health, like getting him off of sugar, etc. He had been on the new drug for a week or so. She started to tell me some of the things that were happening at that time and felt it was just more “mental problems”. However, I knew the possible side effects of Abilify. He had them all and from what I read this could be very dangerous.. She called his doctor right away who immediately took him off of it.
Fortunately, i had read the various side effects and recognized what was actually happening to her son. If she had diligently read the literature for the side effects of the drugs he was taking, she would have recognized it earlier.
So, it is important to read the literature. And if you threw the literature away, you can always go to www.drugs.com They post the literature.
There are a lot of remedies on the market that includes herbs. Of
course, the first thing you should check is the quality of any
supplement whether herb or vitamin. Cheaper brands are not necessarily
going to give you quality ingredients that will give you results. Here
is an article on this Buying Less Expensive Supplements – Is it Worth It?
But on the subject of herbs especially regarding neuropathy, one needs to know the following.
cannot be taken in some cases with certain medications. You need to
check with your pharmacist to see if the herbs and your medications are
compatible. Pharmacists have a database that they can check.
As an example: There are no clinical trials showing that any herb can
help repair the nerve damage that is neuropathy. Nor can it build
healthy nerves. They do have some value in increasing blood flow, or
calming the body, but not in the actual repair of the nerve which is
what causes the neuropathy symptoms.
There are many products being advertised as helping neuropathy with 4
or 5 different herbs extracts in them. It is questionable whether they
have been tested together, and since there are no trials regarding
neuropathy, questionable as to whether they will help or not.
A number of herbs taken together often causes stomach problems, such as heart burn. They can create more problems.
Check out all the herbs in a formula. Remember, this is not like a
herb tea, made by boiling the herb leaves, or sprinkled in your salad.
These are herb extracts in much more potent amounts then found in
I was watching a documentary about medical myths. One really got my attention.
What is snake oil? Snake oil is actually Chinese medicine. It is created from a snake and used to help many things including sore muscles. it appears that this was brought to American by the Chinese workers on the Trans Continental Road. It was a huge back breaking job. They used snake oil to help with their sore muscles.
It became popular. But in the 1916 there was a salesman who was selling this. Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment, the only Western produced snake oil known to have been examined. It was tested and found not to include any snake oil. It a shoddy substitute. He got arrested.
So the press had a field day and “snake oil” was now used to describe anything that was deceptive telling people it would cure their ills when it wouldn’t. I’ve even heard the term applied to the various alternative medicines available for health.
Why do I ask if you are being sold snake oil? Well the body needs forty nutrients to be able to create and sustain health. if you don’t have one of these, you can create deficiencies which result in 100s of chemical reactions not happening So, we take vitamins and minerals to make sure we get what we need when we know our diet isn’t sufficient. Fake food is in itself “snake oil” as they promise to give you nutrition but fill the box with chemicals and additives not needed by the body.
But, what about your supplements? Are you taking fake nutrition? Are you taking Whole Food VItamins, food based that actually use food to give you what you need. Or are you taking “snake oil”? Are you getting laboratory created similar sort of vitamins made of petrochemicals.
I’ve heard and seen things about Aromatherapy. I never paid much attention to it and felt it was creating nice odors that people wanted in their house or felt it relaxed them.
Then I found out that in 1937, a french perfumer gave that name to essential oils which is actually traditional plant medicine.
Now that was something I’d be interested in finding out about. It is now called essential oils and is becoming popular again. Plant medicine has been around for thousands of years and was the only medicine until the 1880s when the drug companies were formed to make pharmaceuticals.
So what can plant medicine do? A lot of things, and its safe and works well.
Why do the essences of the plant create change? And what can it do?
I was reading a medical book from the mid 1800s. It was interesting to see the use of herbs and natural remedies. I do know that in 1880s the pharmaceutical companies started producing drugs in the laboratory and that it contained petroleum products.
Yes, really. Scientists discovered “petrochemicals” and the ability to create all kinds of chemicals from oil.
I also know that in 1920, in order to “standardize” the medical schools, a report was done and what happened was the standard and approved medical procedures where pharmaceutical drugs & surgery.