– Naturally Good
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Helpful
Hints From Our Customers
been used for centuries as both food and medicine. They are great
natural remedies that help to nourish, cleanse and balance the human
to be greatly misunderstood. One of the first ways that people think
when they want to restore health is allopathically. Allopathic means
that a disease or condition is treated with a substance that causes
the opposite effect of the symptoms. Examples of allopathic remedies
include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, beta blockers, proton
pump inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, COX-2 inhibitors, etc.
works to address symptoms. Symptoms are the bodys way of reporting
an imbalance. Merely treating the symptoms does not address the
cause of the imbalance. Treating just the symptoms tends to result
in greater imbalance sometime in the future.
underlying causes for the chronic health problems suffered by most
Americans always involves nutrition. In searching for answers, I
always think of the confession in the Episcopal prayer book. What
has been done that should not have been done and what should have
been done that was left undone?
typically involves more than just one simple pill. The issues tend
to be complex and unique for each individual. In other words, your
high blood pressure has a different underlying cause than my high
Part of the
reason that the natural remedies seem to be so confusing is that
what works for one person may not work for another. Natural remedies
work when they correct the underlying cause of the condition and
not because they are working to suppress a symptom of imbalance.
Herbs and natural
remedies were not meant to be used allopathically except in certain
acute situations. Herbs are natural, concentrated packages of particular
nutrients that help correct the result of imbalances in nutrition.
Specific herbs have an affinity for certain organs and glands. For
instance hawthorn berry tend to nourish the heart muscle; dandelion
cleans the blood; red beet root cleans and nourishes the liver,
that herbs tend to be misunderstood is the issue of quality. The
health supplement industry is big business and with that goes some
practices that are more about money than health. This practice is
not limited to fly-by-night companies, but is rampant throughout
some of the largest companies in the business.
priced to the supplement companies based on their quality which
is a factor of the level of active chemical constituents in the
herb, the absence of pesticides and heavy metals, the area in which
the herbs were grown, the method of harvesting, etc. The highest
quality herbs go to the highest bidders which tend to be the most
reputable herbal companies with strict quality control.
If you are
going to use herbs, ask what quality control the supplier has. You
may be surprised. Also, keep checking. Large pharmaceutical companies
are buying supplement companies and the quality is changing
and not always for the better. Remember that full-service, independent
health food stores usually have great information about quality.
October 26, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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