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"Here we have a large group of men, who seem unable to free themselves from fallacies that were born in the fecund brain of the ancient shaman." Dr. Shelton


What is the Truth About Herbs?

We hear a lot about all the positive effects of herbs. Herbs are a staple of "Alternative Medicine".
Natural Hygiene is instead an "Alternative To Medicine", and has always warned about (medical) herbs. But why? We'll try to explain.

"Around 2,000 years ago, Shen Nong first referred to schizandra. Since then, it has remained one of the most popular adaptogenic herbs in China, where it is taken to promote mental function, strengthen the sex organs and beautify the skin....."

"Garlic, parsley, sage, ginger, basil and rosemary all offer positive healing effects without the dangerous negative side effects often associated with prescription drugs. ....."

"Tulsi protects against and reduces stress; enhances stamina and endurance; increases the body's efficient use of oxygen; boosts the immune system; reduces inflammation; protects against radiation damage; lessens aging factors; supports the heart, lungs and liver; has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties; is a general vitalizer and increases physical endurance; ....."


First, what does Dr. Herbert Shelton say?

"Where the powers of life are inadequate to the work of cure, or where the body's curative efforts are suppressed by treatment, death or chronic disease result. The acute process cannot be continued indefinitely. Accomodation and a subdued struggle against cause must occur, if death does not result before this can take place. Chronic disease is continuous because its cause is continuous - it is a protest against chronic provocation."
Dr. Shelton

"The so-called "medicinal" herbs were not harmless. Many of them, on the contrary, can be deadly, as deadly as any drug the physicians now use."

by Dr. Herbert Shelton

Some of the self-styled "natural therapists" never tire of extolling the virtues of the simple "home remedies," by which they mean herbs, that were employed in the past, and which they tell us were "harmless." The so-called "medicinal" herbs were not harmless. Many of them, on the contrary, can be deadly, as deadly as any drug the physicians now use. None of them removed the cause of the patient's trouble; all of them were directed at the suppression of symptoms; all of them gave rise to evils of their own.

The herbal practice was the original drugging practice and only those drugs were used that occasioned marked defensive actions on the part of the body. They were given to produce vomiting, purging, diuresis, diaphoresis and expectoration, to reduce fever, relieve pain, allay coughing, to produce blistering, as sedatives, stimulants, narcotics, etc., etc. They are still employed for the same purposes, despite all the loose talk about their alleged richness in minerals and vitamins. Few of them have ever been analyzed to determine their mineral and vitamin content. That they are possessed of these food factors, as all plants are, is not denied; that they are superior sources of such nutrients has not been proved. Certainly a drug that induces vomiting and one that occasions purging does not yield up any minerals and vitamins to the sick organism.

The sick organism is suffering from poisoning, not from deficiency. Deficiencies do exist, but the so-called deficiency diseases are not numerous. The acutely sick patient is as unable to digest and assimilate medicinal herbs as he is to digest and assimilate the nonpoisonous herbs. The presence of poisons in herbs renders their digestion all but impossible. Imagine trying to digest a salad of fresh green tobacco leaves!

"None of them removed the cause of the patient's trouble; all of them were directed at the suppression of symptoms; all of them gave rise to evils of their own."

A self-styled "natural therapist" who uses and advocates a great medley of herbs, many of them highly poisonous, so far forgets the basic tenets of his herbal practice as to parrot (repeat without understanding) the Hygienic principle that people are sick because of their errors in living and that they can escape from their ills only by correcting their ways of life. He goes so far as to repeat the Hygienic teaching that responsibility for disease rests squarely upon the shoulders of the sick and suffering and that responsibility for recovery rests upon the same shoulders. After he has repeated these Hygienic teachings, he offers his readers a great array of herbal "remedies." Can he give herbs to stop sexual excesses and abuses; will herbs correct gluttony; will they cause the patient to control his emotional life or to secure more sleep; will they render white bread adequate or make unclean living safe? What have herbs to do with right and wrong living? He speaks of the necessity for making "amends for past transgressions." Perhaps the herbal "remedies" will make amends.

Too many of the "natural therapists" are trying the impossible task of riding two horses at once, the horses going in opposite directions. The mental gymnastics and logical somersaults that they perform in trying to reconcile their two opposite courses of action fill all rings of a five ring circus. But their antics are neither amusing nor entertaining. To be intelligent and informed, these things are saddening. Here we have a large group of men, represented in almost all parts of the world, who have hibernated in antiquity and who seem unable to free themselves from fallacies that were born in the fecund brain of the ancient shaman. Physically, they live in the second half of the twentieth century; intellectually they are with the cave man.

Herbert M. Shelton, 1978, from the article Herbal Medicine — Phytotherapy

"The presence of poisons in herbs renders their digestion all but impossible. Imagine trying to digest a salad of fresh green tobacco leaves!"


Is there any use for herbs in NH? (I don't mean veggies.) jerry

Some herbs help make delicious salad dressings--marjoram, oregano, sage, rosemary, lemon grass, coriander (cilantro to you N. Americans) etc. Steve

Herb composition:
This is the way I see it: Everything we eat contains these 3 parts: nutrients, fiber (inert stuff) and toxins. The best food has minimal toxins and maximal nutrients, and (optionally) some fiber.

All herbs have nutrients, but they also have toxins. You want to choose the ones that NOT have too much toxins. E.g. parsley is dark green, has lots of nutrients, and a little toxins. We know it is a little toxic because of its somewhat sharp taste. And because this taste stops us from eating a whole plate of parsley.
We could use an herb if we can use its nutrients. And if there is so little toxicity, that the body can deal with the toxins quickly, and still have time/energy to digest the nutrients. (But we would lose less energy, and get more nutrients, on e.g. the same amount of dark green salad.) We want to avoid toxins, as much as possible, in NH. Why? Because it is an energy drain for the body to remove them. Toxins are a chemical threat, and have to be removed immediately by the body, to avoid damage. (If there is not enough energy to remove the toxins, our body will be damaged.) But we always have a choice.
Example: We can choose to eat an herb with our food, and lose a little energy - while perhaps saving energy on being more happy because we like the taste. Unhappiness is an energy drain as well.
A waste of energy!
Why are herbs used for "medical" purposes? Because people are after the toxicity. The toxic effect has several side-effects - we feel stimulated because of the sudden rush to throw the toxin out. And we lose so much energy that certain disease symptoms will stop (because the detox will stop temporarily). So it will LOOK LIKE the disease has stopped.
But as hygienists we want to keep the detox going, and we want to have high energy, because we want the CAUSE of our diseases to disappear. We don't want a cosmetic solution, Anna

And here's the rest of the story. Herbs, spices, dressings, chutneys, relish, sauces, and gravies cause us to eat more of a food than we would without them. As a result, we eat too much of some things and too little of others. Frequent exposure to intense flavours blunts our senses of taste and smell, so we find natural food bland without them. Intense flavours are stimulating and enervating -- and addictive. Cravings for a flavour fix kick in long before hunger does. If you don't want plain food, then you're not hungry. Wait. - Stefan

"If you don't want plain food, then you're not hungry. Wait."

I believe Stefan is correct. Steve

Hi Stefan, I couldn't agree more. -- Peace be with you, Stefan. Don

I think Stefan is correct too. John

right on, stefan... and i find combining foods tricks me into eating more than i would if i eat one food at a time norm :))~

HERBS ARE NOT FOODS. HERBS ARE USED AS DRUGS Anything that goes into the body is digested and used according to body needs. If it can be used, it is a food. The living body will not absorb but reject herbs as toxic. Herbs are not employed as foods but drugs. Herbs, like all drugs, are used to suppress and temporarily relieve symptoms and thereby enervate the body and cause toxemia. Herbs do not remove the causes of disease. The dictionary defines as a drug, "any substance, whether vegetable or mineral, used for medicinal purposes." An herb is defined as a "plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities." As America's foremost herbologist, Michael Moore of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, wrote, "Herbs have cumulative toxic effects. Most medicinal herbs have little or no value as nutrients and should be viewed instead as purposely ingested mild toxins."
HERBS DO NOT "CURE" All herbal "cures"have two things in common-they do not remove causes, and they do not constitute normal needs of health and life. No herbal substance foreign to the body can "cure" the body. Something that makes a healthy person sick, cannot make a sick person healthy. Only substances and practices that promote health can enable the return of health. You "cure" ham, not living beings. Many mistakenly believe that certain herbal therapies or treatments can perform specific actions upon the body to effect a "cure". The idea is that some extra-vital herbal agent or influence can, of its own power, restore health to a sick living being.
PEOPLE SELF-HEAL IN SPITE OF, NOT BECAUSE OF THE HERBS EATEN Only your inherent intelligence, your God within, can homeostatically heal your body. If a sick person who has taken an herb recovers, he/she self heals, in spite of the herb, not because of the herb. The alleged '"curative" effects of all herbs are the efforts of the body to resist and expel them. Herbs, instead of being digested and being utilized as foods, are expelled as toxic.
HERBS, LIKE ALL DRUGS, WILL KILL YOU IF TAKEN IN LARGE DOSES All plants are herbs. There are millions of different plants and herbs on earth. They also contain toxins. The inherent intelligence, the God within, tells us which plants and herbs to eat, by their respective palatability. If something is to be eaten as a food, it can be digested and absorbed and may become part of the body's structure, blood, cells, tissue, nerve, etc., and the body thereby, feels and functions satisfactorily. Unprocessed herbs as grown in the wild, generally are bitter, strong, foul tasting, repulsive and nauseating. If you eat an unpalatable herb, your body rejects it by causing you to vomit, to have diarrhea, to increase urination, to increase sweating, walls it off by the formation of a cyst or tumor or in any other manner speedily expels it. If something to be eaten, is not palatable, it is toxic for the living being. All herbs are fatal when taken in large enough doses. Those unprocessed plants that are palatable, will not kill you, if eaten in large quantities. Wild animals refuse to eat many of the plants growing around them.
HERBS CAUSE SYMPTOMATIC DISTRESS Unpalatable herbs when eaten, cause the inherent intelligence, the God within, in an attempt to expel the herbs, to produce pain, dizziness, other physiological discomforts, mental distress, such as hallucinations and delusions and spiritual dysfunction.
HERBS ARE NOT USED FOR THEIR NUTRITIONAL VALUES Herbalists do not use herbs for their nutritive qualities. In addition to using herbs as drugs, they also use them as home remedies, cosmetics, gourmet condiments, seasonings, perfumes, household scents, packs, compresses, ointments, insect repellents and antiseptics. Bernarr

Hi Jerry, As I understand it, the term herb covers a wide range of plants that can be divided into two categories - medicinal herbs and edible herbs. Those coming within the range of medicinal being toxic to the human body, and those being edible and non-toxic. Further that in the true definition of the term all edible plants are herbs. John

"Herbs, like all drugs, are used to suppress and temporarily relieve symptoms and thereby enervate the body and cause toxemia:"

"Too many of the "natural therapists" are trying the impossible task of riding two horses at once, the horses going in opposite directions."
Dr. Shelton

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