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[Dec. 31st, 2010|01:30 pm]
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In the news , there are big moves to make ALL medicinal herbs (so think your St Johns Wort, Echinechea, Vervain, Aloe Vera etc etc etc) , illegal, in spring 2011 across the European Union.
http://gaia-health.com/articles301/000301-big-pharma-scores-big-win-medicinal-herbs-disappear-eu.shtml

If you disagree with these plans, please see
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[User Picture]From: frightened
2010-12-31 04:52 pm (UTC)
This directive requires that all herbal preparations must be put through the same kind of procedure as pharmaceuticals. [...] It will be treated as if it were a drug.

I really don't see the problem with this. If a company is making health claims for a product, then they need to be able to back that up with evidence of what it does at what dosage.

If it does stuff to the body, then it's a drug and it should be regulated as such. If it doesn't do anything, then they shouldn't be selling it to the gullible as if it does. They cannot have it both ways, and they need to pick one.

It's interesting that St John's Wort is mentioned, because that's a case where we definitely need a more professional approach to taking it. It interacts badly with quite a lot of drugs, including but not limited to heart disease medication, the contraceptive pill and antidepressants. It also has side-effects - the brief time I took it was plagued by stomach cramps and photosensitivity. We need to know exactly what each substance does and exactly how much of the active ingredient is in each pill, or it is dangerous.
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