Tina K. Russell

July 24, 2008

Natural remedies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Tina Russell @ 7:58 am

From a list of common medical myths:

Personal Health – The Truth Behind Some Medical Myths – Jane Brody – NYTimes.com
NATURAL IS SAFER THAN MAN-MADE A woman recently asked me if it was safe to take “bioidentical hormone replacements.” These, I’m afraid, are estrogens, and there is no reliable evidence to support claims that they are safer than the ones made by chemists that have been linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

Remember, nature has produced some of the most dangerous substances known, including arsenic and botulinum toxin. And chemists have produced medications that can control or cure many life-threatening ills. Many important medications are derived from natural substances that not only have druglike actions but also druglike side effects.

Only carefully controlled clinical trials can assure the safety of a natural or man-made drug, and few natural substances have been tested in this way.

Thank you!

Yes, it’s a very good list. I highly recommend reading it, though you may need to brace yourself for a breaking of long-held childhood beliefs.



  1. Am currently enjoying a nice healthy case of all natural poison ivy.


    Comment by John — July 25, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  2. Yeah, I’m fighting off two natural conditions: the chair I’m sitting on is harboring some all-natural fleas, while the couch next to me is frequented by my cats who are naturally relieving themselves on it. I don’t know how much more nature I can take.

    Comment by Tina Russell — July 26, 2008 @ 1:17 am

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