Making an immune supportive bone broth, seems like a good thing to do during this cold winters day. Here is one of my favorite recipes that will warm and nourish your body and it’s immune system. [Read more…]
Another TWHC has come and gone. I’m in the back of our van, 3,190 miles into our trip, and still four hours from home. My butt hurts from all the sitting, my sciatic nerve reminding me with every bump that it requires more movement and stretching than I have given it. I’m exhausted from the travel, the teaching and the late nights with friends I don’t see nearly often enough. And I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything.
There are a number of cases of liver damage from taking Comfrey. This isn’t a theoretical issue. Some people died. Some people had liver failure.
Can you use Comfrey internally responsibly for certain issues? Probably, depending on the person, the problem, the dosage, the length of time taken, the dosage form, preexisting conditions and more.
Should it be used daily for prevention or general health? The potential for harm exist. The disease it causes is hard to identify and probably under-reported. So I believe no, you shouldn’t use it daily or long term.
I have many more thoughts on Comfrey that I’ll be writing to accompany the studies. For now, it seems like access to the full text of studies on Comfrey are more important. So here you go.
I was recently asked why I spoke out against what I consider to be useless and dangerous supplements for people with chronic illness (cancer was the specific topic). The argument was that people should just do their own research on supplements and make up their own mind; it’s their body after all.
Here’s the thing, I wholeheartedly agree with a person making their own decision about their body. On my herb walks I’ll show you the poisonous plants along with the medicinal. If you choose to eat the poisonous plants after having been shown what they look like and told about their poisonous actions, I’ll support that decision (assuming you’re of sound mind).
The problem I have is when people falsify reports, fake studies and generally prey on the average person’s lack of understanding science to sell potentially dangerous things labeled as “natural.” Most people don’t know how to read a study or find unbiased research. Even medical professionals have a hard time with this occasionally.
People in our culture place a large value on “science,” or anything that looks like science. The marketing world has taken advantage of this and frequently produces reports and articles promoting their product that appear to be based in science. It’s not just supplement and herb companies doing this! Even bloggers and home-based salespeople are taking advantage of this trend to produce marketing materials based on weak science.