According to Dr. Stan Gardner, MD (http://www.stangardnermd.com/):
We use herbs in our food–imagine how bland our food would be without ginger, chives, garlic. For centuries, herbs were used to alleviate pain and help the body recover from many ailments. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that herbs were tossed aside and pharmaceuticals took their place. Laboratory chemistry could identify the active ingredient, a slight chemical change could be instituted so that it could be patented and sold without competition.
One-third of the pharmaceuticals of today have their origin in herbal medicine. Now, it seems easier to pick up a pill rather than use an herb, even if it more dangerous and less effective.
There are different qualities and forms of the herbs, so those who are returning back to basics, back to herbs, need to be aware. Herbs grown and packaged in some places may have toxic metals that have entered into the herb in the processing time.
The Doctors Book of Food Remedies
Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books
Dr. Gardner’s comments: Pharmaceuticals kill more than 100,000 people a year in the US alone, making it the 4th leading cause of death. It is time to take personal responsibility for our own health. Vitamins and herbs and good food and right thoughts will go a long way toward personal ownership of our body.