When we become mercy to pharmaceuticals, we rely on them to heal us, but in reality we come to find out they just don’t. They cure symptoms of the illness, but do not address the root cause so therefore never really cures the problem.
On a generic level, your average doctor takes your symptoms and prescribes a pill. Medical schools teach doctors how to identify symptoms to prescribe a pill so that is what you receive. And these are chemical pills, an unknown substance to your body, not natural. This is why your body rejects it and creates other symptoms that you didn’t have before and now you have to go back to the doctor to prescribe you another pill. It’s a never-ending cycle. Depending on the level of toxicity in your body, the severity of the additional symptoms will differ depending on the individual.
The Gut Microbiome and Herbs
Herbs though. Our inner microbiome was designed to work with plants, God’s gift to humanity. By microbiome, I mean your gut flora. Your gut flora is full of wonderful bacteria and living organisms working symbiotically to extract minerals from the food you eat, handle the toxins you intake, and provide immunity.
Your stomach is your body’s second brain. It is crucial to maintain a proper gut microbiome for good health, physically and mentally. Refer to the Brain-Gut Connection from Hopkins Medicine for more info around this topic.
Why the lack of faith in God’s provisions for us?
I’ve always wondered, especially with fellow believers, the lack of faith in regard to God not providing us with what we need for healing. Why would God create this world, humans, and not give us the tools to heal ourselves with? God is perfect, his creation perfect, and therefore His plan perfect. How did creation manage without pharmaceuticals for so many years? Through herbal medicine that’s how. I wrote a blog on Herbs of the Bible where I touch on the many beautiful ancient herbs, if you’re interested in that topic.
WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
You may be asking, aren’t herbs considered alternative medicine?
The modern medicine today should be called “alternative medicine”, not the other way around, because it ultimately means alternative to medicine.
Herbs ARE medicine. We’ve just been taught for so many years that modern medicine is the way and that herbs are not. Our ancestors did not believe this however.
FLOW OF CHI
“Flow of Chi” which means Qi in the Chinese language and translates as “air” and figuratively as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow“. While this is often referred to in Chinese Medicine, Christians can equate this to the spiritual energy which mankind was given by God. It is the breath of life God breathed into us at the inception of the creation of man. Our life force is our spirit.
The ultimate objective of Chinese Medicine is to promote wellness, to promote health, by enhancing Qi or the life force within us. This is exactly what we do when we choose herbal medicine and consume high vibration foods (organic raw vegetables and fruit).
We have to remember here that in Chinese and herbal medicine, there is no separation of body (flesh), mind (soul), and spirit—they are an integrated whole, so it makes sense to treat each when suffering with an illness.
Herbs are Food
Herbs are high vibration food. Most people don’t recognize this, but if you think about it, we flavor our foods with herbs. Herbs are plants. We eat them. Plants are high vibration. We must recognize this and we must recognize that food is medicine so therefore herbs are medicine.
Our bodies eat to sustain a living organism, not just to enjoy the food we eat. Take for example, when you eat or drink anything bitter, it actually suppresses the appetite because your body tells you not to eat anymore- that it is bitter. This is why tea is actually a great appetite suppressant and why people go on tea fasts. I, myself, have done tea fasts (with yerba mate) and it is probably the best way to fast. But, again, we also use herbs to flavor food and we don’t even realize it! Cumin, turmeric, rosemary, parsley, basil – all herbs to flavor food!
Most people don’t cook anymore so they don’t even incorporate herbs into their food except for salt and pepper. Honestly, we need to be cooking and making our own food. We shouldn’t rely on others or packaged, processed foods to give us what we need.
We absolutely can’t rely on processed foods to nourish us. These are low vibration and are completely devoid and deficient of necessary nutrients and minerals that are bodies need. They are full of artificial ingredients like sodium chloride (which is a chemical substitute for a salt preservative), but also when microwaved, kills the existing nutrients in the food so you are pretty much eating cardboard and your body will suffer. Microwaving food is terrible. Just read this blog on the effects of microwaving on your food to understand what I mean > Here. Chronic disease persists because of incorrect diet.
WHY AM I STILL SICK AFTER TAKING DRUGS
Like the story of The Empire Wears No Clothes, symptoms arise and are never permanently cured. So it is with prescription drugs.
Antibiotics, overused and typically given as the cure all, give the impression we conquered all and convince us of healing, but in reality the symptoms keep coming back. Why is that? It’s because you haven’t gotten to the root cause that is creating the symptoms. Root causes vary and could be the result of a dairy allergy, lack of vitamins and minerals, heavy metals, toxicity, etc.
But we do know ALL diseases, cancers, and illnesses stem from INFLAMMATION in the body. What are herbs good at? Reducing inflammation! Almost every single herb you find does that.
Take for instance, ear infections. Did you know that most ear infections are due to an allergic reaction to dairy and that just by eliminating dairy, the problem would be solved?
The food elimination process is great for identifying whether what you are eating is causing a symptom.
Until we get to the root cause – then, and only then, will you achieve full relief and healing. With herbs, we can also begin that journey of healing.
Human Biology is Ancient
The truth is we can’t live without plants. They provide us life-giving nutrients, heal and detoxify us, as well as provide oxygen. Our biology and symbiotic relationship with plants is ancient.
Several thousand years ago, our diet used to contain herbal medicine and since veering from this (see my blog on the History of Big Pharma), we’ve created a cesspool of disease and have seen an increase of disease like we’ve never seen before.
Unlike pharmaceuticals, our bodies contain special receptors for herbal medicine.
According to a study done by Dr. Lahari Buggapatti titled “Herbs in Dentistry“, ” Herbal extracts are effective because they interact with specific chemical receptors within the body.” and another by American Herbal Pharmacopia, “Preliminary research suggests Ashwagandha may suppress stress-induced changes of dopamine receptors in the corpus striatum, which may play a role in the development of chronic anxious behaviors (Upton R, ed: Amer Herbal Pharmacopoeia 2000:1-25.).” And these are just some of the many studies done on herbs.
The majority of herbs and plants out there interact with receptors in our body in a positive way – working with us, not against. It is a beautiful symbiotic relationship. It’s truly amazing what God has given us.
The strength of drugs may look like an illness is cured, but it’s not, and in it’s path it’s causing multiple other illnesses and symptoms to occur because our bodies simply don’t recognize chemical cocktails. Our bodies DO recognize plants.
In the world of herbs, there are adaptogens (tonifiers) and then there are clearing herbs (strengthening).
- Adaptogens are essential to stress and improve the nervous system to tone and strengthen the body. They feed and nourish the adrenals, especially the thyroid gland which is pretty much the command center of the body. You’d be surprised how such a tiny gland controls everything in the body from metabolism to the immune system.
- Clearing herbs improve digestion and the body’s ability to clear itself and remove toxins.
OUR ANCESTORS AND HERBS
Our ancestors, especially the foraging ancient cultures understood plant medicine and food. The men in foraging cultures would scavenge for meat, honey, and tubers. Women, on the other hand, would scavenge for honey, tubers, and meat – in that order.
EXAMPLE OF HERBS BEING ADMINISTERED AS MEDICINE
The History of Science.com states the following, “In the year 1775 my opinion was asked concerning a family receipt for the cure of the dropsy. I was told that it had long been kept a secret by an old woman in Shropshire, who had sometimes made cures after the more regular practitioners had failed. I was informed also, that the effects produced were violent vomiting and purging; for the diuretic effects seemed to have been overlooked. This medicine was composed of twenty or more different herbs; but it was not very difficult for one conversant in these subjects, to perceive, that the active herb could be no other than the Foxglove.1
So began William Withering’s description of his clinical experience with the purple foxglove, which was published 200 years ago. In this book, Withering discussed 158 patients whom he treated with the foxglove. Of these, 101 patients with congestive heart failure experienced relief following administration of the herb, today known as digitalis after the Latin name for the plant, Digitalis purpurea. An analysis of Withering’s individual case reports published by Estes and White2suggests that many of the 57 other cases, such as those with pulmonary tuberculosis, did not involve diseases amenable to treatment with digitalis. Withering himself was aware that these factors might be affecting his results and warned against generalizing on the basis of his cases.”
And this is just one of many use cases where herbs were used to treat an illness and it was cured. You can Bing a ton more studies on this if you really want to do some digging.
Herbs are VERY effective at what they do, and that is helping to restore the human body.
IS THERE AN AGENDA TO PHARMACEUTICALS?
We have the choice to practice herbalism for now and that is a good thing. It is our own health after all and we have the freedom to choose what goes in our bodies.
By now, you are probably asking if there’s an agenda with Big Pharma. If money is involved, you can bet on it. If you are taking drugs, the goal of Big Pharma is to keep you as a cash cow till you die, and you will die a slow death. Slow, because they can’t make a living off of the dead.
In most states, the U.S. has banned the practice of herbal medicine by doctors and crippled it. And then they push these medical journals as truth to the public. The truth is many pharmaceutical journals and the studies done on pharmaceuticals are paid for by Big Pharma so these can’t be trusted.
Taking chemicals to make drugs all started with mustard gas according to NCBI, “War! What is it good for? Mustard gas medicine“. The Rockefeller foundation started supporting Big Pharma companies after WWI.
Back then you had people who were referred to as the “Heroics”, who gave people mercury for everything including syphilis.
And we all know how bad mercury is for you. They used to put it in vaccines, and while they’ve taken it out of some, it is still present in the yearly flu shot.
Meanwhile the people who were considered herbalists and natural healers were referred to as the “Irregulars”.
In 1847, AMA came into being and split these two groups (Heroics and Irregulars) and required that women, negroes, and native americans had to be licensed to practice medicine.
In 1904, a council was put together.
In the 1910 Flexner report, it talks about Flexner visiting medical schools, promoted by the Rockefellers, and pushing drugs through the use of pharmaceuticals or in Hebrew this word is “sorcery”. This was an attempt to control our health politically and financially. The funding is now gone for homeopathic medicine.
In the early 1960’s, women who were knowledgeable and skilled in the way of herbs because of their ancestors, became worrisome to men in power. Women back then had so much plant knowledge to change physiology, that the ultimate resolution was to burn them at the stake and accuse them as “witches”, because plant knowledge was considered to be some kind of sorcery.
So How Bad is Mercury to Humans?
According to Dr. Mark Hyman on Huffpost,
“Once this mercury is in your body it is then primarily distributed in the kidneys and brain and can be readily transferred to the fetus via the placenta.
The only way it can get out of your body is via urine, feces, expired air, and breast milk.
The major reason it is toxic to human biology is because mercury has the ability to bind to sulfur-containing molecules in the body (found in nearly every enzyme and in the mitochondria), as well as other chemical binding sites in the cells.
We’ve learned a lot about how this mercury effects us and our children from reported exposures to mercury over the last 100 years. These include epidemics such as the Minimata Bay exposures in Japan, acrodynia or pink disease in children from calomel (HgCl) used in teething powder, “mad hatter syndrome” or erethism, and methylmercury fungicide grain seed exposures in Iraq and Pakistan.
The symptoms and diseases these exposures have caused are varied and mimic many other conditions. Nervous system toxicity can cause erethism (“mad hatter syndrome” as mentioned above) with symptoms of shyness; laughing, crying, and dramatic mood swings for no apparent reason; nervousness, insomnia, memory problems, and the inability to concentrate.
Other neurologic symptoms may include encephalopathy (non-specific brain malfunction), nerve damage, Parkinsonian symptoms, tremor, ataxia (loss of balance), impaired hearing, tunnel vision, dysarthria (slurred speech), headache, fatigue, impaired sexual function, and depression.
Kidney toxicity leads to proteinura (protein in the urine) and acute renal failure.
Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and colitis.
Skin toxicity causes allergic dermatitis, chelitis (cracked corners of the mouth), gingivitis (gum disease), stomatitis (sores in the mucous membranes of the mouth) and excessive salivation.
Clearly, mercury toxicity is VERY serious business!”
Herbs heal patterns that lead to illness. We first need to see what’s causing the illness and attack the root cause with herbs.
We need to get back in touch with our spirit and nature. We must see that we are all a part of the earth and that which grows on it. For if God created Adam out of the earth, whatever grows in the earth must be for his benefit.
Plants are a part of us, which is why it is so important and vital to our health and well-being.
It is ultimately our duty to take our own health in our own hands and we can only do this by studying herbs and learning.
If we fail to learn the concept of herbal healing or the herbal arts, we become at the mercy of pharmaceuticals. This is why I’ve self taught myself on the many aspects of herbs in healing the human body and you can too! Just be diligent about it, catalog it, and research it thoroughly.
Taking herbal courses is a great start if you know absolutely nothing. Herbal courses are amazing at teaching you how to make basic tinctures, extracts, utilizing different herbal techniques and herbal preparation, and are just great for overall herbal education. Herbal Academy – International School of Arts and Sciences is an academy I’ve taken courses from and is fantastic! They offer some amazing courses (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) on herbs; how to prepare them, how to make tincture and extracts (a concentrated form of herb), and how to ultimately become your own family doctor with the amazing ability to heal your family and friends with herbs.
I have also written a blog for Methods on Preparing Herbs that should help get you started using and preparing herbs.
If we don’t allow ourselves to be the master of our own knowledge, we give away our power. Don’t give away your power, instead, be empowered to take your own health and your family’s into yours and God’s hands with plants. Trust His provisions for your life.