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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-30-09 11:23 AM
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14. But again, this comes down to isolating the active chemical.
Threads like this are all the same. Some natural substance is shown to have some effect on something under some conditions. The immediate reaction is generally, "Oh, I love that stuff, I cook with (or drink or season or whatever) it all the time, guess I should use more! Oh and those stupid big pharma shills sure are stupid, there are cures for everything in nature!"

But these studies almost never indicate that eating/drinking X will cure Y. They indicate that chemical Z found in X can have an effect on the symptoms/cause of Y. Generally left unproven is whether chemical Z can be delivered to our systems effectively, and how.

Lots and lots of drugs came from natural sources. The pharmaceutical process comes in by identifying and isolating the chemicals actually responsible, figuring out how to mass produce them, and then deliver them most effectively to our bodies. Sometimes it can be done orally. Sometimes it has to be intravenously. Sometimes there's no safe way to put it into our bodies.

There is a real lack of scientific and logical thinking, both in the United States in general and at DU in particular. It leads to unwarranted and unsupported conclusions, and false hope. These threads really make it obvious.
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