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Herbs: If I'd Only Known Then What I Know Now

Jan 7, 2008
In 1978, people thought I had it all. I worked for my family's century old real estate company, made good money, had movie star looks, took vitamins and herbs from my own health food store, ran marathons and mastered the martial arts, had a different beautiful woman under my arm every night, and felt like a total loser. My body felt detached from my spirit. What was I doing wrong?

I jogged miles and miles a day. I had a successful business. I read everything available on vitamins, minerals, herbs, became a vegetarian, and everything one can do to be "superhuman". I was in a deep depression and after each marathon would become very ill for months; total lethargy and hospitalization with no diagnosis.

I learned from whom I thought were the best literary health masters in the world, from top health food salespersons, and any workshop I could attend. I drank only spring water. I was dying inside.

Many years went by before I suffered a major heart attack and was at death's door. This time, I had an extra tool. The Internet. I told myself (in the hospital) "Rick, if you recover from this, you are really going to discover what is real and what is not about health foods and nutrition."

I went on a four year research spree.

In fact, now when I hear the word "master" in regards to health or "guru" I run the other way. I know there is hype coming and they have something to sell. And there is one beneficiary, generally in this win-lose proposition.

At least I had the raw foods part right in my early quest.

As far as herbs. I might as well have been eating junk. I had no idea most of them derived from third world countries, sprayed with dysentery-infected water, causing more harm than good.

Many were not even wildcrafted much less certified organic (though the company names had the word "organic" and "natural" on them as a ploy. And the ploy works.

Most are made into tablet or capsule form which have almost zero if that much medicinal value. They are worse than junk and can many times do more harm than good, depending on where the herb is raised.

In addition, the only herbs that have any meaningful medicinal value are in tincture form, and certified organic, preferably grown in western countries and preferably wildcrafted if possibly but wildcrafted is not necessary.

And there was yet more to learn; even the finest herbal tincture cannot get to the diseased organ(s) without the help of cayenne tincture (the hotter the better...I take 200,000 heat units mixed with every other herb). Cayenne, in addition to having healing powers of its own, acts as "a taxi herb" taking other herbs immediately to the diseased organ or organs, so very little is wasted.

Enough about herbs. How about vitamins and minerals. For the most part, a waste of time, whether organic or Flintstones.

Flash dried fruits and vegetables with live enzymes is what the body craves, what "sparks" life. There are only a few companies out there that use a process called "flash glancing". This leaves us with a live food enzyme that is the "spark of life". Without it, your toilet wins out in the vitamin mineral game.

I'm bound to make enemies, create naysayers, and other ill-will. But if this valuable information sinks in to just one person, does it really matter what someone else thinks of me and my discoveries? As long as one person who was misguided like me now has a chance at a healthy life, why not take the chance and say it. There, I just did.

I'm asked which tinctures I normally take. If I had to pick any two they would be cayenne and cat's claw (una de gato) which I take daily. There is a rare form of Cat's Claw known as Samento that is 1000 times stronger than regular cat's claw. I prefer it. It is also known as TOA-Free Cat's Claw. I think you'll see the difference. As an immune booster, Echinicea, Ginseng, Pau D' Arco, and the rest don't hold a candle to cat's claw or it's more potent form Samento. I like a lot of the medicinal mushroom tinctures, hawthorn berry (for the heart) and ginkgo (which is amazing when taken with cayenne), only mediocre at best when taken alone.

May you be healthy and prosperous.
About the Author
Cartoonist Rick London once owned a health food store. He later had a heart attack. He decided to learn about holistic healing. Learn about Rick at Londons Times Cartoons ,and Top Internet Cartoons
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