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— updated 2004-02-17


Herbalist Review, Issue 2004-#1b:
Interesting health news stories 2003-2004; Ephedra ban

by Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D.

Subtopics on this page…

Copyright ©2004 by RMH-Publications Trust; all rights reserved.


Interesting health news stories 2003-2004

These health news items include controversial topics that are seldom 
reported in the mainstream press. Our congratulations to the writers and 
journalists who have had the courage to educate the public on these
Warning: if you don't like your world-view challenged, best to not read 

Dr. Mathias Rath and the SARS 'Epidemic'

[Use of vitamin C in viral epidemics.
R. Wicke note: One of my own favorite anti-Virulent-Heat remedies - it
works only if the illness is still in the Wei-stage: put 5 cloves of
garlic and 1 whole lemon, including the peel and seeds in a blender, and
blend into a creamy liquid, adding enough water to allow blender to work.
Then drink. This concoction has considerable vitamin C, both from the
lemon and garlic, but also lots of bioflavonoids from the lemon peel,
which enhance the action of vitamin C in stimulating and regulating the
immune system.
If the illness has gone into the Qi-stage where the Heat has become
Interior, this remedy does not work, which makes sense from a TCM
perspective - it is very dispersing (relieves Exterior) and warm in

Aspartame - Anxiety, Depression, And Suicide Among Children
    By Dr. Betty Martini

"Two-thirds of the population and 40% of the children in this country are
using products with aspartame"
[Investigating this issue should be a top health priority for all parents]

Music and Natural Resonance
    by Michael Riversong

[while applied kinesiology or muscle testing is a somewhat subjective and
controversial method of "proof", this article presents an insightful
survey of both modern and traditional types of music and their effects on
human health and wellbeing]

by Glenn Krawczyk

"In 1992, an Association [Association of National Security Alumni, a
Maryland based organisation composed primarily of former US national
security establishment employees who oppose the use of covert operations]
sub-group known as the Electronic Surveillance Project published a
preliminary investigative report, entitled "Microwave Harassment and
Mind-Control Experimentation", which detailed the covert deployment and
testing of emerging behaviour - modifying directed-energy technologies on
US citizens against whom the United States Government has no legitimate
legal or moral claim. The initial study investigated the claims of 12
alleged victims of covert harassment and experimentation. By mid-1993 the
Association had been contacted by approximately 72 victims, and at the
time of this writing has been approached by over 200 such individuals."

[a commentary on the "The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict
Short of War", published by the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the
US Army War College]

Bequerels on the Brain: An eco-detective's journey into the centre of
neuro-degenerative disease
by Mark Purdey

[exposing the flaws of the current prion hypothesis of mad-cow and other
neurodegenerative diseases]

Read about the current ecological imbalance of ultra violet radiation,
manganese, copper, organophosphate chemicals, dioxins, geomagnetism, low
frequency infrasound, radar, silver, magnesium molydenum and many more
factors in our modern environment. Discover how these prerequisites
interact and combine to bring about some of the mystery free radical based
illnesses that blight our modern times, most particularly, BSE. 

See also:

The Schumann's Resonanances and Human Psychobiology
by Richard Alan Miller and Iona Miller

"Our brain waves share and are attuned to certain frequencies of the
Schumann's resonances, the ELF signals that pulsate between the Earth's
crust and ionosphere."
Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 10, Number 3 (April-May 2003)

[relationships between Schumann resonances, EEG spectra (brainwaves),
human behavior, and world climate]
    CODEX Coming to Gut Health Supplement Access in America 

"Through Codex the pharmas have put pressure on governments worldwide to
bring in restrictive measures which in the UK alone will wipe 5,000
products off the shelves of the health food stores. 

"This Codex legislation has already affected Australia and Canada and will
eventually affect the US."

Excitotoxins, Neurodegeneration and Neurodevelopment
by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.                      

from The Medical Sentinel Journal
[MSG and aspartame are examples of "excitotoxins"]

Percy Schmeiser vs. Monsanto
by Percy Schmeiser

[re: Monsanto and genetic engineering
and how the world's legacy of naturally evolved and bred seeds are at risk
to protect the greed of powerful corporations]

Radiation Health References and Information:
(Mind Control and EMF Weapons Technologies, Symptoms, Protection, Links and

From Radiation Health Foundation Inc.
[a few of the items on this page:
Current referral list of doctors, lawyers, and other agencies for electronic
and radiation harassment victims;
Types of directed energies used in mind control and surveillance;
Security Building Design;
Atmospheric Force Field Design Plan

Evolution's Next Step

"Organs come into being as a result of the need for specific organs
(Rumi). The human being's organism is producing a new complex of organs in
response to such a need."

""When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is
redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public
conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become
an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation
finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility."
    -- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death"

FDA ephedra ban

While we have not hesitated to criticize the FDA in the past, their recent 
ban of ephedra in products labeled as weight-loss or dieting aids was 
an event we predicted many years ago. According to traditional Chinese 
guidelines, ephedra (ma huang) is to be used cautiously subject to the 
following conditions:

    Releases the Exterior and disperses Cold; indicated for TaiYang-stage
Exterior Chill; acts by inducing sweating.
    Circulates Lung Qi; relieves cough and asthma.
    Promotes urination and relieves edema accompanying External Evil.

    Avoid or use cautiously in Deficiency conditions characterized by 
excessive sweating.
    Can aggravate high blood pressure and cause restlessness and tremors.

[1] Wicke, Roger. HerbalThink-TCM (self-study reference and self-testing software). Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute, c1992-2004.
[2] Bensky and Gamble (ed.). Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. 
Eastland Press, c1993.

What the preceding means, is that people with a weak constitution, or who 
are prone to perspire easily, should not take this herb. Most Americans 
suffer from significant "Deficiency"-type conditions. In such 
cases, the herb should be avoided entirely, or if used, must be combined 
with the correct herbs to buffer its harsh and undesirable actions. 
Weight-loss has never been a traditional use of ephedra; on the contrary, 
it is intended for short-term use for acute illness only.

The FDA exempted the use of ephedra by herbalists in traditional 
applications. The vast majority of ephedra abuse was due to its use in 
dieting and weight-loss products, which often leads to addiction because 
the herb is potentially dangerous when used for extended periods of time.

To protect the availability of ephedra for valid uses, I recommend that 
herbalists be on the lookout for ephedra addicts pretending to buy it for 
an asthma condition. Refuse to sell it to these folks. (By taking a 
thorough health history and doing tongue and pulse assessments, you should 
be able to independently assess the appropriateness of ephedra.) You will 
be doing them and all of us a favor by insisting that this useful but 
potentially dangerous herb be used responsibly.

For more information:

Despite F.D.A. Ban, Ephedra Won't Go Away

FDA ephedra ban - correction (2004-Feb-19)

Although it has been reported that the FDA ban of ephedra would exempt 
traditional uses of ephedra and would only ban weight-loss products, 
according to other sources, the ban on ephedrine alkaloids as 'dietary 
supplements' is across the board, and ephedra cannot be sold after 
2004 April 12. Herbalists were led to believe that the FDA would exempt 
traditional use of ephedrine alkaloids but no such exemption was included 
in the rule listed below:

    List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 119
    Dietary ingredients, Dietary supplements, Foods.

    Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and under 
    authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 21 CFR part 
    119 is added as follows:

    1. Part 119 consisting of Sec. 119.1 is added to read as follows:

    Sec. 119.1   Dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids.

    Dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids present an 
    unreasonable risk of illness or injury under conditions of use 
    recommended or suggested in the labeling, or if no conditions of use 
    are recommended or suggested in the labeling, under ordinary conditions 
    of use. Therefore, dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids 
    are adulterated under section 402(f)(1)(A) of the Federal Food, Drug, 
    and Cosmetic Act.

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321, 342, 343, 371.

According to Richard Freiberg, OMD, NMD, the actual wording of the ruling 
leaves some room for interpretation, and he believes that there are grounds 
for challenging the FDA's Administrative Code Rule.

For more information, please see the website for the Acupuncture and 
Oriental Medicine National Coalition, or contact Richard via the "Contact 
Us" link on their website: