Just to remind you, the main part of our mission is to spread the word about healing herbs and if possible, access to them as well.
Recently, the TGA took issue with 2 articles that were on our website. These were both personal accounts from staff members of their own journeys with health and herbs. One was talking about menopause, the other about staph. They were clearly personal anecdotes and were not presented as scientific in any way.
Even though we took the articles down, we now have to put up a horribly emotive retraction on our website for 180 days, basically apologising for the "abuse of trust of our customers" and "exploiting the ignorance of our customers"! You don't come across as ignorant to us!
The most ironic thing is that the products discussed in those articles, like turmeric, chaste berry, and golden seal, are not even products that we sell. To add insult to injury they even threatened that we would be fined for printing our truth!
What's worse, they informed us that suggesting that an approved pharmaceutical is ineffective or even dangerous is against TGA regulations and can result in prosecution, even though "in 2011 the FDA received 179,855 reports of serious, disabling, and fatal adverse [pharmaceutical] drug events in the United States. This was an increase of 15,386 cases, or 9.4% from 2010." *
If I can look into the future, I can see all of us in the West dying off due to our overuse of antibiotics, and many elements of the establishment are not helping this situation by preventing us from sharing stories of how other people became self-empowered with herbs to manage their own health.
What can we do about it?
Grow our own and use our own healing herbs
For the plants,
- Ray* - Institute for Safe Medication Practices Annual Report, May 31st 2012 - http://www.ismp.org/quarterwatch/pdfs/2011Q4.pdf