iherb has unfailingly delivered all orders to me, which is a great relief when contending with the major depression and anziety. So I think the post, "iherb scam," is misleading. I'll add this letter and hope it will lead to something good:
Herbert Kleber, Professor of Psychiatry1 Dec 2016
Dear Professor Kleber,
Your comment in Michael Pollan’s article that “we are in desperate need of a new approach to drug and alcohol treatment,” is very good to see.
And the same can be said of mental health treatment: It is not easy to summarize the havoc and grief mainstream medications have caused me and many others over the years, but these two articles begin to convey, as does the disquieting news related a few years ago by Cleveland psychiatrist Patrick Runnels: 50% of psychiatric hospitalizations are due to problems with medication.
Pollan’s article caught my eye because herbal medicines are The key to my staying clean and sober, many years now, and - in sharp contrast to mainstream meds - are much safer, and effective, in managing the depressions and anxiety, (heretofore crippling,) that for decades left me prone to the vicious-cycle, double-edged relief found in drink and smoke.
The good news: it has been reported that the state of Washington has joined Oregon and Vermont in covering naturopathic care under Medicaid, (and maybe other states too by now.)
The bad: without insurance coverage, the cost is prohibitive for most people - leaving them in the lurch and suffering, (often from undiagnosed trauma) - and often addicted to street drugs.
Ergo: Is Bruce Cuthbert at NIMH amenable to start clinical testing of alternative medicines?
What are the prospects in other states for public insurance coverage?
What can be done to hasten it?
Until then, are there funding sources the indigent can apply to?
The non-narcotic herbal medicines, (St. Johns Wort, Bach's Rescue Remedy, and so forth,) merit equal if not greater public and private support as the medical marijuana legislation proposed in Ohio, which included a provision for nonprofit dispensaries and sliding-scale prices. And I can say that with some authority, no stranger to cannabis and its unwanted side-effects: It is not very effective in the management of depression and anxiety. And yet, because most people have not been educated about the herbal alternatives, it is often the drug “of choice” for those who self-medicate, and is used compulsively, and with poor results. I depended on it for years, and it just left me in a holding pattern. I am so glad to be free of it, and I thank God and the herbal medicines for that.
I’m sure you know the dry statistic that drug abuse saps the U.S. economy of $180.9 billion a year. But that doesn’t begin to encompass the human costs - the real costs - borne by so many individuals and their families and communities.
People are suffering -- for lack of information about, and insurance for, safe, natural medicine. And that qualifies for what the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., meant when he said that, “Few forms of inequality are as shocking and inhumane as the injustices we see in health care.”
An herbal approach that favors non-hallucinogenic and non-narcotic medicines deserves widespread public support. That would be sound public policy, sensible, and humane.
Perhaps Pollan could be enjoined to write about that.
I so look forward to hearing from you.
Note to self: See: Everything You Think You Know About Addition Is Wrong | Johann Hari | TED Talks (Whyh raises a question: In whose cage is Dr. Kleber? (Big Pharma’s, for sure.)
See: Talk by Drug Dependence Specialist Dr Gabor Mate.
And: http://upliftconnect.com “How the history of herbal medicine became virtually erased by the mid- 20th century,” due to the politics of pharmaceutical profiteers.
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