Can I just give a rather motherly suggestion/warning/concern here? I worry sometimes that Christian women (and men) are too quick to administer home remedies of one kind or another to themselves, each other, or to their children in a careless manner.
The American way is something like, “If one is good, two is better.” What are we doing to our bodies? You have no idea what happens to your body when you eat the equivalent of five bales of hay (which have been compressed into a liquid or a tablet or a smoothie) three times a day. What makes you think this might be good for you? And there is a huge industry devoted to promoting this stuff, and it is not just the conventional pharmaceutical companies that are getting rich.
I wonder if some of the mystery ailments that our brothers and sisters are afflicted with could be the result of them pummeling their bodies with things they just assume are good for them. A few of these, and a couple of those, and a few swigs of this should fix it all right. Way back when I was in college I remember learning about those fat soluble vitamins that don’t just wash right out when you take too many of them. And the damage they can do when taken in excess can be irreversible.
So please be careful about this. And don’t be so hasty in recommending things to your friends. Mothers often seem to be the most receptive to untested home remedies –when the stakes are high — and may try the most outlandish things without really investigating the possible side effects. And sometimes there really is no literature or research on the potential side effects. Be extremely careful about experiments on yourselves or your loved ones in the name of “alternative medicine.” Be especially careful about remedies that involve large doses.
Much of the impetus for this “movement” comes from a hostile attitude toward modern medicine, and a lot of that reputation can be deserved. But modern medicine still has much going for it and is a positive blessing from God. We are to use it wisely, of course. But what I don’t understand is why someone can dismiss what a doctor says, who has been through years of intensive training and practice, and yet readily take to heart the advice of someone who heard from someone else who has a couple of kids and tried this and they thought it worked.
There, I said it. I will now go batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to pass.