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What’s the deal with Turmeric?
According to world renowned herbalist and healer Dr Sebi, Turmeric is a hybrid and contains polymers that negatively affect the kidneys.
According to the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, as far as current evidence shows, curcumin, its most famous compound doesn’t live up to its hype.
“Once something enters the popular press, it can be blown out of proportion,” says co-author Michael Walters, research associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development. “These studies have become a part of folklore, and their actual results don’t measure up to what they’re quoted as.”
- One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad of health claims.
- Too much turmeric may increase the risk of kidney stones. Turmeric is high in soluble oxalates, which can bind to calcium, and form insoluble calcium oxalate, which is responsible for approximately three-quarters of all kidney stones.
- Little research has been done on excessive doses of turmeric. A few medical reports of people taking extremely high doses of turmeric suggest it can cause an altered heartbeat. Excessive doses of turmeric may also cause delusion, mild fever, upset stomach or kidney stones. Turmeric may exacerbate gallbladder problems or worsen acid-reflux or heartburn symptoms. Large doses of turmeric may also worsen arthritis symptoms and cause skin rash.
Many studies also involved conflicts of interest, Walters says—like researchers who owned supplement companies and could benefit from sales of curcumin extract. Overall, the research casts doubt on curcumin’s usefulness as a stand-alone supplement and its potential for future drug discoveries.
Why Yellow Dock?
A less detrimental option to Turmeric is Yellow Dock. This non hybrid native plant is traditionally used to cleanse the liver and the bowel. It has a gentle laxative effect, which makes it effective for treatment of constipation.
It also stimulates the production of bile, which is released by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, and assists in the breakdown of fats into smaller, digestible pieces. For this reason it is often used in bitters formulas to stimulate digestion. Additionally, its effect on the liver can assist with jaundice.
- They can also be eaten raw in salads or in a green smoothie, although they have quite a high oxalic acid content, which binds with calcium in the body, inhibiting absorption. The simple way around this is to simply have a balanced diet. By rotating your greens (weeds, herbs and other foods rich in oxalic acid), oxalates will have a negligible effect on your overall health and well being.
- Lovely Yellow Dock is considered a weed in most countries, growing wildly along roadsides, forest edges, railway beds and car parks. If only people knew the value hidden in her leaves. The leaves are edible and can be used in soups or lightly steamed and have a slightly lemony taste.
- Yellow Dock is also often used in clearing skin eruptions and psoriasis. Crushed and applied topically the leaves can soothe itchy skin. But best of all, Yellow Dock has a rich iron content, so is particularly useful for treating anemia. When paired with burdock, dandelion root, and red clover, yellow dock helps to purify and fortify the blood. This herbal combination helps to ease mild symptoms associated with anemia.
Research suggests that it helps to stimulate the action of the lymphatic system throughout the body, increasing the rate at which harmful pollutants are flushed out.
This bitter herb addresses a wide variety of stomach issues. Yellow dock helps to treat indigestion and heartburn by neutralizing stomach acid. It also helps to encourage digestion by stimulating the release of stomach acid and digestive enzymes.
To help improve digestion, take yellow dock as a tea and drink 3 times a day before each meal or use “Gut Support” by Alkaline Eclectic which includes these herbs and others that combine to support the blood and lymphatic system.
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