I agree that those posts can be very alarming - that's why I'm posting about
this to you. I've been through that, and chased my tail all over the place, trying to check out every single thing to be sure that I wasn't going to harm a body that was just barely functioning as it was.
What I learned most? Not to trust everything I read - people make claims based on what they remember their doctor saying or what they remember reading, which may or may not be the full picture. And there's no telling where that doctor's belief on that particular thing is. And, I learned that I wasted a LOT of time and energy chasing my tail looking up every little detail of what I was doing. I have learned a few good, reliable sources and bounce between them for looking up things.
If you have concerns about
taking anything, talk to your doctor about
it. Ask them to present you with reliable resources for information on those things. I tell my doctor that it's not that I don't trust her, it's that I worry less when I can read the information for myself. She's always been happy to talk to me about
it, and provide places of good information when I ask.
I know around here, if a doctor wishes to use mainly natural meds to treat patients, they can't accept insurance!! Even though my current doc is a full MD, she doesn't accept insurance because they will dictate what the patient will take, as they can approve or not approve of meds & procedures. This state simply has no room for doctors that don't use pharma meds on everything, and the state laws governing "alternative doctors" (Chiro's, Acupuncture, Herbal, Natural Meds docs) proves this point. The only ones able to admit patients, order x-rays, write script
s and so on are full MD's.
So yes, there really are that many that are simply against any natural treatments of any kind. I've been told by 4 or 5 docs here that the herbs I take will kill me - yet they want to do unnecessary surgeries on me!!
Hmmmmm, I think I'll take my chances with a good Herbalist and the herbs, thank you very much!!!