How Potent is my herbal extract or tincture? Is it strong enough to help me?
There are many companies producing herbal formulas, but not all are equal. Most companies are manufacturing formulas that fall far below the potency needed to produce lasting clinical results.
How strong does an herbal formula need to be to work effectively?
Formula strength is determined by the ratio of herbs to alcohol used in production and the length of extraction time. Our formulas are made with a 1:1 ratio – one part herb to one part organic grape alcohol. This is what we have found creates the best clinical results. That means our formulas contain 66% – 80% more herb than other companies. We extract each of our formulas for a month in comparison to the 24 hrs – 2 weeks used by most companies. Because our formulas are handmade in glass their potency is not reduced or contaminated by machinery or plastic and metal containers. The micronized herb and energetic components also contribute greatly to their effectiveness.
Other companies use a 1:4, 1:5, and as low as 1:10 ratio in order to increase profits. The less herbs used, the more money they make. Unfortunately you and your health end up paying the hidden price. Cheaper formulas are not as strong. You will end up spending a lot more in the long run in an attempt to get results.
It’s spring cleaning once again and an excellent time to talk about clearing our body of radiation. The nuclear reactor leakage from Fukushima has brought the issue of radiation to our attention and with the advent of portable detectors people are tracking the amounts that we are being exposed to on a daily basis. Although radiation has been an issue for some time, Fukushima has increased the level we are exposed to through the air, water and food.
Where is radiation coming from?
Worldwide there are 400 nuclear reactors. We are also exposed through: the use of depleted uranium in bombs used by the United States, detonation tests of bombs, medical x-rays, cat scans, exposure during air travel, the inclusion of radioactive materials in common items such as silverware and dishes, furniture, as well as natural forms of radiation.
How much has radiation increased?
“Normal” or “safe” background levels in the past have been listed between 15-18 cpm (clicks per minute). We purchased a radiation detection meter after Fukushima and began testing samples of water, air, food, and rain water. It was quite disturbing to find how much higher the radiation has increased. The amount of radiation we are being exposed to in the air, food and water daily over the last few months has been testing at 90 cpm or higher!
What are the effects of low level radiation exposure?
Low level radiation exposure can and does impact our health. Here is a list of symptoms that have occurred from this kind of exposure.
* Cesium 137 accumulates in fatty tissues, liver, spleen and muscles
* Iodide-131 accumulates in Thyroid, breast and ovaries
* Strontium-90 concentrates in your bones and liver
* Barium-140 causes bone tumors up to 30 years later
* Tellurium-132 causes cell mutations, repeatedly via replication
* Yttrium-0 damage to liver and respiration
* Plutonium-244 concentrates in your liver
* Uranium 235 accumulates in your bones and liver
Radiation can cause damage to every system in the body, preventing healing. Radiation adds to the level of free radical damage which is responsible for a lot of the damage. It also burns cells from direct exposure.
GMOs ARE A SERIOUS THREAT. They cause degenerative disease, cancer, DNA damage and interfere with the body’s ability to heal and maintain balance. We strongly recommend that you pay extra close attention to what you eat and include a GMO detoxification as part of your healing protocol.
GMOs contain vaccines, create toxic proteins, instruct the body to produce pesticides, prevent absorption of nutrients, cause allergies and degenerative diseases like cancer, and contribute to sterility. One study that involved feeding GMO potatoes to rats for 10 days showed: GI and immune dysfunction, slower growth, impaired internal organ development, pre-cancerous growth, partial atrophy of liver, reproductive impairment, and brain size decrease.
WHAT ARE GMOs? GMOs are plants and animals that are genetically engineered by merging their DNA with that of different species, such as other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. Certified Organic farmers are not allowed to knowingly plant GMO seed but because pollen and seed are hard to keep isolated in open fields, contamination of non GMO crops often occurs. This toxic approach to agriculture has been responsible for creating “super weeds” and “superbugs” in the same way antibiotics and vaccines have mutated bacteria and viruses.
Despite biotech industry promises, there are no consumer benefits to GMO products: they do not increase yield, they are not drought tolerant, nor do they offer enhanced nutrition. More than 60 countries, including Australia, Japan, and the entire European Union are against GMOs and have severely restricted them or banned them outright. 91% of U.S. citizens polled want GMOs to be labeled and a recent CBS/New York Times poll reports that 53% of consumers say they would not buy GMO foods. To learn more about what is safe to eat or how you can influence GMO legislation go to: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
We are being genetically altered by the foods we eat and clearing these things from the body is crucial. Detoxification of artificial sweeteners (sucralose, fructose, aspartame and others) is also important since they have a similar effect on the body’s systems, causing damage to DNA, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Fructose, and sugar in general, is not only harmful and addictive but often genetically modified. Ask your health practitioner about Byron White Formulas Detox Support
“The… herbal regimen that we have found to be effective is the Byron White protocol. We have used [Byron White Formulas] in over one thousand patients who fail antibiotics, fail other herbal protocols, or continue to relapse when they are off antibiotics.”
“To date we are finding that some patients with elevated titers of HHV-6 and Epstein-Barr who complain of chronic fatigue are having a positive response to the Byron White A-EB/H6 formula, thanks to the specific combination of antiviral herbs.” — Dr. Richard Horowitz Why Can’t I Get Better?
Dr. Richard Horowitz, one of our registered practitioners, has been using our formulas successfully for several years. He is a board certified N.Y. internist in the heart of Lyme country and is known for combining classical and complementary medicine in the treatment of over 12,000 chronic Lyme patients, internationally, in the last 20 years. Dr. Horowitz was the Director of Medicine at Vassar Brothers Hospital and is a former president elect of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).
Because Lyme is called the “Great Imitator” and accurate testing is hard to obtain, getting proper care can be challenging. Lyme’s growing prominence is bringing it more into public focus and is changing the way medical professionals treat this complicated illness. Dr. Horowitz has just published a new book, which should shed even more light on these issues. Why Can’t I Get Better presents a crucial paradigm shift that should be effective in educating the public and reduce the number of those who needlessly suffer from Lyme disease.
Why Can’t I Get Better presents a 16 Point Differential Diagnostic Map, which is the basis for his approach to healing, and helps cut through the frustration and misinformation about Lyme and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Horowitz’s enlightening story of medical discovery, science and politics is a must-read and valuable resource for anyone suffering from chronic illness. It will help them to identify their own symptoms and work more effectively with their doctors for the best possible treatment outcome.
Dr. Horowitz was recently presented with a Humanitarian of the Year award, by the Turn the Corner Foundation, for his treatment of Lyme Disease and has dedicated his life to helping those suffering with this devastating illness. The culmination of his years of experience battling chronic illness can be found in Why Can’t I Get Better. It’s true that knowledge is power, but accurate and helpful information about Lyme, in the current jumble of confusion and misinformation available, has been an overwhelming challenge for most. Dr. Horowitz’s new book is about to change that. If you would like to educate yourself further you can order the book from one of the sources below:
We are proud to be part of Dr.Horowitz’s holistic approach to healing:
“Many of my Chronic Lyme disease patients relapse once they are taken off antibiotics, so herbal protocols are essential for them to maintain a sense of wellness. I have used the Byron White Formulas with well over a thousand patients over the past several years. They are an excellent option because of the wide range of treatment options they offer for Lyme disease and coinfections, as well as their superior efficacy and purity. I highly recommend using them in an integrated treatment approach.” Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD
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BWF Herbals vs Low potency combo homeopathics
I wanted to address a question that comes up frequently, when working with the area of drainage and detoxification in chronic illness, from patients and Practitioners:
I have used low potency combo homeopathics and want to ask why they often do not help a person that has chronic illness ? What do you recommend I do for drainage/detox in chronic illness?
I am a proponent of homeopathy and have found it to be useful in the hands of a very skilled practitioner. I used it in my practice both constitutionally and with the use of specific nosode dilutions on a individual basis. That being said, practitioners often tell me that they have used homeopathic formulas and have found them not to work and asked why and what have I found that works better?
Combo low potency homeopathics are not sufficient for detoxification
It has been my experience that low potency catch all homeopathic remedies are not sufficient for use in chronic illness and detoxification. Early on when German biologic homeopathics were first introduced I tested them and utilized them in my practice and did not find them very useful with detox and chronic illness. And subsequently tested and worked with botanicals and found that they were much more effective.
What is constitutional Homeopathy?
First a little background, homeopathy is based on the law of similars, like cures like. Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, originated in the late eighteenth century. The name homeopathy is derived from two Greek words that mean “like disease.” The system is based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people will have a curative effect when given in very dilute quantities to sick people who exhibit those same symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate the body’s own healing processes.
Classical homeopathy usually gives only one homeopathic after taking an extensive case history of the patients symptoms, helping the practitioner match the persons symptoms to the appropriate remedy and potency. The potency is crucial, for you can have the right remedy but the wrong potency and the remedy will often not work and with good reason, which we will address in a moment.
Homeopathic practitioners believe that illness is specific to an individual. In other words, two people with severe headaches may not receive the same remedies. And there is good reason for this, which will be addressed.
The homeopathic practitioner will ask the patient questions about lifestyle, dietary habits, and personality traits, as well as specific questions about the nature of the headache and when it occurs. This information gathering is called profiling or case-taking.
Later on many homeopathic systems developed that differed from the original classic approach, such as using multiple remedies at the same time or in series at various potencies. Instead of using one potency , and one substance, many substances and many different potencies were used at the same time and in my experience these type of remedies do not work well with chronic illness and often can get in the way of someone recovering their health and even suppress or drive symptoms deeper into the body or confuse the body.
German biologic medicines, Homochords and their limitations:
Some companies developed low potency remedies, that used single potencies for stimulating the curative process and others developed multiple remedy and potency formulas, taking some symptom pictures of the the original constitutional form of homeopathy and putting them together in one formula and others utilized herbs as well, in dilute forms, at low potencies .
Low dose combo homeopathics similar to how drugs are used
Although these formulas are still called homeopathics, they share little in common with the original system. Instead of being based on extensive symptoms of the patient, they were developed to be used much like drugs, you have this, so take this. They were no longer based on each individuals constitution and the various needs of the individual but fell short of the original intention of homeopathy, of addressing each person as an individual and assessing their individual needs emotionally, physically, environmentally, spiritually,ect….
Low dose combo homeopathics fall short of constitutional homeopathy
These ares in bold are the reason that they can fall short as a therapeutic modality for treating the whole person. They are symptom or disease based, instead of based on the where the person is, as a whole person. A mistake that is often made in medicine, treating a condition instead of the person. Classical homeopathy worked because the remedy matched the symptoms of the person and the practitioner gave the person the right potency, based on their knowledge of homeopathy and this particular person at this particular time. Multiple potencies and homeopathics, does not do this. As a result it is very easy to miss the mark…
Low dose homeopathics found in many to not be tolerated
In my testing I found that multiple homeopathics and potencies, especially low potencies would often not help beyond the acute levels and often would not test. They were mostly stimulatory in nature and most of the people I worked with could not tolerate them. These formulas were using potencies from 1x up to 12x as well as combining various homepathics in the same formula.
Illness and restoring a persons health are a complex set of issues that need to be worked with in their totality rather than in a limited basis as do low potency homeopathic combo remedies. In my experience if low dose homeopathics are used, they are best utilized in single potency to be able to work with specific levels or layers, systems, based on what is happening with the person.
BWF Herbals were created to work with the whole body health and restoration
When the BWFs were created they were designed to work with all the layers of the body, so there would be no possible over stimulation like low dose homeopathics can create. In this way, working with the whole body, in cooperation with restoration of health, would provide the greatest lasting restoration of health.
The BWF detox formulas were designed with these principles in mind and clinically tested and utilized with thousands of patients and found to be the best way to help the body to detox at all layers progressively without interfering with body functioning.