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Of course not-but why not?
Many of us look at a recommendation to take a health supplement several times a day as a burden and swallow multiple dosages in one fell swoop. But think about this.
We have all experienced how we are more likely to do complicated tasks in the morning and want to listen to a concert or do artistic activities in the evening. We know that there is a circadian rhythm to the body functions such that the adrenal gland puts out more cortisone in the early hours of the morning and another hormone melatonin is secreted to help us go to sleep.
Rudolf Steiner confirms these physically observable phenomena by adding that our life body (etheric body) is undergoing three distinct phases during a 24 hour cycle, starting with awakening, transitioning over the lunch time and going into evening.
The same drops taken from an herbal tincture will thus have a completely different pathway depending what time it is consumed.
Here is another example. Inflammatory processes tend to be more intense over night. Substances given in the form of a supplement will in general at best have a reasonable blood level for 6-8 hours. An anti inflammatory herbal supplement like curcumin or boswellia for ex. taken only once daily in the AM will thus have most of its effectiveness dissipated by the time the most help is needed.
By Ross Rentea
A variety of herbs yield the nearly miraculous extract berberine.
It is an alkaloid that has generated well over 3,000 peer reviewed studies in the world wide literature. Just about every organ in the body is affected positively.
To give one example here is an abbreviated abstract from a recent article;
Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism. This pilot study was to determine the efficacy and safety of berberine in the treatment of type 2 diabetic patients. In study A, 36 adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to treatment with berberine or metformin (0.5 g t.i.d.) in a 3-month trial. The hypoglycemic effect of berberine was similar to that of metformin. Significant decreases in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c; from 9.5% ± 0.5% to 7.5% ± 0.4%, P<0.01), fasting blood glucose (FBG; from 10.6 ± 0.9 mmol/L to 6.9 ± 0.5 mmol/L, P<0.01), postprandial blood glucose (PBG; from 19.8 ± 1.7 to 11.1 ± 0.9 mmol/L, P<0.01) and plasma triglycerides (from 1.13 ± 0.13 mmol/L to 0.89 ± 0.03 mmol/L, P<0.05) were observed in the berberine group. In study B, 48 adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes were treated supplemented with berberine in a 3-month trial. Berberine acted by lowering FBG and PBG from one week to the end of the trial. HbA1c decreased from 8.1% ± 0.2% to 7.3% ± 0.3% (P<0.001). Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7% (P<0.001), respectively. Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were decreased significantly as well. During the trial, 20 (34.5%) patients suffered from transient gastrointestinal adverse effects. Functional liver or kidney damages were not observed for all patients. In conclusion, this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.
(Metabolism.2008 May; 57 (5):712-717)
Of course the devil, so to speak, is in the details. At the very least it is important to note that the patients were given 500 mg of the pure extract three times daily. One needs to find consequently a supplement that safely delivers this amount- 500 mg- per serving.
We haven’t quite explained yet why berberine is to be considered a “miracle extract” but we will get there in next postings and also why berberine in some circumstances might be better than metformin…
Ross Rentea MD
Save the date: An anthroposophical medical week -end intensive April 29-May 1, 2011
Theme: Practical Aspects of Anthroposophic Therapies and Nutrition
Location: Mukwonago, WI– Perlman Center (near Milwaukee)
Theme excerpts :
Time will be reserved for other presentations, case studies, artistic activities, plenum and more.
A full Weekend!
Workshop directed primarily to therapists but interested customers of True Botanica and others with a strong anthroposophical background are welcomed.
Request a detailed brochure after December 15. Space limited-registration on a first come first served basis.
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Review of a new publication:
Unbornness by Peter Selg (www.steinerbooks.org)
One of the major contributions of Rudolf Steiner consisted in describing the path of the human individuality to earth as it approaches the moment when it unites with the developing embryo.
Astonishingly, in a world where vague notions of an immortality, life after life, are becoming increasingly “fundamentalistically” disputed, and in a world where the morality of abortion is causing divisions with religious fervor, no discussion exists at all around the question of: where do I come from before even the first cell in the embryo has divided.
The physician Peter Selg has undoubtedly performed a great service by bringing the theme of “pre-birthness” to our attention in a well thought through book. Expanding our understanding of the true nature of the human being will not let us look at medical problems in the old ways ever again.
Possibly one wishes that the title would not have been “unbornness” which, considering what it wants to point to might be confusing. Nevertheless, the sub title says it all: “Human Pre-Existence and the Journey toward Birth”.
A much deserved thanks to the author and the publishing house (under the leadership of Gene Gollogly)
By Ross Rentea MD
It is important that one start making remedies that are not based only on the currently known chemical forces as such, but that one start making remedies that are also based on the application of new spiritual forces that are actively working in the world around us. It will be extremely important to make it evident that these spiritual and rhythmical processes as such confer healing qualities to the individual ingredients and that it is not just the substances in their physical form that are the health bringing agents in themselves. (Summarized from two lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on 9.2.23 and 8.29.24)
By Ross Rentea MD
What’s your favorite R. Steiner quote?
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