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Season’s Greetings, Easter Greetings!

Dear Colleagues, Dear Customers and Dear Friends,

Throughout the day we die a little and lose strength until we have to give all up and finally lie down, go to sleep, lose consciousness. We have to give up our most fundamental human qualities: no more speaking, no more standing upright, no more thinking. Other forces take over and help so that in the morning we can rise again, a “resurgence” takes place. We are restored to our full humanity again. Alas the process needs to be repeated.

Sunlight shining through trees

This process is similar to the tiredness that happens in the metabolism where every out-breath – the result of bodily breakdown processes that create CO2 – must be followed by an invigorating in-breath with its life bringing oxygen. This also has to be repeated. Are we doing this just “out of ourselves “ or are other elements at play here?

Isn’t it interesting that in an archetypal human day we breathe 25,920 times; that in a life time we (again archetypically) “resurge” 25,920 times and that these rhythms are coinciding with the return of the Sun to the same cosmic place it was before in 25,920 years.

We are never alone. The Earth could never live without the Sun. And what if just as the human being is not just a physical body, but has  spiritual qualities that help us to strive for higher ideals that help us to constantly resurrect (from the Latin, resurgere) something noble out of the most downtrodden situations of life, what if Nature had these higher Beings also – that repeatedly infuse us with the forces that we might be lacking at the beginning of the breath, at the beginning of the day, at the beginning of the year. What if the life giving Sun also had its Being that unites itself ever more with the Earth and its inhabitants.

This might explain why we pay so much attention at True Botanica to expose our tinctures to at least seven consecutive morning Suns. These are the impulse that we hope to have our remedies aligned with.

We wish you all the Best in this season of Resurgence of the Sun, after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. We benefit from this Sun, a particularly Powerful one. We benefit from all the remedies that can be made, and have been made at this time, for this time.

But this Sun also benefits from our celebrating it, inviting it in, acknowledging it, not resisting it, not staying in the dark, in the tired, lost in an out-breathing. Then these forces can become ultimately not just forces of resurgence, but forces of Resurrection.

Let’s take in this special Spring Time and marvel at how much more healthy we can then be, how much more effective our medicines and nutrients can work. They help us if we help them.

Dedicated to You,

The True Botanica Team

Today is Giving Tuesday – What You Do Makes a Difference

Our Heartfelt Appeal to All

Dear Friends,

After spending a day of Thanks and two days of spending, today is Charitable Giving Tuesday.

We want to describe to you a project that we cannot do alone. We are hoping for community help.

We are a not for profit foundation, the True Botanica Foundation, essentially dedicated to  building a laboratory exclusively designed for research in natural medicine.

Much progress has already been made and you can find a lot of information on our website, www.truebotanicafoundation.org.

Three licensed physicians are devoting their time to this project (and may we add, on a voluntary basis).

Our co-workers are heartfelt, wonderful people.

But we cannot continue this impulse just on our own.

WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP!

Every dollar counts and is appreciated.  All donations are tax deductable.

The need for such a lab is tremendous! It benefits everybody!

Click here to find out more about the lab and learn how YOU can help us reach our fundraising target! 

Gratefully yours,

For the True Botanica Foundation

Ross Rentea MD, Mark Kamsler MD

True Botanica Fall Favorites

As we are now in to our first official week of Autumn, the True Botanica team thought we would share some of our Fall Favorites! 

Heidi

As much as I wish summer could last forever, I will admit that Fall does have certain advantages.  Obviously the changing colors of the surrounding Wisconsin landscape are nothing short of breathtaking and nothing compares to the feeling I get when I catch that first whiff of autumn in the air.  But there is more than that.  Around the middle of September, after a long summer hiatus, I rediscover my love for baking.  And it is exciting when those creative juices start to flow and I get to put together Halloween costumes for the kids.  Here is a photo of my son in his costume, maybe it will help to get your creative juices flowing.

Philia

Halloween is always a blast, I really love getting creative with costumes for both myself and my husband (whether he likes it or not). I also get very in to pumpkin carving, it’s such a fun Fall art project! Another perk is being able to get “fall fresh” apples and squash from the Farmer’s Market. My favorite fashion part of Fall is black sweater turtlenecks. I’m made fun of for this, but every year since college I find a black sweater turtleneck and buy 2 of the same one I like and wear them all the time!

Alyssa

Fall is hands down my favorite season! Especially living in Wisconsin and seeing how beautiful the trees look as their leaves change colors. The tree outside of the True Botanica office is still one of my favorites to watch change, as you can see in this picture from last year. This is also my ideal time to enjoy running outside because the extreme heat from the summer has tapered off and the cold has yet to set in, making it the perfect climate for a mud run! I also love fall clothes when I can finally bring out all of my scarves and my favorite boots!

 

 

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We also have a few Fall Favorite True Botanica products, perfect to keep you healthy during all of your favorite fall activities: Lung Root and Elderberry Thyme Syrup help soothe the throat while the Throat Defense provides the immune support you need for all of your favorite Fall activities. Since many of these favorties take place outside, try the Hand & Body Cream to keep your skin smooth as the weather changes.

What are some of your Fall Favorites?

Join Us in Building an Experimental Laboratory

Our Heartfelt Appeal to All

Dear Friends,

We want to describe to you a project that we cannot do alone. We are hoping for community help.

Anthroposophic, homeopathic and for that matter of fact all natural health fields suffer of one overwhelming deficiency: no research laboratory in which basic questions of natural medicine can be investigated in an effective, cost efficient, affordable manner.

Such research should ideally show the working of spiritual forces in the physical world.

We are ready to build such a lab!

Gratefully yours,

The True Botanica Foundation

Yes, Virginia, you can always tell the truth in the USA, and yes, there is a Santa Claus.

Dear Dr. Rentea,

My name is Virginia and I am 8 years old.

Some of my friends say that we can always tell the whole truth in the USA. Is that so?

My Papa says, “Write the guys at the True Botanica company. (But I have also decided to write to the TB Foundation). See what they say. They always tell the whole truth”. (I don’t know why but then he had a hearty laugh.)

So I am writing to you: Please tell me: Can I always tell the truth in the USA?

Dear Virginia,

It’s confusing out there and your friends are both right and wrong. Let me explain.

First of all, you can, and you should, always, and I mean always, be honest and truthful with yourself.

Secondly you can, and you should, tell people around you the truth but only to the extent to which they can take it. While you do that help them to grow strong enough to tolerate the whole truth in due time. After all that’s what God does with us.   

Then, if you keep all that in mind, when you are in public pretty much you can tell the truth as long as you are not in the business of manufacturing natural supplements.  

You see, for example, if you are a manufacturer of a wonderful product containing berberine you cannot say that it may help people in the managing of diabetes – even though it is the truth. Dozens upon dozens of studies have shown that this natural plant extract does just that, but you cannot say it. Why? Because under an antiquated law only “drugs” can improve, or “mitigate” illnesses and in order for a substance to become a drug you need to spend millions of dollars in order to get it approved by the Food and Drug  (FDA) administration. 

Here is another example. If you are producing a bag of tart cherries you cannot say on the same page where you display the product that tart cherries have been shown to lower uric acid levels and help with gout because that would make the tart cherries an “unapproved drug” and selling them as such can land you in jail.

We and many companies like us encounter this problem every day and you and your parents suffer because of it. We will never lie to you but we cannot tell you the whole truth either, which is that our ingredients are based on research that proves that they are effective in certain disease states.

I know that this is nonsense Virginia but the government has determined that we should only list our products and then instead of telling you right then and there what the research shows about those items we should let you hunt around the internet on your own in order to find out more details about them. This way instead of having licensed physicians (in our case) present carefully screened and balanced material you may then get the opinions of real quacks and the very snake oil peddlers that the government is trying to protect you from.

The problem is, Virginia, that the Supreme Court recently determined that you can even lie in some fields because freedom of speech needs to be safeguarded. If you lie about having earned military honors it may be annoying to your friends and neighbors but you are not going to have the government come after you and maybe put you in jail. But the Supreme Court has not gotten around to determining that under the First Amendment you can tell the truth in the supplement manufacturing field.

Sadly Virginia there are many powerful groups in the natural and food industry that fight to make sure those bad laws get followed by everybody and thus supposedly we create an “even playing field.” We should concentrate more on changing the bad laws rather than worrying about how to make them manageable. Otherwise it would be same as arguing which is the most humane way to treat slaves. Let’s abolish slavery!

Maybe you can ask your parents to help us do something about it.

Have a Wonderful 4th of July!

Ross Rentea MD

P.S. Since in our country, by and large, freedom of speech is protected, be careful, since people may not always be truthful with you. Watch out what comes at you. If say, in 20 years from now people tell you that you are really thin you should first look in the mirror before taking their word for it.

And one more thing. I think it was your great – grandmother that asked the editor of the New York Sun back in 1897 whether there is a Santa Claus. Virginia, I agree with him that yes, there is a Santa Claus, and totally honest freedom of speech, where you can tell the whole truth, lives in the same place of the loving heart that Santa Claus lives in.

Again Happy 4th of July.

Arnica and My Cell Phone

This week we made a fresh batch of Real Arnica Ultra Cream and it reminded us of an article Dr. Rentea wrote. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!

My Cell Phone and Arnica!

I was standing in the midst of hundreds of acres of beautiful Biodynamic farms, with the only sound coming from buzzing summer insects, when… my cell phone went off – with a call from 200 miles away. That’s when it struck me! What unimaginable electromagnetic waves we must be exposed to every day if we are “reachable” even when no physical means of contact are visible. Any wonder that we feel constantly on sensory overload? The thought then followed that we need to strengthen our periphery even more than I believed was necessary, to withstand the visible – and invisible –  onslaught against our senses, on our periphery.

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Spring Essentials!

Now that we are well in to spring, we thought we’d share some of our favorite must-have products for the season. Read on as a few True Botanica coworkers share some of their Spring Essentials:

Heidi’s

Wisconsin winters are so cold and I spend most of them in hibernation mode… until spring finally rolls in and I catch a severe case of Spring Fever!!  No more Couch Potato, I want to do nothing but run, ride my bike, dig up the garden, play sand volleyball and chase the kids around the yard.  The morning after a good full day, my body reminds me that, although I sometimes act like it, I am not the spry teenager I once was.  I keep the Relief 4x Cream on my nightstand (to take the edge off), and a bottle of Joint Relief Plus in the medicine cabinet (to keep my joints healthy for springs-to-come).     

Philia’s

This spring I’ve been working on my first garden using organic and biodynamic seeds. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun (so far). All of the prep work has involved a lot of digging in the dirt, and in turn, washing my hands. I’ve used the Hand & Body Moisturizer to keep my skin soft and moisturized. I’ve also been outside quite a bit in the sun and wind and make sure to keep my Boswellia Lip Balm in my pocket at all times to keep my lips smooth.  I’ve been tracking the progress of my garden so be sure to check back for updates on how my garden is coming along!

Alyssa’s

My body tends to be pretty sensitive to the changing of the season and with it comes the sneezing and dreaded “clogged up” feeling in my head. I’m not one to sit still, so I make sure to have a bottle of Sinus Plus and AKBA Plus nearby. Both have helped clear up my head so I can breathe freely and go on with my day. I already take the AKBA Plus daily to help with post-workout stiffness, so adding the Sinus Plus was an easy adjustment.

Patrick’s (a new addition after Memorial Day)

This weekend I took advantage of the warm weather and fired up the grill. I made steak, crusted with our True Life Pepper (coarse). Just load it on so it soaks in before tossing it on the grill. It really adds a great flavor and is quick and easy. Right before I serve the steaks I sprinkle on the True Life Sea Salt as a final touch. The Sea Salt also goes great on grilled vegetables.

What are your Spring Essentials??

From the Archive – Should I take all my supplements in the morning and “get it over with?”

This blog post was originally published back in December of 2010 but it is a question that is still commonly asked today. If you have not already read this informative post, Dr. Rentea shares his thoughts regarding the time of day supplements should be taken.

Should I take all my supplements in the morning and “get it over with?”

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

An Important Spring Message From True Botanica

Read this important Spring message from True Botanica and tell us what you think!

Dear Friends, Dear Readers,

Whether you celebrate Easter, or Passover, or just even the enduring capacity of the human race to carry Higher Ideals (a Mystery in itself), this is the time of the year when we caRepresentative of Man Imagen feel a resurgence of inner power, a sense that Life will continue and the Good will overcome.

We feel ourselves attracted to the outside, luminous, greening world of nature and from this surrounding World we feel mysteriously how a renewed strength is given to carry us forward.

This is a mighty impulse that should last the whole year until the next Spring – but does it?

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