Herb Toxicity

This article comes from Dr. Morse’s Herbal Health Club. Link to source below. It discusses the perception of why some herbs are toxic and what this means in the reality of nature. Take note of the way in which it mentions “isolates” which emphasises the point that the “whole” is that way for a reason.


There have been a lot of inquiries and concerns lately about herb toxicity in general, and poke root specifically. We have decided to share an email response we sent to one individual with all of you to shed some light on the subject of “toxic herbs.” There are two factors to consider–one is the percentage/ratio of the herb and the other is the nature of herbs themselves.

Many of the so-called “toxic” herbs have deep actions, but they also have buffers that help protect the body. When you approach doses that are more than your body can handle, you’ll experience some sort of purging (usually nausea/vomiting, but can be other ways as well). This is the protective constituents of the herbs at work—they are forcing your body to purge so that you do not take in more than your body can handle. To someone looking at the situation superficially and not understanding how herbs work, this appears to be the herb poisoning you, because it made you vomit (so obviously it can’t be good for you!). But remember, a purgative effect is not always a bad thing! Lobelia is one such misunderstood herb…while it can be considered toxic when taken in large doses, if you’re taking the whole herb you will ALWAYS vomit before you can ingest enough to poison yourself. In every single case of a “scientific” study showing that an herb is toxic or causes organ damage, the whole herb itself was not used. Instead they used isolates of specific parts of the herb—the problem with this practice is that when you isolate certain substances the protective constituents are stripped off. When using whole herbs (and our formulas are 100% whole herbs, never isolated constituents) the protective buffers are left intact and the herbs function the way they are meant to.

The second factor is the percentage/ratio, this comes into play if you’re taking a formula as opposed to the single herb. In combination formulas like ours, there are many herbs mixed together for their synergistic effects. So when you look at a formula where poke root, for example, is one of 10 ingredients…the poke root is likely something like 1/10th of the formula. Our formula ratios are proprietary and cannot be disclosed, but I can tell you that poke root specifically is anywhere between 5-15% of the herbs used, depending on the formula. But it is never more than 15%. So especially with a combination formula, the odds of ingesting enough poke root (or any other supposedly “toxic” herb) to do any “harm” to the body or constitute an “overdose” or “too much” is all but impossible. Additionally, when combined the herbs have a synergistic effect—meaning they work together to produce a result where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This extends to the protective nature of the herbs as well, so those protective buffers increase exponentially in combination formulas as well.

So while the choice is always yours and you should never take something that concerns you or makes you uncomfortable, we hope this sheds some light on how the herbs/formulas function and gives everyone some peace of mind.



Stop Jogging!

In the UK today there is news of the son of a television presenter, who at age 31 and a reported fitness fanatic, died whilst jogging.

Of course, there may very well be some underlying health concern so what I write here is in a general sense to exercising.

Some people look at me strangely when I tell them that exercise is bad for you. By exercise I am referring to the pocket of time we create devoted to some rigorous and repetitive physical activity.Picture of people jogging

We are merely an animal and our day should be filled with physical activity. I do not mean “exercise”, I just mean walking, reaching for things, perhaps climbing up an incline and such. Anything other than living in a way that we would live if we truly lived in nature is second best and the further we get from it, the sicker we will be.

As I have mentioned before, you cannot exercise out a bad diet (anything your body is not designed to eat), just as you cannot be inactive 90% of the time and somehow make-up for it by doing some insanely physical activity once a week. You are still inactive 90% of the time. Of course, this is how many of us are forced to live with an office job, but it’s still unnatural.

In nature no animal runs for the sake of it. You run to catch food, or you are the food running for your life. Either way the run is over quickly, it’s a sprint. Adrenaline is involved and it’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s how you should run if you want to, sprint!

Other than that walk as much as you can and generally be active. This is far better than setting aside “1 hour at the gym”.

Look to nature, it’s all there is.

You Can’t Eat Too Much

You eat “too much”. That’s the phrase often used for people that are overweight. It comes from the commonly accepted theory, based on calories, that one needs a certain number of calories depending on lifestyle and gender.

“Experts” have told us that if we exceed the food that we need, then the body turns it to fat. It apparently
“stores” our excess intake. This suggests that it can be used later, perhaps when there is less food around. And hey, when people go on a “calorie controlled diet”, they lose that fat. So, it all makes sense? No.

I’d like to tell you that people get overweight by eating the wrong foods, not too much food. Try getting fat on fried foodfruits and raw salads. You won’t. And you’ll have more energy that you’ve ever had before. You don’t have to weigh anything, nor count any calories. Eat yourself silly. You won’t get fat.

“Ahhhh but no… cooked foods like pies and pizza contain more calories than salads, that’s why!”

I am not against all types of cooking, especially steaming vegetables. Processed foods, however, should not be eaten. Period. They are not natural, not normal and they do your body harm. Perhaps you’re thinking that a little bit won’t hurt? Well, if it’s bad for you, it’s bad for you. A small amount just means that the harm is more difficult to measure. Or perhaps not so according to this article.

And fat, what about the idea that the body “stores” these extra calories? I think this is nonsense too. When people eat a diet of primarily processed foods then switch to a plan of mostly raw foods they notice that they lose a lot of water. You’ve probably heard people say that it’s just water that you’re holding. Hang on, I thought it was “fat”? Useful deposits of yummy goodness that your body has standing by for a rainy day? It can’t be both. Well, it is water as anybody that has gone from a SAD diet to mostly raw diet can tell you.

Why water? Because processed food is acidic or mucus forming. The latter creates an acidic environment in that it prevents cell waste from being eliminated. (Check your first pee of the day, if it’s crystal clear, your cell waste is not being eliminated from your body. Your pee should be like a snow globe, full of sediment and even contain stringy mucus). Holding water is the body’s way of buffering/diluting this acidity to keep the PH that the body needs to function, stable. Switch to an alkaline diet and the water is no longer needed.

Fruits and vegetablesFurther evidence that fat is not stored for future use is that of fasting. Anybody experienced in fasting will know that overweight people cannot (and should not) undertake any high level fasting. This is contradictory to what we are told. Going without food (or surviving on little food) is fasting. If your body had lots of tasty fat then an obese person should be able to fast for much longer than someone that has no or very little body fat. Yet, the opposite is true.

Processed food is generally orange in colour, especially fried  foods. It harms you. Real food is colourful and looks naturally beautiful because it attracts us to it in the wild.

Eat the colours!

You’re Not Getting Enough Sugar

You’re made up of cells; your eyes, bones, organs… all made up of cells. The food of cells is glucose. Foods that contain this are all types of fruit. Eat your fruit.

But the media keeps telling me that sugar is bad for me.
The media are right, but they are also very lazy. All unnatural and refined sugar is bad for you. Lazy journalists then throw fruit into these stories either intentionally or because they don’t know themselves and then everybody gets confused. Fruit or 100% natural fruit juices are not part of this “danger”. Here is a good, short article that clearly states:

“(One note: we’re talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.)”


Yes but I have diabetes, I need to avoid sugar.
You need to avoid added and refined sugar, not fruit. If you have diabetes you must, at all costs, avoid refined flour as that spikes your blood sugar like nothing else. Really, nobody should be eating any type of grains. Just remember, grains are fed to cattle to fatten them up quickly, you think it has a different effect on humans? If you can’t eat a food in its raw and natural state, ask yourself why you’re even eating it to begin with.

Here is a fantastic short video that talks about sugar in fruit and how it even protects your body from sugar spikes.

Doesn’t fruit give you diarrhea?
If you don’t eat much fruit and you have a lot, you may get loose poop. But it isn’t the fruit that causes it, it’s your level of toxicity. If you continue on a high fruit diet and a big salad in the evening, your pooping will firm up very quickly every time so this proves fruit did not cause the issue, it was your body.

Fruit digests very quickly so remember to always eat it before any other type of food, not afterwards otherwise you’ll have fermentation.

Eat your fruit and when you’ve finished, eat more of it.

Don’t Choke on Your Newspaper

The media is not there to help or inform us in any way.

On one hand, this may seem obvious, yet on the other hand its very existence appears to represent the opposite, that the news outlets and newspapers are there to keep us up-to-date with current events, latest health discoveries etc.

All media outlets have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to make money. They have to? Yes, they do in order to survive, but it’s the primary goal. This is why we consistently see stories and articles that are often adverts. These are disguised news stories such as when, say, people refer to branded goods rather than using generic terms. This is not to mention how governments use the media to create and change opinions.journalism

I think I have mentioned before but the one piece of advice I give you is, read a headline, then before you get drawn into the story, ask yourself why this story is even being told. What goal will be achieved by its publication? The moment you allow yourself to be drawn into the drama itself, it’s virtually impossible to be as objective about why it’s being told.

Journalists, in my opinion, have a responsibility to ask questions. Yet as time passes in my life I see this less and less and now I hardly see it at all. The media seems to just regurgitate whatever story the highest bidder wants told. How many times do we hear and read contradicting stories such as a certain food is good for you, then it seems the following week it is bad for you? The obvious answer to that question is that the media are merely reporting what so-called experts are saying. No, this needs to stop. When a source contradicts itself a responsible journalist should ask, on our behalf, what is going on.

This isn’t a rant, it’s a reminder to firstly switch off the television as much as possible and do something more enjoyable, and secondly, when you do watch it, be aware of what they are feeding you.