Know the facts: What Big Pharma Doesn't Want You To Know

Know the facts: What Big Pharma Doesn't Want You To Know

In the United States, of the top 150 prescription  drugs, at least 118 are based on natural sources: 74 percent come from plants, 18 percent from fungi, 5 percent from bacteria, and 3 percent from vertebrate species such as snakes or frogs (Ecology Society of America, 1997). 

The life-saving benefits of this treasure trove are enormous: 

• According to the National Cancer Institute, at least 70 percent of new drugs introduced in the United States in the last 25 years are derived from natural sources (Steenhuysen, 2007). 

• Plant-derived anti-cancer drugs such as taxol, first isolated from the Pacific yew, save at least 30,000 lives per year in the United States (Daily, 1997).   

These facts are important for two reasons.  First, herbal dietary supplements are effective in many ways and, in most cases,better for you compared to when they are synthesized and altered to produce prescription medicine.  Secondly, it is important to know the facts about these herbal supplements for your safety.  What big Pharma doesn't want you to know is plants can't be patented so these facts are often hard to find and not advertised so we collected some of the best sources for our readers.

A great resource for researching any herb you are currently taking or thinking about trying can be found using trusted sources such as the American Botanical Society and American Herbalist Guild.  Most recently, HerbMedPro offers an  is an interactive, electronic herbal database that provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public 

We encourage all to take advantage of these sources when researching any herbal or botanical product.