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However in all cases when taking echinacea, it is necessary to proportionately increase one's intake of antioxidant nutrients. A Personal Note Many of the findings of modern research on echinacea and other medicinal plants have been based on Page 35 studies conducted with animals. Scientific researchers place a significant amount of importance on such data. Some feel that herbs should not be used until adequate numbers of animal studies have been conducted to determine both the safety and effectiveness of botanicals.

Lloyd of its value, Dr. Meyer offered to come to Cincinnati and, before a committee of physicians, allow himself to be bitten by a rattlesnake of the committee's choosing and then use only echinacea as the antidote. This initial offer was graciously declined. Thinking it was because the Eclectics did not have a rattlesnake at their disposal, Dr. Meyer offered to bring with him "a full-sized rattlesnake possessed of its natural fangs" for the experiment, but again the offer was declined. Dr. King was not so quick to discount the validity of echinacea's use despite the exaggerated claims, and subsequently provided the medical profession with one of the first anecdotal reports of its positive effects.

Some feel that herbs should not be used until adequate numbers of animal studies have been conducted to determine both the safety and effectiveness of botanicals. While I have reported the findings of such data, in most cases I strongly disagree with the need for animal testing for many reasons. First and foremost, one of the inherent principles of herbalism is that all life is to be honored and respected. Second, more often than not, science only validates what traditional peoples have known for centuries.

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