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Case #1

Date: Thu, 01 May 1997 12:44:01 -0700

My name is Claudia Meydrech. I am a wife and mother of 2 teenage children, and we live in a little log cabin on a lake in Northern New Jersey.

My interest in herbs and their medicinal uses began about eleven years ago after many trips to the doctor for myself and for my children. It seemed that we were sick all the time, and were taking antibiotics regularly. I reacted badly to many antibiotics, or they just didn't work.

In my case, I know now that my immune system was weakened, and my liver and gall bladder were problem areas. My first introduction to ANYTHING alternative was a chiropractor who told me about a flush to cleanse the liver and gall bladder. I was very skeptical, but decided to try it, and it worked! It was this positive experience that opened my eyes to the fact that alternatives to traditional medicine work.

Not long after this experience, a friend was good enough to talk to me about the possibility of using herbs to help with my health problems, and again, I thought it all sounded a bit unusual, but was desperate, so decided to give it a try. I began to use herbs that build the immune system, cleanse the liver, and gradually began to change my diet, avoiding processed foods, sugars, red meats, carbonated beverages, etc. I was amazed at the results, and developed a desire to learn more, and began to read as much as I could.

After my positive experience, I decided to give my children herbs. My daughter was on antibiotics almost monthly for ear infections, and my son, his weak area was his digestive system. I gave my daughter Echinacea & Golden Seal, and another liquid herbal combination that acts as a natural decongestant. I used garlic oil in her ears (despite the smell ) and after about two more ear infections without antibiotics, only herbs, she has been fine! She was 2 when we started, and now is 13.

For my son, I gave him Slippery Elm powder in apple sauce to ease his diarrhea, Pau D'Arco (aka Taheebo) because of it's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties, and acidophilus. Also gave him Echinacea and other immune system builders. After he had been on his program for a while, I received a call from his teacher just to tell me how amazed she was at his increased energy and alertness!!

When anyone in the house is sick, the first inclination is not to grab the phone and call the doctor, but to go to my many herb bottles and find just the right thing to help the problem. I am not foolish, though, and know there are times when we must go to the doctor, but our medical bills are next to nothing compared to what they used to be.

At present I am taking courses to be certified in nutritional counseling, and have had a home business helping people discover what herbs may be best for their needs for the past several years. As beneficial as herbs are, be sure you speak to someone knowledgeable in the use of herbs before trying just anything. Make sure you know the quality control of the manufacturers of the herbs you purchase. Please feel free to email - - if you have any questions regarding the use of herbs, or need a good source for high quality herbs.
Claudia Meydrech

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