We got this 3-star review in the other day:
“I think your products are great, but the customer service staff is less than helpful. They always address a question as “see you health care provider”, which is BS in my opinion. In fact, I no longer call or post, I haven’t for over a year and my purchases have also gone way down. I think you need more specific information on dosing, telling someone use about 30 drops under the tongue is good for who? A 18 year old or a 90 year old person. I know you don’t have the time, or possibly the resources to “treat” all your customers. I believe you guys truly, work very hard, to help people, so why drop the ball at dosing? I think if you used statements like over 65 you should consider 40 drops a day, or if you weight is above 180 you should use x these statements are broad enough so your not “prescribing”. Here is an example I take testosterone injections and I’m 65. If I want to go only natural to stop the aromatase activity as a result of a testosterone injection how much stinging nettle should I take? But if you said that men on testosterone replacement found help at 100 drops a day you would be ok as far as “prescribing restrictions go”. Those of us who try do do everything natural need all the help we can get and we will pay what it costs to get the help we need and if we don’t get it we will continue to bounce around until we find the help we’re looking for. These statements are broad enough to keep you and your business out of trouble and still help your clients. Additionally, no matter how many customers you have now, if you gave that extra “personal” touch in the website description you would have a more dedicated customer base and frankly we could use the help. I think you guys in natural healing think we actually have an alternative source to help us, most of us don’t we on our own to prevent, heal and get cured. Also, it’s nice way to build a loyal client base. Good luck!”
I agree that statement to “see your health care provider” is mostly BS. This is included for legal purposes.
Still, there is a bit of truth to it. No, not that you should talk to your doctor about herbs. Chances are they don’t know Tongkat Ali from a hole in the ground.
But a healthcare provider such as a naturopath should.
Humanity needs to understand that healthcare extends far beyond those that hold the monopoly on it. That’s my philosophical opinion anyway.
Now onto the topic of dosage.
I wish, sincerely wish, we could give that level of advice. Sadly, to do so would be to pull numbers out of my rear.
To this I point to some writing from Stephen Buhner on the topic of dosages:
“The lack of understanding of the variability of dosing ranges in the United States is fostered by the (highly inaccurate) paradigm of pharmaceutical dispensing that American physicians use. There is a common belief that there is a single accurate dose (discovered through reductive, analytical science) for every pharmaceutical. It isn’t true; it never has been. Drug doses need to be adjusted for age, weight, height, sex, and side-effect emergence. That few physicians do so is one of the reasons that properly prescribed pharmaceuticals (that is, according to the drug guidebooks given out by pharmaceutical companies) are, at minimum, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and why some three million people a year are hospitalized (or permanently disabled) from using them. Herbs, in contrast, are very safe; they do not produce those kinds of outcomes. So, please understand that dosages listed are, again, just a starting place. You may not need very high doses or you may.”
“Dosages are made up, created out of the blue, generally based on typical dosages used in clinical practice in various cultures around the world, usually over millennia, and an intuitive sense of the herb and its proper dose for specific conditions. There is generally a range of dosing for most herbs; there is no one dose that is ‘the right one’ for any of them.”
There is little research on most of our herbs in general. There certainly is not enough to give information on different dosages for different ages or conditions.
Will nettle root end aromatization for a 65 year old taking testosterone injections?
I’d be lying if I said it would for sure. It might, it might not.
For me to give you a specific dose recommendation for such a thing, or any of our customer service people to do so, just isn’t how things work.
That’s why we’re always advocating for experimentation.
First of all, we don’t have a specific “prescription” for you. Even if we did…it doesn’t mean it would work for you. Such dosages derived from science, IF we had them, still only points to the law of averages. In other words, even if scientifically proven, it still doesn’t mean it would work for YOU as an individual.
When we have data available, absolutely we do share it. Take for instance the Morning Wood/Pine Pollen survey.
This pointed out that for those that didn’t get results, many likely weren’t doing it long enough or with a big enough dose.
I’ll take your feedback into consideration and see about doing more surveys like this.
Again, I wish we could give this desired level of granularity, and specific dosage instructions.
But we can’t. And so we don’t. All of our recommended dosages are nothing more than starting points. And it is up to you, dear customer, to find the dosing and combinations that work for you.
Only your blood work would show if indeed it works (confounded by all other life’s variables making this more complex of course).
If you want that level of hand-holding then I would recommend seeing a trained herbalist or naturopath. Their clinical experience would be able to guide you to specific dosing, combinations, and instructions much better than we can offer via our website.
Even then! When I coach people one-on-one I’m still looking at recommending supplements, herbs and lifestyle practices as an experiment. Based on results we’ll test and tweak from there. So even if you worked with me one-on-one I couldn’t give you the “right” answer.
Hopefully this paints a clearer picture of how and why we do things.