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Book Title: Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging Resistant Viral Infections|
The author of the book: Stephen Harrod Buhner
Edition: Storey Publishing, LLC
Date of issue: September 24th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781612121604
Format files: PDF
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Herbal Antivirals is a sister book to Buhner's Herbal Antibiotics. Like its predecessor it focuses on herbal alternatives for medical treatments - this time antivirals.
I'm really sold on the need to find alternative treatments for viruses and bacteria. The emergence of superbugs and the neigh-inevitable viral outbreak is something that's in my mind not only highly probable - it seems an almost unavoidable, given the historical prevalenceof pandemics. I'm also sold on the usefulness of plants and fungi - most if not all antibiotics are derived from fungi and almost 50% of pharmaceuticals are derived directly from plants. I'm even sold on the author's claim that herbs are safer alternatives to synthesized drugs - herbalism was practiced by every culture and Lindy effect would strongly suggest that both their efficacy and harmlessness is high.
What I'm not sold on, however, is bullshit.
In his summary of the scientific research of Boneset the author quotes a Brazilian study iwth 160,000 people on a "30C" homeopathic formulation of "crotalus horridus" (rattlesnake), eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) and phosphorus.
It needs to be said: homeopathy doesn't work.
Homeopathy never worked.
None of the principles of homeopathy make any sense.
None of them ever made any sense.
All meta studies showed that homeopathy doesn't have an effect discernible for placebo. The author literally advocates for (ratte-) snake-oil. A "30C" formulation would have a dilution of 1 : 1e60. The number of atoms on earth is something in the range of 1e49 - 1e50. I am quite confident that any study that references homeopathic medicine in the "30C" formulation will fail to be replicated.
Herbal Antivirals contains a description of 13 herbs: some of them reported as antiviral by the author, some immune-protective and some "synergistic". Because the author lacks a bullshit-detector the actual value of the book is limited - it may be a good starting point but each claim has to be cross-verified and rechecked.
I called Herbal Antivirals a sister-book to Herbal Antibiotics. Indeed, some content seems to be lifted directly from the previous book, while some content (preparation of herbs and medicine making) cut short. The book doesn't really stand alone without Herbal Antibiotics.
The author style is quite droll and approachable, the concepts seem reasonable on the surface and I would really like to love this book. But I think the author does a great disservice by referencing bogus science. If herbal alternatives to antibiotics and antivirals are so important as the author claims the rigor demanded should be GREATER not less than "normal" medicine.
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Read information about the authorStephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of ten books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.
Stephen's work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman's Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.
Stephen has served as president of the Colorado Association for Healing Practitioners and as a lobbyist on herbal and holistic medicines and education in the Colorado legislature. He lives in New Mexico.