Shocking Truth About Herb and Supplement Quality in America
If you are wondering why you have not gotten well taking herbs, there is something you need to know:
There Are Many Grades of Herbs Available - Up to Ten!
Most Companies Use the Lowest Grade - Usually from China or India.
I was desperately ill with a life-threatening disease:
When I first began my journey into natural healing, I had some pretty serious health problems: a serious vaccine reaction that left me with daily grand mal epileptic seizures. I also had migraines, asthma, severe allergies, and fatigue so extreme I could barely stand up to take a shower or even chew my food. In the attempt to cure my ailments, I took many vitamins/minerals and herbal
supplements. Most of them did nothing. Yet, all of the
herbal books I read suggested to me that taking herbs could heal
me regardless of my particular health condition. I was confused
and disappointed! After years of unsuccessful attempts to
heal myself with herbs and vitamins, I finally discovered the missing
link that explained why herbs did not work for me.
The answer was very simple: Poor Herbal Quality.
Highly concentrated herbal remedies are not found in stores:
Poor herbal quality is rampant in America.
In fact, 95% of all herbs sold in stores
are of such poor quality, they couldn't heal anyone of even minor
conditions, much less anything serious.
When I began to use Professional Quality herbs, I finally experienced
a full healing and a complete and permanent remission of the epilepsy and relief of my other problems.
I could not get this quality in health food stores, grocery stores
or drug stores, but I had to search for years to find the herbal
sources that I now use today. I was puzzled as to why there
was such an enormous difference in quality between the herbs I was
now using and the herbs that everyone else was using.
My Patientsí High-Priced Supplements were made with cheap ingredients and watered down:
I began my practice, I asked my clients to bring in all the supplements
and medications they were taking. They usually came in with
an entire shopping bag full of vitamins/minerals and herbal supplements.
Many of them were supposedly the highest quality money could buy.
Many of them were recommended by famous natural healers and authors
of herbal books. Many of them were recommended by famous holistic
medical doctors. Many of them were standardized herbs. Most
of these high-priced supplements had absolutely no effect on my
sick clients who were getting only worse each day they took these
supplements. They told me they had no idea whether or not
these supplements were working.
I asked them, "Could I taste your supplements? I want to see how strong they are." And I would taste their tinctures, for example, their echinacea supplement. The echinacea had no echinacea taste, and the characteristic tongue tingling sensation was not there. This was a shock to me. I said, "This is not echinacea. This tastes like cardboard! You were cheated. No wonder it is not helping you."
High Quality Herbal Extracts Have Strong Distinctive Tastes
I explained that herbs have characteristic qualities that we can taste - "Kava numbs the tongue, echinacea tingles the tongue and produces saliva in the mouth, wormwood is extremely bitter, and lobelia produces a scratchy sensation at the back of the throat."
I then gave them one of my tinctures for them to taste. When they tasted my formulas, they usually said something like, "Holy ---!" They were so unaccustomed to these tastes and sensations, at first, they thought something was wrong with my formulas. I had to educate them and show them what real healing formulas were like.
Powerful herbal formulas should produce noticeable effects:
When powerful herbal formulas are
used, one should notice the effects in a fairly short period of
time. The unique processing techniques used for my Herbal
Line allow the potency to be increased by 200-500%. There
should be no doubt that they are having an effect in the body.
When using my diuretic herbs, my clients called me very surprised because
they were urinating like crazy. Their infections were clearing
up, their skin was clearing up, and their health conditions were
rapidly improving. They called when they flushed gallstones
out of their gallbladder, while they told me, "But I was taking
this high quality herbal formula for the liver and gallbladder and
I never got this effect before" and "The practitioner who recommended
these to me checked them with kinesiology and he/she is very careful
about getting the best quality."
was then that I realized how bad the herbal quality problem is.
It was then that I decided to market my herbal products all over
the country, so that people wouldn't have to suffer from lack of
access to high quality herbs simply because they didn't live near
Why most herbs are too weak to heal the sick
continued my research, I began to discover why most commercially available herbs fall short. The most common
reasons were the following:
identification of herbs
little herbs used in preparing tinctures (The National Formulary standards all the herbal companies use make weak tinctures - they recommend using 1 part herb to 10 parts alcohol, while Dr. Fosters Essentials uses 1 part herb to 1 part alcohol - this is TEN times stronger)
much alcohol used in tinctures (You would get drunk before you would have relief of your symptoms)
time allowed to steep tinctures: (Herbs should brew at least 2 weeks, but preferably 2 months. Most companies only allow 1 day of brewing.)
chemicals on herbs or added to them such as pesticides and unnecessary
disinfecting chemicals such as the cancer-causing chemical ethylene
of chemically-laden herbs from Third World countries due to
their very low cost
of single herbs instead of the much stronger herbal formulas
of dried encapsulated herbs instead of the much stronger herbal
tinctures For the most part, only the properties of colon stimulating herbs are strong enough in capsule form.
herbal formulas designed by herbal company employees with no hands-on clinical experience: They donít know how to balance each herb in a formula to counteract harsh cleansing effects of certain herbs. For example, using juniper berry in a patient with inflamed kidneys or bladder without countering its harsh effect with urinary demulcents. Other mistakes Iíve seen are using straight psyllium husks without any herbs to counter its abrasiveness.
and minerals were made from petrochemicals and other harmful
synthetic substances that were also used to manufacture pharmaceutical
and minerals were derived from isolated chemicals manufactured by chemists
in chemical laboratories not from naturally-occurring absorbable substances.
vitamin and mineral companies were owned by pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies have no interest in making things "natural" - only that they appear that way on the label to consumers.
"Natural" Vitamins are Not Natural:
High quality herbs are much more effective than vitamin/mineral or antioxidant formulas. Most
so-called "natural" vitamins are not natural at all, but are manufactured
by the same companies that produce pharmaceutical medications. Trips
to some vitamin companies reveal that the base for their "natural"
vitamins come from commonly known pharmaceutical companies. 99.9% of all Vitamin C (even vitamin C that claims it's "natural") sold in this country is produced in a
chemical laboratory. It does not come from food - otherwise the food source would be listed on the product label. "Natural" means nothing on a label.
Natural vitamin E should be derived from whole grains,
yet we find that it comes from a well-known photographic chemical
supply company. As it turns out, beta carotene supplements are derived from a toxic acetylene gas (Why couldn't they have used foods that naturally contain beta carotene? At least it would be safe), and vitamin B12 usually comes from activated human sewage sludge. These supplements are labeled "100% natural."
always ask the question, "What food or herb did that vitamin
come from?" And if it's not listed on the label specifically what
edible food or herb it came from, then it is NOT NATURAL, regardless of whether the word "natural" appears on the label. Manufacturers know that if they listed on the product label what this stuff was really made from, no one would buy it. The truth is - no one should buy it.
Because most of these supplements have a petroleum and chemical base, they can even cause cancer. The AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) has recently confirmed this fact that many so called "natural" supplements can increase the risk of cancer. They recommend people get their nutrients from food. Let's remember that herbs are foods. The AICR forgot to mention in their report that synthetic vitamins and minerals are manufactured with the same petroleum and chemical base as pharmaceutical medications. Therefore, we can deduce that many pharmaceutical medications also increase the risk of cancer.
my many years' experience working with very ill clients, I find
that nearly all of them are taking vitamin/mineral preparations
and numerous so-called "natural" supplements. Many times, they bring
in a whole grocery bag full of such supplements that they have taken
on the advice of friends, of health food store employees and natural
health practitioners. Even medical doctors are recommending a multi-vitamin
mineral supplement for better health. When I ask my first-time clients
if they can feel the effects of these products, 99% of the time,
the answer is no. And there they are, sick as ever despite all the
supplements they are taking. Yet, when I give them high quality
herbal preparations, ALL of them respond. Herbs are our most precious healing foods!
The Herbs I Have Used
To Heal Incurable Conditions
Are Not Available in Stores
For Many Reasons:
Dr. Fosterís Essentials Product Quality
To make strong, effective herbal remedies, the requirements are very strict:
have used many herbal products over the past twelve years, and most
have fallen short. My professional reputation depends on the effectiveness
of my products, and I can't recommend just any product. My clients
expect the very best from me. It took years for me to understand
the effects of herbs, but even longer to understand how high quality
extracts were made. This required an enormous amount of research into herbal
manufacturers' practices. My requirements are very strict, and most
To meet my requirements:
- The manufacturer must take great care in identifying, choosing, and tincturing the herbs.
- All raw materials must be third party tested for microbes (bacteria, etc.), heavy metals and other contaminants in order to guarantee a pure product.
- The alcohol used to produce the extract is certified organic. Find out why we use alcohol instead of glycerine to make our extracts.
- With few exceptions, the product must be vegetarian.
All of Dr. Foster's Essentials products are produced without harming animals. All products are vegan. You will not find any bovine cartilage, colostrum, chondroitin sulfate, fish oil, dolomite, bone meal, glandulars, ox bile, pancreas extract, hydrochloric acid from animal stomachs, shark cartilage, whey or isolated whey protein, placenta extract, bear claws, gelatin capsules or any other ingredient made from animals (unless you count the raw honey in our Colon Cleanse Syrup and Cough Syrup). I know that we can all get healthy without sacrificing animals.
- 99% of our herbal products are prepared using only organically grown or wildcrafted herbs.
- Only herbs from North and South America are used. Many
use herbs from India and China, not because the quality is
high, but because the price is so low. Their herbs are often contaminated with heavy metals and residues of pharmaceutical medications. We refuse to use them. The few Chinese herbs we use are grown organically in Canada.
- None of our herbs are fumigated, irradiated, or otherwise treated with chemicals, ultraviolet light, microwaves or heat.
- The highest grade herbs are selected. Out of ten grades of quality, we always select the highest. It is a common practice for herbal companies to save money by trying to use the cheapest ingredients possible or weakening their extracts. We refuse to cheapen our quality in order to afford expensive marketing or make a higher profit.
- Each ingredient is painstakingly researched to find the ones highest in nutrients and active components.
Extra care is taken to find the absolute best sources for
the purest, most nutrition dense herbs and foods. Each ingredient
is painstakingly researched to find the absolute best source that
is not only organic or wildcrafted, but is highest in nutrients and therapeutic benefits. If one company
has a superior quality spirulina, but not the absolute best wheatgrass
powder, then only the spirulina is ordered from that company.
- Extracts must steep for at least 2 weeks, but preferably up to 2 months for optimal effectiveness. High quality extracts take
time. Time costs more money. Many herbal companies cut corners
by only allowing the herbs to steep in the alcohol for as little
as a few hours. Professional strength liquid tinctures require a
minimum steeping time of two weeks, and preferably up to two months. This
amount of time spent steeping is necessary in order to extract all
of the therapeutic components from the herbs.
- Our herbal products are produced according
to the phases of the moon. Starting tinctures on the day of the
new moon and filtering on the day of the full moon produces a higher
use no artificial ingredients, sweeteners, fillers or artificial
vitamins or minerals. Sweeteners
make products unsuitable for diabetics. It can also reduce the effectiveness of bitters,
as the bitter taste is what activates and cleanses the liver.
use low heat methods to preserve potency: Many
large herbal companies use machinery to mass produce herbs. Unfortunately,
much of this machinery produces high amounts of heat. Heat weakens
the benefits of herbs.
- We donít use tablets: the process of producing
a tablet produces a high amount of heat due to the friction created
in condensing the herbs into a tiny tablet form. This heat damages
many of the delicate components of the herbs, destroying their benefits.
- We use short blending times: The
process of powdering a dried herb also creates a lot of friction
that creates too much heat, so our herbs are blended for short periods
of time to reduce the heat to an acceptable level.
- Only low heat methods (below 116 degrees
Fahrenheit) are used in our tinctures so as to preserve all enzymes
and therapeutic benefits.
- We select herbs that have been shade-dried or flash dried, instead of herbs dried in the sun. Drying
herbs in the sun destroys many of the volatile components of the
finally, because a great deal of heat is required to produce tight
seals on products, seals on these products may not be as tight.
to the extreme measures taken to ensure the absolute highest quality,
the cost of these products would be enormous if sold in stores. It
is my guarantee that these products contain only pure foods and
herbs. These herbal formulae are planned so that each and every
ingredient has a specific therapeutic benefit.
The Same Beliefs As the Average Person,
And We End Up Very Average.
To End Up Differently, We Must Believe Differently."
- Dr. Foster