Building Your Immunity Naturally
During National Crisis
S. Weed reveals herbs and thoughts
Interview by Maralyn Lois Polak
c. 2001 The information presented here is accurate
to the best of our knowledge. Of course, it cannot take the place of
a trained healer. Please use your intuition and your wisdom when considering
how to best take care of yourself. We cannot be responsible for your
1) If someone HAS ANTHRAX, would herbs etc. work? If so, what? Or
turn in crisis to Western Medicine and the Heroic Tradition?
If someone has a confirmed case of anthrax, it is possible that the
correct herbs, taken in the correct dose, could kill the anthrax bacteria
and/or deal with the lethal effects it creates. Of course, if one has
access to antibiotics, and if one is comfortable with the side effects
that antibiotics can cause, then there is no reason to use herbs. If,
however, one does not have access to antibiotics, or if there is an
allergy to antibiotics, or if one is willing to risk a course of treatment
that has not been validated by scientific studies, then herbs could
be a lifesaver
In my experience, tincture made from the roots of Echinacea purpurea
and/or Echinacea augustifolia, is as effective as any antibiotic,
sometimes more effective. I have used it for more than thirty years
to deal with a wide range of infections, some of them life threatening,
with complete success, even when antibiotics have failed. Echinacea
primarily works by increasing the number of macrophages (white blood
cells). Macrophages kill bacteria, including anthrax. Since anthrax
appears to depress the number of white blood cells, the action of echinacea
ought to be a powerful and perhaps perfect counter to it. Some herbal
authors claim that echinacea has successfully countered anthrax in the
past. The dose must be large (one drop of tincture for each two pounds
of body weight) and frequent (every two hours, at least, round the clock)
in order to be effective. When dealing with massive infections, I also
add one drop of poke root tincture to each dose (no matter how large
or small). If the echinacea is taken twelve times a day, that would
be twelve drops of poke root tincture a day, a large dose, and one that
should not be taken for more than a month. Treatment with echinacea
can continue for three months to be certain all the bacteria are killed,
but it need not be repeated every two hours. Usually 7-10 days of round
the clock care are sufficient and the frequency can then be reduced
to every 3-4 hours, keeping the dose the same. After another 7-10 days,
the frequency can be further reduced to every 5-6 hours, that is, four
doses a day. I do not believe that capsules or teas of Echinacea would
be effective against anthrax, and caution readers to avoid these.
1A) What do you recommend in advance to build up immune system.
Building powerful immunity is an action that may help us counter anthrax
infection or survive it if we are exposed, and it confers numerous health
benefits beyond those concerns. For more information on how to improve
your immune system, see my article
on bioterrorism at my website, or in my book: Breast Cancer?
Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way available at www.wisewomanbookshop.com.
2) What herbs, remedies, or regimens are good for FEAR?
Fear depress the immune system. We cannot avoid it, but we can learn
to be at peace with our fears, instead of letting them control us. Motherwort
tincture (Leonurus cardiaca) is my ally when I am feeling stressed
and freaked out. I find it especially helpful when I am fearful of something
that could happen, but hasn't. A dose is 10-20 drops, taken as needed,
even as often as every fifteen minutes in acute situations. Breathing
deeply is another favorite trick I use when I am anxious and fearful.
It brings me to a calm place where I can appraise the danger and decide
on the actions I need to take. Herbs such as valerian merely induce
sleep, fogging the brain as badly as any drug, and ultimately increasing
the sense of powerlessness that underlies much fear.
3) What herbs, remedies, or regimens are good to prevent or reduce
the tensions and stresses arising lately from reading papers, watching
TV, hearing danger terror coming bridges will be blown up nuclear power
plants are in danger someone will tamper with the water supply etc.
warnings from Ashcroft, etc. which seem to terrify the American public
as much as actual terrorists?
Tension and stress are helpful when we feel that we have power. Tension
keeps skyscraper up; stress keeps bridges from collapse. I do not seek
to avoid tension and stress, but neither do I choose to invite them
into my home in the form of radio, TV, newspapers. If you are feeling
especially tense, try a "media break" for a week (or more)
and see if your tension doesn't abate. I hear a lot of awful things,
even without the media, for I deal with many people who are in crisis.
I have little power in such situations. I help as much as I can, and
then I burn off my feeling of powerlessness by lighting a pink candle.
In fact, this helps me so much that I do it every evening, sending love
and good will to all those in need.
4) What can we do to regularize our sleep and reduce tendencies
toward sadness and depression from 9-11 and the changes in our society
and the horribleness of a war which seems misplaced?
Regular sleep is a critical component of health, but it does not have
to be in the form of eight hours at a time. Both aboriginal peoples
and highly creative people (such as Thomas Edison and Michelangelo)
rarely sleep for more than four hours at a time. A cup of warm milk
is a old wives remedy for those too tense to sleep, and it is just as
useful today as it was before 9-11. Sleeping pills and herbs that induce
sleep are not likely to have a lasting beneficial effect, though they
may be useful for a day or two, if absolutely needed.
Remedies for those dealing with sadness and depression are covered
thoroughly in my book: New
Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way . Again, the sense of powerlessness
underlies these problems and needs to be dealt with directly instead
of trying to manipulate that surface effects. The best remedy for the
feeling of powerlessness is action. Write a letter, help those in need,
create a piece of art that expresses your rage, horror, sadness. (Think
of the powerful effect of Picasso's Guernica.)
Society can create us, or we can create it. We can use the events of
9-11 to withdraw and feed our fears, or we can use them to go forth
and create a culture of compassion. The choice is ours.
Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia
of Women's Studies and the author of four highly acclaimed herbal
medicine handbooks. She has been at the forefront of the herbal
renaissance for 35 years.
Lois Polak is a Philadelphia-based journalist, essayist, novelist,
editor and radio personality. She is the author of a number of books
including her latest, a multi-media CD-Rom, "Miranda Pear's Brazen
Bedtime Stories: Un-PC Fairytales for Grown-Ups," available from
and by special order at Borders and Barnes and Noble. She's also the
author of the collection of literary profiles, "The Writer as Celebrity:
Intimate Interviews," and several volumes of poetry, including
"The Bologna Sandwich and Other Poems of LOVE and Indigestion."
Her books can be ordered by contacting her by Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
anthrax naturally, part 1
Is it just me, or are you freaked out at the notion of 32,000 Americans
taking anthrax antibiotics, whether they need them or not? READ
Maralyn's article published in WorldNetDaily