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From: bill and diane killian
Date: 2001-05-10 23:06:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Herbal medicine

Interesting concept but unfortunately not true. The
predecessor species to man were already omnivorous. Flipping
over dead logs and eating grubs is just as easy as finding
uncommon herbs for example.

Another point to consider, ferrets are not omnivores like
people. It is true that many modern medicines come from
plants but many also come from other sources. One remarkable
modern drug is lithium - not at all a plant. Just a cheap
element that does remarkable things for those who suffer from
the common form of bipolar disorder.

----- Original Message -----
From: Michele Abel Focer
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 9:03 PM

Another thought or 2 on herbal medicines. If we think about
it, ancient man only had the earth and all it's elements to
work with. Plants were consumed at a much earlier point in
history than meat , because it was allot easier to gather.
Man learned much about the earth and it's "gifts" , and
which plants were poisonous, or beneficial,and passed their
knowledge on through thousands of generations.Today, the
vast majority of "Modern Day medicines" , are still derived
directly from plant extracts, roots, leaves, milk
bark,etc.It seems that the race to find "The Newest
Technology" for so many things, has kept us from seeing
something that has been right here all along,HERBS! I am
very thankful for modern day medicines and research, and the
miracles that have come from them! I feel that a balanced
combination of both modern medicine, herbal, and dietary
care would benefit us all, including our animal friends. If
the quest to learn was not followed, we would not be where
we are today. I'm happy to know allot of you are interested
in herbs to help our ferrets. Whether it's Devil's Club
Supreme, Essiac, or whatever, us ferret owners can make a
great contribution by letting others know of our experiences
with herbs, to pass down to other generations. So I urge you
to respond to Tansy's request for gathering YOUR data on
herbal remedies that have worked for your ferrets. You may
learn more than you ever dreamed! Thank you so much Tansy
for taking on this great task! OK, someone else can have the
"soap box" now!