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Natural Substances

Your mother-in-law (for example) came to you and said she is now taking an Asian herb that she purchased on the Internet. What questions and/or concerns would you have about this issue? What might you do to find out more information about the herb? Do you believe that all natural substances are safe? Why or why not?

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First of all I distinctly dislike the word "natural substance"! ALL substances are natural and are all following the same laws of nature with regards to chemistry, physics and biology. Or do you know of any "unnatural" substances? If they were not in accordance with the laws of nature they could and would not exist! They may be "synthetic" (= created in a factory or a laboratory) but that does NOT make them any less "natural"! There is a lot of romantic nonsense in this kind of terminology. After this declaration we also have to ...