The answer to this question may take at two directions – domestic and developing countries. We will look primarily at developing countries. The old 80/20 rule may apply here – 20 percent of the worlds population has 80 percent of the money. So the developed world has plenty of ability to buy produced health options.
What about our neighbours in developing countries who do not have this option? Are they denied health for this reason? I contend not. Plants have provided the chemical basis for 80-85 percent of the pharmaceutical chemical preparations we enjoy. Did men formulated all the chemicals that provide us with health?
Some pills during the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry have contained plant material as the health giving agent. Why not cut out the middle man?
Dosage is a big reason. How do we ensure people do not harm themselves? I cannot comment on a broad variety of plant based options, but I can about papaya leaf which can treat two of the 4 big killers – malaria and dysentery, plus worms.
There are at least three dosage levels to consider. Clinical effect, where the plant material provides the desired health effect. Side effect, where the chemical ingestion causes a negative effect, these are many. And lethal dose 50, which is the dosage at which 50 percent of the animals in the experiment are killed, resulting in a dosage, generally milograms per kilo of body weight, which is dangerous.
With papaya, the difference from one level to the next is in the magnitude of 10 to 20 times. A piece of leaf the size of ones palm will give a clinical effect whereas 7-8 full sized leaves are required for a side effect. This gives great latitude for dosage and minimizes the chance of side effects.
Please research and consider so you may be open to learning and feeling confident suggesting plant based options for people who have no other options.
There is so much more which could be said, so feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Please see anamed.net . Anamed, Action for Natural Medicine, is a German based organization that researches and promotes plant based health options.
Research is needed into these plant based options, but there is nothing to sell, only economies to be built!!