I believe it’s important to introduce wide ranging ideas whenever they’re relevant to preparedness and survival for you and me.
Herbalism and natural healling comprise one such subject. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get reliable, safe and healthful information. It’s a subject often attacked because, as with many other fields of study, there are both truth-tellers and charlatans. And it can be confusing sorting them out.
My DestinySurvival Radio guest was Kal Sellers who calls himself the Mad Herbalist.
When we had our chat, I’d only heard a few of Kal’s own shows and I’ve found them to be packed with interesting and useful information. He’s very knowledgeable. But his Web site makes some very sensational claims, especially regarding what conditions you and I can supposedly treat in emergency situations.
So what’s the deal with calling himself the Mad Herbalist? When I interviewed him, Kal didn’t seem to be out of his tree. The truth is we were on such a roll that the show producer let us go an extra half hour.
Our conversation wasn’t a “grill Kal” show. Nor was it one of those shows where you can find out what herbal remedy soothes Grandma’s ingrown toenail. We covered a lot of good ground.
Much of our discussion centered around basic concepts of looking at the bigger picture for healing, rather than using herbal remedies as nothing more than treatment for certain symptoms. That’s what conventional medicine does.
When asked about a good desk reference, Kal pointed out that no one becomes a good natural healer by referencing a single book. If you’ve used reference books on herbalism, you know they can be helpful or confusing. It helps to have training in clinical knowledge and hands-on herbalism.
With that in mind, his recommendation for a good starter reference is The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing, by James A. Duke.
Finding the right herb for the right person is Kal’s aim. He believes it’s important for the body’s organs to be operating properly so blood chemistry is in balance. The body is smarter than we are when it comes to healing itself. Specific symptoms are the body’s way of compensating for an underlying problem.
Kal says courses he offered at the time of our conversation covered applicable info on herbology, massage, accupressure, lifestyle and thinking. That sounds good, doesn’t it?
Is the Mad Herbalist thing nothing more than a corny gimmick? Does that hurt Kal’s credibility more than he realizes? Does it discourage you from wanting to do business with him? Does he have a public relations problem?
Why not listen to DestinySurvival Radio for November 3, 2011 and see what you think.