Dangerous Healing: Misleading the Female Body
Is The Female Menstrual Cycle Natural?
So… I read this article. I was Googling “natural menstruation”, as I’m due to start in a few days and I’m sick of living on ibuprofin. When this article popped up, I felt like it was just screaming for me to read it.
First off, it wasn’t very well written. There is absolutely NO citation in the entire piece, leading me to believe it was more opinionated positing than scientific study. And after reading the article, I looked around the site (as I learned to do in philosophy class); the site promotes unhealthy cleansing, weight loss for the sake of weight loss instead of better health, “all natural male enhancements”, and quotes an awful lot of bible passages (which, let me be clear, is not a detriment in itself AT ALL, but is curious on a weight loss site). The site definitely seems appealing at first glance, promoting an all natural lifestyle. Their mission statement reads:
“Dherbs.Com is primarily here to help assist people in reclaiming their birthright of vibrant and optimal health. Health does not come from an external source, one outside of the human body, but one from “within” the human body.”
Sounds great, right? It’s the meaning behind the pretty words that worries me.
Also, the page is a “proud promoter of the Steve Harvey show”, which also doesn’t seem to have anything to do with natural living to me.
Obviously, after looking around, this site is a joke. But what worries me mostly is that it popped up only a few links below the top when I googled natural menstruation. I don’t know if they paid to promote the page or not, but the entire article is misleading and if a woman, looking for a more natural lifestyle, read this and didn’t know any better, she could be putting herself in danger.
The mission statement page claims that each person has an “inner physician” that heals their body the way it was meant to. I believe in the natural healing power of the human body, but with education and professional supervision. It doesn’t have to be a medical doctor, but it sure as hell shouldn’t be a formula bought off dherbs.com.
The amount of information on the internet these days is ASTOUNDING. And most of it is misleading. I’ve found that members of my generation, who were raised when the technology was just a baby, knows how to Google everything and has lost the ability to think critically about what it is they’re reading. (This is why everyone should take an Intro to Philosophy class, but that’s a topic for another post.) Kids, teens, and even some adults I know tend to buy whatever it is they read online, without thinking about the motives, reasoning, or research behind it. This is so incredibly dangerous, since any crazy person can have a website (see: me). We, as a culture, need to learn to think about the things we’re being taught. Critical thinking, and thinking outside the cultural norm, is how revolutions start.
Also, for anyone who’s interested, I contacted dherbs.com in response to their abysmal article. I’ll let y’all know if/when I get a response.
Have you ever read something on the internet that made you cringe/rage/think twice?
- Menstrual Blood as Art: Why is it So Scandalous? ~ Courtney Miller (elephantjournal.com)
- Menstruation for Buddhist Women by Oxana Poberejnaia (feminismandreligion.com)
- Information on the Foods That Heal (hartricks.wordpress.com)
Posted on June 30, 2013, in Advocacy, Web and tagged alternative wellness, common sense, critical thinking, dangerous, dherbs.com, Google, healing, Health, Human body, Menstrual cycle, menstrual health, Menstruation, misleading, natural health, natural menstruation, Steve Harvey, Weight loss, wellness, woman's health. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.