Weed Wanderings Herbal eZine with Susun Weed
March 2004
Volume 4 Number 3

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What's Inside Weed Wanderings this Month...


hormone replacement therapy
The Wise and Natural Way...
Interview with Susun Weed
by Justine Willis Toms
New Dimensions Radio International
hormone replacement therapy

(part 5)...the conclusion.

Justine: Well I know that you put out the information about taking hormone replacement therapy years ago.

Eleven years ago.

Justine: Eleven years ago, and now the medical establishment has--

Susun: Has proven--

Justine: Concurred with you.

Susun: Well, what--

Justine: Well, what have they concurred?
Susun: Actually it was I saw in the package information. You know you have to have package information. Most people don’t read it. It’s too small. But the package information already 15 years ago said it increases uterine cancer, increases breast cancer and increases risk of stroke and heart disease.

Justine: Oh, it said that in the actual packet?

Susun: In the package information, yes.

Justine: The prescription that you got when you opened it, it would say that.

Susun: That’s right, that’s right. But it was in such tiny print. And of course it was very confused because so many doctors were being told, “Well, we see in the nurses’ study the women who took hormone replacement had fewer heart attacks”. But Justine, I’ve you know, been here and I’ve noted that the sun doesn’t come up here in Northern California until the birds sing.

Justine: <laughs> Right they must bring it up huh?

Susun: They must bring it. It must be the birds singing.

Justine: Right.

Susun: So that’s always a problem when we’re doing a retrospective study.

Justine: Of course.

Susun: So nourish and tonify. That’s those nourishing herbal infusions. And those steps Zero, 1, 2 and 3 promote and build health every day of our lives. However, these steps are usually not even thought of as steps of healing. Steps 4, 5, and 6: Stimulate and Sedate, Use Drugs, and Break and Enter, are the steps that we usually think of as healing, but those steps always injure health.

Justine: That’s confusing to me Susun. You say Six Steps of Healing and then the last four--

Susun: Last three.

Justine: The last three--

Susun: 4, 5, and 6 injure health.

Justine: Injure health.

Susun: That’s right.

Justine: So, how--

Susun: But why would we use them then? Suppose I have a woman who’s hemorrhaging to death while she’s giving birth.

Justine: Yes.

Susun: Would it be worthwhile to tell her she should have drunk nettle infusion?

Justine: No. We need intervention at that point.

Susun: That’s right. Better to injure her health a little than to have her die.

Justine: Yes. Right. OK.

Susun: Right.

Justine: So these are in extraordinary situations.

Susun: If only they were.

Justine: Oh.

Susun: Unfortunately, many people in our culture stimulate and sedate themselves on a daily basis.

Justine: Oh, yes. Yes.

Susun: Right?

Justine: Yes, with coffee and then with--

Susun: Cayenne, TV as a sedative, alcohol.

Justine: Right. Yes.

Susun: Alright. And we do need to understand that these things do injure our health. They may injure it slightly, they may injure it grotesquely, but they are things that don’t promote and build health.

Justine: Well let’s say a wine at dinner. That might not be injurious. That in fact there are some studies that say that that is beneficial.

Susun: It depends on what your relationship to your fear of breast cancer is. For a woman, especially a woman over the age of 45, every glass of wine is going to slightly increase your risk of breast cancer. Now if you’re doing a lot of other healthy things you say, “You know, it’s OK. I don’t mind. I’ll take that slight increase in risk”. Life is not risk free, and it’s terminal too, isn’t it.

Justine: Right. Yes. None of us get out of it alive.

Susun: <laughing> You got it. OK.

Justine: Oh Susun, we could go on and on and on here. I just love talking with you and I just want to encourage our listeners to check out your website, check out your books: New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way - Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90; and also Healing Wise the 2nd Wise Woman Herbal. That’s a wonderful book and it’s going to be chock full of information. And then Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way. That’s a wonderful book as well. So check out all of these books. Check out her website: www.susunweed.com There are so many things we didn’t discuss and that was your school. What is it called?

Susun: The Wise Woman Center.

Justine: The Wise Woman Center and so there are all sorts of programs going on there. And so check that out, give her a call. Please check her website.

Susun: And I teach all over the place and you can find my schedule at that website.

Justine: That’s great. That’s great. So, I thank you so much Susun for being with us and I wish everybody good health.

Susun: And green blessings.

Justine: And green blessings.


New Dimensions is produced by New Dimensions Radio in San Francisco California, USA, and is made possible by listener contributions and by the membership support of Friends of New Dimensions. Executive Producer and Director is Michael Toms. Managing Producer is Justine Willis Toms.

................. My name is Justine Willis Toms. On the behalf of the New Dimensions Radio staff and all those who are members of Friends of New Dimensions, as well as members of our affiliate stations, I’m wishing you well. This is program #2966.


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