Next time you see a product being advertised as being ‘all natural’ ingredients, think about what that means. Does it mean that the product is good to use? We automatically assume that it’s going to be safe to use and because it’s ‘all natural’, surely it’s going to be good for your body.
Unfortunately that is not the case. Just because it’s natural it does not mean it’s going to be good. Because of my experience with steroids, I would like to take this as an example, but there are many other examples that can be used as effectively.
The following are the list of natural steroids:
- Glucocorticoids: alclometasone, prednisone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone, cortisone
- Mineralocorticoid: fludrocortisone
- Vitamin D: dihydrotachysterol
- Androgens: oxandrolone, oxabolone, testosterone, nandrolone(also known as anabolic–androgenic steroids or simply anabolic steroids)
- Oestrogens: diethylstilbestrol (DES) and estradiol
- Progestins: norethisterone, medroxyprogesterone acetate, hydroxyprogesterone caproate.
These are natural hormones and are produced by our body. They are very important in our daily life and they control and manage a range of biological processes within our body. However, they are highly regulated and are managed, so that they produce the desired effects. This ranges from controlling your metabolism, immune response and development, to balancing your body’s salt, muscle building to sexual development. These natural steroidal products are natural, but there is a synthetically manufactured version, that when used, introduces a new balance in your body and although for a time they can be effective for managing certain issues in the body, long-term use will certainly lead to many other problems not previously foreseen. This is because our body will try and counter this externally introduced product(s) in order to maintain a homeostasis, a stable state for the body, which in turn causes other imbalances in the body and with prolonged use of steroidal products and the imbalance, a withdrawal will develop, which can at times be worse than the original condition we set out to treat.
I see everyday products being advertised as being totally natural and herbal, for the treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis and Rosacea… Just recently the UK National Health sent out a warning about a product: YIGANERJING as containing high concentrations of steroids and antifungal and for people using them to stop immediately using this product.
So, just because it claims to be ‘all Natural’ does not mean it is good for you. Also in Australia, the TGA similarly to the FDA, is the regulatory body and any product with such claims, should be with the TGA and have a relevant TGA number.