Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Dagger, Not The Sword- A word Of Revelation On this – A Short Prophetic Insight

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The sword of The spirit, not what you think , the sword is the word, the word as you will see, means something very different, and for a deep reason.

Greek-The Word:

From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever: - + evil, + nothing, saying, word.

Greek Sword:

Probably feminine of a presumed derivative of G3163; a knife, that is, dirk; figuratively war, judicial punishment: - sword.

Arise and shine, the glory of the lord is on you, fear nothing. I was trying to sleep and could not, I got up at 3am with a message burning in me, a few, to be honest, I had to get up and let it out, for this last part was a deep revelation and I hope you get it, man I wanted to preach this part as a separate sermon, but all is asleep and way to late. I almost headed for the outside garage to do an audio, but the winds is very, very Strong tonight. To noisy out there, so this is the revelation that got me up.

The sword of the spirit, part of our armor. That word kept burning in me, knowing what it means in Greek is what gave me this insight, I have posted a message and mentioned this part before, but I understood something I never did until tonight.

The word sword in Eph ch 6, look it up is not the normal word , for the word,- Logo's , in the armor verse, the sword of the lord , the word, is the Greek word rhēma , Knife- dagger, not a long sword, a dagger, it hit me. A sword is long, you can keep a distance between you and your combatant, and fellow Christians, and those in need . This word means select verses insights promises you cling to that see you through. It is not a little bless me promise bible, that is not the meaning, words that you make your own, ones that you love, think of , quote a lot, this is your dagger. Why would the armor have a dagger and not a long sword? A personal or corporate revelation form the word.

The whole dagger and not a full sword, is bible, as the sword as it shows in Greek in this verse is a knife, A Dirk, meaning a small weapon a dagger, the word is the knife we will be calling it a dagger, knife same ting, not a sword.


DIRK, n. Durk. A kind of dagger or poniard.

This is what the spirit of the lord said to me.

Far to many of my people are living life at arms length from others, afraid of others, they keep their distance, even in Church, lest they be found out to be not what they claim, it matters not if your a deacon, a teacher, in the Chorus, or, the Sr Pastor, many know inside they are dead and are not what they act to be, they know the secret sin, the weakness, hypocrisy and so, they keep their distance. This is crowd one. Christians at a distance from others, because they are now distant from the lord.

The next message, the dagger is a close up weapon, not one you would think of, Men chose your weapon, who would chose a tiny dagger over a nice longer sword? It almost makes no sense, I said, " Lord why is part of our Armour include a dagger and not a long sword?" The lord spoke. " I want my people to see the whites of others eyes, up close and personal, able, willing to lay your hand on a leper, a spiritual one , a sinner, or saint. The dagger is a effective weapon , but only for very close face to face action. The action is not always with the devil, that is part of it, but the dagger length is so you must get that close to others to do as I did". That is what the lord said to me.

This up close and personal touch was the very ministry of our lord, the only time we read of him departing others, getting away at a distance, alone, was to pray, find it anywhere else, at all other times Jesus ministry was very up close, very personal, he layed hands on people, he put a child on his lap, on and on, our lord knew what the dagger Armour means, he said it, by the spirit through Paul.

Are you a Christian that is an at length one? Are you a dagger Christian, that is willing to give your life for Christ if needed, willing to stop, and get close to your fellow man, drop your guard, take off your mask and be a real, honest, humble, bold Christian? It takes being that close to the lord first, that is why it is called , " Putting on the full Armour of GOD" one must be close to the lord to properly put this armor on , dagger and all.

Spiritual warfare lastly, and the small but sharp dagger, the word of the bible.

We are not to fear demons, the devil, evil ones, we are to come at the enemy in the power of the holy spirit, and stand toe to toe, make a line in the sand with that dagger and say, " This far and no further you demons of hell"

Have you made that line, have you said this far and no farther, you are not welcomed in this place. I evict you asap, and call the sheriff if they do not get out, Jesus, the blood, his name, they must flee.

Many Christians are so beat down now days, but the dagger, O' the dagger, small, close and very effective. In soul winning we carry small pocket bibles, we call them are dagger, walk up near someone with a 50 pound family bible and the bird will see the net and run, the dagger is to be put where they can not see whats coming, the Bold deceleration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, out comes the pocket bible, out comes the dagger, your now face to face , eye to eye, and the battle for a soul is on, saints arise use the dagger, get close.

To the lord
To others
To demons, only to evict them
To anyone, anywhere in any position

The whites of the eyes must be seen, hands extended to help them up, lay hands on them, hand them a little help.

Compassion is up close and personal, it is not carried out from a distance, it is in your face, manifesting the power and love of Jesus Christ. That is a deep insight. Amen, now use that dagger and do close battle, in compassionate Christian service, and close to the lord, the giver of this dagger.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

What Is True Greatness? Read These Three Things-Than Think On This

For he that is greatest, let him be the servant of all”, Jesus

March 29

Meyers devotion, not Joyce.

"He called to Him a little child, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven."-- Mat_18:2-3 (R.V.).

OUR LORD desired to show wherein true greatness consists. First of all, it begins with Humility. Without this, no one can be His disciple (Mat_18:4). A child is naturally humble until parents and friends begin to spoil it by directing its attention to itself. For us, as for the proud Naaman of old, our flesh must become as a little child. Some people are rather proud of their humility, and expect to be praised for it, but that is not the genuine humility of which Christ speaks.

The next qualification for greatness is Love. We must recognize and welcome Christ-like souls, however lowly their lot. What a contrast between the boy, whose pitiful case is described in the previous chapter (Mat_17:14-18) and this little child. But to each the Lord Jesus proved Himself to be a loving Friend. The one He restored to sanity and health, the other He gathered in His arms. Probably the child was standing or playing quite near to Him, so that it only needed a very slight gesture to bring him to the Master's side, and he became the text of the sermon that followed. We must not despise one of the least, for they are the objects of Christ's special regard. Our Lord draws aside the veil from the eternal world, and shows that the youngest and weakest ones are they to whom the loftiest angels are allotted as their guardians. The holy ones of the Presence-Chamber, who always behold the face of God, are set to watch over the children.

The third step to true greatness is in the disposition which is unsparing of self, and thoughtful for all others. We dare not put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall before one of Christ's weakest disciples; we must be prepared to cut off the right hand, or pluck out the right eye rather than grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Our attitude about many things which might appear perfectly harmless must be determined by the effect of our influence upon others.

Give unto us, O Lord, true humility, a loving and friendly, a holy and a useful manner of life; bearing the burdens of our neighbors, denying ourselves, and studying to benefit others, and to please Thee in all things. AMEN.

1. First of all, it begins with Humility

2.The next qualification for greatness is Love

3.The third step to true greatness is in the disposition which is unsparing of self, and thoughtful for all others.

Humility, Love, selflessness.

These three attributes reader are what our lord considers greatness. You can see it is far different than how the world, even Churches consider greatness.

I have been writing a few messages this past week on my call to go out , reach others, get up do something, take in strangers, cloth the homeless, feed the stranger, It still is burning in my bones like a fire and will not let up. I have seen this a few times in ministry, something the holy spirit speaks to you about, daily and it becomes a burden, a passion, a weeping, a desire to do what the spirit is saying. OTHERS!

In this fast paced world we live in, it is not as easy as it once was to just STOP, and look one in the eyes, with the eyes of Jesus, look on others with compassion, as many are far to busy to even notice them. The other thing aside from being busy is laziness of spiritual work, the other a spirit of pride, that spirit says, " I thank you lord I am not like these sinners". We are no more than sinner- servants, saved by grace, anything else added to your theology, and other rocks of ideology you stand, on will only be sinking sand.

One verse in all the bible that will always keep the christian grounded is this.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We are to think this way of ourselves, but as Wesley points out, our service is not unprofitable.


Luke 17:10
When ye have done all, say, We are unprofitable servants - For a man cannot profit God. Happy is he who judges himself an unprofitable servant: miserable is he whom God pronounces such. But though we are unprofitable to him, our serving him is not unprofitable to us. For he is pleased to give by his grace a value to our good works, which in consequence of his promise entitles us to an eternal reward.

This brings us full circle, back to humbly, loving, selfless service, that is profitable, that is greatness, that is what our aim should be when living the Christian life and helping others.

Reader, time is so short, not one person reading this knows for a fact if they will be back the next day to read some more, our life is like a vapor in the wind, we are dust in the wind, today hear, tomorrow gone, life is short, make each day count, follow these three attributes beloved, and you will be of greatness in the eyes of the lord, and it his his view of us that matters most, only he knows the heart.

Friday, March 28, 2014

All Christians Are Preppers -I Was Reading A Medical Book Today- And This Word Came To Me

Every Christian is, or should be considered a prepper. That at first may shock you, but what I mean, and what the lord spoke to my heart was this. My true people , while on earth are in Spiritual preparation, spiritual boot camp, so to have eternal life. What we do, or do not do, in Christian preparation, living the word, will depend where we end up in the end.

That is the goal, to go to heaven, make it to heaven, to hear the lord say, " Well done my good and faithful servant". Is this not what we all are hoping, is it not why we keep the faith, eternal life? Yes, and it is by preparation. The 10 virgins, 5 wise, 5 un- wise, the wise prepared and they had oil for their lamps correct, how, they were prepared, are you?

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

He told Timothy,

1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

He had to heed Paul's words, stay in the faith and sound doctrine, he had to continue in them, IF, he would save himself, meaning, salvation is from the lord, but discipleship means discipline, and it takes preparation and staying true to the faith to save yourself, if you need to hear that, it means, you can lose yourself.

So, preparation is the duty of every Christian first and foremost, second is natural preparation.

Example, you live in a cold, snowy place, you live on a wood stove, do you not make sure you have enough wood to see you through the winter? Ok maybe this winter was different, ad it was, and it still, is not over, watch. Next floods, they have started.

That is one prudent-practice preparation , is it not?

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Pro 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Pro 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

It is only prudent-wise, as most are in the know by now, we are in the last days, the birth pains, and soon Judgment of America, having this insight, using prudence -wisdom, says than prepare, spiritual first-Yes
Needs second, but yes, Agree?

I pray all reading this understand the day we are in, what is coming, and what action plan you have, you need an action plan, you need a God ordained prudent plan, a disaster plan, they come.

No one can have a plan for , say years, after society falls apart, we can only plan and put away so much, all will run out, so it is all up to the lord anyway , and he is in full control, this is why we do not fear, but be not a fool, but prudent as we read in Proverbs.

This is The One That Has Had Almost 500 reads why? The Word Worthy What does it Mean

Greek Word study- the word Worthy. A Verse That Has always Perplexed me- Some Serious Meat, For the Hungry

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The exact word worthy is different from Eph 4:1, lets look at the Greek Words first, than two commentaries and my summation.

Eph 4:1

Worthy Greek;

Adverb from G514; appropriately: - as becometh, after a godly sort, worthily (-thy).

Probably from G71; deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise): - due reward, meet, [un-] worthy.

A primary verb; properly to lead; by implication to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specifically) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce: - be, bring (forth), carry, (let) go, keep, lead away, be open.

This word worthy found in three verses.

Eph_4:1, Col_1:10, 1Th_2:12

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


From G2596 and G515; to deem entirely deserving: - (ac-) count worthy.

From G514; to deem entitled or fit: - desire, think good, count (think) worthy.

Probably from G71; deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise): - due reward, meet, [un-] worthy.

Note: same word root as in Eph 4:1

A primary verb; properly to lead; by implication to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specifically) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce: - be, bring (forth), carry, (let) go, keep, lead away, be open.

Same root word as Eph 4:1 again. But this greek word in Lk is different.

A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined): - about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to, touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, [charita-] bly, concerning, + covered, [dai-] ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from . . . to, godly, in (-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), . . . by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-) on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through (-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-) to (-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where (-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution or intensity.

worthy, 4
Luk_21:35-36 (2), Act_5:41, 2Th_1:5

accounted, 2
Luk_21:35-36 (2)

Accounted same word?

Total KJV Occurrences: 8

Reason the Greek word in English is as said, that ye must be accounted worthy, lot of English for one Greek word.


Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore - This is the general conclusion of all that precedes. That ye may be counted worthy - This word sometimes signifies an honour conferred on a person, as when the apostles are said to be counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ, Act_5:41. Sometimes meet or becoming: as when John the Baptist exhorts, to bring fruits worthy of repentance, Luk_3:8. And so to be counted worthy to escape, is to have the honour of it, and to be fitted or prepared for it. To stand - With joy and triumph: not to fall before him as his enemies.


Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always - Perhaps we should connect ες παντι καιρῳ, continually, with αγρυπνειτε, watch, as it appears to be the most natural order. Indeed the word continually belongs equally to both watch and pray; and no man is safe, at any time, who does not attend to this advice as literally as possible

To stand before the Son of man - To be acquitted, and to be condemned, are expressed, in Rom_14:4, by standing and falling. Those who were faithful to the grace they had received were not only not destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem, but became heralds of the grace and mercy of God to the nations. Thus they were counted worthy to stand before the Son of man - to minister salvation in his name.

I am still perplexed, why? We are not worthy, we are all sinners saved by grace, only worthiness comes from the lord, he alone is worthy, but we are told to be worthy, this is to be like Jesus, Christ like. The exhortation to watch and prepare, pray as Clarke says is necessary. I understand this, but who are the ones that will be counted worthy to escape the things in the tribulation?

We are told in the verse the Key, PRAY, that you may be accounted worthy, so we should pray for this, only the lord knows who this remnant will be that escapes the events. This teaches us again no rapture.

I repeat a portion of what Wesley said.

And so to be counted worthy to escape, is to have the honor of it, and to be fitted or prepared for it. To stand - With joy and triumph: not to fall before him as his enemies.

It is a God given honor to a few, and these who are counted worthy are, must be, fitted and prepared for it. And with Joy and triumph, it would seem being- fitted and prepared, is the reason why we are tried so often, in trials, persecutions, and tribulations now, as if we stay the course, and do not fall away, we pass the tests, so testing is a big key.

It shows the lord if we are serious or not, if we stay steady and continue on, accepting the chastisements and such that prepare us to be counted worthy.

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  ( Vocation means Calling)

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

It is again all about abounding in fruit, when we are fruitful; we become more and more in the likeness of Christ. That is the end goal in our walk, day-by-day, month-by-month, and year-by-year, we strive to be Christ like, as he was, we should be, growing in grace, and in the power to perform our required duties as a Christian.

1Th 2:10  Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1Th 2:11  As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

1Th 2:12  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1Th 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Walking worthy, in context here is found in verse 10, as the Apostle Lived, walked. Holy, Justly, Unblameably.

 A hard list. The Christian life is not an easy one, if you are truly one of his. The pay off according to the lord’s election is for a certain person, persons, to be found worthy, yet how unworthy we are. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can walk in the spirit, live in the spirit, and cultivate fruit of the Holy Spirit.

So holiness and fruit is the key, holiness is essential. It is possible, or the bible would not tell us it was a possibility.

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

I just did a post on how a person is more blessed than those that have seen, as Jesus told Thomas.

1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Note again read that verse, it is yet another verse that debunks the pre- trib rapture, to be brought unto you AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, that is at the end of the tribulation, not before.

1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Holiness, it is the word, I did not say it, it is not a theology just for those in holiness doctrine, it is for all Christians, Holiness, is essential, without it we shall not see God, this is a powerful truth on Holiness.

I end with this verse to prove the bible tells us we can live as the bible tells us to, as our lord is righteous and what the word says must be attainable.

 To some, more so than others, it is all about being sold out to the lord, and walking in the fear of the lord, holiness, prayer, watching, fruit. In addition, pray that you are counted worthy, so the key is prayer, the outcome is action, and fruitfulness.

 We must do more than just pray, we pray so we can be given grace and power to live a God pleasing life.

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

This says it all, we have been given all the tools, we just need to use them, and some will be alive and remain until the second coming, also if you had to pray to be worthy to escape the tribulation, salvation the real deal or not, does not give us a secret rapture, but a place to flee in safety.

 A divine keeping in the tribulation, or an early death and promoted to glory, only the lord knows who the ones will be, the verse in Luke, exhorts us to pray for it, so pray for it, it is all bible dear reader, may we be found worthy to escape all that is coming .

In the lord’s mercy, grace and our Christian walk.

Update, This is mind blowing, I just did this detailed study, out of nowhere, and before I hit the bed 2:00 am, I decided to check my email before sleep, David Wilkerson's devotional today is exactly what this message is on, wow what an odd confirmation, same spirit.

 His take on being worthy is as I said, so it still is perplexing in a way read the confirmation for your self, I love when the lord does this. I honestly felt, maybe I should not post the detailed message-teaching, but I felt compelled and this is a confirmation for me and the message. 

David Wilkerson Today



by David Wilkerson

[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]

So, have you been listening to Satan's lies about your walk with Jesus? Have

you been thinking you're unworthy, that you cannot worship God until you make

everything perfect? I have good news for you. You already know Satan is a liar

but I can prove to you that Jesus has made you clean, worthy to stand before

Him and serve Him in faithfulness.

How are you made worthy? By Christ's sacrifice on the cross you are given every

right to worship and serve the Lord.


"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord
unto all pleasing, being fruitful in

every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all

might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering

with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be

partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from

the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins"

(Colossians 1:10-14).

The Greek rendering of this passage is: "The Father has made us fit, worthy,

qualified in character
— good enough to be partakers in the inheritance of

the saints of light."

 Note; Even the fact He writes on the Greek for , worthy as the message amazing.

What Jesus did on the cross qualifies you for eternal inheritance. And if God

has qualified you for eternal life, then He has made you strong in character.

You could "sit down" from ministry for a month, a year, a whole lifetime trying

to make yourself qualified for Him, working on your character in an effort to

become good enough to be used of God. But you can never meet the criteria on

your own.

Even if you were able to win victories over every wrong thing you have done,

every wrong thought you have had, you still would not be qualified in God's

sight. It is impossible. Why? Because God will not accept any righteousness

except that of His own Son, Jesus Christ.

You cannot obtain the righteousness of Christ by working for it. The only way

to obtain it is by believing and trusting God for it. It all happens by faith

in what Jesus has done!

 Note: My Mentor is speaking from a pre-trib rapture view, you see we can have our differences, also it is what he was taught in Pentecost as I was, but sadly, it is a false doctrine many hold to, even my virtual Church Time Square Church Teaches A Rapture, the great part is the Church teaches we are all in for hard times ahead and thus they do not teach as many do, we are out of hear, in Sept, yes again as always, feast of trumpets, many YT videos already viral, same as last year, people have been given a prophecy, a vision, a dream, I need to record a response to this, as mark my words there will be no rapture, I have proven this without a doubt if you have read my two books, The coming  Pre-trib-tribulation To America, and The Proper Bible Orthodox Prophetic Time line, both are must reads, to date no one has refuted this writing, it can not be refuted it is fact, it is bible, it is Church history and well documented, a Catholic false teaching, not Darby, read them and see . They are free, why not.


Pray That You May Be Found Worth To Escape All These Things

Pray That You May Be Found Worth To Escape All These Things

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

This is one of the most perplexing verses in bible prophecy. I have been thinking on it, writing on it, pondering, and meditating on it, doing detailed studies on just this verse, and so let us take a deeper look at this one profound verse concerning the tribulation.

First what is hard to understand, is the word worthy, pray that you may be found worthy... I have given messages on just that one word worth, in the N.T. we learn, no one is worthy, we are only worthy by the blood of Christ, we are only righteous , by the blood of Christ, so why , if we are a true believer would we need to pray that we would be found worthy, to escape the tribulation, while being on the earth, and how would one escape?

Lets first look at what the old commentaries say, the ones written, before the Rapture doctrine was promoted and accepted.


Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore - This is the general conclusion of all that precedes. That ye may be counted worthy - This word sometimes signifies an honour conferred on a person, as when the apostles are said to be counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ, Act_5:41. Sometimes meet or becoming: as when John the Baptist exhorts, to bring fruits worthy of repentance, Luk_3:8. Therefore, to be counted worthy to escape is to have the honor of it, and to be fitted or prepared for it. To stand - With joy and triumph: not to fall before him as his enemies.

From this we understand, it is a general word and exhortation to stand firm and steady and always be watching, so it is not directed to one who is the real deal, yet we can fall from grace, we can lose our salvation, confused, so am I. It is an exhortation to all to be found praying, watching, living the life of faith, living a God pleasing life. Maturing more and more into the image of Christ.

I said before, it is not a cop out to Pray that you may escape these things, or why would Jesus say we should pray for it, if it was against his will, and not possible? One would not pray to escape out of fear, or being a cowered, as Wesley points out, but out of faith, we die for Christ , it is an honor, it is an honor to be counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ, that is key, suffer shame FOR CHRIST, not an issue, not in an uprising and losing your life because you picked up a sword, and you die, no, the only way, reason if we have a chance, is to  make a decision ,  to die for Christ, to die for the cause of Christ, the gospel.

To be fitted, or prepared for it. To stand - With joy and triumph: not to fall before him as his enemies.

We are to be fitted , prepared for it, I believe that is why so many of his true people are going through so much right now, because we are being prepared for the last days, we are being fitting for our joy and triumph, faith to over come, it takes hard times, and it takes being broken, praying with hot tears, and not a casual Christian walk, but one of peace, power, faith and the shout of Triumph.


Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always - Perhaps we should connect ες παντι καιρῳ, continually, with αγρυπνειτε, watch, as it appears to be the most natural order. Indeed the word continually belongs equally to both watch and pray; and no man is safe, at any time, who does not attend to this advice as literally as possible.

That shall come to pass - That is, the tribulations, which are on their way to overwhelm and destroy the Jewish people. These are sufficiently stated in the preceding verses.

While it is true, the preceding verses, in context are talking about Jerusalem, no doubt, and what the Jewish people will face and go through. All bible prophecy does center around Israel, fact. It is the prophetic time watch, the chosen people, also at the time this was said, it was a gospel to be given to the Jews only, Jesus came , his whole ministry was to the Jews, and only the Jews. It was not until Paul came on the scene, and was the apostle to the gentiles.

The O.T. prophecy as far back as Genesis, told to Abraham, all nations would come to the lord, many O.T. prophetical books speak about the gospel dispensation, when a day would come that the Gentiles would be called, saved. To the Jew first, it was later in Revelations the lord speaks clear about Gentiles in heaven, every language and all nations on earth are found in heaven, but Jesus had to preach to the chosen first, after the rejection, and this is the reason we Gentiles were saved, than we are one with the Jews. We are now a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and of ALL  believers.

Paul clearly teaches in the N.T. dispensation, there is now no difference between Jew and Greek ( Gentile )

The way to debunk the Rapture doctrine is starting with one core belief they have, the elect.  they teach the elect in the N.T. is the Jews, this is not true, the elect of God, Paul said this to Gentiles as well and in Greek or Hebrew, the word elect means chosen, appointed called out, etc. that is every Christian, so to deal with that core belief that was taught, is where you must start , and than you will understand it is false.

Webster On the word Elect:

3. In theology, to designate, choose or select as an object of mercy or favor.

4. To choose; to prefer; to determine in favor of.

ELECT', a. Chosen, taken by preference from among two or more. Hence,

1. In theology, chosen as the object of mercy; chosen, selected or designated to eternal life; predestinated in the divine counsels.

2. Chosen, but no inaugurated, consecrated or invested with office; as bishop elect; emperor elect; governor or mayor elect. But in the scriptures, and in theology, this word is generally used as a noun.

ELECT', n. One chosen or set apart; applied to Christ.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. Isa 42.

1. Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestinated to glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a plural signification, the elect.

Shall not God avenge his own elect? Luke 18.

If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mat 24.

He shall send his angels--and they shall gather his elect from the four winds. Mat 24.

2. Chosen; selected; set apart as a peculiar church and people; applied to the Israelites. Isa 45.

Calvin, and  Presbyterians make a man made doctrine out of the theology of Predestination. They really twist it, but the bible clearly teaches the doctrine of predestination, we must take what the bible says about it, with the free will verses and keep it as the bible teaches and not man.

The lord wills that all men might me saved, this and other verses, teach free will, we are all willed, destined for heaven, but the lord allows us to chose, chose this day whom you will serve, he never forces anyone to be saved, but the all-knowing lord, already knows who will be in glory , who will not, and what gifts he will call one to. We read in the O.T. many of the prophets said they were called to be a prophet while they were still in their mothers womb.

Example, the lord predestined me to do what I am doing, this I know, I have slipped, fallen away at times, but as David says,’ if a righteous man falls a thousand times, the lord will pick him up’, so never give up, even if you fell away, or stopped praying for a while, you will, if God wills come back, be restored and he knows all.

1. Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestinated to glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a plural signification, the elect.

We have to make a choice to stay steady, watch and pray and stay close to Jesus, and relie on him 100% if we do not, we will fall from Grace, so if we remain faithful, or return in time, before we die, we will be in glory.

In revelations, when John saw the souls of the Martyrs under the alter crying out, ‘how long O' lord till you vindicate our blood’, the lord answered, ‘rest a while, and wait until those who have been appointed to also be martyred as you have’, so some are appointed to martyrdom, yes appointed, called, predestined, others are called to escape, we do not know, I do not want to know, do you? I have said , no one can prepare for martyrdom, you can not prepare to die, can you, we would lose it, let it come, and when it does for those called to it, at the time, not before, a very special grace is given to enable you to go through it. I can prove this point with two verse’s in this chapter.

Luk 21:14  Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

Luk 21:15  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

There it is, how can anyone refute this advice, we are not to meditate, think what we will say, at the time, not before, the holy spirit will fill our mouth as we yell Freedom as in Brave heart , it will turn out as a testimony, for they over came the devil , by the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony, you see the bible teaches sound doctrine, if we stay with the word of the lord and not the twisted theology and teachings of man and denominations, amen.

To pray  that you may be found worthy to escape the Tribulation events, is a matter of watching and praying, being on your guard that you do not fall in to deception, false doctrine, and the lies of the Antichrist, but in your patience posses ye your souls.

This is why the lord has a holy Remnant, a chosen people, the ones who are in for the long haul, and faithful unto death, that is what I mean when I always say a remnant, it is simply, true bible believers, in sound doctrine, walking in the image of Christ, we are made such by many trials, tests, tribulations, we are made the remnant , true Christians, not a matter of denomination, but true bible believers. We have theological differences, but if you are a real Christian, and read the word, are in sound bible doctrine, that is the trained remnant, the last day army for the lord, so are you in, think on this .

The Word Worthy, I am Re posting two studies WHY? I have Ni Idea Yet, But The Word Worthy And The Posts Have Got Almost 500 Reads, Why?

I am re posting two teachings, they deal simply with the word worthy, I look at what people google search and things, this word is maybe in top 5 all time, so many people want to know about the word worthy, I do not know why, It perplexes me, anyone have an idea, please comment on this, any insight? It is baffling. I will be making this a matter of prayer, I will post the teachings separate, both have the same opening verse, but why? what do you think reader, I would love some comments on this one.

Thank you, 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

When the Antidepressants Run Out, by Dr. S.V.-Posted And Some Advice By Danny Abaldo -A Post From The Herbal Blog

I say again, reader you need to be reading the other blog it is filled with survival herbal medicine, and herbal medicine issues, read it today, daily, posting daily some long, some shorter, this is a longer, but much needed message.


Reader understand one of the biggest issues we will face after the stuff hits the fan is RX drugs as I have said. Some might recall during the IRAQ invasion, many, many troops cramped in armored carriers could not get their needed meds, many freaked out, others got sick, others panic, so this is a huge issue esp. if you are on any anti-depressants as many are. You can not go cold turkey, hands down St Johns wart is one of the best we covered that, but can not take in sunny climates, others that are tops I have found are , Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) also tops are, Omega-3 fatty acids, Chia seeds are full of this, also  tryptophan and 5-HTP, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Highly recommend this herb , as it also helps with sleep, anxiety and is an aptogen, as is Siberian Ginseng, the next in line. The use of minerals in combination, calcium and Magnesium, in my years of practice I have found these two minerals, above all herbals do the most and are the best esp. for anxiety and other things. Now the article. That was my personal advice

Worldwide, Prozac is the most prescribed antidepressant.  It is also prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and co-morbid anxiety. By inhibiting serotonin re-uptake, more serotonin is available at the synapse, which is anti-depressant.  There are many SSRIs prescribed for depression: Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil,  Celexa, Lexapro, etc.  There are antidepressant medications which target serotonin and other neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine (Effexor), but they lie outside the scope of this article.

When raw ingredient availability is interrupted these medications will become abruptly unavailable.  There are recent examples of this phenomenon in the United States:  in 2003 tetanus toxoid became very scarce for some months due to a “pharmaco-political” issue, private clinics and urgent care centers ran out of tetanus toxoid for a period of some months, and it was available only in hospital emergency rooms.   In 2004 Ciprofloxacin became temporarily unavailable from any source for largely unknown reasons.  It is used for many common infections and it was nowhere to be found.

Current conditions will evolve to produce critical shortages in vital medications as is happening now in Greece:  "Pharmaceutical companies are no longer interested in selling to Greece where hospitals and pharmacies are in debt," said Kostas Lourantos, head of the pharmacies' association in the Attica region that includes the capital Athens.   Rampant inflation is making lifesaving drugs unaffordable even if available.  This is especially true for cancer drugs, antibiotics, antidepressants, and insulin (emphasis mine).

Abrupt cessation of SSRI’s creates both prompt and delayed withdrawal symptoms.  This is well recognized and variously called “SSRI withdrawal syndrome,” “SSRI cessation syndrome,” “Discontinuation syndrome,” etc.  Neurologically, phenomena called “paraesthesias” occur, feeling like  “electric shocks” in the head. Other symptoms include: sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confusion, nightmares, and vertigo agitation, anxiety, akathesia, panic attacks, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, worsening of mood, dysphoria (unhappiness), crying spells, mood instability, hyperactivity, depersonalization, decreased concentration, slowed thinking, confusion, and memory/concentration difficulties.

The current standards of medical practice advise a slow, gradual, well controlled withdrawal of SSRI’s in cases where discontinuation is advisable.  In the event of drug shortages and hyperinflation, discontinuations will be abrupt, and acute withdrawal syndromes will be frequent.

As with other TEOTWAWKI survival strategies, those who take SSRI anti-depressants must plan for their unavailability.  In general, naturally occurring substances and adjunct therapies are not enough by themselves to treat depression completely, although there is much disagreement on this issue. Naturally occurring substances often do not produce the pronounced pharmacological effects like manufactured medications do.  For this reason, when SSRI’s are available, one must  not discontinue the SSRI’s in favor of taking “natural” substances whose anti-depressant effects may not be as pronounced. One could endanger one’s health, have recurrent depression which resists treatment, become suicidal, etc. (“Available” is a relative term: congress just passed a bill to prohibit and destroy any medications bought online from foreign pharmacies, thereby eliminating access to affordable pharmaceuticals for those on a budget).

However, in this informational article, we discuss the situation where the American economy, society and infrastructure are collapsing and SSRI’s are no longer available.  In that case, it will be necessary to substitute available substances and strategies to replace the SSRI’s and continue to treat depression.  If the U.S. ends up like Greece, one may have to seek and use natural substances, plants, foods to treat depression.

Serotonin is involved in mood, appetite, sleep and impulse control. Serotonin taken orally cannot easily cross the blood brain barrier. However, serotonin levels can be increased by ingesting a precursor amino acid: tryptophan. L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid necessary for the production of serotonin. Some people find that boosting their L-tryptophan levels helps alleviate the symptoms of depression or insomnia. The figure below shows l-tryptophan converting into 5-HTP, which then readily converts into serotonin. Once serotonin is made, the pineal gland is able to convert it at night into melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.
L-Tryptophan --> 5-Hydroxytryptophan 5-HTP --> Serotonin --> N-Acetyl-serotonin --> Melatonin

Either tryptophan or 5-hydroxy-trytophan are good natural options since they convert into serotonin after going into the brain.  If supplemental tryptophan and 5-HTP are available, they can be stockpiled.  But, supplements too are manufactured and may become unavailable.

L-tryptophan dietary supplements were available for use in the 1980s.  Consumers were using tryptophan for sleep and as an antidepressant. It was available without a prescription until 1989 when the FDA prohibited its over-the-counter sale because a manufacturer in Japan shipped a contaminated batch to the U.S. causing a serious illness called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS) in about 1,000 individuals. Around 1995, tryptophan gradually became available by prescription through compounding pharmacies, and since the year 2000 it slowly and cautiously resurfaced on the over-the-counter market through a few vitamin companies.

Tryptophan side effects, caution, safety, toxicity
A common tryptophan side effect from high dose use is drowsiness.  Therefore, it should be taken in the evening and not while driving or operating heavy machinery. Dry mouth is a less common side effect. Other less common l-tryptophan side effects include nausea, dizziness, and loss of appetite.  A beneficial l-tryptophan side effect is drowsiness since that is the desired effect of many users who take this supplement for sleep. Confusion or disorientation is rare.  L-tryptophan occurs naturally in food and there is no danger of EMS from eating foods which contain tryptophan.  Poultry and some vegetables supply tryptophan (remember turkey sandwich bedtime snack helps you sleep?). So, the approach should include adequate intake of tryptophan containing foods:

    Meats – turkey ( Note: this is found out to be untrue concerning Turkey sorry ), red meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, pork chops.
    Dairy - Milk, egg whites and cheese are all good source of tryptophan
    Soy products, nuts and seeds are high in tryptophan. Fruits and vegetables containing tryptophan are bananas, spinach and beans.
    Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of L-tryptophan, with a tryptophan content of 0.576 grams per 100 grams of dried pumpkin seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds, with or without added salt, have a slightly lower tryptophan content

Description 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is the immediate precursor of serotonin.  It is produced in the body and is used to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. Although taking 5-HTP in supplement form may boost the body's serotonin levels, some experts feel there is not enough evidence to determine the safety of 5-HTP. There is general agreement that 5-HTP should not be combined with other pharmacologic anti-depressants.

Efficacy Since 95% of depressed individuals also have one or more anxiety symptoms, anxiety will be mentioned often as accompanying depression.  One RCT (retrospective controlled trial, the “sine qua non” for many doctors) examined 5-HTP for anxiety disorders. A total of 45 patients with agoraphobia, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or obsessive–compulsive disorder, were randomized to clomipramine (a tricyclic antidepressant), 5-HTP or placebo for 8 weeks.  Patients treated with 5-HTP showed a reduction in anxiety which was similar to that of clomipramine. Five out of 15 treated with 5-HTP improved more than 50%, compared with only one out of 15 on placebo.

Safety Issues: A study by Kahn, showed an initial and transient worsening of anxiety symptoms in those treated with 5-HTP before improvement.  Overdosing on 5-HTP can cause: fever, nausea, dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, and restlessness; severe cases can result in fever and death. These symptoms can progress very quickly and can prove to be fatal within 24 hours of the first symptom.
Those on other serotonin-targeting chemicals such as SSRI’s, tryptophan, SAM-e, or St. John's wort should not take 5-HTP supplements. 5-HTP should not be taken with anti-depression or anti-anxiety medication because this can cause serotonin levels to increase to a dangerous level, causing “Serotonin Syndrome.” Supplements of 5-HTP can also raise blood pressure and increase heart rate, so it is not recommended for those with high blood pressure unless approved by their physician. Pregnant and nursing women should also avoid 5-HTP, as well as anyone with cardiovascular disease or who is at risk for cardiovascular disease. The increased blood pressure brought on by 5-HTP may also increase tumor growth rate: those with carcinoid tumors should avoid 5-HTP.

Conclusion 5-HTP shows promise for anxiety disorders which often accompany depression. Many physicians feel insufficient research has been done to recommend 5-HTP (Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459).
Because of its chemical/biochemical relationship to L-Tryptophan, 5-HTP has been under scrutiny by consumers, industry, academia and government for its safety. However,  extensive analyses of several sources of 5-HTP have shown no toxic contaminants similar to those associated with L-Tryptophan. References: “Safety of 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan,” Toxicol Lett. 2004;  Expert Rev Pharmaco- economics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459).

B Vitamins 
Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of tryptophan to serotonin. Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression and can result from eating a poor diet or not being able to absorb the vitamins consumed. Older adults, vegetarians and people with digestive disorders such as celiac disease or Crohn's disease may have trouble getting enough B-12. Sometimes a vitamin B-12 deficiency occurs for unknown reasons.
The best way to make sure one is getting enough B-12 and other vitamins is to eat a healthy diet including sources of essential nutrients. Vitamin B-12 is found in animal products such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk. Fortified breakfast cereals also are a good source of B-12 and other B vitamins.

| Taking a daily supplement that includes vitamin B-12 may help the body get the nutrients it needs, especially if one is older than 50 and/or a vegetarian. However, B-12 and other vitamin supplements can interact with some medications, especially in high doses and one should consult with a doctor before taking a vitamin supplement.
The precise role of B vitamins in depression not clear.  In the case of a vitamin deficiency, taking a supplement may help. But no supplement can replace proven depression treatments such as antidepressants and psychological counseling (see below for more on B vitamins).

Reference: Skarupski KA. “Longitudinal association of vitamin B-6, folate, and vitamin B-12 with depressive symptoms among older adults over time,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010;92:330. Mayo Clinic, Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.
Ginkgo Biloba

Extracts of the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree are used therapeutically. EGb 761® is a Ginkgo biloba extract registered in a number of countries for the treatment of dementia disorders. According to, studies show possible benefits of using ginkgo for depression in elderly patients. Investigation is ongoing.

The mechanism of action in improving depression and anxiety is not precisely known. Ginkgo may inhibit serotonin reuptake at serotonin receptor sites.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, clinical studies suggest that ginkgo provides improvement in the areas of cognition, daily living, social behaviors and feelings of depression in the elderly. Persons with depression may need to take ginkgo consistently for 12 weeks before seeing benefits; others have reported positive effects as soon as two to three weeks after starting ginko.

The Mayo Clinic information on ginko suggests dosages between 80 and 240 mg taken daily by mouth in two to three divided doses.  A dosage of 3 to 6 mL of 40 mg per mL extract may be taken in three divided doses, or the herb is available as a tea. These dosages are for adults over the age of 18 years; there have been no clinical studies of ginkgo use in children. The recommended dosage is 80 mg twice a day, once in the morning and again after lunch.
Precautions: The University of Maryland Medical Center cautions when adding ginkgo to a current depression regimen and should be done under the care of a physician. Ginkgo should be taken with caution when combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or other MAO inhibitors (anti-depressants), because of possible negative side effects. In addition, ginko has anti-coagulant properties and should not be combined with warfarin (Coumadin) to avoid bleeding.  Bleeding is also a consideration in the very elderly.

Reference: Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459;  Mayo Clinic “Ginko Evidence;” National Institutes of Mental Health “Depression.”

Kava is a plant native to the South Pacific.  The root is used for medicine. Kava affects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. The kava-lactones in kava are believed to be responsible for its sedative effects.

There are substantial safety concerns about kava. Many cases of liver damage and even some deaths have been traced to kava use. As a result, kava has been banned from the market in Switzerland, Germany, and Canada, and several other countries are considering similar action.  The National Institutes of Health firmly recommends against using Kava at this time, citing the histories of deaths, and serious interactions with other medications and herbs.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
 Passionflower is a plant native to the Americas used as a folk remedy for anxiety and insomnia, and can be used to treat anxiety symptoms that may occur with an agitated depression, or generalized anxiety disorder with depression.  The therapeutic mechanism is not understood, but may be related to activation of benzodiazepine receptors.

Passion Flower and anxiety
Roots and leaves of the passion flower species, Maypop, were used by Native Americans and later by the American colonists. The leaves were used fresh or dried out to make a tea that was useful in treating epilepsy, “hysteria” and insomnia. A tincture even proved to be analgesic.  The roots and leaves contain most of the active  compounds:  flavonoids, maltol, cyanogenic glycosides, harman indole alkaloids, etc. A double-blind randomized trial compared the efficacy of passion flower extract with oxazepam ( a benzodiazepine in the same family as Valium®) in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. The study was performed on patients diagnosed with anxiety:  18 people received passion flower extract 45 drops/day (plus placebo group receiving sham drops), and 18 people received 30 mg/day (plus placebo group receiving placebo tablets) for a 4-week trial. Passion flower extract and oxazepam were effective in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, which can often accompany depression. More problems relating to impaired job performance were associated with oxazepam. The results suggest that passion flower extract is an effective herb for the management of generalized anxiety disorder, with low incidence of impairment of job performance.

Safety Issues  A case has been reported in which self-administration led to severe nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, prolonged QTc (a dangerous cardiac electrical effect seen on EKG)  and episodes of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (which can progress to fatality).

Conclusion Anecdotal and traditional historical use of passion flower suggest it is helpful for treatment of anxiety, from whatever cause. There is a lack of well controlled scientific studies for the medical community to reach a consensus.

Passion flower should not be relied on to treat panic disorder or other severe anxiety disorders.  Very often, several conditions will co-exist, e.g. depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Along with an anti-depressant there may be a need for an anti-anxiety agent .However, note that the use of anti-anxiety medications and/or herbal supplements/substances may worsen depression.  Exercise caution using passion flower use for anxiety in the setting of concomitant depression. Reference: Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459; Rehwald A, Meier B, Sticher O. “Qualitative and quantitative reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography of flavonoids in Passiflora incarnata L.”, Pharm Acta Helv . 1994;69:153-158.

St. John's Wort
St John's wort is a flowering plant used as a traditional remedy for sadness, worry, nervousness, and insomnia. The most common modern-day use of St. John's wort is the treatment of depression. Today, the results of over 20 clinical trials suggest that St. John's wort works better than a placebo and is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, with fewer side effects.

Numerous studies report St. John's wort to be equally effective as tricyclic antidepressant drugs in the short-term treatment of mild-to-moderate depression (1-3 months). It is not clear if St. John's wort is as effective as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as sertraline (Zoloft®). In Germany, St. John’s Wort is indicated for clinical use in mild to moderate depression, nervous disturbances, fear, somatoform disturbances, anxiety and insomnia. Some 66 million annual doses of this plant are consumed in Germany and three million prescriptions are given to patients. In Germany use of hypericum extract is supported by many clinical studies and doctors’ prescriptions, and is extensively listed in the German Commission E Monographs (you can purchase the German Commission E Monograph on Amazon).*

Scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of St. John's wort in mild-to-moderate depression. It may also be helpful in treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) The efficacy of St John’s wort in severe major depression is unclear and it should not be used to treat severe depression. St. John's wort may take 4 to 6 weeks to produce full effects.

Therapeutic Mechanism
Evidence suggests serotonergic, dopaminergic and GABA-ergic activity, but the exact mechanism is not known.  St. John's Wort is available from herbalists, health food stores, drug stores and online in the form of capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, or brewed as a tea.  St. John’s wort is easy to grow, and although it is an annual, it readily reseeds itself coming back year after year.
The daily dose of St. John’s Wort for capsules standardized at 0.3% hypericin, is 300mg, 3 times per day. For non-commercial preparation, the flowering and leafy parts of hypericum plant should be obtained from dried above ground part of the plant just before or after the flowering period. The lower part of stem has lower concentration and fewer active ingredients. For tea one would place 2 teaspoons of herb in 1 cup of boiling water, and take 3 times per day.

Safety issues
Side effects may include dizziness, dry mouth, indigestion, and fatigue. St. John's wort increases photosensitivity. Also, recent disturbing information from the University of Alabama suggests that St. John’s wort is related to development of cataracts and macular degeneration. Apparently, the hypericin in St John’s wort reacts with ultraviolet light producing free radicals which can damage the lens and/or retina.  These are serious and irreversible side effects of using St. John’s wort, and anyone beginning therapy with this herb must weigh these risks of its use against the benefits of its use. It is not known if polarized UV protection with sunglasses can prevent these complications or not.One must take frequent breaks from the use of this natural antidepressant and substitute other dietary supplements that elevate mood. Reference: “St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum),”, Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459.

Overall, St John's wort causes fewer side effects compared with the use of antidepressants. However, it may have clinically dangerous interactions with a range of prescribed medications, including anticancer agents, anti-HIV agents, anti-inflammatory agents, antimicrobial agents, cardiovascular drugs, CNS agents, hypoglycemic agents (oral diabetes medication), immune suppressants , oral contraceptives, proton pump inhibitors (for stomach acid), asthma medications and statins (for lipids) . St. John's wort is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with bipolar disorder, liver or kidney disease.  St. John’s Wort can cancel out the effects of oral contraceptives, making one more likely to become pregnant. People using this or any other medication/herbal remedies should consult their healthcare providers prior to starting therapy.  Reference:  Mayo Clinic St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.)  Natural Standard Patient Monograph, 2012.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of good fat needed for normal brain function. Our bodies can't make omega-3s on their own, so we must obtain them through our diet. Studies have linked depression with low dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids. In countries with higher fish consumption, such as Japan and Taiwan, the depression rate is 10 times lower than in North America. Postpartum depression is also less common.  Studies strongly suggest that omega-3's together with antidepressants may be more effective than antidepressants alone.
Cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies are the richest food source of omega-3 fatty acids. But instead of eating more fish which contain mercury, PCBs, and other chemicals, fish oil capsules are a “cleaner” source of omega-3 fatty acids. Many companies filter their fish oil so that these chemicals are removed.
Fish oil capsules are sold in health food stores, drug stores, and online.  When comparing brands, the key active components for depression are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)  and DHA  (docosahexaenoic acid). Fish oil capsules may interact with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin and aspirin. Side effects may include indigestion (To prevent the “fishy aftertaste” one may take the fish oil just before meals). Fish oil should not be taken 2 weeks before or after surgery to avoid bleeding.

Controlled studies have examined omega-3 fatty acids and placebo in depression. One clinical study found that four months of treatment with 9.6 g of omega-3 fatty acids (6.2 g EPA/3.4 g DHA) showed a highly significant effect in treating depression (p < 0.001). In another trial, the addition of 2 g of pure EPA to standard antidepressant medication enhanced the effectiveness of that medication vs. medication and placebo. These particular patients had treatment-resistant depression, and EPA had a beneficial effect on insomnia, depressed mood, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness.

SAM-e, pronounced "sammy", is short for S-adenosyl-L-methionine, a chemical found naturally in the human body and believed to increase levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Several studies have found SAM-e is more effective in treating depression than placebo. A study found it was helpful even in depressed patients who did not respond well to Prozac and other SSRIs.  SAM-e works best for  depression associated with low energy and low motivation. High doses can cause restlessness and anxiety. For depression associated with anxiety, 5-HTP is a better option. There is a risk for overstimulation with SAM-e use, hence dosage should be kept low and it is a good idea to take a day or two off when one notices overstimulation. Side effects can include nausea and constipation.  SAM-e is not advised for those who have manic depression (bipolar disease).  If a patient has been diagnosed with any type of manic or anxiety disorder, use with extreme caution only under a physician's monitoring. Severe manic episodes can occur with the use of SAM-e.
In North America, SAM-e is available as an over-the-counter supplement in health food stores, drug stores, and online. It should be enteric-coated for maximum absorption. 

Acetyl L-carnitine
Acetyl L-carnitine can lift mood and enhance mental activity. This nutrient can begin working within hours, providing lifted mood, mental clarity and stamina. However, acetyl-L-carnitine must be avoided by breast cancer patients as it may induce or exacerbate a chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Reference: 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology,. “Duloxetine Useful in Chemo Neuropathy, But Avoid ALC”, Zosia Chustecka.

Reduce intake of sweets
Sweets temporarily make one feel good as blood sugar levels soar, but may worsen mood later on when they plummet.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol both dampen mood. Alcohol temporarily relaxes  and caffeine boosts energy, but the effects of both are short-lived. Both can worsen mood swings, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  Conversely, caffeine withdrawal can also cause depression.
B Vitamins

It is unknown whether  B-vitamin deficiency is the cause or the result of depression. Given that the chemical reasons for depression are largely unknown, it is difficult for scientists to pinpoint any association, says the NIMH. However, it is known that a B-vitamin deficiency strongly correlates with depression. Patients with high levels of vitamin B12 respond better to antidepressant treatment of depression. B vitamins seem to play an important role in relieving depression by alleviating the anxiety and restlessness that often accompanies this illness.  Dietary vitamin B12 can help fight anemia which can also cause depressed moods.

Folic Acid
Folic acid (or “folate”) is a B vitamin often deficient in people who are depressed.  Folate is found in green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, fruit, beans, and fortified grains. It is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies because of poor diet. Chronic conditions and various medications such as aspirin and contraceptive pills can also lead to deficiency. Besides food, folic acid is also available as a supplement or as part of a B-complex vitamin.
Researchers at Harvard University have found that depressed people with low folate levels don't respond as well to antidepressants, and taking folic acid in supplement form can improve the effectiveness of antidepressants.

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is needed to produce the mood-enhancing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Although deficiency of vitamin B6 is rare, a borderline deficiency may occur in people taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and drugs for tuberculosis.   B6 may help with the depression of the pre-menstrual syndrome.
B vitamins, including pantothenic acid (B5), have a mild but discernable influence on mood.  Low blood levels of B vitamins  increase the risk of depression. Older adults with relatively low intakes of vitamins B6 and B12 may have a higher risk of developing depression than those who get more of the nutrients. A B complex supplement containing all the B vitamins is advisable.  Reference:National Institutes of Mental Health: “Depression.”

Most people do not get enough magnesium in their diets. Good sources of magnesium are legumes, nuts, whole grains and green vegetables. Like vitamin B6, magnesium is needed for serotonin production. Stress depletes magnesium. According to review published in "Medical Hypotheses" in 2006 and 2010, magnesium deficiency is a major cause of depression. Magnesium supplementation may thus function as an effective treatment for depression. A 2008 clinical trial referenced in the review showed that magnesium was as effective as a tricyclic antidepressant in treating depression in diabetics. Additionally, case histories indicate rapid recovery from major depression using a magnesium dosage of 125 to 310 mg with each meal and at bedtime. It is important to note, however, that these experimental dosages for depression treatment are higher than those considered safe by health authorities, and one should not attempt to self-treat depression by taking such high doses of magnesium.

Magnesium doses of less than 350 mg/day are considered safe for most adults. However, taking large doses may cause magnesium levels to build up in the body, resulting in serious side effects such as low blood pressure, confusion, irregular heartbeat, coma and death. Taking magnesium supplements is very dangerous if one has kidney problems or kidney failure because magnesium can only be excreted by the kidneys. Magnesium may also cause moderate drug interactions with the following types of medications: antibiotics, bisphosphonates, calcium channel blockers, muscle relaxants and diuretics. Magnesium supplements may interact with other dietary supplements including calcium, boron, vitamin D, malic acid and zinc.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the best and safest way to get extra magnesium is to eat a variety of whole grains, legumes, and dark, leafy vegetables. Certain types of fish and nuts also provide magnesium. According to the NIH, a 3-oz. serving of cooked halibut provides 90 mg of magnesium, or 20 percent of the Daily Value for magnesium set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Other foods that are especially high in magnesium, each providing 20 percent of the DV, include a 1-oz. serving of dry roasted almonds, cashews, or mixed nuts; a 1/2-cup serving of cooked soybeans; and 1/2 cup of cooked spinach. Baked potatoes, peanut butter, fortified oatmeal, yogurt, and brown, long-grained rice are some other common foods that are good dietary sources of magnesium and it would be wise to stockpile these foods if one suffers from depression.

Caffeine Reduction
Caffeine is a CNS stimulant that can be found in coffee, tea, cola and chocolate.  It is thought that caffeine can induce anxiety by binding to adenosine receptors and blocking the anxiolytic effects of adenosine. Caffeine intoxication presents with similar symptoms to anxiety (e.g., restlessness and nervousness) and some anxiety disorders may be caffeine-induced. For these reasons, reducing or abstaining from caffeine could be helpful for those with anxiety disorders accompanying depression.
Symptoms of rapid caffeine withdrawal include headache, fatigue, decreased energy/activeness, decreased alertness, drowsiness, decreased contentedness, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, irritability and foggy/not clearheaded. These symptoms may last for 2–9 days.  Even for those without depression, caffeine withdrawal will be an unpleasant exercise for many when coffee/tea/chocolate become unavailable. Reference: Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459.

Regular exercise is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to improve mood.  Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, releases mood-elevating chemicals in the brain and decreases stress hormones, though the precise mechanism is unknown. Preliminary evidence suggests downregulation of 5-HT2C receptors or GABAA receptors, enhancement of slow-wave sleep, enhancement of perceived coping ability, and change in focus from ruminations and worries
One of the best options to combat depression is taking a brisk walk outside each morning for at least 30 minutes five days a week. Non-aerobic weight training has also been shown to improve depression.  What's important is that one chooses something either enjoyable or practical in a TEOTWAWKI environment.

Safety Issues There is a risk of injury when exercising for those who are overweight, have a chronic health condition, or have not exercised regularly for a long time. There is no way to predict who will benefit from exercise to improve depression, and if there are no contraindications to exercise, the approach should be tried.  References: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459

Light Therapy 
Getting enough sunlight has been shown to be effective for seasonal mood changes that happen in the darker winter months.  Recent studies indicate that bright light also helps depression that is not seasonal:  Three weeks of daily, bright light therapy improved depression symptoms compared with placebo. Three weeks after treatment, symptoms continued to improve in the light treated group, but there was no improvement in the placebo group. Reference: Evid Based Ment Health. The British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2011;14(3)
Exposure to light in the morning helps the body's sleep/wake cycle work properly. Production of serotonin is activated in the morning upon exposure to light. During the winter when there is less sunlight, serotonin levels can drop, causing one to feel tired and prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The simplest way to increase one’s exposure to light is to walk outdoors in the morning. It is recommended to wear sunscreen.  Another option is to use special lights that simulate natural daylight. Studies have found they are effective.

Suitable lights can be found online. There are different types available, from light boxes to visors. Look for lights with a minimum of 3,000 lux (used for about 45 minutes a day), though many experts suggest 10,000 lux ( used for 30 minutes a day).

Vitamin D
Recently, several studies show correlation between low vitamin D (vit D) and depressive symptoms. Although the medical community is reluctant to say that very low vit D levels cause depression, in reality, physicians are testing everyone for vitamin D deficiency, especially if they are depressed, and recommending enthusiastic replacement of the deficient vitamin.   There are widespread anecdotal reports of vit D replacement dramatically improving depressive symptoms.  Many have suggested that Vitamin D associated improvement in symptoms mirrors the improvement in depressive symptoms with sun exposure.  However, it is unlikely to be the only reason sunlight exposure helps depression.   Keep in mind that normal exposure to sunlight for 15 or more minutes can produce transient blood vitamin D levels of 20,000 IU or more, which is quite high, and seems to suggest a direct link.  With these recent findings in mind, the recommended daily dose of vitamin D for adults has gone from 400 IU to 2000 IU per day.  In a very deficient person (<10ng/ml), there is an accepted regimen for more robust replacement of 50,000 IU a week for 4 weeks, then daily dosing of around 2000 IU a day.  Some physicians have a bit different regimen of 7,000 to 8,000 IU of vit D a day for 3-4 weeks, then resumption of recommended daily doses.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Withania somnifera is a plant that has been used for centuries in India to treat a variety of ailments, including stress,anxiety, and depression. Ashwagandha is easy to grow as a shrub and the roots are the main part of the plant used for therapeutic purposes.  The therapeutic mechanism is thought to involve its beneficial effects on GABA neurotransmission.
A review of one double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Withania somnifera in 39 patients with anxiety disorders found Withania superior to placebo after 6 weeks, and it caused no more adverse effects than placebo.

A study done in 1991 at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center indicated that extracts of ashwagandha had GABA-like activity. This may account for this herb’s anti-anxiety effects.  A 2000 study with rodents showed it to have anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects.
Extensive studies in animals indicate that it is nontoxic in a wide range of reasonable doses. Anecdotal reports suggest that Withania somnifera may potentiate the effects of barbiturates causing sedation. Large doses have been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset and may possess abortifacient properties, so it should not be taken during pregnancy. Reference: Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(5):445-459.

Rhodiola rosea is a succulent herb which grows in the Arctic regions of eastern Siberia. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asia. Russians have drunk rhodiola tea for centuries as an energy booster. The root has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, fighting depression, enhancing work performance, decreasing fatigue, and reducing high altitude sickness. This herb has been categorized as an adaptogen by researchers due to its ability to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors. The adaptogenic activities have been attributed  to its ability to influence levels and activity of monoamines and opioid peptides such as beta-endorphins.
The botanical Rhodiola rosea, has been studied in the U.S.  for anti-depressive efficacy using 340mg versus 680 mg versus placebo for 6 weeks in mild-to-moderate depression. A significant reduction in depression inthe Rhodiola groups was found, but no improvement with placebo.
Reference: Expert Rev Neurother. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Mood Disorders”,Aleeze S Moss; Daniel A Monti; Andrew B Newberg, 2011;11(7):1049-1056.

Another study found that overall depression, together with insomnia, emotional instability and somatization improved significantly following medication with Rhodiola while the placebo group did not show such improvements. No serious side-effects were reported in any of the groups. Reference: Nord J Psychiatry, “Clinical trial of Rhodiola rosea L. extract SHR-5 in the treatment of mild to moderate depression,” Darbinyan V, Aslanyan G, Amroyan E, Gabrielyan E, Malmström C, Panossian A., 2007;61(5):343-8.                                                            

Safety Issues
Due to its energy boosting properties, too high a rhodiola rosea dose can cause side effects including restlessness, irritability, and insomnia. A possible adverse reaction on high doses is increased heart rate while very high doses could produce heart palpitations or development of atrial fibrillation. It is also possible that high doses could increase blood pressure.  Reference:  “Experimental analysis of therapeutic properties of Rhodiola rosea and its possible application in medicine”, Medicina, 2004.


Rhodiola extracts are standardized to their content of salidroside. A typical dosage of 170 to 185 mg daily supplies 4.5 mg of salidroside.
If growing your own Rhodiola, order the seeds online and plant according to package directions. It is hardy down below zero. Dry the herb without affecting potency by hanging it in bunches in a dry, shady location. Make Rhodiola tea by pouring 1 cup of hot or boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried Rhodiola, steep for five to 10 minutes, strain and drink once per day.
References: Darbinyan V, Kteyan A, Panossian A, et al. “Rhodiola rosea in stress induced fatigue—a double blind cross-over study of a standardized extract SHR-5 with a repeated low-dose regimen on the mental performance of healthy physicians during night duty”, Phytomedicine. 2000;7:365-371; Shevtsov VA, Zholus BI, Shervarly VI, et al. “A randomized trial of two different doses of a SHR-5 Rhodiolarosea extract versus placebo and control of capacity for mental work”, Phytomedicine. 2003;10:95-105; Spasov AA, Wikman GK, Mandrikov VB, et al. “A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of the stimulating and adaptogenic effect of Rhodiola rosea SHR-5 extract on the fatigue of students caused by stress during an examination period with a repeated low-dose regimen”; Phytomedicine. 2000;7:85-89;  Fintelmann V, Gruenwald J., “Efficacy and tolerability of a rhodiola rosea extract in adults with physical and cognitive deficiencies,” Adv Ther. 2007;24:929-939;  Darbinyan V, Aslanyan G, Amroyan E, Gabrielyan E, Malmström C, Panossian A., “Clinical trial of Rhodiola rosea L. extract SHR-5 in the treatment of mild to moderate depression,” Nord J Psychiatry. 2007;61(5):343-348.
Holy Basil

Holy basil, also known as tulsi or Ocimum sanctum, is a small, branched shrub that has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments. The strongly aromatic leaves contain tannins, flavonoids and essential oils responsible for its biological activity. Holy basil supplements are available as tablets, capsules, liquid extracts and tea, and the dosage depends on the age and condition of the patient.

According to a study published in the September 2008 issue of the "Nepal Medical College Journal," 500 mg of holy basil capsules taken two times a day after meals  significantly lowered the intensity of generalized anxiety disorder. Some studies have  indicated that holy basil extracts have the ability to attenuate depression and anxiety in laboratory animals. Managing anxiety and depression may, in turn, help treat insomnia. Reference: Nepal Medical College Journal; “Controlled Programmed Trial of Ocimum sanctum Leaf on Generalized Anxiety Disorders”, D. Bhattacharyya et al., September 2008.

Holy Basil can be direct-seeded in the spring after the last frost with germination rates at temperatures between 65-70 F.  Cover with a thin layer of soil as seeds require light for germination.  Holy Basil will grow to a height of approximately 20" and produce green and red leaves and delicate purple flower bracts from mid summer on.  Ocimum teniflorum is the variety used for medicinal purposes, and all the cultivars are in the mint family, and related to sweet basil.

Though holy basil is still being examined for potential risks and side effects, some negative side effects have been reported. According to the University of Michigan Health System, use of holy basil has been linked to fertility problems. No drug interactions are known as of yet.

Ketogenic diet

A ketogenic diet results from restriction of carbohydrate intake, and often calories, relying on fat metabolism to produce ketones to meet metabolic needs. Ketones can be produced by using “MCT’s” (medium chain triglycerides, from e.g. coconut oil) for up to 50% of fat intake. Under these circumstances, the body produces ketone bodies from fat (your own fat, ingested fat and MCT’s) which the brain and body can use for fuel. A ketogenic diet reduces seizure frequency, and medical doctors have observed it to benefit depression.  The ketogenic state changes the metabolism of the amino acid glutamate to be preferentially made into GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, associated with calm and relaxation.  Physicians widely note that excessive carbohydrates and low fat intake correlate strongly with depression.  This could result from several mechanisms: excessive glucose directly causing depression, the hyperinsulinemia response to excessive carbohydrates may cause depression, insulin resistance could cause depression, obesity, and diabetes, lack of dietary fat could lead to depression, and the lack of vitamin D could cause or exacerbate depression.

Although there have been no rigorous studies to statistically demonstrate that ketogenesis benefits depression, the observation is so widespread and consistent that it is more than anecdotal, and impossible to deny.  In the TEOTWAWKI scenario we are considering, much like present day Greece, medications including antidepressants can and will become scarce or nonexistent.  Millions of people will suddenly withdraw from anti-depressants causing crises of depression and suicide rarely seen nowadays.  The time for collapse may be near, and one must gather available information including anecdotal and historical experience to prepare to treat depression without medications if the situation arises.

Medications represent top tier, sophisticated manufactured goods which will be among the first to disappear as the infrastructure collapses.  Recent history is rife with examples of this phenomenon.  In the “stable” pre-collapse society we live in now, many physicians demand rigorous, repetitive, consistently reproducible data to decide that a particular therapy may be helpful.  We will not have money, time or personnel to employ this process on non-medication forms of therapy if the SHTF very soon, as we believe it will.

A smart survivalist who either has depression or family members with depression will examine this information and do the obvious: stockpile fish oils, St. John’s Wort seeds, canned salmon,sardines, anchovies, coconut oil, a bright light source (e.g. LED, get them online while you still can), SAM-e and/or other supplements and adaptogens, consider growing other adaptogens and acquire their seeds, consider growing chamomile/lemon balm/skullcap/valerian to use for anxiety, stockpile vitamin D, B vitamins, multivitamins, and start preparing physically for the increased physical activity. I guarantee in Greece today, people with depression desperately wish they had done these things. Because when the Prozac runs out, a stockpile of non-medication treatment modalities may prevent a miserable reversion to immobile depression, and will literally be worth more than gold for trade value.  ?

This article is not intended to offer professional medical advice. It is written for informational purposes only.  It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION OR EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. Any other use of this information if at the reader’s risk, and the author will not be held responsible for the outcome.

This information does not apply to manic depression, or bipolar affective disorder. Although all of the afore mentioned help depressive symptoms, you should neither self - diagnose nor use herbal or nutritional remedies to self-treat your symptoms. Consult your doctor or a qualified medical professional if you think you may be suffering from depression. Depression can become worse if not properly treated and may result in suicide/death.

* Germany's Commission E is the scientific committee of Federal Department of Health. This committee is active since 1978 and it has a panel of multidisciplinary experts in the field of medicine, pharmacology, botanist, toxicologists and others.

This panel came out with 312 monographs of clinically supported herbal use with 286 individual herbs and herbal formulations. The main criteria of this panel is that the herb should be absolutely proven to be safe and and should show reasonable efficacy. These monographs represent the most comprehensive and supported information about herbs In 1978 the German government established an expert committee, the Commission E, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of over 300 herbs and herb combinations sold in Germany. The results were published as official monographs that give the approved uses, contraindications, side effects, dosage, drug interactions and other therapeutic information essential for the responsible use of herbs and phyto-medicines. For the first time, the complete set of all Commission E monographs has been complied, translated into English and edited for use by physicians, pharmacists, health professionals, researchers, regulatory agencies, consumers and the herb industry.