Kombucha - "Too Good To Be True?"

By Ariana Estelle-Symons, Ph.D., Copyright April 1996


"If something seems too good to be true -- it probably is." We have all heard it and said it.

The accelerated popularity of Kombucha and the "unconventional" behavior of millions of people throughout the world, actually taking their health into their own hands and turning their backs on "conventional" medicine, leaves the door open for skepticism and invites criticism.

"The very idea... drinking the waste products of a slimy looking glob that floats for a week in a bowl of sweet tea... and then has the audacity (and tenacity) to reproduce itself... so that others can follow the same regimen of "New Age Silliness" -- what a totally ridiculous concept. Harumpffff"! So say the skeptics.

Never mind that Kombucha aficionados report the absence of dis-ease due to drinking Kombucha. Ignore the thousands of reports of relief from symptoms of arthritis, hepatitis C, candida albicans, irritable bowl syndrome, colitis, ulcers, chronic constipation, and cancer. Disregard the applause from those who no longer suffer from psoriasis, hemorrhoids, endometriosis, or prostatitis. Do not listen to those idiots who claim they no longer have jock itch, athlete's foot, dandruff or body odor. Tune out those fools who loudly proclaim that their blood pressure is back to normal and their cholesterol count is down where it belongs. Cover your ears. Then obviously deranged individuals begin to ramble on about vanishing "liver spots," diminishing wrinkles, smoother skin, and thicker, shinier hair. And the very idea... Increased T-cells in AIDS patients. Ridiculous!

Almost as ridiculous as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Hands-on-Healing, Reiki, or... Prayer. What a bunch of pseudo spiritual hogwash!

Let's face it, if anything was that good, everyone would be doing it. Just think, if people felt healthier, they would not go to the doctor as often. The doctors would not have a reason to prescribe drugs or surgery. And the pharmaceutical companies would be out of business.

Yes, I'm being facetious -- to a degree. There are times when we need -- truly need the help of our medical practitioners, or the hands of a skilled surgeon. If we break a bone -- we want a doctor. NOW! Most women prefer to have a doctor in the room when they give birth. A birth defect in a newborn can be detected and treated with sometimes miraculous results. If someone has a heart attack or stroke they need and rely on the training and experience of their physician and intensive care of hospital facilities.

However, for "preventative maintenance" and a health promoting tonic that will aid in the detoxification and cleansing of the system -- nothing comes close to Kombucha! It's inexpensive, it's easy to prepare, and it tastes good!

Before jumping on the Kombucha bandwagon, talk with your health practitioner. Then, trust your intuition and inner knowing. It is, after all, your body.

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