Sunday, January 26, 2014

Am Open Letter From Nicole Telkes to Shire City Herbals

Buying the name of a a well known Traditional Herbal Preparation? You should be ashamed of yourself. As a practitioner, educator and herbal medicine maker who has taught and made Fire Cider for over 15 years it turns my stomach to see this. It is against everything I stand for as a person, and herbalist. I saw your response to an inquiry in which you dismissively said that 99.9% of people have no idea what Fire Cider is shows just how little you know about your own herbal history. Herbalism to me is about putting therapeutic agents into the hands of people so they can get well. What you are attempting to do only takes this away from people, so you can gain a few extra dollars(since as you say in a response to an inquiry about this only.01% of people even care). Are you planning to sell your company off next to some pharmaceutical giant so they can then synthesize some active component Fire Cider into a drug? Yuck! I am very disappointed with your company. I have so much hope for the future and herbalism and see so many companies that try to do amazing positive things for the world. It truly saddens me to see such a young company turn in such a direction of greed and capitalizing off of others gifting of knowledge. We can all make and sell fire cider and label it as such and we can all make a living doing it. It is very narrow and upsetting to think that you must "protect" your company from other herbalists and use ridiculous laws to do so.

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