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How safe are herbal supplements? (1) July 23, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Bad Health, Expensive Medicine, Fantastic Claims, Good Health, Health of Humans, Seriously Sick, Various Diseases.
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Good morning everybody.  We all know that everyone is experiencing the hardship in life this days.  Specially those poor people.  They don’t have enough cash for spending with their daily needs.  Some died because they don’t have money to buy their medicine.  Filipinos were good in herbals,  they use this in replace to the medicine which they can’t afford to buy.  But, how safe are herbal supplements?  Do all get healed with that? 

Take a look at some newspapers and magazines, television shows and the billboards: they are full of advertisements and commercials of these herbals making so many claims. There are estimates that the “food supplement” industry is a multibillion-peso industry.

The public must be buying these herbals in droves. They must have been convinced by the claims in the ads and commercials.

But how true are these claims? Is the public being taken for a ride? Are these herbals good or bad for the health of humans? We never know about this. These herbals are not under its control  because they are not medicine but “food supplements.” That is only one excuse. Another excuse is the disclaimer: “No therapeutic claims,” that says on the box. Yet that is exactly what the manufacturers are claiming in the ads and commercials. Like snake oil, these herbals claim to cure or prevent almost every disease known to man: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, circulatory, digestive and pulmonary diseases, etc. One commercial shows an old man who cannot walk crying in pain because of arthritis. After taking the herbal supplement, he is shown jogging happily. Isn’t that a therapeutic claim?

Many of these herbals are being marketed like medicine, in capsule, pill or tablet form. The makers of even the herbal teas make fantastic claims about their products.

Many Filipinos readily take to herbals because we have a tradition of using herbs to cure various diseases. In the rural areas where there are few drugstores and medicines are expensive, the people go to “herbolarios” who prescribe various leaves, barks, roots, fruits, flowers and stems. Indeed, some who are seriously sick would rather take the herbs rather than the medicines prescribed by doctors.

Healthy Snacking for Adults (2) April 27, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Better Taste, Drop of Lemon Juice, Fatty Foods, Feeling of Fullness, Good Health, Good Ingredient, Main Meal Caloric Intake, Much Calories, Sealed Container, Several Choices, Snack Foods.
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•Fruits and vegetables. They can fill you up without giving you so much calories. But yes, it could really be boring to munch a piece of fruit just anywhere. Here is what you can do: prepare a mixture of sliced fruits (apples and banana), add a drop of lemon juice, and put it in a sealed container. At home or in the office, make strips of cucumber and turnips, then sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

• Nuts can also be a good “in-between meal nourishment.” Nuts consist of monounsaturated fats which can give that feeling of fullness. Aside from its fiber content, it also contains magnesium, manganese, protein, zinc, and phosphorus.

•Low fat and calorie foods. When choosing healthier snacks, do not only look at the fat content but also the sugar and the carbohydrates. A food may be low in fat, but high in sugar and vice versa.

• Low sodium foods. Be conscious of the sodium content of snack foods. When given several choices, don’t just go for one with better taste. Good health is not achieved by foods that have one good ingredient. You should eat foods that do not have negative ingredients like sodium (could be from salt or other baking ingredients). For example, delete crackers from your snack lists, no matter if they are advertised as healthy. This is especially true with those that have more than 100 mg of sodium per serving size.

Although snacks can really help cut down main meal caloric intake, it can also be a source of excess calories if you do not monitor total caloric intake. As we are all being encouraged, read the labels for calories, good nutrient contents, and negative ingredients. Snack healthily.