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How safe are herbal supplements? (2) August 9, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Banned Mahogany Seeds, Better Feeling, Lowered Body Pressure, Whole Leaves, Whole Plant.
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I knew one story of a woman who was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors prescribed her to undergo a chemotherapy. But then her friend told her stories of people cured by herbs.  So she decided to try the herbal therapy. Several months after taking the herbal teas she said she was feeling much better. But then she died soon after.

We have heard of herbals that used to be “miracle cures” of this or that disease. The fads didn’t last long, however. Now these miracle cures are no more.

I’m sure that some of you heard the mahogany seeds.  They said that the mahogany seeds lowered blood pressure. The mahogany seed was the rage only about a decade ago.

There is this story of one journalist who started chewing the seeds because he heard of the story about the mahogany seeds.  And he believe that it will cure him, so he tried that.  The seed was turned out to be toxic to human.  And it was banned.  But it was too late for that journalist.

It is the same thing with other herbals. Some plants really have medicinal value. Indeed, many medicines are taken from plants. But separating the medicinal ingredients from other parts of the plant is one thing; taking the whole plant or its leaves as a tea is another.

A plant or a leaf has many chemical properties. The medicinal property may be only one, but there may be many others that could be harmful. Herbals should be taken with caution because we don’t know the harmful ingredients they contain. Studies must first be made before a certain plant is prescribed as medicine.

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.

Vital Facts about Vitamins – 11 December 2, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Blood Clotting, Cancer prevention.
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Vitamin K

Aids in blood clotting.  May help in cancer prevention.

 

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How Much?

Where?                                 % U.S. RDA

Spinach, raw, ½ c                               186 %

Broccoli, raw, ½ c                               110 %

Asparagus, cooked, ½ c                       31 %

Egg, hardboiled                                   30 %

Strawberries, 1 c                                  26 %