Time to Switch to Natural Medicines

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A good share from FB, courtesy of realfarmacy.com . . .

We don’t have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems. This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess. There are no excuses–if you’re taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in these powerful natural foods and remedies.

Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost 500%. Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.

In the last 15 years of life, people are experiencing more pain for longer periods than at any point on our historical record. If you think life expectancy has increased to the benefit of mankind, you’re not looking at the numbers.

78% of U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). The most prescribed drugs aren’t always the best selling drugs, there’s a difference.

Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.

Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you accept this, you will get off prescription medications for good.

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and the best natural remedies to treat and prevent disease.


1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain 

Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world. More and more doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Fox News that doctors are handing out narcotics like candy. Some doctors are giving patients prescriptions for narcotics for even minor injuries.

How it Works: 
It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the Cytochrome P450 pathway.

Consequences:
Respiratory depression; bradycardia; coma; seizures; cardiac arrest; liver damage; and death. Inherited genes such as the Cytochrome P450 affects metabolic pathways–some cannot process it at all, whereas a smaller percentage can get even more strength from it than usual.

Natural Foods: 
Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.
See: Natural Healing Remedies: 10 Foods That Fight Inflammation And Pain


2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. The obsessed culture of lowering cholesterol may actually be causing cancer.

How it Works: 
Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Consequences:
Inflammation and pathological breakdown of muscle, acute kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, interference with sex hormones and death.

Natural Foods:
Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.
See:
– New Data Shows Lycopene Reduces Heart Disease Up To 26 Percent
– Two Apples a Day More Effective At Reducing Heart Disease Than Statin Medications 
– Top 5 Foods and Herbs To Control Cholesterol
– World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease


3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually, Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.

How it Works: 
Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Consequences:
Cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis, life threatening skin conditions.

Natural Foods:
Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.
See:
– Magnesium Reduces Blood Pressure Naturally Without Side Effects
– Low Salt Diets Do Not Decrease Blood Pressure, Period
– Vitamin C Supplements Reduce Blood Pressure Without Side Effects Associated With Medication
– Low Potassium Linked To High Blood Pressure

4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works: 
It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Consequences:
Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production so use of synthroid directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

Natural Foods:
Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day — enough to raise the heartbeat.
See:
– Seaweed Extracts Can Help You Lose Weight, Mostly Body Fat
– 8 Critical Nutrients Lacking In More Than 70 Percent of Diets
– The Number One Reason So Many Women Have Trouble Losing Weight

 

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GORD/GERD/LPR) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works: 
It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.

Consequences:
Angina, ulcers, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, development of male breasts, inflammation of the pancreas, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia and blood cell disorders.

Natural Foods:
Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.
See:
– Grapefruit Heals Stomach Ulcers
– Broccoli Sprouts May Prevent Gastritis, Ulcers and Stomach Cancers
– Manuka Honey Reverses Antibiotic Resistance, Treats Disease


6. AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN

Use: Antibiotic

In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards a mind-blowing 17% of the top prescribed medications. Then we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.

How it Works: 
Inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Consequences:
Inflammation of the liver, inflammation and destruction of the stomach lining, destruction of healthy bacterial populations, inflammation of the colon, allergic reactions, obesity, human antibiotic resistance.

Natural Foods:
Sunlight (vit D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (vit B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, andrographis paniculata, and probiotics.
See:
– Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Working In A Fraction of The Time
– Before Antibiotics Ever Existed, Sunlight Was Used To Treat Diseases With Great Success
– The Most Potent B Vitamin That Combats Infections Better Than Antibiotics Ever Could

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works: 
By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Consequences:
Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels, malabsorption of vitamin B12, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never correctable without abstaining from the drug.

Natural Foods:
Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.
See:
– Study on Black Tea Consumption From 42 Countries Shows It Lowers Diabetes Risk
– Two More Bombshells For Vitamin D: It Prevents Both Type I Diabetes and Cavities
– Coffee’s Anti-Diabetes Benefit
– Healthy Diet, Moderate Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk Better Than Drugs
– How Turmeric Has An Anti-Diabetic Effect On The Body

The drugs on which we spend the most money are those that are still new enough to be protected against generic competition. That’s why drugs like Abilify and Seroquel (antipsychotics), as well as Plavix (blood thinner) and Advair Diskus (asthma inhaler) don’t make the list.

Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/the-7-most-prescribed-drugs-in-the-world-and-their-natural-counterparts/#ZHkZDvuDVEWLbtEq.99

Change Your Ways and Get Your Daily Bread From Walter

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If you want a longer, healthier life, you must change your ways. Stay away from chemicals and unhealthy sugar-infused temptations instead follow the straight path to wellness. Begin with your daily bread, opt for the kind that uses ingredients in consideration of your health like Walter bread.

Walter bread is commited to making healthy, alternative bread products for a diabetes-free nation. The company has gone through years of research to come up with bread that not only taste good but also pass the high-rigidity test on nutritional standards.

Pan de sal, milk bread, dinner rolls are some of the bread variants that Filipinos consume daily for their carbo needs second to rice. But most of these have unhealthy sugars in them or lacking in nutritional content. Walter bread offers more than just bread, but healthier options.

raisinbreadOne of its products is Walter Bread’s bestselling whole-wheat raisin bread, which is a rich source of fiber and phytochemicals — powerful antioxidants to help arrest the spread of cancer. It is the favorite choice of diabetics whose nutritional ingredients can control their sugar level. Frequent buyers can attest that it is tasty and sweet compared to other brands. That’s because it’s made of the finest grapes that make it extra tasty. And because its whole wheat, it actually lowers the level of bad cholesterol levels – the LDL. To top it off, it’s low sodium and virtually fat free. Whole Wheat Raisin Bread is high in taste and high in health!

imagesAnother product is Walter Bread’s Double Fiber Wheat Bread with Heart Protect, which is made for those with hypertension and other coronary-related ailments. This bread is special, with two all-natural fibers: insoluble fiber from wheat and soluble fiber from apples.

In fact, after years of research by Walter Bread, consumers now appreciate the taste of wheat bread, which used to be bland or salty. Creative Bakers found a way to alter the process to come up with a less dry, less rough texture of bread using less salt for the betterment of its consumers. Less salt also means less chance of adding more pounds to body weight and it is more heart and kidney-friendly.

For those who don’t know, insoluble fiber plays a role in gastrointestinal and colon health, while soluble fiber contributes to heart health. Fiber from apples is also a source of sweetness in the bread and also helps keep it moist. Unlike other wheat breads available in the market, the Double Fiber Wheat Bread with Heart Protect is really soft and moist.

images (1)Very popular with diet- and figure-conscious consumers is Walter Bread’s Weight Control Bread with High Fiber. These individuals trying to attain or maintain slim, fit bodies can now enjoy the benefits of eating this high-fiber white bread while they are on their weight-loss program.

The Weight Control Bread with High Fiber is rich in oat and vegetable fibers that keep you feeling full longer, which is why it is perfect for those on a strict diet and exercise program. It is 98-percent fat-free and has 50-percent less sodium. Supporters of this bread have also said it is tastier than other high-fiber breads that taste bland.

Walter_Bread_Sugar_Free_Wheat_PandesalLove pandesal but not the sugar that’s in it? Say hello to Sugar Free Wheat Pandesal! With zero sugar, no cholesterol and packed with vitamins and minerals, it’s perfect for weight management too.

All these healthy breads are the exclusive creations of Creative Bakers, Inc. According to Walter Co, president of Creative Bakers Co. Inc., “Making money is not a priority for producing these healthy breads. It’s alarming to learn that our country now has one of the highest rates of diabetes in Asia. Because of that, we realized the need to produce bread that is not only healthy but also with a taste that we can enjoy.” With close to 30 years of providing quality breads in the market, Creative Bakers continues its commitment to offer Filipinos healthy products, especially now that more and more Filipinos have adopted a healthy lifestyle.

After that first move to healthier bread, then continue with other changes by consciously opting for food that will provide more energy for your body. Change your daily diet and stick to the healthy meals. Make some sacrifices if you want to be rewarded with a healthy, fit body. And get your daily bread from Walter.

For more information, visit their site at www.walterbread.com and meet Walter the Talking Sandwich. 

 

Typhoon Zoraida Expected Arrival on Tuesday

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The Philippines braces for yet another typhoon on Tuesday, November 12, as WWF got wind of another storm arriving.  We have to prepare for future typhoons by implementing  a business risk assessment and management of climate impact plan according to WWF.

Press Release:

It’s as if the hand of God came down to smite everything in Tacloban. In this ravaged city, there is nothing but silence. Cars are overturned, leafless trees toppled. Roofs have been ripped from homes, while a ship sits grounded amidst houses. Then there are the bodies – hanging from trees, entombed within crushed homes. There is no power. Looters are everywhere.”

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) smashed into the Central Philippines on 8 November 2013, making landfall five times. Winds reached 330kph, making it the strongest typhoon in the country’s history. Despite extensive warnings and preparations, towns and cities in Leyte and Samar were flattened.

Thousands are feared dead, though only about 300 bodies have so far been recovered. Four million people in six provinces have been affected by shearing winds and tsunami-like storm surges.

Sitting along the Pacific typhoon belt, the Philippines is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate-spurred disasters have been a constant reality that millions of Filipinos have had to face. About 20 typhoons batter the country yearly, causing millions in damage and taking hundreds of lives.

Strong typhoons like Yolanda used to come every few years,” explains WWF-Philippines Vice-chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan. “Then they came every year. Now we’re experiencing them regularly. What befell Tacloban is just a more powerful version of other storms that hit the nation this year. Typhoon Yolanda is the country’s 24th typhoon for 2013.

Ground zero for Typhoon Yolanda, Tacloban is among 12 cities assessed by WWF and the BPI Foundation for climate change vulnerabilities. The publicly-available study, entitled Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts, aims to help city-planners and decision makers assess climate impacts, identify opportunities and decide on life-saving sustainability strategies to allow Philippine cities to retain their economic viability in a climate-defined future.

The study’s first two phases covered the cities of Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Dagupan, Iloilo, Laoag and Zamboanga from 2011 to 2012. The cities of Angeles, Batangas, Naga and Tacloban were assessed for 2013.

As important as providing relief goods and medical services are to make major Philippine cities climate-resilient. Climate change effects are becoming more and more unpredictable and there’s no way to know which town or city will get hit next,” warns Tan. WWF also fights to curb fossil fuel emissions in more developed nations – the primary cause of climate change.

Years of development can be undone by one storm. Can we afford to be ill-prepared when the next calamity approaches?” asks Tan. Meanwhile, the Philippines braces for the next storm, Typhoon Zoraida, expected Tuesday.

Results of the First Two Phases of Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts can be downloaded at: http://wwf.org.ph/wwf3/climate/publications

Keep Alert on Food Intake, Organic Meals Keep Cancer Away

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SAM_4334SAM_4332Everyone is looking for a cure for cancer long after it is too late. Here’s an idea, plan in advance before cancer cells start developing and growing. Think ahead to prevent that dreaded sickness from entering your body by changing your lifestyle and watching what you eat. This is the powerful message behind Dr. Albert Jo’s talk during our third Bacolod Farm Visit in his scenic Rapha Valley Farm.
SAM_4319Upon arrival to this mountain area farm with a grand vista, our group was greeted by Dr. Jo with a healthy welcome drink combination of fruits and herbal leaves. This was followed by a vegan snack of puto, non-dariy cheese dip, and what tasted like dinuguan minus the meat. As we were savoring our snack, Dr. Jo shared an eye-opening, bomb of iinformation that exploded and shocked us about the food we were consuming.

SAM_4395The products available in the market for the public  and the fastfood chain meals that we regularly consume were not safe, or rather were slowly poisoning our bodies. He gave us an idea on how certain farm products were grown, how meats were prepared beyond our knowledge, and how newly borns were exposed to msg addiction. Whether some were actual facts or not, what mattered was that we need to be more conscious of what we ingest and what to avoid.

SAM_4378The lecture made a huge impactt in the way I looked at fastfood chains, canned goods, processed food, and white rice. The information that was shared was a huge expose that really made us think. But beyond the reality, what made the lecture so valuable and memorable was that there was a solution that was doable and practical. Plant your own food if you don’t trust the what is being sold in the market or make it a point to look for certified organic products. In supporting organic farmers, we can help the public be aware to make the healthy choice. Otherwise we are also guilty of encouraging their early demise. In supporting the organic agriculture movement, we can put a stop to the criminal behavior of greedy enterprises that integrate toxic chemicals into the food we consume. No one realizes the gravity of this crime because no one is aware. This is kept quiet by corporations that benefit from farmers using their fertilizers, thus they getting away with it while the public is developing cancer and other forms of incurable diseases.

SAM_4382Dr. Albert generously shared all the information he acquired as a medical practicioner as well a s a farmer so he is more than qualifed to speak of such things. Why would he put himself in harm’s way to get the information out to the public? Because it has become his advocacy to enlighten people and help them avoid unnecessary diseases if only they ate the right food. When I asked him why he didn’t opt to write a book instead on what he knew and make more money in the process, he said that this was not his goal, he just wanted to help others. It was his way of giving back, I suppose, with the blessings he received. And when I asked him if it was alright for him that I publish the video I got of him mentioning popular fastfood chains with shocking practices, he said he didn’t mind as he was expressing his own opinion.

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His sincerity to help the public is what struck me. People getting sick due to pestcide in the food was not something he wanted to be a part of as a farmer, and even more noble is the fact that he is a doctor giving free advice.

SAM_4416The organic agriculture  movement maybe slow in progress and perhaps wealthy corporate impediments may be the cause but you can’t hide the truth in the end. As British Chef Jamie Oliver exposed the unhealthy practices of a multinational fastfood,chain,  and as organic farmers in the country are opening up and sharing what they knew to media who would even bother to listen, we can see the the movement is progressing in a global collaboration. The truth will always come out.

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Modernizing Kalesas for the “New Philippines”

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Kalesa

It’s amazing how people from all walks of life keep thinking of ways to help others in need and get nothing in return, just the satisfaction and joy of saving someone. There is this heartwarming trend of organizations forming to help others. I believe it begins deep within each one, and not external forces that move people to go beyond their comfort zone. It’s a fact . . . everyone wants to help, but how, where, and who to trust?

A lot of people are now getting wise in their attitude, that if you give willingly, more will be given back to you. Helping the needy is like a loan to God, who will always repay you usually more in value. And on the other side of the coin, Don’t hold back, you will lose it anyway if it wasn’t meant for you. And on the dark side, Everything that…

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Look at the Bright, Lucrative, Side of Climate Change

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Halloween and Christmas of Life

Who would have realized the many  business opportunities presented by climate change?  Everyone is so focused preparing for the impending damages and loss instead of cashing in.  Why not look into the investment opportunities in such  a scenario,  since it is an inevitability anyway.  WWF  and BPI took the initiative  to research and  present viable business opportunities in cities that would be greatly affected by climate change. These are cities that have  huge potentials for income generating not properly managed or explored by the local government.  Leaders and investors may be well-advised to look into these cities’ future possibilities.

Below is the result of the research prepared by WWF:

Updated Study Presents Business Risks and Opportunities for Four More RP Cities

In Chinese, two characters comprise the word crisis – the first signifies danger, while the next represents opportunity.

Guided by this, top environmental solutions provider World Wide Fund for…

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