80% Of The World’s Population Still Relies On Ancient Medicine Made From Plants & Botanicals

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Samantha Debbie
August 18, 2016

Before the pharmaceutical industry developed into the formidable force it is today, people around the world relied on plants and botanicals for medicine, and in fact many still do. Even in the modern day, the basis for medicine is centered on resources found here on Earth.

A section from the Guide to Popular Natural Products explains more in detail below.

“Historical and epidemiological data: There is little doubt that herbal medicine or pharmacognosy is one of the oldest forms of health care. History records the fact that almost every culture around the world has noted its individual contributions to pharmacognosy and use of foods as medicine.

“The oldest ‘prescriptions,’ found on Babylonian clay tablets, and the hieratic (priestly) writing of ancient Egypt on papyrus is numerous ancient pharmaceutical and medical uses of hundreds of botanicals and foods (eg, olive oil, wine, turpentine, myrrh, opium, castor oil, garlic).”

Herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of healthcare

“This worldwide botanical cornucopia represents an eclectic collection of the most reliable early medicines that even today serve the ills of the world. The World Health Organization records the fact that 80% of the world’s population still relies on botanical medicines.

“Several phytomedicines have advanced to widespread use in modem times and are familiar to all. These include morphine and related derivatives (from opium), colchicine (ftom Autumn crocus), cocaine (from Coca), digitoxin (from Foxglove), vincristine and vinblastine (from the Vinca plant), reserpine (from Indian Snakeroot), etoposide (from Mayapple), and taxol (from Yew).

“Many botanicals remain to be reevaluated as continued folkloric use around the world entices researchers to further scientific study.

“History and science have shown repeatedly that almost all things are cyclical. Once again, we find ourselves in an era of resurgent interest in natural products as medicine.

“Ethnobotany, rain forest depletion of species, and certain limits in advancement using synthetic drugs continuously teach us that nature has and will always provide us with clues on how to develop new medicines.”

The importance of correctly identifying plants

“This probably will never cease. We have learned over and over the constant need to identify plants as to correct genus, species, variety, and even chemovar (chemical races) in order to obtain the same chemistry and medicinal properties desired for a particular botanical.

“Computers have helped us identify and categorize plants using the best of classical morphology and modem chemotaxonomy.

“Lessons from the complex phytochemistry of biologically active constituents have taught us that each plant is a unique and veritable chemical factory.

“We are trying to reach back to the old pharmacopoeias to update their early attempts to standardize botanical medicines.

“Modem chemical procedures using chromatography, infra-red spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry for molecular characterization of individual pharmacologically active principles have greatly facilitated the methodology.

“We now understand the complexity of standardization because of the innate biological variability of plant biochemistry.

“This allows us to fully appreciate all the complexities and variables that are introduced in plant collection, storage, transport, processing, and extraction to prepare uniform, stable dosage forms.”

Natural pain relievers

“Natural product research has led to new physiological and pharmacological concepts, particularly when a new compound is found to have a specific biological effect.

“These have been referred to as ‘molecular keys’ and include such classical examples as morphine (the chemical basis for natural and synthetic opioid analgesics), cocaine (the chemical basis for synthetic local anesthetics like procaine), and ephedra (the chemical basis for CNS stimulants like the amphetainines and the decongestants such as pseudoephedrine).

“Another recent resurrected plant drug is capsaicin from hot peppers. Previously used in topical analgesics as a ‘counter-irritant,’ it is being reintroduced as a true analgesic because in low doses it depletes newly discovered ‘substances,’ which is involved in pain transmission.

“Along similar lines, the ongoing competition with our new resistant pathogenic microbes has led us back into the race to find new antibiotics from soil microbes and fungi. New pandemic diseases like AIDS have taught us how much we need to stimulate and protect our immune system to fight such diseases.

“We are all living longer, and we need to help conquer cancer as well, and many promising agents are being developed from plants. New uses of certain supplements and vitamins have also focused our attention on food as medicine (nutraceuticals) and Phytochemicals … that may help prevent diseases.”

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources:

Guide to Popular Natural Products (1999) Compiled by Facts and Comparisons

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New APP Exposes HIPAA Violations, Allowing Consumers To View Privacy Breaches By Medical Providers

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Source: NaturalNews.com
L.J. Devon
August 5, 2016

You and your family’s medical records are being subjected to privacy breaches like never before. There’s a growing demand for your personal medical information. In 2012, statistics showed that pharmaceutical companies were spending 27 billion annually on drug promotion, so you can imagine what they’re spending now. You know they are constantly looking for new ways to market directly to doctors, maybe even bribe them, and influence consumer beliefs about their products.

Your sensitive medical information could provide pharmaceutical companies insight into the best approaches to market to you directly through your online browsing experience, on social media platforms, or through the mail. By collecting medical records en mass, pharmaceutical companies could strategically find ways to market to doctors and influence their prescribing practices.

New app helps enforce HIPAA, protecting patient privacy

This is why medical privacy is so important today. A new consumer protection app has is now available to the public, to inform consumers when their privacy has been breached. The new app, the HIPAA Helper tool, helps consumers search out cases when medical providers violate their privacy. When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established, it was intended to protect patient privacy, and this new app helps enforce the law.

According to Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at the Office for civil Rights, the agency received more than 17,000 privacy complaints in 2014. This number does not include the tens of thousands of self-reported privacy breaches of sensitive medical information that occur each year.

When privacy violations occur, medical providers are sometimes fined by the government and details are posted online. However, thousands of privacy violations get swept under the rug each year. The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human Services fields privacy breach complaints on a daily basis, but these cases are resolved outside public view. Medical providers are often just given a slap on the wrist, instructed to fix the problem and voluntarily make the changes.

With the help of ProPublica and the HIPAA Helper tool, consumers will be able to look into these privacy breaches more closely and see who the repeat offenders are. The app reveals “closure letters” that quietly ask medical organization to fix privacy issues. ProPublica has already unveiled the largest batch of these “closure letters” (300 of them) in the new app, shedding light on the constant privacy breaches taking place with medical providers.

CVS Health and the VA are the two biggest offenders

The two biggest offenders are the US Department of Veterans Affairs and CVS Health. These organizations received the most privacy complaints between 2011 and 2014 and were sent the most “closure letters” to fix the mistakes. Some of these mistakes required “technical assistance” or a full blown corrective action plan to fix the privacy breaches, revealing that there is something systematically wrong with their medical record keeping systems that allows for continued breaches of privacy.

Last fall, CVS commented, “We are never complacent about privacy matters and we constantly strive to address and reduce disclosure incidents by enhancing our training and safeguards. The VA stated that they take veteran privacy and the privacy of medical or health records “very seriously” but their words just aren’t enough when it comes to fixing the systematic errors that lead to violations of medical information privacy.

Other organizations that were warned about privacy breaches are the Kaiser Permanente, Planned Parenthood, and the military’s health care system. These breaches of privacy are not just simple mistakes either. The records show that oftentimes patients complained that the medical organization deliberately shared their health information without their permission. In many cases employees were accused of snooping in patient files. The Office for Civil Rights says that the most numerous privacy complaints fall into the categories: impermissible uses and disclosures, safeguards, administrative safeguards, access and technical safeguards.

This new app is a valuable tool for tracking and holding accountable the medical organizations that are compromising your medical information and personal privacy.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources include:
www.propublica.org
http://www.pewtrusts.org

Breakaway Links Of The Week – 4/11/2016 – 4/17/2016

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Zy Marquiez
April 17, 2016

This week, the infamous Panama Papers lead the way for what turned out to be quite the dicey week.  Although not all is what it seems in respect to that latest information leak.

Moving along the line of stunning developments, Robert De Niro opened up quite saliently and unexpectedly about vaccines and autism, considering there was a concerted effort by the comptrollers to shut him up from speaking out about what’s taking place and also from spreading information from the documentary VAXXED.

Coupled with that, nurses are beginning to take the stand in respect to genetically modified foods, Zika propaganda is back in the fold & the USDA once again throws consumers under the bus by not doing its job in a recent development.

Lastly, the demand for real – organic – food is reaching new heights as countless new farms are moving towards a much more healthier alternative regarding their food choices.

Hope everyone’s week was great, and weekend was better.

As Demand Skyrockets, Thousands Of US Farms Are Going Organic
[Source: NaturalSociety | Christina Sarich]

The Great Inflationary Lie – How You’ve Been Lied To About Inflation & Cost Of Living Since 2000
Quite an incisive piece into the propaganda behind ‘official’ inflation numbers.
[Source:  MyBudget360.com]

Botched Panama Papers Leak Has Uninteded Consequences For The Elite
[Source: TheDailyBell.com]

Bang:  Robert De Niro Wakes Up & Opens Up On Vaccines
[Source: JonRappoport’sBlog | Jon Rappoport]

Dr. Michael Murray – One Of The Most Prescribed Drugs Provides No Benefit For Most People
[Source: iHealthTube]

American Nurses Association Comment To The FDA: Genetically Modified Foods Aren’t Natural
[Source: NaturalSociety.com | Christina Sarich]

This Is What’s Wrong With Healthcare
[Source: iHealthTube | Dr. Patrick Quillin]

The Panama Papers Again: Is It Really A US-Soros-Rockefeller VS…
[Source: GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

USDA Announces It Will Stop Regulating All Genetically Modified Food Crops Altered With CRISPR GEne Editing Technique…Frankenfood Tidal Wave About To Be Unleashed
[Source: NaturalNews | J.D. Heyes ]

Zika Fake Science Back In The News; Con Artists At Work
A thorough and quick overview into the con that the Zika propagandists have undertaken. 
[Source: JonRappoport’sBlog | Jon Rappoport]

Soda Off The Menu For Kids At Applebee’s, IHOP, And Others
[Source: NaturalSociety.com | Anna Scanlon]

This is Enemy #1 When it Comes to Your Health!

Source: iHealthTube
April 5, 2016

There are many things that affect our health on a daily basis. But what is, potentially, the worst thing we encounter? Dr. Jamie Wright discusses what he calls enemy number one when it comes to our health. He also sites it as a main reason he left a traditional OB/GYN practice and changed the way he practiced health care.