Why Pharmaceuticals Are Really The “Alternative Medicine”

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Source: GreenMedInfo.com
Sayer Ji
May 20, 2017

Did you know that natural medicine was once, and still is, the default medical system on this planet?

In fact, the use of synthetically produced patent medicines (pharmaceuticals) is a relatively recent development (circa 1870), and should really be called the “alternative medicine” vis-a-vis time-tested, far safer approaches that rely on food, spices, and carefully prepared and administered plant extracts.


A powerful new report released by the Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom reveals that there are currently 28,187 plant species recorded as being of medicinal use throughout the world. In addition, the report revealed that fewer than 16% (4,478) of the species used in plant-based medicines are cited in a medicinal regulatory publication.

While the lesser developed countries are the primary users of plant medicines, they are used in great abundance throughout the world. Even in countries like Germany where conventional, drug-based medicine is the default approach, about 90% of their population also uses herbal medicines. Even the most pharmaceutically obsessed country in the world, the United States, spent 17 billion dollars on traditional herbal medicines in 2000 alone, and the number has grown steadily since then.

It should be noted that mixing plant-based medicines with pharmaceuticals can be dangerous, and as the report points out, many of these plants contain compounds that can cause harm if taken incorrectly. There is also a problem with misnaming or multiple names for the same plant-based medicines::

“143 DATABASES AND PUBLICATIONS CITE 415,180 UNIQUE NAMES FOR PLANT-BASED MEDICINES– AN AVERAGE OF 15 ALTERNATIVE NAMES FOR EACH SPECIES.”

The report also pointed out that…

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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

Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Free, Liquid Fuel 10x Faster Than Plants

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Source: UndergroundReporter.org
Christina Sarich
June 13, 2016

Scientists think they’ve just outsmarted the process of photosynthesis created by Mother Nature over a 3 billion year span with a bionic leaf. Harvard University labs have created a leaf that processes light faster than a real Maple leaf, and could deliver biofuels to an energy-hungry world.

Though their claims are imbued with hubris, the researchers are confident they’ve stumbled on something profound that could change global warming, and other environmental concerns.

Harvard Professor Daniel Nocera’s lab teamed up with microbiologists led by biochemist and systems biologist Pamela Silver, of Harvard Medical School.

“This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” says Nocera, a leading researcher in renewable energy. “Before, people were using photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve gone well over the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.”

The bionic leaves work by utilizing a hybrid system based on cobalt-phosphorus alloy catalyst partnered with bacteria called Ralstonia eutropha, which splits water into oxygen and hydrogen at low voltages. They say that the bionic leaf would allow them to capture CO2 but bypass the vegetative state.

These artificial leaves could capture carbon dioxide on a massive scale, but then, so could real leaves, if we’d stop clear-cutting forests and native plants for shopping malls, urban development, or palm oil.

Then again, humankind is constantly using nature as a source of inspiration to improve upon itself.

Recently, a thirteen-year-old boy used the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…) found in nature to create a solar tree that is 50 percent more efficient at creating solar energy than a traditional solar array — so why not use nature’s brilliant leaf as a template for other energy saving devices?

Read More At: UndergroundReporter.org

16 Edible Plants In My Garden That Have Natural Pest Resistance

Source: GrowingYourGreens
June 4, 2016

In this episode, John will share with you his top picks for growing organic edible plants that don’t get bothered by pests in his garden, so you can successful growing food without spraying ANYTHING on your plants.

You will learn about some of the compounds the vegetables and herbs make to make them resistant to pest attack. You will also discover why you should eat these foods in your diet.

After watching this episode, you will probably grow some (or most) of the vegetables and herbs that are listed because they require minimal care to be productive.

Best Nursery in Houston for Perennial Vegetables that can Grow Year Round

Source: GrowingYourGreens
April 29, 2016

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ discovers a new nursery in Houston, Texas that is the best for Perennial edible vegetables that can grow in Houston year round. These vegetables have been show to have many health benefits.

In this episode, John will introduce you (and himself) to JRN Nursery that has been selling plants in Houston for 30 years. In this episode, John will share with you this special nursery that has a handful of his favorite tropical, perennial vegetables that can grow year round in Houston, TX and are no-brainers for people that live in Central/South Texas so they can have a year-round supply of food with minimal work.

You will discover John’s favorite leafy green vegetable and how you can purchase it in Houston, Texas… Its called Katuk aka Sweet Leaf Bush (Sauropus androgynus) and how John discovered this nursery might have more plants that what he seemed..

John will take you on a tour of how this 2 acre nursery works, how to get the best vegtable and herb plants that will grow easily in the hot summers of houston and surrounding areas. You will learn about Gynura Procumbens (Longevity Spinach), Gynura Crepioides (Okinawan Spinach), Moringa, Katuk (Sauropus Androgynus), and a few others SE Asian Vegetables that will thrive in the Hot, Humid Summer heat of Texas.

You will also discover some of the tropical fruit trees that are being grown in a greenhouse and available at the JRN nursery such as Star Fruit, Mango, Papaya, Guava, Sapodilla, jaboticaba, Miracle Fruit, Longan, and many, many more. You will learn which of these tropical fruit trees are the easiest to grow in Houston.

Next, John will share with you the fruit trees that are a “safe” bet that will grow year round in Houston without protection.

Finally, John will give his overall review and experience at this nursery.

Public Park Grows Over 500 Varieties of Fruit and Spice Trees that you can Taste

Source: GrowingYourGreens
March 11, 2016

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to has favorite public park in the United States…. The fruit and spice park in Homestead, Florida which is home to over 500 varieties of different fruit, spice, herbs, and vegetable plants that you can taste. This is the largest edible botanical garden of its kind that John has ever visited!

In this episode, John will give you a tour of the fruit and spice park, highlighting some of his favorite areas, as well as some of the many different varieties of tropical fruit trees they have been growing for over 70 years.

You will also discover how the public is able to sample over 500 varieties of fruits at this county owned park.

Just will take you on a scavenger hunt to see what kinds of fruits he will be eating thanks to the park.

You will also discover the best days and times to come to the park that will enable you to have the most bountiful fruit eating experience.

John will also give you a tour of some of the herbs and vegetables they are growing at the park, and give his suggestions to you on edible plants you may want to grow at your home.

Finally, John will share what he would do a little different if he were in charge of the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Florida to better educate the public about real food and foods that can easily sustain people in the South Florida climate.

After watching this episode, you will likely learn much about tropical fruits and vegetables, learn about some edibles you should plant around your yard, and discover what John was able to eat for lunch this day.

There Is Such a Thing as Plant Intelligence

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Source: NationalGeographic
Simon Worrall
February 21, 2016

When Paleolithic painters decorated the walls of the caves at Chauvet, in France, they chose stunning motifs of horses and other animals. For them, as for most of us, plants were just there in the background, vegetating away. Sure, a daisy can be cute, a redwood impressive. But compared to a cheetah or an elephant, most plants are, well, boring.

With his new book, Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years Of Plant Life and the Human Imagination, British author Richard Mabey pushes back against this prejudice to make us see that plants are as thrilling as animals and have been key to our relationship with the world.

Speaking from his home in Norfolk, England, he recalls growing up near Harry Potter’s Whomping Willow; why trees were so often the inspiration for myths and magic; and how a woman in Italy has demonstrated that some plants can remember—and learn from—their experiences.

Nature’s superstars are animals like chimps or cheetahs. You think plants are just as amazing. Convince us.

What can plants do that cheetahs can’t? They can regenerate when 90 percent of their bodies have been eaten away. They can have sex at long distances and communicate with approximately 20 more senses than an animal has. Those are very pragmatic arguments. But I think they’re valuable just because they’re there. We tend to judge plants not as autonomous organisms but in terms of what they can do for us. But they’re astonishing in their own right and deserve to be given the same ethical status as animals.

Continue Reading At: NationalGeographic.com