The heart and soul of this program are the wonderful plants that grow and adapt to a constantly changing world.
Plants come in many varieties with some used as food.
In this capacity they are both nutritious and tasty.
Plants produce alcohol during fermentation and other compounds that have medicinal activity. These are pharmaceutical and recreational drugs.
There potential for abuse is their single greatest fault.
We can never overvalue the role of plants in life
Many of these healing plants are fruits.
Self-care reflects Nature and the medicinal foods she makes.
Self-care depends on plants to restore balance when there is imbalance.
Self-care replenishes depleted fuel supplies and provides oxidation protection following exercise.
Self-care depends on the whole plant, not the isolated, modified, singular active agent, that pharmaceutical medicine is built on.
The science of one and only one agent removes the great preponderance of compounds in plants.
This also removes the safety and balancing effects the whole plant once had.
Pharmaceutical science depends on drug trials to determine efficacy and safety.
The ability of medicinal herbs to heal is based on the complete library of compounds being present.
In some cases, a combination of libraries is the best way to provide a preventative boost to the diet.
Moreover, consuming a diet rich in whole fruits and vegetables and the complete libraries they contain, will help those who consume them achieve optimum health.
Plants and foods also reverse conditions that often require pharmaceutical drugs.
Heart disease is one disease that is easier to prevent than it is to treat.
Prevention in this case means that the barometers of illness; blood pressure, cholesterol levels and stress, are reduced.
Lowering these barometers is a more a function of exercise and diet than simply prescribing drugs to treat them.
Heart disease can be reversed.
Instead of depending on exercise and diet, routine tests, drugs and surgeries are used.
Follow the money!
Medicine is practiced in the manner that best supplies pharmaceutical companies with profits.
Patients be dammed!
Heat disease is a killer. No question about it.
Masking symptoms is not the solution.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins are routinely used to 'prevent' heart disease.
Statins are known to cause metabolic dysfunction and require liver enzyme testing.
Statins are also implicated in inducing muscle-myopathy.
Instead of statins, borderline patients should try natural products first.
The phytocompounds of Bergamot can alter cholesterol levels by raising the healthy or high density cholesterol (HDL) faction.
Bergamot is a small citrus tree grown in the Mediterranean.
The tree produces a pear-shaped fruit (citrus bergamia risso) prized for its aromatic oil.
The oil is derived from the rind and is added to tea. This is how Earl Grey gets its flavor.
Research on its phytochemical library and medicinal potential, demonstrated that Bergamot can reduced anxiety. Possibly as effectively as the pharmaceutical drug diazepam (Valium)
The researchers attributed this effect to lower levels of stress hormones or cortico-steroids plus an increase in the level of the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid.
Together they produce a calmative effect on the central nervous system.
The most important medicinal effect of Bergamot is its cholesterol-lowering ability.
Bergamot may also reduce total cholesterol and LDL or lousy cholesterol as well as increasing HDL or the healthy cholesterol.
Increasing healthy cholesterol and lowering lousy cholesterol is the ideal approach to preventing heart disease.
Additionally, bergamot inhibits the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that promotes cholesterol synthesis.
Bergamot's library contains other powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals.
These antioxidants are found in the bergamot peel.
Since bergamot peel is normally discarded, this represents a potentially new commercial use for the fruit.