Some medical industries make money by treating people, not curing them. Pharmaceutical companies get rich by selling drugs that do nothing more than treat symptoms.
Tropical locations like the Philippines are abundant in plants that can cure more things than you can image. It’s sad that we live in a world where businesses can get rich from the sick and dying.
In August of 2011, I read an article in Nature magazine about the possible health benefits of long pepper. The research indicated that piperlongumine stops the spread of cancer cells in mice while leaving normal cells alone. This is a natural ingredient of long pepper and it prompted me to research its cousin, black pepper.
Long pepper is piper longum and it’s primarily available in India, where it’s usually labeled pippali. Black pepper is piper nigrum and it’s available practically everywhere. I don’t know if black pepper has piperlongumine in it since the article only mentioned long pepper, but it’s also used as medicine.
It’s hard to the get the United States federal government to admit to things it’s denied for years. Cannabis (commonly called marijuana) is a natural medicine and can relieve the symptoms of many ailments. According to the National Cancer Institute it can kill cancer cells. I’ll quote the exact line from the page:
Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.
StuartXchange, a website maintained by Dr. Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., has tons of information on medicinal plants that exist in the Philippines. When I need to find information on a specific plant, I usually start at the Philippine Alternative Medicine page.
People prefer certain plants as natural remedies in the Philippines. Malunggay (Moringa oleifera shortened to moringa), ampalaya (bitter melon) and tanglad (lemon grass) are three I’m familiar with. Some are natural remedies from other places. I’m familiar with oregano and cranberry juice.
Doctors can prescribe drugs to reduce symptoms. They can’t prescribe nutritional supplements. You can thank the American Medical Association for that (I’m being sarcastic). Natural sources can relieve symptoms and even cure some ailments. Nutritional supplements come from those natural sources.
My wife, Josie, once suffered from lower back pain. The doctor prescribed muscle relaxers. I had her flush her kidneys using pure cranberry juice. Guess which treatment got rid of the pain and cured her of the cause?
I’ve consumed some of the things I’ve mentioned. Except for a certain leg condition, I’m almost as healthy as I was when I retired from the military in 1998. I need to lose some weight.