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Botanical Medicine is..?  

  Botanical medicine can be described as the implementation of plants as nostrum, due to its comparable medicinal properties to pharmaceutical drugs. Humans have been using plants as medicine throughout history to either cure or lessen symptoms from an illness. A pharmaceutical drug however, is a type of drug that is produced in a laboratory to help cure an illness. History Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before prehistoric period. Ancient Unani manuscripts, Egyptian papyrus and Chinese writings frequently described the use of herbs. Evidence exist that Unani Hakims, Indian Vaids and European cultures were using herbs for over 4000 years as medicine. Indigenous cultures found in Rome, Iran, Africa and the Americas, customarily used herbs in their healing rituals. nhp.gov  “The Egyptian science of healing constituted from the very beginning a system several thousand years in advance of the rest of human society.” -Ebers Papyrus. One of the most important papyrus (early Egyptian official documents), the Ebers Papyrus, written in the early XVIIIth Dynasty, ca 1550 B.C, contains a long list of of …

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Should you toss-out your MICROWAVE oven?

For a significant period in time, microwave ovens were the hallmark of auspicious social mobility and sophistication. Initially, my exposure to the kitchen appliance came in the form of cultural appropriation via television ads while sitting on the couch of my mother’s city home in Kingston, Jamaica. As a child, I associated microwave ovens with prestige and social ascendence, on the rare occasion I spotted the appliance in a friends home, my perspective on the individual would permanently change. The closest kitchen appliance our family in the country had to a microwave oven was a countertop electronic oven, very similar to a microwave oven, however, not as sleek. Unfortunately, when the family decided to move to New York City in the early 2000s, microwave oven prepared meals became a familiar and necessary part of my daily routine. I can clearly recall the moments as a teenager when I cooked frankfurters, warmed milk, and heated hot pockets in the microwave oven to obtain a quick bite. I never once paused to question what microwave ovens were, …

Overeater?

It is quite evident where the culture of overeating emanates. Our parents/grandparents tend to console us with food from an early age. As toddlers, we are told, one spoonful for daddy, one for Mommy and one more for grandma. Often, we mature, not really knowing when we are truly full, reason being, we were never really asked to trust our own gut senses. However, concerns should always be addressed with questions. Have you ever wondered how life must have been when the word cell wasn’t a euphemism for a mobile device? When the word mobile was mentioned, it was only in reference to a horse driven carriage. And, horses looked more similar to the now extinct Equidae. You see, our ancestors rarely, if ever, had the opportunity and/or uncontrollable urge to overeat. My point is, baggage, luggage, checked or unchecked is still baggage. Your body is the physical structure that houses the ideology that you call self. When building a robust structure, an adept architect is aware that an impervious foundation is paramount. This foundation is …

Stressed?

Stress is nothing more than the constant exhaustion of the thymus gland, caused by negative or weakening influences in life. -Andreas Mortiz, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) Research often reveals that the gift of civilization is not always refined or sophisticated. A couple of Saturdays ago, while on my way to visit family, I was surprisingly greeted by a group of indecorously blissful young (visibly and audibly drunk) college students on the NYC 1 train. Why? They were celebrating Santacon.  -Yes, that is a real thing. More importantly, the train cars were overcrowded. To pass the time, these (seemingly sophisticated) students decided it was best to indulge in the hackneyed tradition of contentious college drinking games. Keep in mind, this is a public train, young children, seniors and other civil adults were present. The floor of the train car was both wet and slippery. And as stated before, it was the weekend, therefore the MTA service was as fickle as “fiscal conservatives.” Drunk (entitled) college students + snow day + packed train (weekend schedule) = 3 shots …

(making the case for) MOVEMENT.

  Movement is the active component of growth. The adult human body is comprised of approximately 206 bones, achieving peak bone mass between the ages of 25 and 32. More importantly, the average human adult body is approximately 60% fluid. Fluids that are in constant motion, rarely, if ever, experience sustained growth of disease and/or harmful bacteria. However, stagnant fluids are the broth that cultures diseases. ‘Excessive sitting is now linked to 35 diseases and conditions, including obesity, hypertension, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression…governments such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have identified sedentary life as a catastrophe. It’s estimated that the current generation of children (who primarily experience a sedentary lifestyle) will die earlier than their parents.’ Dr. Levine, M.D, PhD. Mayo Clinic-Arizona. Contemporary humans (taken into consideration their general predisposition to a habitual lifestyle) often fall victim to physical inactivity, outside their general required mobile hours. General required mobile hours includes the type and amount of physical activity required to perform one’s daily duty adequately (i.e. attending and participating in professional/school …