With all of the recent scramble and scurry to develop a vaccine for the CV, I've been pretty deep into study mode.
📚 I uncovered quite a bit of interesting information today, and wanted to bring you a few interesting tidbits and thoughts over the next few days....
I find it fascinating that, during the daily White House press briefings, there is nearly always a bit of discussion which revolves around tried and true "older" therapies that warrant some attention. #Babysbeeninthecorner
Hydroxychloroquine is the star player, of course, during these discussions.... it's the man made cousin of quinine... which comes from the bark of the cinchona tree.
Pharmacognosy (the study of plants 🌿 with a medicinal purpose) is tremendously important. Really, it's where the roots of pharmacy lie. The problem is that natural healing agents cannot be patented (as a rule), so there is no large money to be had by Big Pharma in pursuing treatments derived solely from plants. #BigPharmabelievesinprofitbeforepurpose
Quinine was banned as an "Over The Counter" (OTC) supplement in the 90's because it was deemed "dangerous", despite the fact that it has been around for, well.... as long as there have been cinchona trees 😉.
As more and more information is revealed about hydroxychloroquine (and quinine) , it appears there are more studies (deeply buried) suggesting other beneficial uses too. Fascinating stuff!... especially when you dig beyond the superficial.#dontbeafraidtodig
I'm hopeful that this pandemic will bring more of these uses to light and perhaps bring relief to some who have fairly significant disease states.
Hydroxychloroquine is not a drug without potential for harm, but certainly, given the pandemic situation, its benefits outweigh the risk for short term use, particularly for those whose lives depend on it.
To be clear, I'm not a fan of using medications as a crutch when self intervention could hold the cure (I'm not talking about CV here). However, sometimes medications can be used as a springboard for serious self intervention.
What does self intervention mean? We (us... all of us) are the ultimate responsible ones for our health... not our spouse, not our doctor, not our government. Self intervention is pretty simple.... it means caring enough about oneself to care FOR oneself:
Has diet been modified and improved upon to eliminate processed and / or non organic foods as well as any foods that may be triggers for poor health?
💪 Is regular and correct exercise being implemented as a regular routine?
Is stress being well managed?
☠️ Have toxins been removed as much as possible from the lifestyle? This would include common housecleaning supplies, body care products and makeup that are typically loaded with them. It also includes limiting exposure to electromagnetic frequencies 💻.
All of this matters a great deal. Relying on a medication long term will nearly ALWAYS have consequences in the manner of side effects and developed deficiencies the drugs will inevitably cause.
Self care is much like prepping, but without all of the extra toilet paper rolls stashed in the closet. 😉 I would argue that self care is a prepper's most important project. Someone who has practiced self care for any length of time has a stronger immune system AND a level of confidence in their health that trumps fear. And THAT is perhaps the most important prepper's tool of all.... the absence of fear.
More on this topic tomorrow.
Carry on my friends. Let's make this quarantine time count for something positive. 😘 Happy Sunday evening!
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!