Decide for Yourself when Taking a Drug
The fact that this white mouse survived the heart herbal partly convinced me to take it to my regret
Two weeks after this white mouse was fed with the heart herbal it was still moving around.
What influences you to take a drug?
Do you make your own decision when taking a drug or somebody else makes it for you?
You may say it depends. Let’s go to specifics.
Suppose your doctor tells you to take an aspirin as low as 30 mg per day. If you do not have any illness, he tells you taking aspirin is a way to prevent the onset of heart disease. He tells you that since you have a high profile job, or your work is strenuous, you are likely to have heart disease from stress.
Alright. You have a stressful job. You don’t want to contract heart disease. Your doctor tells you that taking aspirin is a precautionary measure. You take aspirin on a daily basis.
After three years you notice your urine to be reddish. And you have some difficulty in urinating. You go to a hospital and consult with a doctor. He gives you a referral that you have a urinalysis. The result shows that you have some fresh blood in your urine. However, you do not have a urinary tract infection. You ask your doctor why the fresh blood in your urine. He mumbles some explanation, saying you should have another urinalysis. For the meantime take some tablet for a suspected bacteria. The next week, you go for another urinalysis. More fresh blood shows up in your urine. However, your doctor is not available immediately and you go home in doubt.
You access the Internet and type in “aspirin.” Appears one entry: “FDA reverses its position on daily aspirin.” You come across a sentence saying that aspirin induces internal bleeding in the stomach and brain. In short, the piece is saying that you stop taking aspirin, especially if you have been taking it for a long time now.
If your doctor have not been updating himself he would not have read this piece that is found in the website of Dr. Mercola. You tell your doctor you have stopped taking aspirin owing to internal bleeding. As a result fresh blood stopped showing up in your urinalysis. He did not say a word.
Suppose you have stage I cancer. You come across an article in the Internet saying that the juice, or fresh fruit, or capsule of noni (Morinda citrifolia, L.) controls cancer. Dr. Qutab claims in his book that noni material contains arginine that produces nitric oxide that controls cancer (Qutab, A. Nitric Oxide, The Molecule of Life. 2010:39-40). A Hubber writes that noni juice contains arginine that when acted upon by the enzyme inducible nitric oxide synthase, a variety of nitric oxide is produced. Inducible nitric oxide (iNO) kills cancer cells, it is claimed.
Will you take noni juice to halt your cancer? The article further explains that there had been one trial using noni juice, fresh fruit, capsule and tea on a chunk of large intestine afflicted with colon cancer. That is, in the test tube. A concentration as low as 2.5% to 5% of noni material killed the cancer cells. This experiment was done by researchers of the University of the Philippines Manila campus. This university also administers the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, a premier government hospital in the Philippines.
You may take noni juice but not as a substitute for some drugs or chemotherapy but as an adjunct medication.
The claim is made through a publication which the Westerner believes as conferring credibility. (Even as Dr. Mercola says that a lot of falsehoods are published in drug literature, as compared with biomedical literature).
A doctor in USA who prescribes herbals for the treatment of cancer may find his license to practice medicine cancelled.
As your cancer progresses to stage III you may opt for chemotherapy. You are willing to take chemotherapy because your doctor tells you there is no choice. Stem cell therapy is still unreliable, you are told. Besides, it is not yet allowed in USA. However, the Philippines, Thailand, China and Germany are applying stem cell therapy.
You are told about the side effects of chemotherapy but you choose to go through them. Better than certain death. Your doctor (of conventional medicine) does not tell you that chemotherapy produces a lot of free radicals that kill cancer cells.
Or may be your doctor does now know that chemotherapy drug like Adriamycin produces a lot of free radicals (Sharma, H. MD. Freedom from Disease. 1993). Singlet oxygen is usually the kind of free radical that chemotherapy drugs produce (Pressman, A, and S. Buff. Glutathione: The Ultimate Antioxidant. 1998). Free radicals kill cancer cells but also cause cancer in healthy cells that are accidentally hit during chemotherapy.
Incidentally, nitric oxide from arginine is also a free radical. The use of chemotherapy corroborates the claim for noni materials as having a property that kill cancer cells. In short, free radicals from chemotherapy and noni kill cancer cells. To make the case for noni more convincing a double blind, randomized with control study should be conducted. However, conventional medicine and Big Pharma will block such a study. They attempted to block the "Trials to Assess Chelation Therapy" (TACT) a double blind, randomized with control study that has shown chelation therapy as safe and effective for heart disease. The National Institutes of Health of USA conducted TACT at the cost of US$30 million. Results were announced in 2012.
Inducible nitric oxides from noni are safer than singlet oxygen from Adriamycin. It is the macrophages, a component of the immune system, that mediate iNO: shooting the cancer cells with iNO used as if they were bullets (Cranton, E. MD. Bypassing Bypass. Updated second edition. 1995). iNO grabs one electron from a neighboring molecule (like DNA) at a time. Singlet oxygen, owing to its two unpaired electrons spinning in opposite directions around the nucleus, grabs two electrons at a time. The body has no natural antidote for singlet oxygen. The only antidote is carotene or vitamin A. However, conventional medicine does not apply carotene to minimize poisoning from chemo because it does not recognize free radicals in chemo drugs in the first place.
Does conventional medicine know about free radicals? Certainly! Free radicals are produced by the metabolism of rice, oats - all carbohydrates - to produce energy. Then why snub free radicals? If free radicals were recognized as causing cancer, it would drastically reduce the market of Big Pharma for expensive conventional anti-cancer drugs. The reason is that antidotes of free radicals are cheap, and even free, like apple, or cashew, or cranberry or carrot.
Suppose you have a heart disease (narrowing of arteries that deliver blood to heart muscles). One symptom is angina.
Stem cell therapy is now being used to treat heart disease. The popular one is the application of cord blood, injected directly to the heart.
Now comes a new claim. An herbal made of fermented plant parts are claimed to treat heart disease. It functions like stem cell therapy. When ingested it homes to the bone marrow and stimulates the production of more stem cells that will repair damaged heart parts. It also enhances the production of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) that function like stem cells. EPCs are circulating along with the blood. The claim says that the more EPCs, the more effective is this heart herbal.
A report of the experiment and trials on a few human beings had been published in a journal.
I was mailed a sample of the herbal and copies of handsome brochures. This herbal does not have the imprimatur of the Federal Drug Administration of USA as it is classified as alternative medicine. Since it was mailed directly to me, it did not pass through the Philippines’s FDA. I had viewed a video of the supposed inventor giving a lecture about his heart herbal. He said he developed it a country other than USA where stem cell therapy is not yet allowed.
I thought I would give it a try. I bought a white mouse from a pet shop and fed it with some doses of the heart herbal (in capsule). My criteria for the white mouse was survival. If it survived then the heart herbal is safe. I observed the white mouse that was still up and moving about after two weeks.
It was about 9 pm, Philippine time, when I took one capsule. After 30 minutes I was definitely feeling bad. My feeling was like when I had an overdose of a forte tablet for cough. This tablet was first prescribed for me by a doctor to treat my colds and cough. Some five years had passed and I caught colds and cough again. I took this forte, one tablet in the morning and another tablet at noon. At about 10 pm I was trembling with some strange thoughts going through my head that can be called hallucinations. I managed to go to a hospital. I was diagnosed as having an overdose of the tablet. The normal dose is one tablet a day. I was injected with an anti-acid to counter my overdose.
Suppose this heart herbal is not safe for humans after all? My mind went into a whirl. I was writing a piece for the Internet at that time. I rushed to call by Skype the fellow in Houston, USA who had recommended it to me and had the samples mailed to me. My call roused him from sleep, he told me. I asked him if he is taking this heart herbal. He said, yes. I asked him of any side effect on him. He said, none.
Suppose this heart herbal were lethal to me? I could not withdraw the ingredients from my body now. They were already taking effect. I called another associate of this fellow who had talked approvingly of this heart herbal. She said she was having breakfast. I was already trembling. I asked the fellow of any antidote. He told me he is not a doctor. He said if I a feel bad I should stop taking it. At this time when I had already taken one capsule? Good, I had taken only one capsule. The brochure says a person should take two to four capsules the first time around up until two weeks. I surmise that if I took two capsules I would have blacked out, possibly with seizure.
I could still think clearly. If this heart herbal were poisonous to me some possibilities could happen to me. I could sustain some damage. I could become paralyzed. I could expire.
I roused my household and told them of what I did and what was happening to me. I got some scolding. I do not need that now, I thought. I had to go to the hospital. I also rushed to take some good amount of another herbal, juice of noni which I had been taking for a long time as an adjunct medication for my heart disease. It has arginine that converts to nitric oxide that acts like nitroglycerin which dilates arteries. It also has a good amount of potassium that enhances the sodium/potassium pump of cells, including heart cells.
By the time I had changed to some presentable clothing and a companion had already prepared himself to accompany me to the hospital, I felt some reversal of my hallucinations and spasms in my muscles. Noni juice is working like an anti-acid, I thought.
My recovery came fast enough that I decided I would not proceed to the hospital anymore. Noni juice also has a strong tranquilizing effect that it forced me to bed. Before sleep could take away consciousness from me, I had some inkling that i would wake up in the morning or find myself in a place too far away from my present abode or a totally strange place. (A philosophical question crossed my mind: How would I know?) There was no going back now. The last straw I was clutching on was the fact that the white mouse survived.
I woke up the following morning alright. May be a new life. But definitely, a new outlook on drugs, herbals, or medications.
When the fellow from Houston and me talked again, he insisted that the heart herbal had nothing to do with my hallucinations and trembling. There was no need to debate with him. I had the experience that occurred immediately after taking this heart herbal.
I did literature research of what could have been the culprit in this heart herbal. It contains vitamin D3, gojie, berry extracts and more. Dr. Mercola says that a person should monitor vitamin D3 in his body before taking any supplement of it. The brochure of this heart herbal does not give that warning. It is more likely I had an overdose of vitamin D3. One reason could be that the heart herbal vitamin D3 content is based on body weight of Americans who are much taller and bulkier that I am.
The white mouse is being kept as a pet, members of my household are taking turns to take care of it.