This is a two hour presentation in a special edition of the Global Medicine Review in WBAI’s fall fundraiser. Dr Kokayi interviews Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A Price Foundation. Excerpts from Ms Fallon’s DVD the Oiling of America are played, highlighting the manner in which the vegetable oil industry has hijacked the mainstream medical intelligencia into manipulating data concerning the danger of animal fats and cholesterol to human health. The interview and DVD look at the history of the American diet since the turn of the century, going back to a time when animal fat was in just about everything yet there were was virtually no cardiovascular disease. The food supply was altered with the introduction of cheap polyunsaturated vegetable oils and the American diet was changed forever, coincident with the rise of cardiovascular disease. The documentation concerning cholesterol’s non role in the generation of heart disease is reviewed and much of it is an analysis of same data that was generated in the major lipid studies. The role of the vegetable oil industry in manipulating the AHA and AMA and FDA and the public is documented as well as its role in suppressing decenting research.
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Today we are going to hear from the founder of the American Botanical Council, Mark Blumenthal so that we can get a better understanding of the botanical world and the world of plant medicines from the perspective of an organization that provides educational opportunities and helps to disseminate information about botanicals, appreciating them in their cultural/geographic environment as well as their medicinal qualities. All of these are of course related.
Plant medicines are all around us but in large measure we ignore and under appreciate them. There is a saying to the effect that a weed is a medicinal plant whose value has not been discovered. Even our kitchen cooking herbs and spices are underutilized with respect to their medicinal qualities. Yet we all complain about the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals and many of us are not motivated enough to do some herbal 101 work. On the other hand health professions have to be high on the list of people looking for a second career with a willingness to go back to get another degree or some recognized license. Why not herbal medicine. Unlike much of what goes on with pharmaceutical medicines plant medicines do heal and would be particularly useful for chronic health concerns.
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Dr Kokayi uses the hour to discuss an approach to understanding stomach dysfunction highlighting the use of metaphor to better appreciate stomach problems. The limitations of mainstrearm ant acids and acid blockeing therapies is discussed along with the true causes of acid reflux. Low stomach acid as being the predominant condition of most people who take prescription medication for the stomach is highlighted and alternative treatments from apple cider vinegar to various homeopathic rememdies and mastic gum are discussed. A patient recently treated by Dr Kokayi for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux) is called and shares her experience with this disorder and the treatment modalities she has been exposed to over the years.