Glyphosate in UK bread

Bread roll with your Herbicide, sir?

The world’s most popular herbicide is Monsanto’s Roundup (Glyphosate). It is turning up in a large proportion of UK cereals and bread.

BUY ORGANIC!

http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/4620

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Modern Medicine comes from Herbs

It is not a widely advertised fact that a great deal of modern medicine has derived more or less directly from herbs (herbal medicine, herbalism, phytotherapy). The modern drug derivatives from herbs are ‘unique’ chemicals, manufactured in the laboratory, so they can be patented and make their ‘inventors’ a fortune. Nonetheless, although it seems to be fashionable to demonise natural and indigenous medicine, drug companies (multinational pharmaceutical giants) have to study traditional indications for herbal medicines in order to have some idea what their new drug may be able to do!

The foxglove that indirectly gives us Digoxin

Examples of ‘older’ modern medicines derived from herbs and still in use are ASPIRIN (from Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria or Willow – Salyx alba), DIGOXIN (from the Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea) and ATROPINE (from the Deadly Nightshade – Atropa belladonna).

The powerful chemotherapy drug Vincristine was derived from the Madagascar Periwinkle – Catharansus roseus formerly Vinca rosea). A modern veterinary liver drug called Denamarin contains Silybin, derived from the Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum). Morphine-type drugs (opioids) were originally derived from the Opium Poppy – Papaver somniferum). The list rolls on.

In my opinion, making patented drugs from our natural plant medicines is not necessarily a wise or safe route to follow. Certainly, side effects from drugs and deaths caused by modern drugs are legion (it is estimated that 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse effects of prescription drugs), whereas traditional herbal medicine is not plagued with such troubles.

Just remember, when modern medical folk make disparaging remarks about traditional and natural medicines, that modern medicine owes its origins, in great part, to the very medicines they deride.

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www.alternativevet.org/herbs.htm

www.alternativevet.org/herbal_vet.htm

www.alternativevet.org/holistic_vet.htm

www.veterinary-herbal.co.uk

FLEA ALERT

Summer time (we can possibly mention that concept now) is the favourite time for cats to come home smothered in fleas!

Putting brewers yeast in the cat’s food and combing essential oils though the coat can act as a great flea deterrent.

Regular daily or even twice daily flea-combing is important, so long as you dispose of your ‘catch’ effectively. Electric flea combs may help.

Intensive vacuum-cleaning with a powerful vacuum cleaner, in areas frequented by your cat(s), is also important.

If you are not vigilant and diligent, a flea infestation of your home can follow, which can be a real nightmare. Fleas can multiply at a prodigious rate.

Chemical applications on the animal or in the home can be a risky business and we advise clients to avoid these if at all possible. The toxins can affect humans (esp. toddlers and children) and can be residual in your home environment.

Our main website (over 600 pages of information and opinion on animals, animal welfare and alternative medicine) is at: www.alternativevet.org

www.alternativevet.org/cats.htm and www.alternativevet.org/aromatherapy.htm

You may also be interested in: www.naturalfeeding.co.ukwww.holisticvetmed.co.ukwww.veterinary-holistic.co.ukwww.holistic-vet.co.uk