Something about daytime TV, especially between the hours of 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM EDT, that while at first glance is entertaining, casts a doleful gloom over my spirit. After the 1st gasp at the incredulous situations people get themselves into (like the young man that had 3 different women pregnant at the same time, two of the women being sisters), I reached for the remote-unconsciously seeking something more positive before actually just turning the television completely off. That's when I saw it. Yes, "it." The commercial of some company (name not remembered and truthfully not even important) with the paid actor portraying a physician that was adamantly encouraging viewers to "protect their health" with the insurance coverage being sold. What, I thought aloud? (Since I was alone, I was safe from being labeled crazy) But as clear as dye-free tylenol, viewers were being warned to protect their health with the purchase of the insurance. Sadly, because of the at birth separation we all experience from nature, our lives quickly experience the assault of breathing environmental toxins, ingestion of pesticide laden foods and the application of carcinogenic phthalates. It only gets "better" when we are encouraged to dampen our bodies' inherent ability to heal by suppressing nature with the best of Western medicine's pharmaceuticals with expected side effects of minimally nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and no promise of cure or healing... Questioning any of this, especially as a health care provider trained in this western suite of "poisoning the poison," would be crazytalk and unacceptable. The protection the actor was speaking about, however, was one where you take your drugs/poisons that are barely affordable and suppress your natural healing mechanisms. The holistic practitioner, however, also says protect your health-but means-protect your health, your inherent gift bestowed by the wisdom of nature, by living closer to nature. The more poisons of physical and emotional origin that you consume, the more your wellness and subsequent health are violated and further from reach. Protect your health, keep it safe from harm of suppression, toxins, wellness violations. #protectyourhealth #functionalmedicine #evolutionarymedicine
Yesterday one of my team managers forwarded a link to me, The Strongest Drink That Burns Stomach Fat Immediately!!! Right away, I was leery. The three exclamation points and the "burns stomach fat immediately" gave off a stinky, sensationalistic odor. Yet, I pinched my nose and kept my eyes and ears open, and I went in.
Before I got too far in, though, I needed to revisit what would make anyone venture to create such an over-the-top claim, and shoddy dregs type of presentation and then create a YouTube video?!
This isn't the first time that I've seen this type of display, so it really didn't take long to answer that question.
What I have concluded from years of observation and listening is that healthcare providers and payers are famously tight-lipped and discouraging when it comes to recommending or even considering non-pharmaceutical remedies and treatments. Yet, this doesn't stop people (and it shouldn't) from wanting to know more about alternatives (aka complementary and alternative medicine or CAM) and prevention.
The quest for valid CAM information has become so desperate, though, that people that would be better (for everyone's sake and safety) asking the questions are actually "answering" them. Some are even claiming to be "experts."
Despite my own B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, training, and experience, my approach has always been laid back. I know a lot, but I don't know everything, and I am completely anti-pontification. Essentially, stand up if you know what you're talking about or sit down if you don't. (You don't need a degree or diploma to have "smarts" was one of the first things I learned in my "mom (RN) and dad (PhD) 's "training school!")
Yet, while there were some fragments of truth in this 2:05 video on mixing horseradish, lemon, and honey together, burning fat immediately isn't going to happen...even with a lit match.
Subsequently, I can confirm (1) horseradish has many potentials that must be quantified, (2) Top Buzz is an entertainment news app-not an authority on health news, and (3) horseradish will not burn stomach fat immediately. The only way to win the abdominal visceral fat fight is slowly with exercise, diet, and a hell of a lot of motivation.
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