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    Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet

    Source: American Chemical Society
    Date: March 20, 2007

    Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet

    Science Daily — When it comes to stocking pharmacy shelves with drugs to treat human ills, Mother Nature still is the ultimate medicinal chemist, a study scheduled for the March 23 issue of ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, a monthly publication, suggests.

    In the study, the National Cancer Institute’s David J. Newman and Gordon M. Craig conclude that only 30 percent of the critically important “new chemical entities (NCEs)” introduced between 1981 and mid-2006 were synthetic and not based on a naturally-occurring compound. NCEs are totally new drugs, never before available, rather than modified versions of existing medications sometimes termed “me-too” drugs. The remaining 70 percent of the NCEs introduced during the last 25 years were natural products — medicines obtained from sources such as plants and animals, derived from natural products or chemically designed to mimic natural products.

    Natural products range from aspirin (originally obtained from the willow tree) to taxol, the anti-cancer drug discovered in the Pacific yew tree. About half of all anti-cancer drugs introduced since the 1940s are either natural products or medicines derived directly from natural products, the study notes....

    Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by American Chemical Society.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0319090646.htm

    #2
    Sen,
    Check your local PBS nature, nova series for a documentary called "Jewels of the Jungle".

    It follows Dr. Gary Strobel, a plant scientist, which I didn't realize there are so very few of this type of scientists, on a few of his many journeys searching for endopytes.

    He found a vine in the rain forest of the Amazon that was speculated to be over 100 million years old. It was huge.

    A very interesting documentary..and a colorful scientist to boot.

    Some of his discoveries are what is being used in treatments for cancer and other diseases.

    He is fun to watch also. You know those bug guys how excited they become..he too becomes radiant when dealing with the plants. You gotta love 'em. They are
    so absolutely sincere.
    Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Lindox
      Sen,

      He is fun to watch also. You know those bug guys how excited they become..he too becomes radiant when dealing with the plants. You gotta love 'em. They are
      so absolutely sincere.
      LOL, I watched a UFO doc yesterday and thought the same thing about the UFOlogists. One has a 1" chip of metal he thinks came from a spaceship. He was thrilled.
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        #4
        Aloe. Pure aloe. Makes for happy skin.

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          #5
          Originally posted by antiquity
          Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by American Chemical Society.

          http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0319090646.htm
          Don’t bring “those” woman with you to the rally, aloe vera is probably good for global warming and some sun burns etc., that’s all, can’t eat it, well have tried, but stops rite there.

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            #6
            Originally posted by betheny
            LOL, I watched a UFO doc yesterday and thought the same thing about the UFOlogists. One has a 1" chip of metal he thinks came from a spaceship. He was thrilled.
            LOL. Of course if this UFOlogists is sincere..he must just like the bug and plant guys prove their discoveries are genuine. Dr. Strobel does..in spades.
            Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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              #7
              this is why environmentalism is so important. most of those who are quick to call someone a tree hugger or debase vegetarianism don't realize that regular ol aspirin was developed from a plant and would be suprised to hear that many life saving drugs come from plants. nature is our friend. most non western cultures view plants as both food and medicine.

              many plants have also been shown to possess regenerative or neuroprotective properties.
              Last edited by antiquity; 20 Mar 2007, 8:41 PM.

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                #8
                Japanese and our boats have produced a lot of nice oil skin care and good food too. Sailors coming back home from the seas in the southern hemisphere didn’t have sun burns at all; they used to take their hands in face with oil (no drug addicted add ppl like nowadays back then to promote) and lived until 100.

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                  #9
                  A good guide through the storms Naomi is. Great world.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Leif
                    Japanese and our boats have produced a lot of nice oil skin care and good food too. Sailors coming back home from the seas in the southern hemisphere didn’t have sun burns at all; they used to take their hands in face with oil (no drug addicted add ppl like nowadays back then to promote) and lived until 100.

                    i wonder if it was camellia oil or rice bran.

                    yep, a few oils and butters confer uv protection.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Leif
                      Japanese and our boats have produced a lot of nice oil skin care and good food too. Sailors coming back home from the seas in the southern hemisphere didn’t have sun burns at all; they used to take their hands in face with oil (no drug addicted add ppl like nowadays back then to promote) and lived until 100.
                      Leif,
                      This sounds like your talking about whaling again.
                      Granted humans found a multitude of great uses for whale products. BUT we got too greedy.
                      Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Lindox
                        BUT we got too greedy.
                        I agree 100%. There are ways though but will not hijack this thread with more pro-whaling propaganda lol

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Leif
                          I agree 100%. There are ways though but will not hijack this thread with more pro-whaling propaganda lol
                          Agreed. I too will abstain from going pro-whale right now.
                          Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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                            #14
                            oh no, not spermaceti.

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                              #15
                              Stay with jojoba.

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