A herb found to be potent cancer causing & alkaline water issue

A joint study conducted by researchers from NCC (National cancer centre Singapore), Duke-NUS and a hospital in Taiwan found that the Aristolochia plant used in traditional Chinese medicine and present in many weight loss products has potent carcinogenic compounds.

Traditional medicines and products sold in organic or health food shops do not equate safety. On ther other hand, there are also many traditional herbs found to be safe and non toxic or what we called evidenced based medicine.

Evidenced based phytotherapy is the foundation of my medical herbalist’s practice. I do not sell nor prescribe herbs just because it sells very well in the market or simply is traditional.

For example, under guideline from my association in Australia, I don’t recommend red yeast rice to control cholesterol. Interestingly, this supplement is found in many pharmacies and health food stores. This is because red yeast has been found to act like ‘statin’ drug, which potentially can be toxic to the liver.

The other popular product in the market is alkaline water. My naturopathic background tells me that nature tended us to drink clean water not altered water. In my opinion, the best beverage is medicinal herbal tea or water. In large scale population studies around the world, most older old adults (>90 years old individuals) consumed these beverages on a daily basis.

Although I do not agree everything said in this video but it may give you an idea why alkaline water is not recommended for daily consumption.


About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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