Medicine

To Medicate or Not to Medicate – That is the Question

To Medicate or Not to Medicate – That is the Question

Is your health worth a billion dollars?

I would like to think it is – given that your health fundamentally defines what you are able to do with your life, and whether it is one worth living.

I know this first hand as I reflect on my own changing welfare. Having lost over 65 pounds and defeating many diseases, I know that health is worth more than anything money can buy.

Unfortunately, in the modern world where corporations dot so much of the landscape, your health is not worth a billion dollars. Rather, an unhealthy you is far better for profits!

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars in profit every year. In 2013, it was reported that the top 11 pharma corporations made a combined total of $84 billion dollars in profit. These figures have only continued to grow into our current fiscal year. The gross earnings figure enters the trillion dollar range when you add other expenses, court costs, employee salaries, etc. and view total earnings as a whole.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat the Leaves of Your Broccoli Plants

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat the Leaves of Your Broccoli Plants

Broccoli is an often ignored vegetable that is an excellent source of “whole” nutrients. Belonging to the cabbage family, its flowering head (also referred to as the florets or crown) is typically the part consumed as a part of our diet. While the crown is certainly tasty, did you know there is still a lot of benefit to be acquired by eating the rest of the broccoli plant? It’s possible you may not have even known that broccoli grows leaves, comparable to collard greens in many respects. The vegetables you buy at a local supermarket are generally stripped down to what is most easily sellable. With so many leafy greens already available (Romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, and spinach just to name a few obvious ones), one can assume that broccoli leaves are often left off the shelf because of what we expect from broccoli in the store: that being just a short stalk and the flowering head. Today, I would like to dispel the notion that the rest of the broccoli plant can’t be consumed, and highly advise that you look to include this in your diet, and growing broccoli in your garden if you have the chance too!