attorney general calls for crimnal justice reform, some herbs are definitely not good for you

Charlotte du Val d'Ognes

Charlotte du Val d’Ognes, 1801. Oil on canvas. By Marie-Denise Villers  (French 1774–1821)

I wonder if Attorney General Holder has been watching Snitch (2013), Eric Holder calls for major prison reforms aimed at easing drug sentences

Attorney general Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes, divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.

Pericrocotus flammeus

Pericrocotus flammeus ( Scarlet Minivet- male in red, female in yellow) .  Birds of Asia v 2. London : Printed by Taylor and Francis, pub. by the author,1850-1883.

Scientists unravel cancers caused by herbal remedies

A team of scientists from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, LinKou, have made a breakthrough in understanding the cancer-promoting action of Aristolochic Acid (AA), a natural product of Aristolochia plants traditionally used in some Asian herbal remedies for weight loss and slimming. Using advanced DNA sequencing technologies, the team, led by Professors Teh Bin Tean, See-Tong Pang, Patrick Tan and Steve Rozen discovered that AA is the most potent carcinogen identified to date, causing more DNA mutations than cigarette smoke or ultraviolent light. The team also discovered that besides its previously known contribution to kidney failure and a form of kidney cancer, AA may also contribute to liver cancer.

Science has discovered medicine derived from plants, aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) – a very good anti-inflammatory and fever reducer, was first made from tree bark. Generally a good idea though to wait for testing a compound before thinking it is some kind of easy miracle cure.

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