My first encounter with this word was about five
years ago in college. My lecturer had given us a paper to write on the
difference between pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, which would include
their pros and cons. What was astonishing to me then was why this approach to
health care was not as popular as the pharmaceutical approach?
Many have theorized that the drug industry is a very lucrative business and has the power
to control the health care industry and the media. Adding to that point, there
have even been reports of pharmaceutical companies manipulating doctors and
even pharmaceutical representatives in promoting their drugs.
Some even have said that
the pharmaceutical industry by no means is in the business of health, healing,
cures or wellness but rather disease maintenance and symptom management. In
other words, if all our illnesses were to be cured and the population had
optimum health, there would not be the need for the pharmaceutical industry, which
reiterates the point that they do not intend to cure diseases. With that in
mind, nutraceutical which is a "Food, or parts of food, that provide medical or
health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease,"(DeFelice, 1989), maybe very foreign to many Jamaicans, more
so the multifarious health benefits that are attributed to their products. Against
that background, here is a list of some common foods and their health benefit
that we should incorporate in your diet.
It is important to know that a lot of our
pharmaceuticals are manufactured using synthetic product e.g. minerals obtained
from stones. Stone was never apart of man’s diet hence, some of these product
do not benefit us in anyway but rather a placebo effect. To couple with that
point, most nutrients used to make pharmaceutical products are extracted from
it source and added with other nutrients and by-product such as enzymes which
may not result in the same effects or benefits as it would in its natural form. In
conclusion, my intention is to solely educate all Jamaicans of the benefits of
taking a holistic and natural approach to their health. Healthy environment = healthy food =
healthy people take your health in your own hands today.
Do you think you could survive without pharmaceuticals?