CLAREMONT, Calif., Oct. 1 /EIN Presswire/ — President Obama’s healthcare reform effort dominates American news.
From raucous meetings to Sen. Max Baucus’ suggested legislation, front-page stories, headlines, op-eds, talk radio, TV talking heads and blogs chronicle and wrangle over proposals to change America’s medical insurance. Republicans fight Democrats, liberals battle conservatives.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson interrupts the President during a joint session of Congress and “teabagger” protesters denounce Obama for plotting “death panels” and big government takeover of America’s healthcare. Progressives endorse single payer, while the public option, a co-op plan, doing nothing at all, etc., are debated.
Amidst all this sound and fury something crucial is overlooked: prevention. One commentator who hasn’t neglected this essential factor is comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time.” During the presidential race Maher observed on his cable TV program, “none of the [candidates’] plans address the real problem. We won’t stop being sick until we stop making ourselves sick. Because there is a point where even the most universal government health program can’t help you. They can’t outlaw unhealthy food or alcohol… “
Maher added, “the government isn’t your nanny.” Indeed, even if Washington insures everyone, individuals pursuing unhealthy lifestyles can fall ill. As Maher observed: “Fifty years ago, children didn’t even get Type 2 Diabetes. Now, it’s an emerging epidemic. As are a long list of ailments which used to be rare… ” (A 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association report found: “Higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with … weight gain and an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes in women… “)
In his televised rant, Maher asserted, “diet and exercise don’t fail … [A] new Duke University study showed exercise … is just as effective a cure for depression as Paxil and Zoloft … [I]f Republicans can sell the idea of preemptive war, Democrats have to at least get us interested in … preventive medicine.”
The HBO humorist’s notion is older than the U.S. In 18th-century colonial America Dr. Benjamin Franklin noted: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While universal health insurance may be worthwhile, individuals must also be active participants in their own wellness, instead of passive victims complicit in their sicknesses.
The Dr. Chao Herbal Drink Line is a healthy soft drink alternative consisting of beverages that are 100% natural and vegan, without sugar, caffeine, calories, glutens, artificial sweeteners or preservatives, and which feature a variety of health benefits. It is safe to drink Dr. Chao’s Herbal Beverage every day as much as you want without any limitations. The eponymous Dr. Chao refers to U.S. People Foods & Beverages Company President Ted Chao’s illustrious ancestor, Baoyin Chao, a famous herbalist from Guizhou Province in Southwest China who, in the 1870s, was a sort of Asian Gregor Mendel or George Washington Carver.
Ted and his family, which includes three brothers and a sister, followed in his famous great-great-grandfather’s footsteps. When Ted grew up, his family “always used the herbs for nutrition and treatment, and knew their uses very well.” The family established a hospital, institute, clinic and herbal school at Guizhou, where Ted started working in 1989 when he was 24, after graduating with a master’s degree from Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guizhou’s capital.
Among those who believe soda is an addictive silent killer loaded with sugar, preservatives, carbs and often caffeine responsible for much of America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics is Chinese herbalist Ted Chao. Previously herbs – plants with healing properties from Mother Nature’s “pharmacy” — were consumed in tablet, pill or powder form. But drawing upon his family’s herbal heritage, as well as China’s 5,000-year-old medical tradition, Ted has rendered herb-based recipes into liquid form that can be consumed in eight-ounce flip top recyclable tab cans.
By 2007, Ted had come to America and was thinking how to make “the consumption of herbs more convenient for consumers.” The Chinese entrepreneurial herbalist started working with the Northern California-based National Food Laboratory, which, according to its website, is “a consulting organization specializing in transforming inspiration and experience into innovative food and beverage development.” Ted and the NFL looked into the best way to preserve the herb’s beneficial properties while providing convenience for users. Ultimately, they hit upon the idea of liquefying the herbs, and the Dr. Chao Herbal Drink Line was born. While the actual herbs are grown in China, they are imported to the U.S.A. and are processed into soft drinks at a FDA certified beverage factory in Wisconsin that also produces V8 juice.
Doctor Baoyin Chao spent years in the mountains studying the properties of herbs, applied his knowledge to a practice that included thousands of patients and compiled a sort of herbal encyclopedia. The formulas for the Dr. Chao Herbal Drink Line are derived from this manuscript, which consists of hundreds of pages of parchment, containing handwritten recipes in Chinese characters. Ted joked that if this writer read Chinese, he would not have shown the loosely bound pages to him. Like the Kentucky Colonel’s “secret recipe” for Col. Sanders’ “finger lickin’ good” chicken (which, by the way, includes 11 herbs and spices), Ted refuses to disclose and publish the closely guarded formulations of his forebear, a sacred family text that remains a patented trade secret.
However, in an interview at the Claremont, California headquarters of the firm he is the president of, U.S. People Foods & Beverages Company.Ted revealed the recipes, properties and benefits of the Dr. Chao Herbal Drink Line. ” ‘Lady Drink,’ as its name implies, is designed specifically for females. This is as an anti-menstrual pain, anti-PMS, herbal detox beauty drink with anti-oxidants for removing impurities from women’s internal systems,” Mr. Chao explains. “Lady Drink improves facial skin. It excretes toxic substances, has anti-aging benefits, promotes blood circulation and ovarian health, regulates the endocrine system, and enhances kidney and liver functions. It also helps reduce weight and alleviates acne.” USPFB’s president adds that Lady Drink is made with Herba Leonuri (Motherwort Herb), Saffron, aloe and Fructus Momordicae.
“The ‘Stress Reliever’ alleviates symptoms caused by stress, such as headaches, insomnia, irritability and back pain,” Ted explained. “It has Cordyceps [caterpillar fungus], saffron, Fructus Momordicae [Grosvenor Momordica fruit] and Herba Hyperici Japonici [St. John’s Wort], Herba Houttuyniae (Heartleaf), Rubus Suavissmus (Sweet Leaf Extract), and Lavender.”
The “Adult Drink,” Ted said, ” is similar to Viagra, but in a natural way. It’s designed to increase sexual health, by stimulating the healthy production of sexual hormones and glands, and combats sexual exhaustion.” The herbs in this concoction include Herba Epimedii, which, in English is called, appropriately enough, Horny Goat Weed.
According to Ted, a fourth drink named “21” will be on the market by the end of 2009 with a most practical function that could have come in handy in that popular 2009 comedy, “The Hangover”: curing the effects of overdrinking. Down the road, U.S.P.F.B. plans to introduce herbal-based foods, such as “herbal ice cream, which will be as sweet as normal ice cream – but without sugar,” Ted said. U.S.P.F.B. also intends to grow its own herbs here in the U.S.A. as well as to expand its distribution beyond the health and organic food stores, such as Whole Foods Market and Clarks Nutrition & Natural Foods Market, where the Dr. Chao Herbal Drinks are currently sold.
Ted’s master plan is to bring the wisdom of the East to the West, in the shape of healthy soft drinks that can replace sugary, syrupy sodas and the like. “I want to introduce herbal drinks to the whole world. When the public knows the value of herb drinks, they will love it,” he insisted. Although well aware that alternative beverages are obviously not the sole solution to America’s medical insurance dilemmas, the Chinese herbalist believes that by being proactive in their own wellbeing and choosing to consume healthful products, Americans can avoid pitfalls such as diabetes and obesity. “Herbs can supplement healthcare,” proclaimed Ted.
This great-great-grandson of a venerable Chinese herbal doctor hopes that his herbal ambrosia will have an impact similar to how the introduction of the ancient Chinese science of acupuncture affected healing practices in the Western world. If, as Ben Franklin observed, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” then as far as Ted Chao is concerned, the Dr. Chao Herbal Drink Line provides eight herbal ounces of preventive healthcare per can.
–By Ed Rampell
U.S. People Foods & Beverages Company
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