THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Transcripts: 561.4 & 561.5

Week: 561.4 Guest: Dr. Varro Tyler, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Pharmacognosy, Purdue Univ. Topic: The best herbal brews Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: The goodness of herb teas...coming up...

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma- the National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: Dr. Varro Tyler, of Purdue University, is a leading expert on the properties of chemicals derived from living things. Like those found in green tea....

TYLER: There are a number of compounds in the tea leaf, the green tea leaf, that scavenge free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to cells in the body...

NEMA: Just like vitamin C, and vitamin A...and vitamin E. And chamomile tea has always been around, but is very hot right now...

TYLER: It has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic activities, due to a volatile oil, and some flavenoids, and some other compounds contained in the plant.

NEMA: So, for a cramping or upset stomach, steep your chamomile about 15 minutes for best results. Dr. Tyler says for a gassy stomach, much of the world already relies on the peppermint in most over the counter acid products. He says just make a strong peppermint tea to do the job. He has two books on herbs and their properties, available in your library or bookstore...called Herbs of Choice....and The Honest Herbal, from Hayworth Press. I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.

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Week: 561.5 Guest: Dr. Varro Tyler, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Pharmacognosy, Purdue Univ. Topic: Herbal concoctions to avoid Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Bad herbal brews....coming up...

SPOT: For 15 years, the National Emergency Medicine Association has worked against stroke, heart disease and trauma. Join the effort, call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: Herbal teas are hot....just check your grocer's shelves. Dr. Varro Tyler of Purdue University has written The Honest Herbal and Herbs of Choice . Dr. Tyler says despite some claims, there is no tea that aids in weight loss....

TYLER: Some of the weight loss teas involve a stimulant-laxative, such as senna ...but if you take senna tea on a daily basis, then you can get cardiac irregularities and might even result in death. Ephedra, sometimes known as ma huang, contains a stimulant, a central nervous system stimulant alkaloid known as ephedrine. And they combine that product with caffeine, in some of these weight loss products, and there have been some 800 adverse reaction reports to the FDA. If you have high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, diabetes and so on...this can cause very serious health problems for you.

NEMA: Beware chapparal, germander and comfrey, they're being investigated by the FDA for possible liver damage. I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.