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HEALING HERBS: Medicinal herbal students needed

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: Medicinal herbal students needed

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Greetings! Distinguished readers, fellow herbalists and herbal educators, it gives me distinct pleasure to thank the many readers of this column for your unswerving support in 2012. This year was filled with excitement, nostalgia and empowerment as silent doctors invaded this column weekly.  
Meticulously, readers were introduced to many Barbadian remedies and silent doctors, including the tree of life, marigold, poor-man-pork, chaya, dog dumpling, attaining healthy legs and achieving a chiselled six pack.
Giving honour to silent doctors is like receiving profound affirmation from the Creator that melodious work is in progress. Thus, sharing the responsibility of spreading the fantastic news about silent doctors is imperative.   
This shared responsibility will bind us as a people. In fact, understanding the role of silent doctors in Creation provides awesome bonding, while giving us a greater sense of who we truly are.
Let us remember to honour silent doctors by  consuming more holistic foods, researching acid and alkaline foods, exercising daily, praying more often, repeating positive affirmations, producing and consuming more Barbadian-grown silent doctors, including dunks, guavas, soursops and marigolds.  
Dr Carlos Chase, in the MIDWEEK NATION of December 26 in an article titled BAMP: Reduce Medical Students, posits: “Doctors want a reduction in the number of Barbadians trained annually for the profession at the University of the West Indies [UWI].”  
I would suggest to Government that now Dr Chase has confirmed the overabundance of medical doctors, professional training must be advanced to medicinal herbal students. No one can deny that the untimely passing of herbal specialist Herbert Cheeseman created a void.
This is why I advocate the need to have a cadre of trained UWI herbal students. Trained herbalists in the Caribbean will prove beneficial, like their colleagues in the international world.
Moreover, moderator Dennis Johnson on the programme Getting Down To Brass Tacks (Starcom Network) on December 28 alluded to the fact that a gentleman from Israel came to Barbados and was introduced to aloe vera and is now exporting it to other countries.  
Johnson also spoke about “the buy local campaign”. He warned that the “buy local mindset” does not happen overnight. Therefore I implore all readers to get into action and continue to support silent doctors.
Silent doctors like Ryan Braithwaite can direct the world’s attention to this bright light called Barbados. Let these thoughts linger in your mind and provoke you to action.
Finally, our silent doctors can create another highway to the outside world.  Envisage the needed revenue, the tourism ventures and the healing that can be extracted from our silent doctors.
Happy 2013!
• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator.
DISCLAIMER:?It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims for any product. Any attempt to diagnose and treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care professional.