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Milwaukee, Wisconsin: What Is Butea Superba?

As people who use and promote Butea Superba powder regularly, one of the most common questions we here is, What is Butea Superba? We’ll do our best in this article to give you all the basics about this simple, yet powerful superfood.

Butea Superba is a perennial plant that grows high up in the Thailand mountains (above about 14,000 feet – 3500 m). Growing in some of the most hostile regions on the planet, Butea Superba thrives where other plants can’t. The tuber, similar in size and shape to a white turnip, is eaten by animals of the region and has also been used by people indigenous to Thailand mountain ranges for 1000s of years.

What Is Butea Superba Good For?
For people working at such high elevations in oxygen starved air, Butea Superba has been a true blessing. One of the most what is notable properties of Butea Superba is how quickly it increases strength, stamina and endurance. Butea Superba has also been used traditionally to boost fertility for both livestock as well as humans. This use dates back about 1000 years that we know of and continues to the modern day. Butea Superba is regularly prescribed by doctors in Thailand to support fertility in both men and women.

What is Butea Superba in Terms of Western Medicine
Although Butea Superba has always been known and commonly used in modern Thailand, it wasn’t until the last 30 years or so that it attracted the attention of medical researches and natural health practitioners. In the 1970s it was discovered that Butea Superba is one of those few unique plants that is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are very powerful in that they are able to “adapt” to a given body’s health condition and in many cases stimulate it to heal whatever is out of balance. Another more famous adaptogen that you might have heard of is Ginseng, which has enjoyed a tremendously long history of use in Asia.
Because of its adaptogenic properties, Butea Superba works to help improve a wide variety of health conditions. Over 254 studies on PubMed database and 100s of others have shown that the major benefits of taking this herb include:

More energy and endurance
Higher stamina and muscle strength
Elimination of chronic exhaustion (fatigue) syndrome
Higher libido in both men and women
Enhanced fertility in people and animals
Hormonal balance during menopause & andropause
Decreased depression
Reduced anxiety, worry and stress
Improved circulation leading to reduced anemia and faster wound healing
Enhanced memory, learning, and mental ability
Improved and more youthful skin appearance
Healthier teeth and bones

What Is Butea Superba Powder Made Of?

High quality Butea Superba (and not all of it is) is made by simply washing, cutting and drying the root vegetable at low temperatures (ours is sundried). Keeping the drying process under 45c or 120F is of the utmost importance to preserve the healing properties of Butea Superba. Butea Superba that has been dried in such a fashion is considered “raw,” and therefore premium. Once the pieces have been dried, they are then ground into a fine powder.

What Is Butea Superba ‘s Taste Like?

Butea Superba has a unique and pleasant malty taste, so most people choose to use Butea Superba in powder form. Butea Superba can be taken mixed into water, juices or smoothies. You can also simply eat it straight out of the bag. Some people choose to purchase Butea Superba that has been put into capsules. The disadvantage of this is that capsules sometimes don’t dissolve well in the stomach which means less Butea Superba will be absorbed than if you take the powder. Also, Butea Superba in capsules tends to be very expensive relative to the powder.

Who Uses Butea Superba? There are hundreds of thousands of regular Butea Superba consumers in the world. Outside of Thailand, the herb is used in Europe, the United States and Asia/Pacific. It is a very commonly prescribed by fertility doctors to help people conceive naturally. It is also quite common for women passing through menopause to use the herb. Beyond that, Butea Superba is popular among athletes. Endurance athletes such as runners and cyclists use the herb to boost their stamina. And natural body builders use it to increase their muscle mass and strength. Another group of people who use Butea Superba regularly are people committed to eating a very healthy and high energy diet.


So, in just a few words: what is Butea Superba? Butea Superba is a gift from nature and one of the most potent superfoods in the world.


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Albuquerque, New Mexico: Some Canadians still travelling to Switzerland to end their own lives

Quebec academic blasts politicians for lack of 'courage' in letter written before assisted death

CBC News

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a growing number of Canadians were travelling to Switzerland for help to end their own lives. This story has been updated with the correct numbers.

A small number of Canadians travelled to Switzerland to end their own lives last year, as Parliament passed a new law permitting doctor-assisted death that was widely criticized as too restrictive.

According to figures from Dignitas, a Swiss organization that assists patients with chronic or terminal illness to die, 131 Canadians became members in 2016, but only five travelled to Switzerland to end their lives, down slightly from seven the previous year and 11 in 2014.

Forced to die 'with strangers'

"I will die with strangers who are more courageous and humane than our doctors and our decision makers," she wrote in the letter, written in French and released by Dignitas. "I leave you hoping that our elected officials finally have enough courage and empathy to permit people who are suffering to decide the moment of their death, here in Quebec and in Canada. As a matter of fact, when you read this text, I will probably be dead. It's sad! Indescribably sad...."

In the letter, Hamel accused politicians of putting electoral interests ahead of patient care, and also lashed out at doctors who oppose more liberal assisted death, saying they want to preserve a "monopoly" over life and death decisions.

She said the current law forced her to die far from home and loved ones, and that she spent more than $20,000 in fees for medical verification and travel costs.

In 2016, there were 7,764 people from 98 countries who became members of "Dignitas, To live with dignity – To die with dignity," up from 6,595 five years ago. Last year, a total of 201 people travelled to Switzerland to end their own lives.

Canada's new law, which came into effect on June 17, 2016, limits assisted death to mentally competent adults who have serious and incurable illness, disease or disability, where death is "reasonably foreseeable."

Restrictions on minors, mentally ill

It excluded some of the most contentious recommendations from a parliamentary committee that studied the issue, including extending the right to die to "mature minors" and the mentally ill, and allowing advance consent for patients with degenerative disorders.

Shanaaz Gokool, the CEO of Canadian advocacy group Dying with Dignity Canada, said that excludes large swaths of people who should have been covered under the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the landmark Carter case which struck down the sections in the Criminal Code that prohibited assisted death. That's forcing people to travel abroad to die, she said.

"We would hope that with the Supreme Court decision on Carter that people wouldn't have to resort to these measures, and it's very unfortunate that people have to be separated from their friends, families, communities at their most vulnerable time in their lives, when they are having an assisted death," she said.

Julia Lamb, a B.C. woman with spinal muscular atrophy, and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association launched a legal challenge of the new law, arguing it is too narrow.

Spurred by Supreme Court

The government was forced to draft new legislation after a unanimous landmark ruling on Feb. 6, 2015, by the Supreme Court of Canada, which found the ban on physician-assisted violated Canadians' Charter rights.

The case involved two B.C. women who wanted end their lives with medical help. Both died before the court ruled,

Gloria Taylor, who had a neurodegenerative disease, eventually died of an infection. Kay Carter, then 89, travelled to Switzerland.

Justices gave the federal and provincial governments 12 months to prepare for the decision to come into effect.

After taking office, the Liberal government asked for a six-month extension, but the high court granted an extra four months, to June 6, 2016, leading to a compressed law-making process.

David Taylor, a spokesman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said independent reviews of three issues identified in Bill C-14 as requiring further study is now underway, with a report due by December 2018.

Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, who chaired the special parliamentary committee that studied the issue, said he's disappointed by the pace of the review and called it "very concerning" that Canadians are forced to travel abroad to die.

Law needs more clarity

"I think Canadians need to understand that this is affecting real people and that we have to have better clarity in the Act to ensure it meets the Supreme Court expectations," he said. "To me, the Supreme Court was clear that an illness did not need to be terminal to be eligible."

Oliphant said he has received a number of emails, phone calls and letters from Canadians and family members who can't get the medical assistance they need and are either forced to travel to Switzerland or endure tremendous pain.

He said the recurring message is that Canadians should have a continuum of medical care that allows them full dignity.

"That's what the legislation needs to guarantee, that people are able to entrust their lives and their deaths in the hands of the physicians who will understand whether they have the right to end their own lives when a certain set of criteria have been met."

The special committee's 70-page report said Canadians should have the right to make an "advance request" for medical aid in dying after being diagnosed with certain debilitating but not necessarily terminal conditions.

It also said assisted death should not be limited to those with physical conditions, and that Canadians with psychiatric conditions should not be excluded from doctor assistance to end suffering.

Medically Assisted Dying Oliphant 20160227 Liberal MP Rob Oliphant chaired the special parliamentary committee studying medical assistance in death. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)


This story has been edited from a previous version that incorrectly stated 131 Canadians travelled to Switzerland last year for medical assistance in ending their own lives. In fact, 131 is the number of Canadians who are members in an organization there that provides medical assistance in dying; only five Canadians travelled to the country last year to end their own lives.


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San Francisco, California: Making molehills into mountains: Adult responses to child sexuality and behaviour

Sexual behaviour among children can be perplexing for adults as they negotiate a spectrum of ideas relating to abuse and natural curiosity. In the search for understandings, adults can act in ways that close opportunities for children to explore and describe meanings for the behaviour. This article invites practitioners to check their assumptions in this kind of work, and to take a stance that opposes abusive actions – while taking up a position of enquiry to support the multiple stories that make up children’s lives.


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