Sunday, 9 March 2014

Filipino Herbal Scientist: Mr. Antonio Agustin


BOSTON-C HERBS by ANTONIO AGUSTIN
Individual Project
Deniese Aninao


(retrieved from bostoncherbs.com)


Mr. Antonio Agustin is a Filipino herbal scientist who discovered a coconut- based dietary drink supplements that are highly potent, safe and an effective cure for cancer. According to him, his herbal concoctions can accelerate treatment of various diseases and illnesses such as Prostrate, Bone and Brain cancers, Bronchial Asthma, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Diabetes Mellitus, Edema, Sinusitis, Emphysema, Hemorrhoid, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Viral, Bacterial Infection, and Psoriasis. It was also said to have “combated stage IV cancer diseases when simultaneously used with chemotherapy, cobalt or radiation therapy, with 90 percent of tumors disappearing in just 10 days of accelerated treatment. This methodology involves administering intravenously Boston-C herbs special solution to terminally-ill patients under the administration and supervision of a physician”
(www.bostoncherbs.com)


At present, Mr. Antonio Agustin is producing and manufacturing 10 products that are deemed to be replete with vitamin C and also serve as an antioxidant. 

(retrieved from: http://santa-rosa-city.saintclassifiedphilippines.com/boston-c-herbs-cancer-treatment-cure-alternative-medicine-effective-jej-effectively-rehabilitates-de-coco-and-chronic-kidney-failure-ad-10924)


Because I am no expert in Cancer diseases and because I have no medical background, I consulted various articles and a book that tackled about Cancer and how one can acquire and prevent it. I could not say that just by reading and mere studying for a week, I already know everything there is to know about Cancer. However, I can say that I’ve learned fairly enough about the basics of the illness, its causes and how one can prevent it from manifesting. If there’s one vital thing that I realized after “studying” the disease, it is that through diligence and commitment to live a healthy life, one has a higher chance of not acquiring Cancer.




(retrieved from: http://saibavocetambem.com.br/conheca-os-autores/)

There are internal and external factors that contribute to the manifestation of Cancer cells. In the book, Anti cancer: a new way of life, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, narrated his ordeal when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His life drastically changed from that of an esteemed physician to a dejected patient. During his time as a practicing physician, doctors would normally brush off the idea of “natural medicine” because their minds were set to the idea that there’s no other cure for an illness except a trusted drug. To quote from the book: “if there’s a problem, there’s a drug” (Anti cancer: a new way of life, page 130). Dr. David started to question this idea when he was diagnosed with Cancer because he wanted to know everything he can do to fight off his deadly illness. And so he studied, conducted research and applied his learning to his own life. In his book, not only did he provide ways on how to prevent Cancer, he also gave ideas on how to have a healthier and more fulfilling life. His teachings in the book do not guarantee total cure from Cancer, but the healthy tips and more importantly, the hope that he imparted to his readers proved worthy and is of great importance.  

The late Dr. David (he passed away on July 24, 2011 after a 20 year battle with cancer) discussed in his book a myriad of ways that could help alleviate and prevent Cancer cells and one of these is the Anti cancer foods. In his Anti cancer foods, he included some food and beverage that people must intake more for a healthier body. Examples of these are: green tea, virgin olive oil, soy, turmeric, mushrooms, berries, stone fruit, and some herbs and spices. The importance of vegetables, organic fruits and omega fatty acids was also discussed. In relation to Mr. Antonio Agustin, I tried to “study” his coconut-based dietary drink supplement based from the research of Dr. David. 


From the online site of BOSTON-C HERBS and other online sources, I tried to find out how his drink supplements were produced and manufactured but there were no existing articles about it. As for the potent ingredients of the drinks, there were not also extensive articles and explanations about it. I only gathered some of the ingredients and these are: Nata de Coco, water and a combination of the different fruits and herbs extract such as: Garlic, Soursop (Guyabano), Bitter Melon(Ampalaya), Lemon Grass(Tanglad), Tomato, kamias, Salay, Pandan, Star Apple (Caimito) , Lagerstroemia speciosa (Banaba Leaves), Ascorbic Acid and Citric Acid. From this list of ingredients, one can already see that Mr. Antonio Agustin used vegetables and fruits but since the production part of the drink was not discussed, it’s not entirely safe to say that these are “extracted” in an effective way.

To further enhance or prove the effectiveness of BOSTON-C HERBS, Mr. Antonio Agustin and his partners did numerous lab tests from known laboratories and one of these was from the College of Science of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. From the laboratory results obtained from the test, it was shown that the herbal supplement was effective in making the sample cytotoxic.

However, from my research, I chanced upon an article from a known newspaper (published in 2009) that states how the University of the Philippines sued Mr. Antonio Agustin for using the University’s name, seal, logo, including the Oblation, to promote his product. Apparently, Mr. Antonio Agustin and his partners failed to also mention that “succeeding tests showed that the same product had lost its efficacy, or at the very least, that the tests conducted on the product produced varied results depending on the batch that was presented for testing” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8/14,2009). Despite the controversy and issues behind the product, there were testimonials of people who are said to be cured by BOSTON-C HERBS. However, it’s not really safe to say that it’s effective for all people and efficient at all times.

REFLECTIONS:

I am reminded of the podcast the “Rhetoric of Cancer” while I was working on this project. After reading the life of Dr. David, I realized how life is really fleeting and how it is of utmost importance that we live life the best way we can. Honestly after reading the book, I immediately boiled water and drank green tea. His research, his teachings, his tips… it all revealed to me how unhealthy I live and it all enlightened me of ways on how to change my lifestyle. Admittedly for me, the journey towards a healthier lifestyle is easier said than done because I’ve been accustomed to not minding so much my health and my living. It’s a commitment that I must undertake --all people must undertake-- and it’s not easy and it’s easy at the same time. It’s really confusing but I hope you get my point. It’s not easy to change because of the urgencies of life. To be committed to something as big as this is a journey that is challenging but definitely worthwhile.

But having a healthier body does not stop from eating healthy food and drinking nutritious beverage. There are other factors that contribute to having a healthier life. As what was stated in the book, one must also consider our environment, our state of mind and our emotions and feelings. It’s a holistic process. Therefore, to add with Mr. Agustin’s statement that the BOSTON-C HERBS together with chemotherapy, cobalt or radiation therapy are effective in combating stage IV cancer diseases, it is effective when ALSO paired with a clean and healthy environment, a tranquil and peaceful mind, a balanced emotional state free of any negative feelings and an active lifestyle.

Albeit the issues bombarded on BOSTON-C HERBS, I still regard Mr. Antonio Agustin highly because he concocted a drink that could help people with various illnesses. I just hope that his products will be available to the market at a much lower price so that many more people could get benefit from it and not just a limited few. As for Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, he is also an inspiration for me because he helped people by sharing what he know and learned about Cancer. He imparted his knowledge about this disease and helped people have a better and more fulfilling life. Some people might say that it is ironic that he’s now deceased despite advocating healthy ways to have a healthier and eventually longer life. But his last words on his book rang so true that I could not agree more:

“I don’t know if I will still be here in a year or two or in sixty. They [skeptics] would be right. I am not invulnerable. But there is one thing I am certain of. I will never regret living as I live today, because the health and the greater awareness that this personal transformation has brought into my life give it a much greater value. Indeed, I have only one wish for every one of my readers as I finish this book. Whether you are well or ill, I hope that you too will choose to open yourself fully to that awareness—it is your birthright—and that your life will long bask in its light.”(David Servan- Schreiber, MD, PhD, pages 221-222)

NOTE: I was not able to conduct an interview with Mr. Antonio Agustin. This interview would have been better if an interview is included so that he can further explain his products. 


References:

Anticancer: A new way of life. Retrieved from http://www.anticancerbook.com/ on March 5, 2014

Boston- C Herbs. Retrieved from http://www.bostoncherbs.com/ on March 1, 2014

Cancer research UK. Retrieved from http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/healthyliving/ on March 7, 2014

Carvajal, N. (2009). UP sues herbal manufacturer. Retrieved from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view/20090814-220211/UP-sues-herbal-drink-manufacturer?ModPagespeed=off on March 1, 2014

Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, D. (2009). Anti Cancer: A new way of life. USA: Penguin group



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