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‘Focus on prevention rather than cure’ – Donald E. De Castro

- continues his call on Government to allow ‘bush medicines’ to be covered under NHI
Radio talk show host and social commentator Donald E. de Castro is concerned that the government’s health thrust seems to be focused on looking after people after they become sick rather than preventing them from becoming sick. Photo: VINO/File
Minister Skelton had told this news site that while he himself uses his “bush medicine” on occasion, there are no immediate plans to allow coverage of natural and alternative medicines under the NHI. Photo: GIS
Minister Skelton had told this news site that while he himself uses his “bush medicine” on occasion, there are no immediate plans to allow coverage of natural and alternative medicines under the NHI. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host and social commentator Donald E. de Castro is concerned that the government’s health thrust seems to be focused on looking after people after they become sick rather than preventing them from becoming sick.

The vocal and sometimes controversial talk show host was speaking on his programme Straight Talk, aired on ZBVI 780 AM on Wednesday January 13, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

“People are still concerned about National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton says he wants a healthier Virgin Islands for 2016 and I totally agree with him,” said de Castro.

He also acknowledged the efforts the government is making to get tough in food handlers and said he supports this.

“But my question is why is more not spent on helping people how not to get sick in the first place?” he asked.

He asked also, why it was that Government has not made regulations prohibiting the use of fluoride in the water system.

“For those of you who do not know what fluoride is, fluoride is the main ingredient in rat poison,” he said.

De Castro has been a long time advocate of natural remedies and alternative medicines and has been calling on the Government to include them for coverage under the NHI. On previous shows, de Castro had said that he should be free to make his own healthcare choices, even if those choices include exclusively alternative medicines or natural cures and remedies.

According to de Castro, he paid less than $600 using alternative medicines to treat a medical condition and bring it under control. He said he would have spent thousands of dollars had he listened to the doctors who recommended surgery for the condition.

However, Minister Skelton had told the House of Assembly on August 14, 2014 that while he himself uses his “bush medicine” on occasion, there are no immediate plans to allow coverage of natural and alternative medicines under the NHI.

10 Responses to “‘Focus on prevention rather than cure’ – Donald E. De Castro ”

  • Xxx (15/01/2016, 15:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very good points
  • Interesting (15/01/2016, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well, the Labor Code has provisions to safeguard the health and safety of employees at work, not that anyone seems to care. The Environmental Health Department sends people to look for mosquito vectors (not that we generally try to avoid them ourselves). The Vehicle Code has provisions to safeguard people (seat belts, no cell phones, obey the speed limit) but we generally ignore those things.
    And, for the record, fluoride water treatment is intended to promote dental health. The US Maximum is about 3 parts per million (another word, 99.9997% pure water). It is a safe practice. On the other hand, sodium fluoride (a compound), would be 300,000 times stronger. It would take something like 100 mg (about a tenth of a packet of sugar) to kill a 1 lb rat, so for a 150 pound human, you'd need about 1,500 mg, in one dose. At the maximum allowable water level, you'd have to drink 500 liters of water (about 125 gallons) in one sitting. Basically a case of the dose making the poison. FYI Drinking 5-10 liters of 100% pure water is enough to kill a healthy adult.
    • dog (16/01/2016, 16:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If Fluoride is so great, why has the Center for Disease Control lowered the concentration from 1 ppm (not 3ppm) to .7? because they understand that populations are over exposed to it via dental products, soups, sodas, beers and wines, the food chain. It is in the atmosphere as pollutants from industries. What is put into water systems is artificial fluoride, not even the pharmaceutical grade fluoride which is purer. Most of the water fluoride is imported from China and has traces of lead, mercury, asbestos in it. Does US test it? no because they are part of the problem.

      It is connected to gastro-intestinal, immune, joint, osteoporosis, even cancer. IF you are basing a DOSE of a toxic chemical on a 150 lb man, what about those 40 lb infants who are getting 4 times as much in their system? And why does the state of New Hampshire have a warning on water bills NOT to mix baby formula with fluoridated tap water? ALL your arguments are sooo wrong! Do more CURRENT research and quit quoting industry/ lobbiest/ pharma propaganda. Big business is making Billions! Also- Fluoride through your doctor requires a prescription and individual health history. Why on earth would a doctor put medicine in the water without first checking who was getting it? ALSO- like smoking- one or two cigarettes won't kill you. IT is the CUMULATIVE affect of years which affects the organs of the body. you can't separate liver, kidneys from teeth.

      ALSO- Kentucky is the most fluoridated state in the US yet ranks 40th in dental decay and lost teeth, while Hawaii, the least fluoridated with 16% has the best teeth. Clearly there are other factors like nutrition, dental hygiene and even genetics that play a roll. BVI has great teeth because of the basic diet including fish and teas that has natural fluoride and mangos and papayas which act as enzymes,anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. IF it is changing it is only because of fast and processed foods and lack of dental care and brushing. It is not a magic pill, not a vitamin and the body doesn't need it to live. It is also the ONLY substance put in the public water to CHANGE the body whether we want it or not. There is no way to control it.

      And don't even go to talking about rat poison. It is indeed in pesticides. BTW- if you ingested 3 ppm over several years you would most likely cause fluorosis which is brown modeling of the teeth which is indication of too much F, and not "cosmetic" as some proponents claim. Thank you Mr. DeCastro for bringing it up. I hope NHI doesn't drink the cool aide and add Fluoride to water for little result and potential side affects.
  • zoe (15/01/2016, 18:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Donald making sence
  • facts (15/01/2016, 19:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree they must understand our tradition that we used bush medicaion back in the days and it worked
  • Cookie Monster (15/01/2016, 21:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bush can't pay for Ronnie eternity hospital
  • wize up (16/01/2016, 02:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we live in a world where people make their own choice; so how can you cast blame on the health care system. The health care system is simply here to provide a service: decastro can not his workers union off the ground after no many year..
  • please (16/01/2016, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have you seen donald lately? He need to pay a doctor a visit... because if the outside reflect the inside he need bush pharmacy prayer the works..
  • Queen Mary (17/01/2016, 22:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hospitals, Physicians, Pharmaceuticals and even Funeral homes are a business. Businessses are in business to make money.
    You would not become an alcoholic to support a liquor store owner so why do we make ourselves sick?
    Everything in this place is Gov fault. The major health problems in the BVI are preventable . Our health is our personal responsibility. Food is medicine.
    D DeCastro should make a community contribution by giving time on his radio show to preventive medicine. Bush Medicine ,organic gardening ,proper nutrition, healthy habits for our immune system.etc.
    Frankly ,his show with its consistent intensity and negativity is a contributor to stress.
    Stress is a precursor to cancer and other deadly illnesses.


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