I know it’s quite the fad today to take a pharmaceutical preparation for just about anything that ails you; and, unfortunately, you can see the result in all the antibiotic-resistant diseases that are playing havoc with us.
[Seems, also, that this is a time when folks consider it important to “wave flags” around – “I’m a single Mom” “I’m disabled” “my kid is autistic” etc. There especially seems to be the mentality of “one upmanship” on medications and medical procedures – the “I’m sicker than you” or “I’ve had more scans, MRI’s procedures, than you.” How sad for people to be constantly preoccupied by their limitations instead of their strengths.]
Why not try some less drastic means of curing your ailments? Of course I’m not talking about running to an herb book when you think you’ve had a heart attack; but for common problems – you’d be surprised how often certain foods can help. They might not help everyone with that particular problem, but surely they are worth trying before putting yourself on a horrific pharmaceutical preparation which could have long-term and/or life-threatening consequences.
World-wide folklore is FULL of notations about simple methods used for illnesses – and some of them are worth trying. This e-book is in no-way to be considered as a substitute for medical treatment if you need it – matter of fact, I’m only going to touch on certain foods. Almost everyone has access to the internet nowadays, or at least a library – and it will be easy for you to further examine the validity of a certain food treatment.
This book is not going to include things like aromatherapy or herbal medicine. Aromatherapy is much more of an individualistic type of healing. When a person smells something he likes, he automatically inhales deeply. Doing that over and over has a physical effect of relaxing the body – but what a person considers “a nice aroma” depends entirely on the individual person. Many folks like the aroma of “lavender” for instance, and it’s touted as a “relaxation” odor. To me, most lavender smells like musty weeds. I prefer a warm vanilla aroma, or even a higher perfumed floral aroma….it all depends on what you, as an individual, prefer.
HOWEVER, no one should blindly take any kind of medication – be it food, herbal or prescription - without knowing the side effects, drug or food-interactions, etc. I’m appalled at folks who are not interested in researching things that they consume – whether suggested by herbalists or medical doctors. Many don’t even take the time to get the NAMES correct. I remember one lady (who was hot and heavy into “herbal remedies”) extolling the attributes of a new herb she had begun taking. “Have you ever tried euthanasia? It’s absolutely wonderful!” she bubbled enthusiastically. (She meant, of course, Echinacea.)
Be informed and knowledgeable about what you are putting into (and doing to) your body….it’s the only one you’ll ever have and it’s a lot more important to YOU than it is to any herbal therapist or medical doctor.
And, by the way, did you know that the FDA does not allow any medicinal claims for herbs and supplements unless they have been proven to FDA satisfaction with extensive clinical trials? And that as of 1995, it costs $500 MILLION to jump through the FDA hoops to prove that an herb or supplement is safe and effective? Few marketers of herbs and supplements have that kind of spending money. And few have the money of the big drug companies’ lobbyists to bribe the FDA to pass unsafe drugs – which are only taken off the market after they begin to serious injure (or kill) people.
On the other hand, the FDA refuses to allow foods to be labeled as having medicinal qualities. For instance, prune juice is well-known to be a safe, effective and gentle laxative – and yet the FDA refuses to allow prune juice marketers from stating that fact. It is the cheapest, least unpleasant and least dangerous laxative in the US - but by law, cannot be marketed as a laxative.
YOU need to be the researcher for your medical needs.
The below "Foods for Healing" ebook is mainly about “regular” foods that we eat. (Foods can also be strained or made into teas, tinctures, compresses or ointments [just like herbs], but that is not what this ebook is about.) "Foods for Healing" is about eating normal foods that might perhaps help with medical problems.
For folks interested in herbal medicine, I can highly recommend the books by James A. Duke. “The Green Pharmacy” “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook” “Anti-Aging Prescriptions.” He is considered the world’s foremost authority on healing herbs. For most of his 30-year career he worked for the US Department of Agriculture as a botanist specializing in medicinal plants. He is what is known as an “ethnobotanist” which means he’s studied how plants are used as food and medicine in many different cultures.
For a couple other books about an ethnobotanist – “Medicine Quest” and “Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice” by Mark Plotkin are very interesting – particularly the bits about how our modern pharmaceuticals were developed from various plant and animal species.
For folks interested in Folk Medicine I can recommend 2 books: “Folk Remedies from Around the World” by John Heinerman, and “Honey, Mud, Maggots, and other Medical Marvels” by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein.
Three other excellent books are:
“The Family That Couldn’t Sleep” by D.T. Max – about prion diseases and how the problem was created by humans whittling down the gene pool of certain species of animals.
“Your Inner Fish – A Journey into the 3.5 billion year history of the human body” by Neil Shubin
“Six Modern Plagues” by Mark Walters, about mankind creating the worst plagues that face us today.
This 19-page e-book "Foods for Healing" is in Microsoft Word format and, along with others, will be offered free-of-charge to any of our puppy owners.
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