Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme?

Updated 24 Sept 2012 (holistic nutrition advice added)

Every animal on earth knows something that we don’t - even the furry friends we share our hearts and homes with:

How to take care of themselves.

Any time an animal gets sick - wild or domesticated - it will go on an immediate fast, then seek out and consume certain plants and grasses, and wait for them to work their miracles. And they do. Every time.

Why don’t we know this stuff?

Well, we used to. Our great-grandmothers learned this priceless knowledge at their mother’s knee. Back then, whenever we were sick, no one went to doctors but the rich. Instead, ordinary people drew upon a vast storehouse of knowledge that we’d accumulated over the millennia, a knowledge that sometimes seemed to be instinctive. And, by and large, most of us got well and continued with our lives.

It was only those who gathered together to live packed into cities and large towns, with poor sanitation and water purity, that succumbed to mysterious plagues and strange illnesses down the centuries.

The loss of this knowledge started with the rise of the cities. And that loss went into overdrive with the Industrial Revolution and the consequent headlong flight from the land to the factories.

Today, most of the earth’s population lives in cities. Whenever they get sick, they go to doctors. Who give them chemicals that are unknown in nature. Some of these chemicals can successfully mask their symptoms, giving them the illusion of a cure. The real name for this is remission of symptoms.

And the knowledge of how to effect real cures has largely disappeared from western civilisation, save for a dedicated few who kept the guttering flame alive. But the indigenous peoples of the world, or at least those who managed to resist the glittering western temptations of television, Big Macs, video games, and the suburban lifestyle, also kept the flame burning brightly.

Today, disillusion with allopathic medicine and the slow dawning realisation that we bought a pig in a poke means that more than 50% of us are now actively seeking the better way, the way that even the animals know:

Herbal medicine.

And at last we’re starting to wake up to the fact that herbs are far more than just interesting and flavorsome ingredients in our Sunday lunches.

Well, better late than never.

A few months ago, a marvellous package called “Sam Biser’s Save Your Life Course” was enthusiastically recommended to me by a top naturopathic teacher.

It consists of a 600-page book together with 12 DVDs, plus an extra four DVDs entitled “How to Stop Fast-Acting Genes.”

The entire course is based on interviews with legendary naturopathic medicine teacher Dr. Richard Schulze. He recounts numerous cases of terminal patient cures and the regimens he used to achieve them. And, most interesting, he accuses New Age naturopaths of being lily-livered wimps who don’t go nearly as far as they should when using herbs for healing.

I bought this course myself and found it so eye-opening and comprehensive that I have no hesitation in recommending it above everything else on this page.

Here are the book’s Chapter headings:
  • The Real Secret to these Miraculous Cures
  • How to Block Genes That Trigger Disease
  • Use This Program When You Want to Live
  • Awesome Colon Cleansing Done Right
  • Cleanse Your Liver, the Cancer Blocker
  • What You Must Do to Avoid Kidney Dialysis
  • How the Right Juices Can Rebuild Your Body
  • Using Water to Cure: Yeah, it Really Works
  • Cayenne is the King - and Here’s Why
  • Stop Heart Disease - and Reverse Hidden Damage
  • Tested Ways to Cure Depression & Alzheimer’s
  • Heal Brains Injured by Strokes & Head Injuries
  • Stop Pain - From Cancer, Arthritis, Anything
  • Doctors Wanted to Cut Her Legs Off
  • Have You Electrically-Grounded Your Body?
  • How You Can Repair a Damaged Nervous System
  • Master Secrets to Repair Once-Damaged Tissues
  • Tested Cancer Cures, Part One
  • Tested Cancer Cures, Part Two
  • Tested Cancer Cures, Part Three
  • The Power of Lobelia, Royal Queen of Herbs
  • You Now Have the Tools to Cure Yourself
  • Appendix A: The Legendary Incurables Program - a Summary
  • Appendix B: Private Master Formulas You Can Make Yourself
  • Appendix C: Natural Healing Procedures That Will Save Your Life
  • Appendix D: 1,000 Year-Old Secrets Revealed
  • Appendix E: Top Reader Questions Answered
  • Appendix F: Special Herbal Sources
This course normally costs $199 plus shipping. If you’re interested in investing in it, please email me for a code that will get you a nice discount, using the subject line “Sam Biser.” Back when it first came out - in the era of VHS video tapes - the course used to cost about $450. Since then, not only is it now DVD-based, it’s also been substantially revised and updated.

Link: “Sam Biser’s Save Your Life Course” order page.

Link: Amazon reviews of the earlier version of the course.

Link: Another page of Amazon reviews.

Dr. Schulze has also written his own work, “Common Sense Health and Healing.” This was originally priced at $16 but currently sells new for $222-$380 on Amazon. People who own both this and Sam Biser’s work maintain that because Biser is a highly experienced health journalist, he’s been able to put himself in the patients’ place and ask Dr. Schulze the right questions. Consequently, he offers more patient-pertinent information.

Link: Dr. Schulze also has his own section on the CureZone website that includes a really excellent online “Patient Handbook.”

Link: Dr. Schulze’s CureZone forum - 64 pages, more than 2,500 topics, and almost 11,000 messages from the past nine years. A priceless resource.

Link: Dr. Schulze showed Sam Biser how to make most of his herbal remedies using organic and wildcrafted herbs sourced locally. But US customers can also buy all his super-powerful remedies ready-made straight from his company, American Botanical Pharmacy. NOTE: customers outside the US should investigate their own national Customs rules concerning the importation of botanical products prior to purchasing from any other country.

Link: “Health Freedom Resources” - organic and wildcrafted herbal remedies, natural supplements, raw foods, natural personal and home care products, articles, books and CDs. A cornucopia of goodness for your greater benefit.

Link: “H.E.A.L. Marketplace” - herbal extracts, teas, and superfoods, all made with organic and wildcrafted herbs. Plus downloadable “Health Through Nutrition” PDF document. This is a private association you must join in order to purchase items from (such is the parlous state of human rights in the US right now). Membership costs $20 for the first year, $10 thereafter.

Link: The EarthClinic section on natural supplements, vitamins and minerals, and herbs.

Simply the Best?

I can’t stress highly enough the obvious truth that we are what we eat. If we put the wrong fuel in the tank, the engine will either break down, or the vehicle won’t perform the way it’s designed to.

It really is that simple.

I appreciate and accept that people like to buy the cheapest food possible because I used to be one of them. But having waded through the vile cesspit that is modern “food” production, I found myself faced with a stark and unavoidable truth:

We have a choice - we can pay now, or we can pay later.

In other words, we can pay more now for good, natural, healthful food, and enjoy the best of health and a superlative quality of life.

Or we can pay less now (but not a whole lot less) for processed supermarket junk laced with artificial flavourings, fake colours, filth, and outright poison, and get used to reading two-year-old copies of “Time” magazine in doctors’ and hospital waiting-rooms.

Don’t you feel that you and your loved ones are worth it?

Eating wholesome food can even cure long-term “incurable” ailments - physical, mental, and emotional.

Don’t believe me? Watch this:

Video: Six people, diabetes type II, weight problems - and nothing but real natural food for 30 days. The results are astonishing. Trailer for the documentary “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” (five minutes).

Think raw food means limp lettuce and boring carrots every day? Think again:

Video: Chef Susan Teton introduces the incredibly tasty world of living foods (three minutes).

Link: Chef Susan Teton’s “Essential Cuisine” website - luscious flavours, superfoods, alkaline foods, probiotic foods, handmade oils, and whole foods. She shows how to incorporate the best kinds of cooked and cultured foods, too. I bought Chef Teton’s six-DVD set, “Essential Cuisine” ($59.95). Once I get this update finished and have the luxury of a little free time once more, I’ll be resurrecting my love of good tasty food and starting with her amazing recipes. I’ll also start sprouting wheatgrass and mung beans indoors again.

Link: Just to make your mouth water, here’s Chef Teton’s YouTube channel.

Where to Find Good Food

Since childhood, most of us have become brainwashed with the idea that you buy food in a supermarket. But I’m old enough to remember when there were no supermarkets in Ireland. Not a single one.

And guess what - we didn’t starve.

(Incidentally, if you believe that Walmart loves you, ask them why they, along with Monsanto, don’t want you to know whether the foods they sell contain GMO?).

Here are some links to sources of organic food - plus, how to connect to good food networks in your area. And always remember that it’s cheaper to buy in bulk, so why not start a good food club with your family, friends, and neighbours - one shopping list, one trip, one fun afternoon.

Link: USDA web-page - “Farmers’ Markets and Local Food Food Marketing.”

Link: USDA web-page - “Community Supported Agriculture.”

Link: The website of CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture - buying and growing local (plus recipes).

Link: Local Harvest website - all sorts of wholesome goodies for sale. Plus a forum for advice, farms, a newsletter, blog, and useful information and events.

Link: Website of Polyface - “The Farm of Many Faces.” Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, this “beyond organic” farm won’t ship food on principle. But the website is illuminating and educational. Well worth a read (and a shopping visit if you’re lucky enough to live locally).

Link: FoodRoutes website - helping you to find locally-produced food near you.

Link: Eat Well Guide website - another resource to help you find good food in your area.

Link: Organic grass-fed beef straight from the farm - courtesy of Dr. Mercola.

Link: A wonderful source of organic food and herbs that may surprise you - the wilderness, and the art and science of foraging. The Meadows + More website.

Link: “Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local” - New York Times article.

Link: Google links for UK farmers’ markets.

Link: Google links for UK organic food sources and home deliveries.

Link: Google links for Irish farmers’ markets.

Link: Google links for Irish organic food sources and home deliveries.

Advice & Education

There’s oodles of information on wholesome nutrition on the internet, so I’ll just list a few sites and pages that caught my attention here:

Link: The West A. Price Foundation - “For Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts.” Now that’s my kind of foundation!

Link: Dr. Mercola on “How to Cook Whole Food from Scratch - and Keep Your Day Job!”

Link: With embedded video. Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Rudi Moerck, drug industry insider and expert on fats and oils - the good, the bad, and the ones to run away from.

Link: Why is organic food more expensive? Dr. Mercola explains - and gives tips on buying it for less.

Link: Dr. Mercola’s collection of links to markets, food networks, and organisations that deal with organic local food.

Link: The Health Coach blog - why you should throw out your microwave right now (I haven’t used mine since Christmas).

Link: Dr. Mercola asks “Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?”

Juicing & Smoothies

I know there will be some people who, for various reasons, will find it difficult to follow the advice I’ve given above.

For them, the answer is juicing and smoothies. (Actually, everyone should actively consider boosting their nutrient intake in this way).

The nice thing about juicing is that your fruits and vegetables don’t absolutely have to be organic. You can buy from an ordinary local greengrocer. Supermarket stuff doesn’t yield as much juice - this is because it’s lighter, so you think you’re getting better value because you’re buying by weight.

You’re not - you’re just getting less nutrition and more fibre.

When you make and drink fresh juice or a smoothie, you’re getting all the phytonutrients, the vitamins, the minerals, and the all-important enzymes.

It’s really a meal in itself rather than a drink or a snack. So you get the most from it if you take it at least an hour before a main meal, or two hours after.

I drink between one and two pints of fresh juice every day to give my immune system all the ammunition it needs.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of juicing websites and YouTube movies, so I won’t even attempt to list them here.

But here’s a few tips, gained from my own experience:
  • Drink what you make within 90 minutes - juice is a live food and it will begin to oxidise, even in the refrigerator, making it less healthful.
  • When you’ve finished juicing, clean the juicer before you drink - it will be much more difficult to clean if you leave it till later. And a pleasure deferred is a pleasure doubled.
  • Always peel grapefruit, oranges, and cucumbers.
  • You don’t need to peel lemons (if the skin is thin) or limes.
  • Always wash what you’re going to juice thoroughly - pesticides are designed to stick, even in rainstorms. It’s best to use distilled water for this to prevent chlorine absorption.
  • To one gallon of distilled water, you can add either four tablespoons of food-grade hydrogen peroxide (five minute soak, then brush), or 5-6 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar (five minute soak, then brush).
  • If you use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar, you can keep it in a bucket or pail with a tight lid and use it for about a week to 10 days (I always wash at least five days’ worth of fruit and vegetables in one go). Add more distilled water and H2O2 or vinegar as needed.
  • If you must use tap water, make it lukewarm, add one teaspoon of plain unscented dish soap, and soak for no longer than 10 minutes. Then brush well, rinse quickly under cold running water, and thoroughly dry with a clean dish towel. Leave washed ingredients in the refrigerator for an hour before juicing to cool down a little.
  • If you use a centrifugal juicer, always feed the pulp back in twice to make sure you get all the goodness.
  • As a general guide, three medium/large apples, three large oranges, and a medium lemon should make almost a pint of juice.
  • Don’t add ice cubes - our stomachs don’t digest cold foods very well. Room temperature is best for flavour and goodness.
  • I always add a clove of garlic and an inch of roughly-chopped root ginger to everything I make. Both of these are powerful medicine and add a nice bite.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Link: Dr. Decuypere’s Nutrients Charts - for minerals, vitamins, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, and proteins. What you need, and what foods you’ll find it in. Plus what’s contained in what you eat or juice. Plan ahead and you can quit buying those expensive fake inorganic and chemical supplements.

Link: A list of foods that contain healthful enzymes (and a great general website for good food) - Getting Started With Healthy Eating.

Recommended reading for juicers:

Link: “Power Juices, Super Drinks: Quick, Delicious Recipes to Prevent & Reverse Disease,” by Steve Meyerowitz - from Amazon (paperback or Kindle editions).

Link: “SuperJuice: Juicing for Health and Healing,” by Michael van Straten - from Amazon (paperback).

Link: “Immune Boosters: Juices to Protect and Heal,” by Miracle Juices - from Amazon (hardback).

All the above books are also available from Amazon UK. I bought all three, plus a few other Miracle Juices books (“Detox,” “Stress Busters,” and “Energise”). They’re all excellent, but I found “Power Juices: Super Drinks” to be the most useful for me right now, and it contains the most information and recipes, all broken down by illness.

A Professional Nutritionist Advises...

A friend of this website is a professional holistic nutritionist who’s familiar with cases of personal infestation.

To paraphrase Louis Pasteur’s deathbed recantation of his own germ theory, the parasite is nothing, the terrain is everything.

And that’s what our good friend advises - take care of your terrain, and your terrain will take care of the parasite.

Our friend has kindly provided concise advice sheets and charts on nine different topics related to nutrition and disease, described below. Click on the links to download the PDF documents.

Link: “Acid-Alkaline List” - how to alkalize your body.

Link: “The Anti-Inflammatory Food Chart” - a guide to foods that can heal or hurt.

Link: “Arthritis” - foods to help deal with arthritis.

Link: “Dining Out & Travelling” - how to eat healthy when you’re not in charge of the kitchen.

Link: “Eating on a Budget” - we can all relate to this! Plus, tips on organic foods.

Link: “Fibre Sources” - the importance of fibre in food, and which foods are best for it.

Link: “Healthy Habits” - how to eat well and stay healthy.

Link: “Probiotics” - the best sources of these all-important friendly bacteria, and the importance of prebiotics.

Link: “Supporting a Healthy Immune System” - foods to boost your immune system.

Next, how to get more oxygen to where it’s needed - your cells.
Food-grade hydrogen peroxide...