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5 Food-Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

5 Food-Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

“Though Mother Nature’s formulas are proprietary, she does not grant patents”

~ Sayer Ji

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease.

So valued were these in ancient times that they were worth their weight in gold, and entire civilizations either rose to great power or collapsed as a result of their relationship to them.

What is even more amazing is that many of these “plant allies” are found growing in our backyards, and often sitting there in our refrigerators and spice racks, neglected and under appreciated.  In fact, many of us use these daily unaware that this is why we don’t get sick as often as those who do not incorporate them into their diet. Let’s look at a few examples….

Garlic

Food Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

With the increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the failure of the conventional, drug-based model to develop effective solutions against them (nor accepting responsibility for creating them), spices have regained their once universal reign as broad spectrum infection-fighters with sometimes life-saving power. Garlic, in fact, has several hundred therapeutic properties, confirmed by a growing body of scientific research, which you can view directly on GreenMedInfo.com.[i]  One quick example of garlic’s power, is in killing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which the mainstream media has termed the “white plague,” roiling the masses with a fear of drug-resistant (but not plant-extract resistant) they are made to believe they are defenseless against.  Last year an article was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal showing that garlic was capable of inhibiting a wide range of multiple drug resistant tuberculosis strains.[ii] The authors concluded “The use of garlic against MDR-TB may be of great importance regarding public health.”  Garlic’s anti-infective properties do not end with MDR-TB, as it has been demonstrated to inhibit the following pathogens as well:

  • Amoeba Entamoeba histolytica (parasite)
  • Cholera
  • Clostridium
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Dermatophytoses (a type of topical fungal infection)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
  • Klebsiella
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus A. (MRSA)
  • Parainfluenza Virus
  • Peridontal Infection
  • Pneumococcal Infections
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Streptococcus Mutans
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group A
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group B
  • Streptococcus pyrogenes
  • Thrush (oral fungal infection)

This amazing list underscores how important it is to keep a supply of garlic close by!

Honey

honey

Bees produce a wide range of therapeutic substances beyond honey, e.g. propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, beeswax, bee pollen, etc., but this sweet, sticky stuff that we all love to dip our paw into occasionally, is the most well-known and most copiously consumed of them all – and for good reason, it tastes great!  But did you know that this sweet treat is one of nature’s most powerful healing agents, as well? Here is just a smattering of some of honey’s more scientifically researched health benefits and/or applications:

  • Aspirin-Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity  (honey  coats the delicate linings of the stomach, preventing aspirin-induced lesions and bleeding)
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Burns
  • Candida infection (despite the fact that honey contains sugar, it demonstrates anti-fungal properties)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dental plaque (a recent study showed that Manuka honey was a viable alternative to chemical mouthwash in dissolving dental plaque)[iii]
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Herpes-related ulcers
  • MRSA (especially for Manuka honey)

There are many more uses for honey than covered here. Needless to say, replacing synthetic sweeteners or highly processed sugars or high fructose corn syrup with a moderate amount of honey may be a great preventative health step to take.

Apples

apples

An apple a day does in fact keep the doctor away, especially cancer specialists it would seem.  For instance, one of the most well-established health benefits of consuming apples is to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The more apples you consume, the less likely you are to develop this potentially fatal disease.  To view the 5 studies that reference this relationship, go to the GreenmedInfo.com apple research page where you will also find 50 other health benefits of apple or apple byproducts (e.g. apple vinegar) consumption which include:

  • Aging, Reduce Rate
  • Allergies
  • Allopecia (Hair Loss)
  • Diarrhea
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Liver Cancer
  • Radiation Induced Illness
  • Staphylococcol Infection

Sunlight

sunlight

This one may throw some of you off, but sunlight possesses both energy and information with real, metabolic value and is therefore a source of usable energy for the body – and so, in a very real sense it can be considered a form of food that we consume through our skin by way of its built in, melanin-based “solar panels.”  Not only does adequate sunlight exposure result in the production of vitamin D, a hormone-like substance that regulates over 2,000 genes in the human body — and as a result prevents or ameliorates hundreds of vitamin D deficiency associated health conditions — but sunlight exposure itself has a unique set of health benefits not reducible to simply vitamin D production alone.  One of the more interesting studies performed on sunlight exposure, based on data gathered from over 100 countries and published earlier this year in the journal Anticancer Research, showed that there was “a strong inverse correlations with solar UVB for 15 types of cancer,” with weaker, though still significant evidence for the protective role of sunlight in 9 other cancers. Here are some additional benefits of sunlight exposure:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Dopamine Deficiency
  • Dermatitis
  • Influenza
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis

Turmeric

Turmeric

This is quite possibly the world’s most important herb. Named “Kanchani,” or literally “Golden Goddess,” in the ancient Indian healing tradition, its healing properties have been deeply appreciated, if not revered for countless centuries. In fact, I believe it is a physical embodiment of compassion. Turmeric has been scientifically documented to have over 800 applications in disease prevention and treatment. It also has been shown to modulate over 150 distinct biological and genetic/epigenetic pathways of value in health, demonstrating a complexity as well as gentleness that no drug on the planet has ever been shown to possess.

As there are too many health conditions that turmeric may benefit to list, we are listing the top 10 as determined by the GreenMedInfo algorithm which calculates both the evidence quantity (number of articles) and evidence quality (human study valued higher than animal, and so on). Also, the number in parentheses denotes the number of studies on the database demonstrating the beneficial relationship.

  • Oxidative Stress (160)
  • Inflammation (51)
  • DNA Damage (48)
  • Lipid Peroxidation (34)
  • Colorectal Cancer (24)
  • Breast Cancer (60)
  • Colon Cancer (52)
  • Chemically-Induced Liver Damage (34)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (34)
  • Tumors (23)

For a more in depth look at the 1500+ studies on our site on Turmeric (and its primary polyphenol Curcumin), watch the video below and please share it with others if you find the information compelling.

References

[i] GreenMedInfo.com, Garlic Research Page: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/garlic

[ii] Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jan;24(1):81-5. PMID: 21190924

[iii] Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct ;1(4):214-7. PMID: 22114423

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

Turmeric – may Be The World’s Most Important Herb

 

Turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.

Turmeric is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisoneibuprofenchemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.[1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will likely never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA’s “gold standard” for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: “he who owns the gold makes the rules,” and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

Here at GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 5,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in dozens of health conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over six hundred additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical industry revenue.

[1] The Genus Curcuma (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles); CRC; March 2007

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Locro de Papa

ECUADORIAN POTATO SOUP

This is a very flavourful soup from Ecuador. I had it many times while I was there and loved it. Brings back great memories each time I make it.

ECUADORIAN POTATO SOUP

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 medium White onion Diced
  • 30 ml Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  • 10 medium Potatoes peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2.5 grams Ground Cumin
  • 1.25 grams Ground Turmeric
  • 1.25 grams Ground Sweet Paprika
  • 1750 ml Water
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 300 grams White cheese (like Feta)
  • 2 medium Avocados
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro leaves only chopped
  • 100 grams Maiz Tostado (toasted corn nuts)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel the Potatoes and cut them into rough chunks. Place them into a large bowl of water yo stop them discolouring.
  • Warm the oil over a medium-high heat in a fairly large pan. Add the onion, garlic, and half of the potatoes. Cook, stirring frequently - until the onion is softened (about 4 - 5 minutes) Add cumin, turmeric, sweet paprika and cook, stirring for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the Water - stir to scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are very tender (about 25 - 30 minutes)
  • Mash the potatoes into the broth. Remove the remaining potatoes from their bowl of water - drain well and add them to the pan. Simmer, partially covered - until they are tender (about 20 minutes)
  • Stir in the milk and cheese (roughly chopped) and increase the heat to bring the pan to a simmer again. Continue stirring. Remove from the heat.
  • Slice the avocado. Ladle the soup into bowls - top with avocado and serve with the fresh Cilantro and Maiz tostado.

Kumera & Lentil Soup

KUMARA AND LENTIL SOUP

This soup is a family favourite. So quick and easy to prepare and takes only 20 minutes to cook.

KUMARA AND LENTIL SOUP

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time28 mins
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 5 ml Cold Pressed Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 1 small Red Onion chopped
  • 1 large Kumara chopped into small pieces
  • 250 ml Red Lentils
  • 250 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 750 ml Water
  • 5 ml Ginger powder ground
  • 5 ml Turmeric ground
  • 5 ml Coriander ground

Instructions

  • Add onions to Oil in large heated saucepan, stir until onion is soft. Add the three spices.
  • Add the water and kumara pieces.
  • Add red lentils and bring to the boil.
  • Cover and reduces heat and simmer for about 20 minutes (until Kumara is soft.

KUMARA AND CARROT SOUP

This soup is very flavoursome and warming with these spices.

Kumara and Carrot Soup

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Small Green Chilli Diced
  • 15 ml Fresh Ginger grated
  • 5 ml Ground Cumin
  • 5 ml Ground Coriander
  • 2.5 ml Ground Turmeric
  • 2 Large Carrots Peeled and chopped
  • 3 Large Kumara Peeled and chopped
  • 750 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 1 medium Lemon Juiced
  • 1 handful Fresh Parsley for garnish
  • 10 ml Cold Pressed Olive Oil For saute onions

Instructions

  • Heat Oil, saute onion till clear , chilli and ginger
  • Add cumin, coriander and Turmeric and stir
  • add carrot and kumera and toss well
  • Add vegetable stock - bring to the boil and simmer 25 minutes
  • Just before you remove from the heat - stir in the lemon juice.
  • When served - garnish with fresh parsley.

Rice with almonds

ARABIAN ALMOND RICE

This is an excellent Winter rice dish and very warming to the body.

ARABIAN ALMOND RICE

Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 300 Grams Brown Rice Long Grain
  • 5 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 0.5 Medium Red Onion chopped
  • 5 ml Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Lemon grated rind
  • 1.25 ml Cinnamon ground
  • 1.25 ml Gloves ground
  • 1.25 ml Cardamon ground
  • 1.25 ml Turmeric ground
  • 2.5 ml Black Pepper ground
  • 1000 ml Water
  • 125 Grams Almonds Cut lengthwise
  • 30 ml Raisins Socked in water until soft

Instructions

  • Cook Onion in Oil until soft.
  • Add spices and cook another 1 minute
  • Add water and vegetable stock, bring to the boil.
  • Add rice and cook on low heat for 40 minutes.
  • Add raisins towards the end of cooking.
  • Finally before serving, add almonds and grated lemon rind.

Notes

Excellent Winter dish with carrots and courgettes.