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Food as medicine: a cure for every ill.

Since I was a child I have heard people (mostly older folks) say, "There has never been an illness without a natural cure. We just have to find it." As I get older I realize how true this is.

This is something we should all be interested in but especially those who are looking for a more independent lifestyle. A natural cure that is both inexpensive and readily available, one that would give no nasty side effects like some of the modern drugs would be a godsend. What did the ancient Greek physician say? It went something like, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."

I recall my grandmother telling about the letter she had received from her sister in 1903 telling them her son was dying. He had severe dysentery and doctors could do nothing for him. That night after chores were done Grandma walked down the road to the home of the local midwife. She wanted to ask if there was anything that would help her nephew. This little old lady also had a lot of weird cures and many called her a witch doctor. She told Grandma to make a tea of the tiny white blackberry roots and give it to him a few sips at a time every hour or so. Grandma said they went out that night with the kerosene lantern and dug some roots. If you have ever used a kerosene lantern you will realize what a job this was. The lantern gives very little light and casts a huge shadow. Grandpa hitched up the team while she cleaned and packaged the roots and wrote the instructions. He took the package to the depot and gave it to the conductor of the midnight train with the caution to guard it well, as it was a matter of life or death. She had written "important medical" on the outside.

The following week they received another letter from her sister. She said the local postmaster had delivered the package himself as he knew how sick their son was. They had begun giving the tea as soon as it arrived. It took both of them because he was so weak he could not sit up. Toward morning he opened his eyes and said, "Ma, I'm hungry." His health improved rapidly and he lived to a ripe old age.

Just this week my granddaughter called. Her little boy had dysentery and could not go back to daycare until cured. I told her to try blackberry juice and he went back to daycare the next morning.

To me, cranberries have always been the miracle berry. They are the best protection and early cure for bladder and urinary infections. Eating cranberries a couple of times a week is as important as an apple a day. Today I read in a medical magazine how important they really are. According to the article, if you have to go to the hospital for any reason you should smuggle in a bottle of cranberry juice and drink it while you are there. Apparently a new study has shown that the cranberry gives the rest of the body the same protection as it does the urinary tract and the virus cannot cling and grow there. It helps protect against the new super bug people are catching in hospitals. This virus is nearly incurable and resistant to modern drugs, and many people are dying from it.

There has been very little research done on the medicinal value of our foods and beverages. For some reason we are more willing to reach out to the artificial and scientific research than what is right under our nose. Science has come up with some wonderful drugs to help us live a long life, but unfortunately many of them come with side effects, some mild and some of them severe. There are natural cures all around you free for the picking, but they take careful study and consideration of your personal condition. You will find it well worth the effort and when you do find a natural cure that works be sure to write it down and pass it on to your family and friends. Given time it will become a normal reaction to check your pantry before you go to the pharmacy.


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Title Annotation:The homestead kitchen
Author:Bensen, Shirley
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2014
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