Why wild foods?

blackberry and apple crumble
blackberry and apple crumble with Xylitol natural sweetener before you start going on about the sugar!

Full of flavour and jam-packed with nutrients, wild foods are free, easy to cook with, delicious and good for you. And if those aren’t reasons enough to learn about the foods that grow all around you – consider that they help strengthen local food security and forge a relationship to nature that is good for us and the planet.

pignut or earthnut
pignut or earthnut

Today more than ever, we need wild foods. It is a sad fact that industrial agriculture has stripped our cultivated fruit, grains and vegetables of important nutrients. Soils have become so over-farmed (not to mention saturated with herbicides and pesticides) that they are depleted of the critical vitamins and minerals we need to thrive. However, wild foods—brimming with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and antioxidants in such short supply in our conventional diet—are the world’s most nutritionally potent superfoods.

dandelion
dandelion

Far from a recent food ‘trend’, wild foods once constituted a kind of “medicinal cuisine” enjoyed by our ancestors around the world. Even after agriculture was well-established, wild foods continued to be consumed for centuries for their health-promoting properties. As herbalists have long known, many wild foods are so chock full of healing nutrition they are a veritable medicine. And many will tell you that it is no coincidence that modern diseases have run rampant as wild foods disappear from our diet.

rowan berries
rowan berries

Through domestic agriculture and our quest for sweeter, starchier foods, we’ve tampered with nature’s nutritional balance. Wild foods are the originators of all fruits, grains and vegetables, and as author of The Green Pharmacy, James Duke, PhD, reminds us, wild foods are the “plants that our ancestors ate—that humans evolved to eat”. By eating wild, we are eating unadulterated, seasonal, nutritionally balanced foods in their original form—as nature intended. And as wild food forager Sunny Savage in her popular TedX Talk urges – consuming just one wild plant a day can go a long way in improving our health.

Part of New Localized Food Systems

Foraging skills, coupled with access to land- local parks, community gardens, back yards or vast wilderness equals food sovereignty.” Dina Falconi Foraging and Feasting.

rosehips
rosehips

And yes, there is more than enough to go around. Most “wild foods” are not rare endangered indigenous species, but rather invasive plants (i.e. dandelions, plantain, garlic mustard, hawthorn berries, blackberries) that were introduced here by the early settlers as food. But today the city spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to eliminate (often with herbicides) these nutrient-rich foods from our lawns, gardens, parks and green spaces. Of course, wild foods will never feed populations en masse, but they have been historically used—and can be again—as a vital food supplement to enrich all of our diets.

wild watercress
wild watercress

Wild foods grow everywhere in our urban and suburban neighborhoods yet they remain a mostly untapped resource. Scottish forager Mark Williams calls these plants “superabundant”. Meaning, “if everybody within walking distance gathered enough for their personal consumption each year, under 1% of a species would actually be harvested.” Add to this bounty, the fruit produced by tree’s on city streets and boulevards, and feral fruit trees in parks, especially those that were once farmland like the fields surrounding Beaver Lake Park.

yarrow
yarrow

Cities like Los Angeles and Seattle are currently considering ways in which ways to allow food harvesting on public land. Some Seattle parks not only tolerate foraging, they actually teach foraging classes. In California, The Berkley Food Institute has launched Forage Berkley which maps the availability of wild and feral edible plants in urban neighborhoods and provides community education – and they confirm that “there are mountains of wild edible plants in urban food deserts in the Bay Area.” These initiatives are part of a shift in cities preparing for climate changes and rising fuel prices, leading many local food security activists to look to foraging to increase the resilience of their food supply

Bring Us Into Harmony with Nature

As foragers, our relationship within nature – our complete interdependence- becomes crystal clear…With this comes the rewarding responsibility of caretaking the land and the plants that feed us.” Dina Falconi Foraging and Feasting.

wild garlic
wild garlic

Foraging promotes community health and well-being through more than just nutrition. Countless studies show that spending time in nature reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels. And as David Suzuki points out – “with more than 80 per cent of Canadians now living in urban settings, many of us lack a meaningful, regular connection with the natural environment that sustains us. Getting in touch with the outdoors has another great benefit: those who know and love nature work harder to protect it.”

st john's wort
st john’s wort

Foraging means learning to harvest what nature gives us in time, it teaches us to observe the cycles of the seasons, the changing foliage, the flora and fauna. We begin to gain a deeper ecological understanding of our local environment – and we believe this motivates us to become better stewards of nature – especially the nature that lies just outside our front door.

blackberries
wild blackberries

And as Melissa Poe, an environmental anthropologist states “the more people understand about how the ecosystems work, the more respectful they will be of our parks.” Poe’s research demonstrates that educated foragers help protect urban land, they “enjoy greater connection with their local environment, and as a part of the gathering process, share and maintain significant local environmental knowledge. This element (the connections between nature and people) is among the most deeply significant motivations for people to engage in the practice of foraging. It’s an intimate connection. You can go out and you can appreciate [urban nature] and say ‘oh, my isn’t it pretty,’ but when you interact on this level, when it becomes part of your pantry, when it’s part of what you eat, now you have a relationship. You’re not an outsider observer. It’s not this ‘other’ thing. It’s part of you and you are part of it.”

dog rose
dog rose

That is why Gather is launching The Eating Wild: Community Supported Foraging Initiative because it paves a path towards a future, as Poe suggests, “in which foragers assert their rights to the natural resources that support their wild food and health practices”. We believe foraging supports a sustainable connection between people, land and food that nourishes us and brings us into “right relationship” with nature. We believe wild foods should be valued as an important community resource in localized food systems.

[ I stole this article in entirety from: http://gathervictoria.com/why-wild-foods/  because it is so good!  The pictures are my own.]

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Social Conformity

social conformitySocial conformity is a type of social influence that results in a change of behavior or belief in order to fit in with a group. Normative conformity occurs because of the desire to be liked and accepted.

Conformity is an essential part of our culture. We have to share our world with one another and have developed apparently democratic ways of doing this in the First World. We have given away our freedom to act any way we might want to, in order to be part of a shared culture.

This suppression of our essential selves in deference to society and authority is at the basis of an interesting trend in the West. Our media based ‘celebrity culture’ allows us to moderate these feelings by transferring them to ‘idols’ of various types who succeed in self-expression.

Conformity involves not asking questions or ‘not rocking the boat’, ignoring things, editing reality and ‘sweeping stuff under the carpet’, especially in English culture. Once you are in a job, with a mortgage, maybe a family, the chances are you have to ‘cut-off’ or ignore a part of yourself that might ask difficult questions, and conform.

After a while a part of us is suppressed and we are offered the distractions of a consumer culture as a reward. We tend to use our lives to try and earn a little more, save a little more, earn the respect of our bosses and the envy of our neighbours.

Our culture subordinates our desire for liberty and expression for the illusion of security and material gain. And a little part of us dies.

It was during the 1960’s and partly due to the work of Abraham Maslow that the whole ‘don’t try and change consensual reality, change your own reality’ movement came about. ‘Turn on, tune in and drop out’ is a cop out. Boycotting consensual reality to work on yourself isn’t enough on its own. During the many years since that people have been ‘developing themselves’ the ‘system’ out there has become more entrenched, more stagnant, more inhumane when it comes down to it.

Now we have global corporations and governments virtually dictating how we live, what we eat, what medicines we are allowed, what we see, read, even think.

The economy is in slow free-fall. Total debts in the UK have passed a trillion pounds, that’s about £15000 ($27,000) for every man, woman and child in the UK. The US picture is similar.

It is important to continually adapt (heal) in response to the changing conditions about us. It is a healthy activity to understand ourselves vibrationally and to seek balance and imbalance as we need it. But just ‘working on ourselves’ isn’t enough. There are non-conformist actions we need to take as individuals responsible for the planet we inhabit.

No amount of self-realisation on its own will reverse global warming. Surely we need to refuse to use our cars and fridges and other ozone destroyers and polluters to do this and even so the situation won’t even start stabilise until 2060. Even if every person in the UK stopped creating carbon today – it would take China just three months to make up the difference in global carbon terms.

So will meditation help to save the 23,000 people killed by road traffic accidents every year? I doubt it but using our cars less might help.

What about the 20,000 Indians who die every year as a result of exposure to farm pesticides? Or the 60,000 suicides because they can’t recycle their own seeds? Will vibrating right help them? No, but choosing from where we source our cotton might.

And what about the pharmaceutical industries, can we just raise consciousness enough to stop them getting a profit by pill poisoning children who seem ‘different’? I doubt it – they’ve just walked right in and are taking everybody’s health while we’ve just been ‘working on ourselves’.

What about the banks? In order to feed ourselves we have invented money that is held in banks. As soon as we enter this system we are investors by default in slavery, child prostitution, armaments, pollution, pharmaceutical industries, deforestation, criminality, and so on – everything that money does.

The hypocrisies of being a person with spiritual intent, manifested at a physical level go on and on. We are tied into a system that exploits the very land we live on, the air we breathe the food we consume and the water we drink.

Refusing to own a car, use a fridge or buy certain cotton or even use money – who’s going to do that? Only a very few of us so far. As Oswald Chambers wrote, we may not change our ways “until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change”. By then we will be even further down the road of planetary chaos. The forces of conformity stop people from making the changes they know they need to make.

Thomas Berry is quoted in Resurgence magazine:

  • the glory of the human has become the devastation of the earth
  • the devastation of the earth appears to be our destiny
  • all human institutions, programs, activities and practices are to be judged by the ‘great work’ they will have to accomplish towards developing a viable human / earth relationship

If we continue to travel this path as a species there is really nothing we can do to avoid devastation of the planet. It’s happening already even though a few of us are accepting ultimate responsibility for our actions. But presently it seems that generally people won’t look, won’t change, and won’t do enough until its too late. Even if we all just stopped polluting now it would take another 50 years just to see the changes.

Given that we are in a situation that is likely to get worse – what actions can we take as individuals to protect ourselves from the environmental fallout of our species in self-destruction mode?

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Air pollution

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Global air pollution coutesy of http://www.nasa.gov

In addition to what we consume through eating and drinking, there are poisons in the air. Although air quality reports are now common, like weather reports, there is relatively little being done to stop the pollution because it operates within the interests of economy and GDP (GNP in US). The Environmental Protection Agency identifies just four main hazards of polluted air: bad ozone levels, particle pollution, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Bad ozone is formed in the Earth’s lower atmosphere when pollutants emitted by industrial processes or cars react chemically to sunlight. They form a gas with three oxygen molecules and have several negative effects on people, especially those who are active outdoors during the summer months or with existing respiratory problems. These are: irritation of respiratory system, causing coughing, throat irritation, uncomfortable chest, reduced lung function especially through vigorous exercise, aggravated asthma, increased sensitivity to allergens and respiratory infections, inflamed and damaged lung lining and scarred lung tissue.

A similar picture emerges with particle pollution in the air. This includes a mixture of solids and liquid droplets. Some particles are emitted directly; others are formed in the atmosphere when other pollutants react. Particles come in a wide range of sizes. Those less than 10 micrometers in diameter are so small that they can get into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems. Ten micrometers is smaller than the width of a single human hair.

Sulphur dioxide (SO2) is a colourless, reactive gas, is produced when sulphur-containing fuels such as coal and oil are burned. Sources include power plants and industrial boilers. Generally, the highest levels of sulphur dioxide are near large industrial complexes.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas formed when the carbon in fuels does not completely burn. Vehicle exhaust contributes roughly 60 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide, and up to 95 percent in cities. Other sources include fuel combustion in industrial processes and natural sources such as wildfires. Carbon monoxide levels typically are highest during cold weather, because cold temperatures make combustion less complete and cause inversions that trap pollutants close to the ground.

Tobacco use in all forms is responsible for about 30% of all cancer deaths in developed countries. Passive smoking also carries risks. Unchecked, smoking will cause more than 10 million deaths from cancer (predominantly lung cancer) in the next decade. Tobacco smoking, due to the advertising of unscrupulous multinationals, is still increasing in the Third World. In China smoking increased from 500 billion cigarettes in 1978 to 1,700 billion in 1992. Africa shows a similar picture.

Why is it that only some people get lung cancer from smoking? Genetic predisposition and other lifestyle factors contribute to this. It has been estimated that the average city dweller inhales the equivalent of several cigarettes a day in the form of air pollution. A person who gets regular exercise, eats wisely and exercises in fresh air, but still smokes a few roll-ups, may be less at risk to tobacco induced cancer than a city dweller who drives everywhere and eats ready meals, but doesn’t smoke. It is an indication that there are many factors at work in insulting our cells. Degenerative disease is complex disease and there are unique variables with every case.

wizcov800optIn a world going toxic, you owe it to yourself, your friends and your family to protect your very being, increase your immunity to modern disease and limit harm to our planet. With WildFood Wizard you enter a place of nutrition, of living lightly on the earth and enjoying radiant health. By bringing more of nature’s healing gifts into your life you will find a quiet joy, feelings of belonging, links with natural seasons and cycles – and nature wants you back.

We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Water pollution

water and healthModern domestic mains water contains chlorine and other additives put there to kill bacteria. These chemicals cause the formation of large molecular clusters and change the nature of water. Chlorine is a human toxin that has direct links to some serious health problems.

Chlorinated water contains organochlorides, cancer-causing compounds called mutagens. Research shows that drinking chlorinated water can double your risk of developing bladder cancer and more than 50,000 people develop this cancer every year. Other studies have linked mutagens to increased rates of colon and rectal cancer.

The world’s oceans that have coped for so long with the poisons of our culture are changing. Finally they are ‘full’ and our toxins are creating toxic
algal blooms, destroying marine the life that isn’t already fished out, killing coral and devastating marine environments. With the ongoing disaster of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, toxic radioactivity is being added to everything we take from the oceans and the rain they make on the land.

Water is the life-blood of our planet and we too are mostly made of water. Due to the poisoning of the land, all of our ground water is tainted and finding pure water is now a problem everywhere – for those who can find it!

wizcov800optIn a world going toxic, you owe it to yourself, your friends and your family to protect your very being, increase your immunity to modern disease and limit harm to our planet. With WildFood Wizard you enter a place of nutrition, of living lightly on the earth and enjoying radiant health. By bringing more of nature’s healing gifts into your life you will find a quiet joy, feelings of belonging, links with natural seasons and cycles – and nature wants you back.

We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Pathogens

pathogensViruses of one sort of another are always present in our bodies. If an immune threshold drops low enough these can create havoc in a number of ways, including ‘cell insult’.

The common Herpes Simplex (cold sore) virus is an example of this. It waits in the body until conditions are right for it to emerge. Viruses often stay in the body, or ‘outside on the balcony’ just waiting for an opportunity to thrive on a weakened life form.

With the world a much smaller place than it has ever been, there is unprecedented opportunity for bacteria, viruses and parasites to travel and infect widely. Combined with the overuse of antibiotics helping to create ‘super-bugs’ this creates a situation where our immune systems need all the help they can get. We have evolved organisms proliferating that have never, until now, existed in nature.

Hospitals that you visit ‘to get better’ may be the centre of powerful, mutating germs that are resistant to all known medical treatments. The wonder-working antibiotics of the 1940’s and 50’s have created monsters for the 21st Century in the form of super-bugs that are so far proving to be cleverer than mankind. The S.A.R.S. breakout from China is a wake-up call concerning super-bugs. The human tendency to ‘meddle’ with nature, mostly in the hope of improving it often gives rise to even worse problems in the process.

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Toxic Culture

toxic cultureWestern culture has much to be proud of. Its attainments are without comparison. But we are living on borrowed time because there is a serious flaw at the heart of our philosophy that has opened us all to dangers.

The contradictions implicit in a conspicuous consumer culture are evident to increasing numbers of people. The shortcomings of an economic system that uses its assets (the Earth’s resources) as income, and then messes its own doorstep with pollution, are becoming plainly visible.

Globally at the moment there are problems facing the survival of mankind. Diminishing natural resources and increasing populations who consume mean that we are already fighting over what’s left (ie oil, water, forest) and exporting many of our problems to the environment for our children to sort out. In effect our present global economy is stealing a future from our descendants.

Our investment systems have used the capital assets of our planet as if they were income since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Our whole system of investing for the future is based on extracting and exploiting the capital assets of the earth to create income, without any regard to the future. It is a house built on sand. Any accountant, in fact most four year olds can tell you that if you use finite assets as income, and then spend it, you’re going to end up with nothing. We are putting little back into our planet except for our waste materials. This is utterly exploitative at a deep level and has resulted in an environment and economy full of danger.

The way our culture relates to this planet is not sustainable. Many people have compared our culture to a cancer spreading on the face of the planet, eating away at its resources without replacing, acting only for itself without reference to other species of life. In this context the disease of cancer mirrors a crisis in our culture.

Cancer is a side effect of a culture that values unrestricted growth at any cost. The whole idea of ‘magic bullets’ and ‘a pill for every ill’ are symptomatic of a shallow, high tech, quick fix mentality of a dominator culture expecting the world to be as controllable as a laboratory.

Two hundred years ago 98% of people worked on the land in some way, living in farms and villages. Pretty soon half of the worlds population will be urbanites. The intrusion of humans into remote places, combined with the high speed of global travel combined with high density living in cities creates conditions that are ripe for microbes, viruses, bacteria and parasites to flourish amongst us. Modern conditions make us more susceptible to communicable diseases than we were just 50 years ago.

Biological enhancement of crops, growth hormones in milk and meat, mercury in our mouths, colorants and carcinogens in food are commonplace. The foot and mouth epidemic, B.S.E. in sheep and cattle, bird flu, S.A.R.S., nuclear radiation and the de-naturalisation of our food are examples of how common sense is abandoned to profit. The ‘Precautionary Principle’ is too often being overlooked in the rush of science.

The genetic modification of food for example is still largely untested and many of its results are open to interpretation. Scientific knowledge of the processes involved is still at an early stage.

Little is known about side effects, how gene function is controlled, and gene transfer into other organisms such as bacteria in the human gut. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that the potential adverse effects have not been sufficiently investigated and strongly recommend caution.

The United Nations’ safety body, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, has warned that the failure to carry out full health checks on GM foods could lead to toxic reactions, allergies and increased resistance to antibiotics. Experience has shown that genetically modified and organic foods cannot exist together because genetically modified crops will cross-pollinate with any others.

Contamination of the whole food chain has already occurred within a few years. Biotechnology companies that are facing opposition in Europe and the US are targeting less well resourced countries in the hope that genetically modified organisms will spread irreversibly before public opinion has time to intervene.

The common Western diet has become one based on convenience foods full of poor quality cholesterol, life-clogging trans-fats and processed sugar. Convenience often outweighs any considerations of nutrition or authenticity.

In addition to dangers lurking in our food supply, there are others waiting in the environment. Daily cocktails of synthetic chemicals, poisons, radiation and other stressors surround us. We find radiation from mobile phones and microwaves or toxic car fumes and aluminium and parabens in antiperspirant, rat poison in toothpaste, the convenience of chemical sprays or heavy metals and chemical effluents in the water and food. Slowly the sheer levels of non-natural substances have built up and now our environment is crammed with toxins we often consume unwittingly.

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Principles of Holism

principles of holism
Dr Julian N Kenyon

The ‘Principles of Holism’ are admirably described by Dr. Julian N. Kenyon in his book ‘21st Century Medicine’. These, written below, show just how far orthodox Western medicine is presently from a philosophy of health that looks at the whole person.

1. Relatedness of all things is of major importance

2. The concept of balance as succinctly described by traditional Chinese medicine is an indicator of health

3. Disease is looked upon as an imbalance arising from a faulty relationship or relationships either inside or outside the patient. The key to cure is to look for and correct the relationship

4. A recognition of the importance of the environment in its material, psychological and social aspects

5. Any patient is a potentially self-healing system and can be aided on his way by means of therapies which are participatory rather than passive or suppressive

6. A devolution of power to the patient, with equal power sharing between doctor and patient

7. A preference for causally directed therapy as opposed to suppressive therapy

8. An acknowledgement of the spiritual nature of mankind and a recognition of the validity of subjective experience

9. A willingness to look at, to use and to assess all the natural therapies and an open-minded yet critical acceptance of the various theories of biological energy

10. Lastly, but most important of all, a recognition, probably for the first time in modern medicine, that the healer, the physician himself, should heal himself, as he has been the neglected part of the healing circuit for too long

In holistic terms you are the best person to be responsible overall for your health maintenance and treatment. Although your doctor may be a good first choice for diagnosis, only you can get deeply in touch with your condition for self healing. Only you know all the details and at some level your body actually knows what it needs. In our reductionist Western philosophy we have separated out ‘food’, ‘medicine’ and ‘health’ as different areas, mainly to serve the needs of consumer capitalism.

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not finding that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work”.
Albert Schweitzer

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Energy as therapy

energy as therapy
water has a memory

In homeopathy the biological activity of a substance is transferred energetically to water. This vibrational treatment is one that works on a non-molecular basis, creating a specific energy field in the water that can be easily altered by ‘energy memory wiping’. Practitioners will advise their patients not to keep their remedy near a magnetic force or heat source but more subtle energy fields can be just as damaging.

The Italian physicist Emilio Del Giudice stated that “radiation fields of charged molecules create an interaction among the electric dipoles” of water molecules. This creates a permanent polarisation of the water, making the molecules coherent like the light waves in a laser. When a substance is almost endlessly diluted in water it leaves an energetic signature of that substance in the water that is the basis of a homeopathic treatment when tuned to the patient. But this is nonsense to most doctors.

Vibrational therapies such as homeopathy deal more with transferring frequency-specific energy patterns than any direct molecular effect. When diagnosed and chosen properly, the treatment gives the body specific energy information that helps its own healing capability. This approach remains completely unsupported by orthodox medicine.

Machines exist that transfer the energetic signature of a substance directly to water. They are considered illegal and some have been confiscated by the federal authorities that regulate such devices in U.S. making progression difficult in this field.

Vibrational treatments such as flower essences use the same idea of capturing the energy signature of a plant, as do many forms of aromatherapy, energised waters and massage oils. Sound, light, electromagnetism, crystals and colour are all being explored for their vibrational qualities in healing.

Many people are realising that the ‘life energy’ of the food we eat is more important than a host of rather more aesthetic features, such as the chemically-induced, regularity in size, shape, colour and convenience we find in our shops.

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We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Matter as Energy

matter as energyExperiments in ‘electro-acupuncture’ and Kirlian photography have led to an energy map of the body identical to that shown in traditional Chinese medicine.

The meridian system is seen as an interface between the physical body and the energy body. Applications of resonant energy to the meridian system promote healing in a number of diseases, by altering the energy of the ‘root system’ concerned in the disease. Much of this work seems to be ‘undercover’ and information and the manufacture of equipment for treatments of this nature is actually suppressed through legislation.

The etheric body, acupuncture meridians, chakras and nadis and other multi-dimensional aspects of the human are described by ancient schools of healing throughout the world. Western medicine in its reductionist stance, ignores these aspects because they can’t be studied under a microscope. Only now, at the beginning of the 21st century are some medical doctors starting to catch on.

Vibrational medicine interfaces with subtle energy fields that underlie the functions of a physical body. It is based on the idea of resonant frequencies, similar to a tuned string on a musical instrument resonating with anything tuned to the same frequency, or an opera singer breaking a glass by singing at a certain pitch.

Physical science and philosophy have recognised vibrational elements as an important part of the universe. It is proving difficult to link these new sciences with the dogma of Western medicine.

Even as long ago as 1928 Thomas Sugrue recognised vibrational elements at work in the human body:

“The human body is made up of electronic vibrations, with each atom and elements of the body, each organ and organism, having its electronic unit of vibration necessary for the sustenance of, and equilibrium in that particular organism. Each unit, then, being a cell or a unit of life in itself has the capacity of reproducing itself by the first the law as is known as reproduction-division. When a force in any organ or element of the body becomes deficient in its ability to reproduce that equilibrium necessary for the sustenance of physical existence and its reproduction, that portion becomes deficient in electronic energy.

This may come by injury or disease, received by external forces. It may come from internal forces through lack of   eliminations produced in the system or by other agencies to meet its requirements in the body.”
Edgar Cayce (1928) from There is a River by Thomas Sugrue.

Experiments in high-energy particle physics and the fields of quantum physics show us that nearly all matter is energy. In some sense we are made from ‘frozen light’. As beings of energy we are influenced by and can be treated by energy. Modern scientific medicine is as yet unable to make this shift in perception.

wizcov800optIn a world going toxic, you owe it to yourself, your friends and your family to protect your very being, increase your immunity to modern disease and limit harm to our planet. With WildFood Wizard you enter a place of nutrition, of living lightly on the earth and enjoying radiant health. By bringing more of nature’s healing gifts into your life you will find a quiet joy, feelings of belonging, links with natural seasons and cycles – and nature wants you back.

We all know time is running out for our culture on planet earth. You can help by taking a step into a healthy relationship with the natural world around you. Start the journey back to nature with WildFood Wizard, available in hardback, paperback and for the Kindle. Just click the cover image to find out more…

Cultural Paradigms

cultural paradigms
Nicholas Copernicus (1473 – 1543), mathematician and astronomer, established a model of the universe with the sun, rather than earth, at its center. His most notable book, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Bodies, was highly controversial when it was published in 1543 but nevertheless became a fundamental turning point in the history of science.

A paradigm is a sort of cultural, consensual pattern of thought or model of something, for example the ‘current consensus in scientific medicine’. Paradigms change, like the impact of Galileo’s work on disproving the flat-earth theory or Copernicus’s heresy that the Earth moves round the Sun. These new ideas met a great deal of resistance from orthodox philosophy but eventually gave rise to a changed perception of the world we live in.

We live now in a time of ‘paradigm shift’, which creates fundamental changes in our assumptions about the world, and even this contributes to modern stress! Although our physical sciences have discovered new fields of quantum reality, medical science is still lagging behind.

Philosophy has traditionally been an important part of medical practice since the medieval days of Paracelsus, even Hippocrates, the originator of the Hippocratic Oath. How we perceive the world and our part in it is central to how we perceive the role of disease and our reaction to it.

One of the present problems of finding effective treatments within Western scientific medicine is a ‘paradigm gap’. There are different perceptions of the world at work speaking incompatible languages. These have deep roots in our philosophy. This gap is presently condemning millions of people world-wide to suffer treatments that can be as destructive, or sometimes more destructive, than the diseases.

Paradigm 1: The Mechanistic View

This can be traced back to Descartes and other scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. The universe is a vast machine and we are all cogs, all with our part to play in its function. The healthy body is a well-made clock and if it goes wrong we simply take it apart and tinker with the insides until it goes again. If it breaks it doesn’t really matter because there are plenty more where that came from. Nothing exists unless it has been proven through logical methods.

cancer: something had gone wrong with this body, it has a lump. Cut it out and throw the lump away.

Paradigm 2: The Anthropocentric View

This paradigm is central to the philosophy of Darwinism and others who helped set humans as ‘apart and above’, or at the head of other life forms. Humanity is the supposed crown of creation, we are created to lord it over every other creature as ‘head of the food chain’. The planet is ours to dominate and exploit to our own demands. We must conquer every mountain and battle against disease.

We are the most evolved and dominant species in a process of natural selection. We exist for no purpose and have just evolved through sheer luck. In this world our media fantasy industries create pigs and fish that can talk human. Animals are anthropomorphised through culture to have the same needs, desires and dreams as humans.

The animals, forests, oceans and environment around us exist purely for our convenience. This paradigm is human self-centred and exploitative to everything including ourselves.

cancer: something has gone wrong with this body, it has grown an enemy inside it. I will root it out and battle with it.

Paradigm 3: The Gaian View (an emerging paradigm)

This paradigm started with Einstein and the science of energy. Its inception combines an age when we saw the first images of the Earth as a whole entity from space. James Lovelock and his search for life on Mars is a central figure in its development through his identification of the Gaia Hypothesis regarding Earth.

This planet we inhabit is a self-balancing, homeostatic system similar to our own as single biological entities. It still (just) maintains the optimum conditions for life despite our best efforts to pollute it. Our bodies are a miracle of biology, constantly flexible and adaptive but easy to harm. Anything we do to it or each other, we do to ourselves as we are part of the same ‘web’ or ‘circle’ of life. We exist for a purpose but do not yet know what it is. We are part of an evolving cycle of life, a happening miracle.

cancer: something has gone wrong with this body, it is trying to tell me something. I will listen to it and get help to understand why it has happened and what I need to learn and do to get better.

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