Food: Your Miracle Medicine was one of January’s additions to my herbal remedy closet (for only $2 at the thrift store!) It is packed with fascinating studies of how food affects our bodies: healing or harming the cells, causing or curing disease.
Jean Carper wrote the book after combing through over 10,000 studies on food. Her conclusion is simple: food is a miracle medicine.
There are so many aspects of our environment like pollution that we can’t control. “Diet has the distinction of being the the only major determinant of health that is completely under your control.” said Andrew Weil, M.D. “It is a shame to squander such a good opportunity to influence your health.”
In the book, particular problems like “Heartburn” are grouped into broad categories like “Digestive Troubles.” Then the book highlights the foods that studies have shown help that problem. For example,
- An eight year long study of almost 90,000 women nurses indicated that eating carrots five times a week could slash your risk of getting a stroke by 68% (compared to those that only ate carrots once a month)
- According to studies, an ounce of fatty fish a day reduces your chance of heart disease by 50%
- Garlic and onions contain over 30 different carcinogen-fighting properties
The studies are fascinating glimpses into the wonder of creation! Though Food: Your Miracle Medicine is not written from a distinctly Christian perspective, you can’t help but stand in awe while reading.
We each respond to food differently. In study after study, the complexity of creation amazed me. How our bodies handle a given food varies based on ethnicity, genetic makeup and other unknown factors. In some studies, half the subjects reported favorable results but the others noticed none at all.
Our bodies are complex. The healing powers hidden in foods are complex. This complexity is part of why food is such a wonderful medicine. One food may combat cancer in ten ways we know about and three more that haven’t been discovered yet!
We serve an amazing Creator! Our health lies in His wise hands, but He has given us tools for good health in the form of humble bulbs of garlic, tasty olive oil dressing, and active yogurt.
Food: Your Miracle Medicine is a wonderful addition to any home library. In the years to come I am sure I will reference it often for the illnesses my family faces. If you are not lucky enough to find it at your thrift store, you can purchase a copy of Food: Your Miracle Medicine on Amazon for $7.99.
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