I’ve always been amazed at what the natural world has to offer in the way of medicinal curatives – name an ailment and our mother the earth in all likelihood produces it.
An imbalance and possibly an inability to keep up exists though in the number of man made toxins produced.
With the destruction of the environment and medicinal treasure troves like the Amazon rainforests much is being lost, some of which has yet to be “discovered” by modern medicine.
Add to that some of the outrageous claims made by the “health and nutrient” supplement people and even more is being lost.
Attach the name organic or green to any product and it becomes instantly marketable, the latest fad sure to reduce weight, tone, strengthen, and beautify.
Sounds a lot like the pitch those traveling snake oil purveyors used to employ.
A current fad seems to be coconut water, I like coconuts and the milk/water they contain, but as I understand it it contains less than three percent of usable nutrients by volume – hardly a cure all or something that will enhance every aspect of a persons life.
At that ratio how much would a person have to drink to enjoy a benefit other than taste? A lot? And that translates to profit doesn’t it?
Ethanol is a classic example of “green” – it requires more energy and produces more pollution to manufacture than it does not to- I don’t see that as “green” or even something that makes sense to pursue.
What it does do is allow farmers who grow corn to be subsidized with a guaranteed market, not that I’m opposed to farmers, family owned farms as opposed to corporate owned characterized by gluttony and environmental indifference should be encouraged and assisted if need be.
We should all live green in as much as we can, we should all either grow our own garden or at least be truly knowledgeable about where our food comes from- a subtext of that would be to do the math and not buy into every claim the aforementioned make.
The impetus for this particular blog was the birth of a foal and a conversation about the natural antibodies that exist in a mother’s milk- amazing as it may sound among at least a few of the nations knew a human mother’s milk and the antibodies it contained could be employed as a remedy for a sty or other eye infection.
I don’t know what “science” would have to say about that and I don’t really care, no more than I care about their opinions related to our healing ceremonies.