Wild medicine and Tansy cakes

Written by Simon Mitchell

It started withrepparttar Tansy cakes. I had to ask myself 'Why would anyone eat anything so utterly disgusting in taste'?

Chrysanthemum Vulgare is a common perennial inrepparttar 147758 British Isles andrepparttar 147759 name Tansy is said to be derived fromrepparttar 147760 Greek 'athansia', meaning 'immortal'. Reasons suggested for this includerepparttar 147761 fact thatrepparttar 147762 dried flower lasts forever or that it has a medicinal quality contributing to long life. Looking back to Greek literature, Tansy was given byrepparttar 147763 Gods to Ganymede to make him immortal. Inrepparttar 147764 language of flowersrepparttar 147765 gift of Tansy means 'Rejected address' - " I am not interested in you". Its strange taste, not unlikerepparttar 147766 smell of 'mothballs' might have something to do with this.

Tansy certainly had a reputation as a vermicide and vermifuge (killing and dispelling intestinal worms) inrepparttar 147767 middle ages. John Gerard wrote in his 17th century Herball:

"Inrepparttar 147768 Spring time are made withrepparttar 147769 leaves here of newly sprung up, and with eggs, cakes of Tansies, which be pleasant to taste, and good forrepparttar 147770 stomacke. For if any bad humours cleave there unto, it doth perfectly concoct them and scoure them downewards".

Tansy was a common kitchen garden herb for medicinal and culinary use, in place of expensive foreign spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. It was used to flavour custard, cakes, milk puddings, omlettes and freshwater fish. In Ireland it was included in sausages called 'Drisheens'. Its use as a springtime 'cleanser' became ritualised into a part ofrepparttar 147771 Christian religious Easter traditions; "On Easter Sunday berepparttar 147772 pudding seen, To whichrepparttar 147773 Tansy lends her sober green."

The consensus on this much written about herb is that it was used at Easter to purifyrepparttar 147774 blood after lent. This consensus shows a problem though, in that in Englandrepparttar 147775 plant does not show leaves untilrepparttar 147776 end of May - well after Easter. This is evidence ofrepparttar 147777 assimilation of natural 'self-medicating' herbalism into a controlling religious patriarchy.

Observation of wild and domesticated animals shows that they regularly self-medicate with wild plants. Sick chimpanzees chew bitter leaves from a bush not normally part of their diet, and then recover. Research by Michael Hoffman shows that a particular nematode worm is common inrepparttar 147778 monkey's gut duringrepparttar 147779 rainy season and that their chewing ofrepparttar 147780 leaves coincided withrepparttar 147781 prevalence of this parasite, which it destroyed. This wasrepparttar 147782 same bush that local tribes use to get rid of stomach parasites.

Dogs and cats self medicate by eating couch grass or cleavers. Parrots, chickens, camels, snow geese, starlings - all have been observed consuming substances normally alien to their diet to remedial effect. Bears particularly are venerated by North American Indian culture because they symboliserepparttar 147783 powers of 'regeneration'. North American Indians discoveredrepparttar 147784 use of a root called Osha from bears. It is so effective as an all round painkiller, antiviral, antipeptic that it is now onrepparttar 147785 endangered species list.

The curious case of H. Pylori and chewing gum

Written by Simon Mitchell

There is a tiny bacterium residing inrepparttar gut lining of about two-thirds of all adults onrepparttar 147757 planet, called Helicobacter Pylori. Research strongly suggests that this bacterium may be central torepparttar 147758 cause of 80% of all stomach cancers - yet this dangerous invader is left untreated until it creates serious problems.

One ofrepparttar 147759 oldest debates in oncology is whether cancer is one disease - or many. It is quite easy to see who benefits from cancer being about 200 separate diseases - with many complex and expensive drug, radiation and surgery regimens. Many advocates of a 'unitarian' theory of cancer have literally been put out of business as their theories opposerepparttar 147760 interests of 'big pharma'. One famous example is that of Royal Rife - who used an energy device to emit vibration atrepparttar 147761 mortal oscillation rate (MOR) of bacteria to great effect inrepparttar 147762 1950's. His laboratory mysteriously burnt down and he was dragged throughrepparttar 147763 courts forrepparttar 147764 rest of his stressful life.

Recent research atrepparttar 147765 University of Michigan (Michael F. Clarke MD) suggests that a unitarian theory of cancer based onrepparttar 147766 actions of malignant stem cells may not be far away. For much too longrepparttar 147767 only refuge of a bacterial etiology for cancer has beenrepparttar 147768 complementary and alternative medicine movement, which still suffers ridicule from orthodox practitioners for even assertingrepparttar 147769 possibility of such theories. Yetrepparttar 147770 World Health Organisation now recognise H. Pylori as a carcinogen that may be as dangerous as tobacco and other pollutants. There are a range of gastric dis-eases that have H.Pylori implicated:

"It has been found that at least 90% of those with duodenal ulcers, 70% with gastric ulcers and 50% of those overrepparttar 147771 age of 50 test positive forrepparttar 147772 presence of H. Pylori. Indeed about 30% of all people inrepparttar 147773 UK are probably infected withrepparttar 147774 bacteria". (healthforyouonline)

H. Pylori is a 'new strain' bacteria that has adapted itself torepparttar 147775 harsh environment ofrepparttar 147776 human gut. Until 20 years ago it was undiscovered. This clever little critter protects itself from digestive acids with an antacid barrier, and protects itself fromrepparttar 147777 human immune system by burying itself inrepparttar 147778 gut lining, causing inflammation. It also produces an enzyme called catalase that protects it. All in all it plays havoc withrepparttar 147779 digestive processes of about two-thirds ofrepparttar 147780 people on this planet with a knock-on effect to a whole panoply of human discomforts and dis-eases.

Its still not known for sure how people pick up this bug but researchers think it may be found in water supplies, infected people's saliva, flies on food or contact with infected fecal matter.

A couple of years ago I experiencedrepparttar 147781 worst physical illness I have ever known. I even called a doctor inrepparttar 147782 middle ofrepparttar 147783 night,repparttar 147784 only time I have ever done this. My guts around my upper stomach became severely inflamed and this extreme discomfort put me out of action for a whole week. Atrepparttar 147785 time I put this down torepparttar 147786 stress caused by UK government legislation - a war of attrition over 12 months whererepparttar 147787 Child Support Agency made a wrongly assessed 'attachment to my earnings' effectively terminating my college lecturing career. Classically stress is considered to be one ofrepparttar 147788 causes of gastric discomfort and it may well of 'preparedrepparttar 147789 ground' for this invasion.

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