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The Greek physician Hippocrates (460 BC) is often quoted as having said: "Let food be thy medicin and medicin thy food", meaning so much as: "When eating the right food, you don't need a doctor". However most food produced today in industrialised countries has lost its vital qualities in the original sense of the word: life-giving. Therefore eating 'an apple a day' from an industrial cultivation is no longer sufficient 'to keep the doctor away' as the old saying goes. The point is that what we nowadays mostly eat from our regular supermarkets is de-natured: dead stuff. It comes nowhere near the food quality that our (great-)grandparents used to know when most chemical pesticides and fertilisers were not yet invented. Even fresh fruits and vegetables are affected! Indeed our agriculture would have been far better off if Justus von Liebig would have gone fishing, and the gentlemen Haber and Bosch would have joined Livingstone to disappear in Africa. If we want to put Hippocrates' advice into practice again, we shall have to grow our food in such a way that it becomes vital again: full of life. The way to do so is by restoring soil life in order to let it perform its original function: producing humus and organic nutrients for the plants to choose from. The result will be a resilient crop that does not need pesticides anymore, because it contains vitamins, enzymes and alexines again, to fend off pests and diseases. Those compounds are exactly the same nutrients that we also need as humans, to digest our food adequately in order to remain in good shape, and to benefit from it the way it was meant to be. It is the type of food that we call wholesome food, because it has the capacity to heal. The bonusses are impressive: resilient crops, increasingly healthy people, a more sustainable agriculture, soil erosion under control, vigorous seeds that do not need pesticide treatment, and last but not least enormous volumes of CO2 being sequestered into the soil again for free!

PS1 Hippocrates has also said that once a disease has struck, it is more important to observe the conditions under which the individual organism has contracted the illness, than to focus on suppression of its symptoms. Each individual shows under the circumstances his own set of symptoms as a visible reaction to a certain disease, but a symptom is not equal to the underlying cause of bad performance of the organism. A symptom is only the indicator that can lead to the real reason of the bad performance.
In order to heal, the organism has to come to terms with the real trouble maker first, before it can come back into harmony with its environment again! That has been forgotten for ages and it applies to cancer patients just as much as to plants and crops. Using chemicals is not the solution of a problem, but creating another one, probably more serious. Don't shoot the messenger; he only rang the bell!


PS2 Eating the right food is even person-dependent, according to the Ayurveda. This Vedic work was scripted some 1000 years BC in India. At that time it could not have elaborated of course, on the impact of chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Which is really a pity, because these chemicals would certainly have drawn some FLAK from the Ayurvedic department.
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