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5 Food-Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

Food Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

Though Mother Nature's formulas are proprietary, she does not grant patents

~ Sayer Ji

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease.  So valued were these in ancient times that they were worth their weight in gold, and entire civilizations either rose to great power or collapsed as a result of their relationship to them.  

What is even more amazing is that many of these "plant allies" are found growing in our backyards, and often sitting there in our refrigerators and spice racks, neglected and under appreciated.  In fact, many of us use these daily unaware that this is why we don't get sick as often as those who do not incorporate them into their diet. Let's look at a few examples....

1) Garlic – with the increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the failure of the conventional, drug-based model to develop effective solutions against them (nor accepting responsibility for creating them), spices have regained their once universal reign as broad spectrum infection-fighters with sometimes life-saving power. Garlic, in fact, has several hundred therapeutic properties, confirmed by a growing body of scientific research, which you can view directly on[i]  One quick example of garlic's power, is in killing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which the mainstream media has termed the "white plague," roiling the masses with a fear of drug-resistant (but not plant-extract resistant) they are made to believe they are defenseless against.  Last year an article was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal showing that garlic was capable of inhibiting a wide range of multiple drug resistant tuberculosis strains.[ii] The authors concluded "The use of garlic against MDR-TB may be of great importance regarding public health."  Garlic's anti-infective properties do not end with MDR-TB, as it has been demonstrated to inhibit the following pathogens as well:

  • Amoeba Entamoeba histolytica (parasite)
  • Cholera
  • Clostridium
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Dermatophytoses (a type of topical fungal infection)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
  • Klebsiella
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus A. (MRSA)
  • Parainfluenza Virus
  • Peridontal Infection
  • Pneumococcal Infections
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Streptococcus Mutans
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group A
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group B
  • Streptococcus pyrogenes
  • Thrush (oral fungal infection)

This amazing list underscores how important it is to keep a supply of garlic close by!


2.)  Honey – bees produce a wide range of therapeutic substances beyond honey, e.g. propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, beeswax, bee pollen, etc., but this sweet, sticky stuff that we all love to dip our paw into occasionally, is the most well-known and most copiously consumed of them all – and for good reason, it tastes great!  But did you know that this sweet treat is one of nature's most powerful healing agents, as well? Here is just a smattering of some of honey's more scientifically researched health benefits and/or applications:

  • Aspirin-Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity  (honey  coats the delicate linings of the stomach, preventing aspirin-induced lesions and bleeding)
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Burns
  • Candida infection (despite the fact that honey contains sugar, it demonstrates anti-fungal properties)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dental plaque (a recent study showed that Manuka honey was a viable alternative to chemical mouthwash in dissolving dental plaque)[iii]
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Herpes-related ulcers
  • MRSA (especially for Manuka honey)

There are many more uses for honey than covered here. Needless to say, replacing synthetic sweeteners or highly processed sugars or high fructose corn syrup with a moderate amount of honey may be a great preventative health step to take.


3) Apples – an apple a day does in fact keep the doctor away, especially cancer specialists it would seem.  For instance, one of the most well-established health benefits of consuming apples is to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The more apples you consume, the less likely you are to develop this potentially fatal disease.  To view the 5 studies that reference this relationship, go to the apple research page where you will also find 50 other health benefits of apple or apple byproducts (e.g. apple vinegar) consumption which include:

  • Aging, Reduce Rate
  • Allergies
  • Allopecia (Hair Loss)
  • Diarrhea
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Liver Cancer
  • Radiation Induced Illness
  • Staphylococcol Infection


4) Sunlight – this one may throw some of you off, but sunlight possesses both energy and information with real, metabolic value and is therefore a source of usable energy for the body – and so, in a very real sense it can be considered a form of food that we consume through our skin by way of its built in, melanin-based "solar panels."  Not only does adequate sunlight exposure result in the production of vitamin D, a hormone-like substance that regulates over 2,000 genes in the human body -- and as a result prevents or ameliorates hundreds of vitamin D deficiency associated health conditions -- but sunlight exposure itself has a unique set of health benefits not reducible to simply vitamin D production alone.  One of the more interesting studies performed on sunlight exposure, based on data gathered from over 100 countries and published earlier this year in the journal Anticancer Research, showed that there was "a strong inverse correlations with solar UVB for 15 types of cancer," with weaker, though still significant evidence for the protective role of sunlight in 9 other cancers. Here are some additional benefits of sunlight exposure:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Depression
  • Dopamine Deficiency
  • Dermatitis
  • Influenza
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis


5) Turmeric  - quite possibly the world's most important herb. Named "Kanchani," or literally "Golden Goddess," in the ancient Indian healing tradition, its healing properties have been deeply appreciated, if not revered for countless centuries. Turmeric has been scientifically documented to have over 500 applications in disease prevention and treatment. It also has been shown to modulate over 150 distinct biological and genetic/epigenetic pathways of value in health, demonstrating a complexity as well as gentleness that no drug on the planet has ever been shown to possess.

As there are too many health conditions that turmeric may benefit to list, we are listing the top 10 as determined by the GreenMedInfo algorithm which calculates both the evidence quantity (number of articles) and evidence quality (human study valued higher than animal, and so on). Also, the number in parentheses denotes the number of studies on the database demonstrating the beneficial relationship.

  • Oxidative Stress (160)
  • Inflammation (51)
  • DNA Damage (48)
  • Lipid Peroxidation (34)
  • Colorectal Cancer (24)
  • Breast Cancer (60)
  • Colon Cancer (52)
  • Chemically-Induced Liver Damage (34)
  • Alzheimer's Disease (34)
  • Tumors (23)

For a more in depth look at the 1500+ studies on our site on Turmeric (and its primary polyphenol Curcumin), watch the video below and please share it with others if you find the information compelling.


[i], Garlic Research Page:

[ii] Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jan;24(1):81-5. PMID: 21190924

[iii] Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct ;1(4):214-7. PMID: 22114423

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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Clinical practitioners focus mainly on the health of individuals, while public health practitioners consider the overall health of communities and populations. Workplace wellness programs are increasingly adopted by companies for their value in improving the health and well being of their employees, as are school health services to improve the health and well being of children. Thanks.

5 Foods that save your life

I don't see organic virgin coconut oil here anywhere. The stuff is miraculous! I have it in every room of my home.

coconut oil

indeed- it can prevent and reverse Dementia and Alzheimers Desease. Coconut oil has to be eaten every day 3-4 tablespoons in any form as a Salat dressing, in a raw food dessert, instead of butter, as a dip for veggies with spices.

If you use it as a mask on your split hair it has the ability to rebuilt  kreatin in your hair and brings it to life again.

If you use it on your skin, the moschitos will not bite you up any longer and you will have baby skin after a short while.

Drink fresh coconut water after you exercised, and it will give you back all electrolytes you need.


Honey Bee

I believe that the Honey Bee is the highest form of Life. It destroys nothing at all in order to live, unlike almost every other life form. In fact it creates life by pollinating the plants it visits. I believe that the bees communicate with the plants they visit with frequency vibrations, which stimulates the flower to supply nectar. Just watch how a bees "dances" and hovers just at the face of the flower before it plunges into the depths. We need to guard and protect the Honey Bee with more diligence than we spend on our own species.

5 Foods that saves your life

Great Article. I helped my clients with H. pylori with Garlic and Oregano Oil instead of using antibiotics with great results. We should all consume those 5 miracle foods daily.

Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D.

5 Food Medicines.......

Garlic: what are your thoughts.....What form of garlic should be taken, fresh, jar, or powder form? What amount of garlic should be taken? And how often should the garlic be taken? Thank You, Juanita

Garlic-how to take

take fresh garlic, press it and let it rest for 5-10 Minutes before eating or using. I put 4-5 garlic toes in a big cup of hot water with ginger . Cool down and add raw honey as you like. Drink this as a night tea every evening. Keeps away all flus and colds. Prevents possible strokes during the night, supports normal blood circulation and many other good things.

Drink fresh green veggie juice every morning to avoid bad breath.

Very good as well : eat in the morning or whenever you like  - slices of fresh apples with slices of  fresh garlic. Sooooo good and yummie.

How to take garlic

The best advice I have read for using garlic to kill MRSA bacteria is to chop or mash fresh garlic - one large clove - and let it rest from 15 minutes to an hour.  Then eat the garlic - if it is chopped very fine you can just swallow it without even chewing it - and thus not really taste it.  Repeat this three times throughout your waking hours to keep the allicin levels high in your body.  This is preventative for a systemic infection of course.  I have also experimented with applying a fresh garlic clove to an open sore and have actually cured that sore with repeated application of fresh garlic.  I had one small abrasion on the inside of my lip that got infected and hurt (staph).  I completely cured it by holding a slice of garlic on it for two days.  I have an active staph infection right now and I try to swish a cut piece of garlic around in my mouth several times each day to keep anything from happening in my mouth.


On another topic, I would suggest looking into bleach baths for large body areas of staph infection.

I love this article!

I use all these save the turmeric most all the time. I know that Turmeric will help my arthritis pain tremendously, because I have tried it, but the more I tried to take it the worse it got until I just couldn't stand to put it in my mouth anymore, no matter how much the benefit! Is there some way to take turmeric that bypasses the mouth? LOL It's just too strong for me!


I make my own supplement capsules with turmeric powder and gel capsules.  Vegan empty gel capsules are available at many health food stores and I found a small capsule maker for about $10.  The capsules are easy to make, although it can be a bit tedious.  Try checking for capsule makers or presses on the internet.

Diane Cornell

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