RX from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow

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Your backyard becomes an all-natural pharmacy!

Colds. Headaches. Upset stomach, Allergy symptoms. Depression. Circulation problems.

This timely book goes beyond using herbs as medicine; it also focuses on beneficial foods for more than 100 common ailments and shows you how to grow them.

In that way, RX from the Garden lets you circumvent expensive meds with questionable side effects by explaining what foods to...

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Overview

Your backyard becomes an all-natural pharmacy!

Colds. Headaches. Upset stomach, Allergy symptoms. Depression. Circulation problems.

This timely book goes beyond using herbs as medicine; it also focuses on beneficial foods for more than 100 common ailments and shows you how to grow them.

In that way, RX from the Garden lets you circumvent expensive meds with questionable side effects by explaining what foods to eat to help you feel better. In addition to aligning health problems with natural cures, this valuable resource provides step-by-step instruction on how to easily cultivate the corresponding vegetables and herbs in your lawn, garden, or flowerbed.

According to Hippocrates, "Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food." Now you can reap health benefits for your very own backyard bounty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440510182
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/14/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Barnes has ten books dealing with natural health to her credit—and is a Master Gardener who grows foods and herbs organically. For nearly seven years, she wrote the weekly natural health column for Woman's World magazine. She is a frequent guest on Frankie Boyer's natural health radio show. She bills her blog, Natural Living Now (www.kathleenbarnes.com) as "your guide to a long, healthy life while living gently on the planet." Barnes has been part of the effort to raise public awareness of natural heath as an advocate and yoga teacher for more than thirty years.

About the Foreword Writer
Dr. Stephen E. Southard is a physician practicing at Massachusetts General Hospital. He practices allopathic medicine, but has a strong interest in integrative CAM: incorporating extensive dietary/supplement teaching and addressing patients about such therapies as acupuncture, homeopathic treatments, and chelation. Dr. Southard completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University in 2001 and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2006 after a year working for a biotech firm. In 2009, he completed his internal medicine residency.

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Table of Contents

Introduction XIII

Part 1 Food As Healer 1

Chapter 1 The Magic of Foods You Grow in Your Grow in Your Garden 3

Chapter 2 101 Ailments You Can Prevent and Treat with Food 11

Acne 11

Adrenal Fatigue 12

Alcoholism (Also see Depression) 13

Allergies 14

Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss, and Dementia 15

Anemia 16

Anxiety 17

Appetite Control 18

Appetite Loss 19

Arthritis 20

Osteoarthritis 20

Rheumatoid Arthritis 21

Asthma 22

Back Pain 23

Bad Breath 25

Bladder Infections 25

Blood Sugar-High/Low 26

Body Odor 28

Bone Loss 29

Bronchitis 30

Bruises 31

Burns 32

Cancer Prevention 32

Canker Sores, Cold Sores 34

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Also see Hypothyroidism) 36

Celiac Disease 36

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia 38

Colds/Flu 39

Colitis (Also see Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 40

Conjunctivitis 41

Constipation 42

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 43

Cough 44

Crohn's Disease 45

Cuts, Sores 46

Cysts (Cervical and Ovarian) 46

Dehydration 47

Depression 48

Diabetes 49

Diarrhea 51

Diverticulitis 52

Dry Skin 53

Ear Infections 54

Eczema 55

Eyesight Deterioration 56

Fever 56

Flatulence 57

Food Poisoning 58

Gallstones 59

Gum Disease 59

Hair Problems 60

Headache, Migraine 61

Headache, Stress 62

Hearing Loss 63

Heartburn 64

Heart Problems 65

Arrhythmia 66

Atherosclerosis 67

Cholesterol 68

Congestive Heart Failure 69

Heart Attack Prevention 70

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) 71

Palpitations 72

Stroke Prevention 73

Hemorrhoids 74

Herpes 74

Hiatal Hernia 75

Hives 76

Hyperactivity (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD) 77

Hypothyroidism 78

Impotence or Low Libido 79

Indigestion 80

Infections 81

Infertility 82

Insect Bites 83

Insomnia 84

Irritable Bowel Syndrome 85

Joint Pain (Also see Arthritis) 86

Kidney Stones 88

Leg Pain 89

Liver Disease 90

Lupus 90

Menopause and Perimenopause 91

Menstrual Disorders and PMS 93

Muscle Cramps 94

Nail Problems 95

Nausea 96

Nerve Pain 97

Obesity/Weight Control 98

Osteoporosis 99

Pain Relief 100

Pneumonia 101

Rosacea 102

Sinusitis 103

Smoking Cessation 104

Sprains 105

Stress 106

Sunburn 107

Toothache 108

Toxin Overload 109

Vaginitis/Yeast Infections 110

Varicose Veins 111

Warts 112

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Great information

    I love nature and this book made me love it even more. I believe that our bodies can cure most ailments with the right tools and this book helps readers to understand the components in fruits, vegetables, and spices that be tools and help our bodies. But it is not just an “eat this and x ailment can be helped” – it is a plethora of information on gardening as well.

    The first part of the book (the first 112 pages) talks about why organic food and which foods should be purchased organic, why eating locally grown food is best, why it is better to eat a balanced diet than to just take supplements and expect great results, and what foods can possibly help which ailments. Everything from adrenal fatigue, constipation, cuts/sores, and hives to hemorrhoids, insomnia, muscle cramps, and warts are covered.

    The second part of the book is the gardening section. I learned so much from this section! It starts by discussing gardening basics, such as plant needs, raised/traditional row gardening, keeping weeds down, fertlzing, watering, composting, frost protection, sunlight, plant placement, and more.

    The next chapter talks about growing vegetables and has information about a lot of different plants such as asparagus, tomatoes, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, spinach, strawberries, etc. Each type of plant has a table entitled ‘Quick Tips’ that includes the family name, the edible parts, best location and soil, when to plant, how to plant, how much to plant, companion plants, watering, fertilizing, care, pests and diseases, how to harvest, when to harvest, and storage. This information is very useful, is well written, and is very organized. One of my favorite tips in this chapter is how to make an organic pest spray using garlic, cayenne pepper, and water (see page 180).

    The next chapter (chapter 7) is about growing herbs. I learned a lot from this chapter, including that many herbs do not like nutrient rich soil (which explains why many of mine died this year in my raised garden bed full of compost). The author also included information on how to harvest and preserve herbs, how to create a tincture, and how to make salves.

    The next chapter (chapter 8) is about growing fruit and it has some awesome tips on how to keep pests way.

    Chapter 9 is about preserving and it talks about canning, freezing, and drying. I love the section on freezing as this is one of the easiest ways to preserve food as long as you have a freezer.

    I love that the author writes this book for real people and you can tell by the way she writes that she is a real person, not someone who has a perfect garden every year, but a person who has been gardening for years and has learned from her mistakes and wants others to not have to make the same mistakes that she has made. I enjoyed this book and I only wish I could have read it before planting my garden and maybe my garden would have turned out better. Owell, there is always next year.

    I received this book for free to facilitate my review. However all opinions are mine.

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