The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth

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This could be the most important book you will read this year. Around the office at Chelsea Green it is referred to as the "pharmaceutical Silent Spring." Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts:

  1. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic ...
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Overview

This could be the most important book you will read this year. Around the office at Chelsea Green it is referred to as the "pharmaceutical Silent Spring." Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts:

  1. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care.
  2. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth's ecosystems.
  3. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people's capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception.

The book will affect readers on rational and emotional planes. It is grounded in both a New Age spiritual sensibility and hard science. While some of the author's claims may strike traditional thinkers as outlandish, Buhner presents his arguments with such authority and documentation that the scientific underpinnings, however unconventional, are completely credible.

The overall impact is a powerful, eye-opening expos' of the threat that our allopathic Western medical system, in combination with our unquestioning faith in science and technology, poses to the primary life-support systems of the planet. At a time when we are preoccupied with the terrorist attacks and the possibility of biological warfare, perhaps it is time to listen to the planet. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the environment, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

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The author of blends poetry, his and others' reflections on nature, alerts about the impact of the medicine of "fundamentalist Scientists," information on the chemistry of plants and their bond with humans, and exercises for raising environmental consciousness. Resources listed include Buhner's Foundation for Gaian Studies in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132880
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Polyface Titles Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 358,795
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an award-winning author of seven books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine (including Sacred Plant Medicine ). His work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe, including The New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, Common Ground, HerbalGram and other herbal magazines, and many more. He travels throughout the United States teaching about herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of nature. He is the author of The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth (2003), and Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections (2005).

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Table of Contents

1. The Taste of Wild Water
2. The Two Wounds
3. Epistemological Conflict
4. The Loss of Biophilia and Biognosis
5. The Environmental Impacts of Technological Medicine
6. The End of Antibiotics
7. "Plants Are All Chemists"
8. Plants as Medicines for All Life on Earth
9. Herbelegy
10. The Lost Language of Plants
11. Living Biognosis: The Work of Carol McGrath, Sparrow, Rosemary Gladstar, John Seed

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