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Matching fruits and veggies up to organs they are good for





deanhills
You may have seen some e-mails that have been doing the rounds under the title of "Gods Pharmacy"? What interested me was how the shape of fruits and veggies could resemble the shape of the organs in the human body, and that those fruits and veggies are actually good for those particular organs. I did a search on the Internet and found a URL below. What do you think about it? Do you think it is true?

http://americanangle.blogspot.com/2008/07/gods-pharmacy-popular-email-reviewed.html
Bikerman
Err...a load of nonsense to my mind.
Take the first example - the carrot. Yes indeed, the carrot, in cross section, does look a little like an eye - if you use a lot of imagination and ignore the obvious differences. The idea, however, that carrots are particularly beneficial to eyesight is an interesting story. It was originally started during WW2. The Brits had developed sophisticated radar which meant that lots of German planes were being shot down. In order to avoid the Germans realising what was happening, a campaign of misinformation was started which stated that the secret was the carrots in the diet of the British air-crews.

Now, as it happens, carrot do indeed contain a substance which is useful to the eyes - beta-carotene. The thing is, however, that this occurs in mango, pumpkin, sweet-potato and various other vegetable sources - none of which look remotely like an eye. This is simply a case of selective sampling. If you choose your sample carefully then you can 'prove' anything you like.

This is simply a resurrection of an ancient idea called sympathetic medicine.
deanhills
Bikerman wrote:
Err...a load of nonsense to my mind.
Take the first example - the carrot. Yes indeed, the carrot, in cross section, does look a little like an eye - if you use a lot of imagination and ignore the obvious differences. The idea, however, that carrots are particularly beneficial to eyesight is an interesting story. It was originally started during WW2. The Brits had developed sophisticated radar which meant that lots of German planes were being shot down. In order to avoid the Germans realising what was happening, a campaign of misinformation was started which stated that the secret was the carrots in the diet of the British air-crews.

Now, as it happens, carrot do indeed contain a substance which is useful to the eyes - beta-carotene. The thing is, however, that this occurs in mango, pumpkin, sweet-potato and various other vegetable sources - none of which look remotely like an eye. This is simply a case of selective sampling. If you choose your sample carefully then you can 'prove' anything you like.

This is simply a resurrection of an ancient idea called sympathetic medicine.


Thanks Chris, I have not heard of sympathetic medicine before. Interesting to learn about it. You're right of course about "God's Pharmacy". Understand that one can possibly take anything, and then look for something to match it. All fruits and veggies have more than one benefit for the body, so all one has to do is match it, and there are enough to match. Kidney beans are beneficial for much more than kidneys. Last night was thinking about this when I was watching telly and somewhere clicked on a lady whose theory is that the most important part for keeping healthy and to keep the muscles and bones young and supple, is to change and vary your lifestyle, daily habits and eating. If you do too much of a routine, the initial benefits of that routine will stop. We need to take examples of how children are changing all the time. I thought that was interesting and also true. I am the best when I am on the move. When I do the same thing day in and day out, follow the same eating plan and lifestyle day in and day out, then I can feel the benefits of the initial good plan flying out the door. Need change all the time as we have been created to change and evolve. So same with the veggies and fruits, they probably need to be more varied and what is good today, may not be as good tomorrow. Fasting in between may also be a good idea although not one of my favourites. Have not done this. Think the Japanese apparently are setting a great example of a greater variation of foods in their diet than we have. With overall benefits for weight loss and health.
handfleisch
FYI, the 3000 year old alternative health system of Ayurveda teaches that certain foods can help different parts of the digestive tract (for example, fresh ginger for upper tract, powdered ginger for lower), and that all foods have qualities that will affect the body in certain specific ways. For example, licorice root tea is a well-known natural asthma treatment. It's not "sympathetic medicine" like in this (fun) email but centuries of acquired knowledge that is being rediscovered now.
deanhills
handfleisch wrote:
FYI, the 3000 year old alternative health system of Ayurveda teaches that certain foods can help different parts of the digestive tract (for example, fresh ginger for upper tract, powdered ginger for lower), and that all foods have qualities that will affect the body in certain specific ways. For example, licorice root tea is a well-known natural asthma treatment. It's not "sympathetic medicine" like in this (fun) email but centuries of acquired knowledge that is being rediscovered now.


Agreed. I am a great believer of Ayurvedic Medicine, and have been with Ayurvedic for a number of years. I particularly like their ayurvedic massages, especially when they are applied therapeutically vs relaxation massages and medicinal oils. Where I am they have authentic Ayurvedic practitioners from Kerala in India with masseuse specialists who have been trained in Kottakal, the Mecca of Ayurvedic treatments. I have tried the medicines, and they have not really helped me that much, but the massage part of things with the medicated oils have done wonders for me.
mejo1900
I kind of agree that you can take anything and make it look like anything. I think this is a case of people seeing what they want to see
patchworkepiphany
The power of the mind is a wonderful thing. Give people a healthy food that will be good for the whole body and tell them it will cure something, give them enough "proof" and if they believe it -- you will be surprised what sort of benefit far beyond the food itself you may get Smile) very interesting!
deanhills
patchworkepiphany wrote:
The power of the mind is a wonderful thing. Give people a healthy food that will be good for the whole body and tell them it will cure something, give them enough "proof" and if they believe it -- you will be surprised what sort of benefit far beyond the food itself you may get Smile) very interesting!
True. I'm thinking about that all the time. Think all of us are perpetually confused about what we are supposed to be eating. In the meanwhile we have this inner wisdom that seems to be overridden by so much conflicting information out there in the press and in schools. Our bodies know what is best for us, but all of the rest is so loud, we can't hear what our bodies are telling us. Twisted Evil
fireflyflew
I believe all that our body needs is just around us, the very gift of nature to humans. We oftentimes overlook them because it has somewhat become automatic for us to look for remedies in drugstores/medical people. Fruits, vegetables, leaves have always been abundant but we look at them more like just desserts. Wrong. There is more to them than just that. I say, we go back to Adam&Eve era where things were a lot simpler, and ailments are easily cured Smile
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