November 19 2010
Garlic has been present in many cultures for thousands of years in more ways than just as a flavoring for a tasty pasta dish. Roman soldiers used to gobble down cloves of garlic before battle in hopes that its power would give them the heroic strength to conquer. Damsels in distress used to arm themselves with garlic to keep vampires away. We know that the Egyptians used garlic as a means of commerce with fifteen bulbs matching the price of a slave.
Aside from these more frivolous uses of garlic, there is one ancient use that still holds true today—garlic’s ability to strengthen the immune system. Sanskrit records show that garlic was used for medicinal purposes as far back as 3000 BCE. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician, recommended garlic as a remedy for infections, digestive disorders and even cancer. [More]
November 15 2010
Because the world lacked the understanding of the immune system, until Hippocrates, civilization believed the causes of illness were the results of angry gods, bad karma or even magic. Hippocrates turned away from these superstitious notions for answers moving us closer to identifying the immune system. He hypothesized people get sick because of an imbalance of bodily fluids such as blood and phlegm.
However, the enlightenment of the Renaissance brought more curious minds to attempt another scientific explanation of the causes of illness. Paracelsus, a Renaissance man known for his research regarding these causes, concluded that many factors play a part in making people feel “under the weather.” He explained that the environment, poisoning, genealogical inheritance, emotions and a person’s spiritual state could all be factors making people sick, thus taking us strides closer to what we now know about the immune system. [More]