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2012: Bubbling Crude

by Susan Maple Henry Ford believed that some day he would “grow automobiles from the soil,” and he also believed that they would be fuelled from plants. He achieved his goal. Popular Mechanics featured Ford’s car in its December 1941 issue. Made of hemp, sisal, wheat straw and resin, the car was ten times stronger than steel. There is an old video clip of the car on the Internet. The car drives up, someone pounds it with a hatchet, and then polishes it to demonstrate there is no damage. Three times, from 1800 to 1937, alcohol was either the prominent fuel, or threatened to take over as the main fuel. Heavy “corporate footprints” stepped in and taxed or prohibited alcohol, because anyone could make alcohol out of whatever plant material was available.… Read More

Plants Against Liver Cancer

Researchers at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy look at liver cancer and the remedies, natural and synthetic, that can prevent and treat it. The abstract sets up the need for this research: Despite significant advances in medicine, liver cancer, predominantly hepatocellular carcinoma remains a major cause of death in the United States as well as the rest of the world. As limited treatment options are currently available to patients with liver cancer, novel preventive control and effective therapeutic approaches are considered to be reasonable and decisive measures to combat this disease. Several naturally occurring dietary and non-dietary phytochemicals have shown enormous potential in the prevention and treatment of several cancers, especially those of the gastrointestinal tract. The article then descrive the largest group of phytochemicals used for medicine in… Read More

Flaxseed: no matter what form you eat them in, the nutritional benefits are plentiful

They’re golden, tiny, tasty and perhaps one of the most wholesome seeds to sprout from the earth, and no matter what form you eat them in, the nutritional benefits are plentiful. The use of flax dates as far back as Ancient Egyptian times, where flax fibers were used to produce linen. Over time the crop became one of the most important ones throughout Europe and North America until cotton became cheaper and easier to obtain. Even now, hundreds of years later, we still use the plant’s fibers for linen, but we also make use of this incredible superfood by taking advantage of its healthful nutrients as well. Flaxseed can be purchased and consumed two ways: whole or milled. While whole flaxseeds add crunch and texture to recipes, they unfortunately pass right through the… Read More

2010: Mullein vs TB Where Modern Drugs Are Failing?

This article outlines the history  of  Verbascum thapsus, mullein, and its potential benefits for use with tuberculosis. Abstract Common mullein weed (Verbascum thapsus ) has a large number of synonyms and old local “nick names” which connect the plant with mycobacteria. A strong history of medicinal use has been uncovered for the treatment of tuberculosis, tubercular skin disease, leprosy, and mycobacterial disease in animals. Here, we examine problems encountered in treating such diseases today, the historical and scientific links between mullein and pathogenic bacteria, and the possibility that this common weed could harbour the answer to beating one of the world’s biggest infectious killers. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011. pii: 239237. Epub 2010 Sep 19. 1. Tuberculosis: Modern Day Scourge It has killed ancient Egyptians and Iron Age British settlers as well as John Keats,… Read More