Without plants the human miracle of life would be aborted.
The plants have been categorized and placed into Red, Blue, Green, and White groups whose pigments are often the most desired molecule of the plant
These pigments are the plant's antioxidants but there are other phytonutrients that are bound up with the plant's polysaccharide core that are also very valuable.
These are extremely advantageous to health because they stimulate the body's self healing forces and immune system.
Each color reflecting the totality or library of compounds contained in the individual plant and not just one active agent that is emblematic of pharmaceutical drugs.
Nature created libraries of compounds, not solitary ones.Some libraries, like those grown in rich mineral environments like mushrooms may be psycotrophic, anticancer and antifatigue or because of the incorporation of minerals are truly unique in other waysThe type of compound found in the plant reflects the origin of the plant and the environment it grew in.
For example, a small amount of sunlight for a plant alters its metabolism and the resulting compounds it creates utilizes the high mineral content of the soil, producing exotic and medicinally active compounds.
Both mushrooms and the roots of plants utilize the nutrients and dead-matter present in their environment to create unique compounds with powerful medicinal activity.
No surprise then that the pipeline of drugs to fight cancer are derived from this group of plants.
Plants that get plenty of sun produce a different spectrum of plant compounds.
Some are purely for fuel while others contain the keys to human health
These plants produce a host of molecules with multiple versions of each compound with slight variations, what I've termed the redundancy of Nature.
It also allows the plant to be consumed safety and and provides the balancing effects they are known for.
Compare this to pharmaceutical science, which develops and tests only one of the molecules and discards, what it perceives as all the other so called 'inactive' compounds. The resulting drugs are used to treat illnesses.
Healing on the other hand, prevents imbalances or restores balance when needed.
Plant nutrients are extracted from food during the process of digestion.
These same phytonutrients can also be provided in an already bio-available form like smoothies, shakes and juices.
Once free of its polysaccharide shackles and de-complexed from it, these phytonutrients are then used by the body during normal and functions.
Pharmaceutical science isolates an active compound in the expectation of refining, altering and patenting it. They want a compound with the most power and minimal side effects.
Natural Healing on the other hand, depends on the whole plant.
Since its impossible to know the contribution of any one component, none should be removed unless it is harmful.
This makes them less powerful but safer.
This statement pretty much sums up the difference between Natural Healing and Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Drugs are single, isolated, solitary compounds, usually derived from plants.
Botanicals on the other hand, are the complete libraries of compounds that plants contain, some of which offset side-effects and is what makes them less powerful.
Libraries can contain multiple versions of the same compound.
The library concept explains the complicated chemistry that rules bioactivity.
In essence, a library is Nature’s RAID array. The compounds are the data.
Nature is simultaneously backing up active molecules and creating alternative ones.
These molecule very often bind with human receptors. Anytime this happens, changes occur within the micro-structures of the body that produces some effect.
The molecules and the structures they bind with are the biological equivalents of data.
Within the data, are certain sequences that lead to one effect while another sequence can lead to totally different effect.
A ligand binding to a receptor is the signal that begins every action.
Bindings then are the on/off switches of Nature. The yin and yang of Universe.
Balance requires moderation.
Pharmaceutical drugs have a much more powerful effect because drugs have no moderating influence other than dose.
Multiple versions of the same core provides stability and safety to botanicals. These cures are far less powerful than drugs because drugs consist of one active agent.
Drugs possess power, uniformity and strength. They also produce serious side effects, which are countered by other drugs.
The medical philosophy espoused in these pages is best described as Self-Care.
Self-Care is based on the teachings from the great Ancient medical philosophers as well as state of the art pharmaceutical science.
It is based on keeping the body in balance and using food as medicine.
The rationale behind this philosophy relies on the concept of 'Natures Libraries', which argues that Nature provided not only redundancy in its DNA code but created multiple versions of the same active agent in individual plants.
Multiple versions of agents provides safety and explains why certain herbs like the adaptogenic ones (ginseng), can produce two opposite reactions in two different individuals.
Nature's libraries thus explains the multitude of effects attributed to herbs and helps explain why the entire spectrum of agents are needed as opposed to the single powerful agent that defines pharmaceutical drugs.
Healthy food in the absence of activity, is simply healthy food.
Combined with exercise, these foods (plants) are an elixor of youth.