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FATHER EARTH

2015 (first published in Dutch in 2012)

ISBN 978-9-078070-77-1 (243pp tpb) Available: www.frontierworld.nl

An opportunity in 1992 led to filmmaker Olof Smit living in the Amazonian rainforest of Suriname, learning about traditional medicine from a gifted woman, "Mama", whose ancestors arrived 300 years before as slaves from West Africa. Smit stayed there for a decade or more, also spending time in the capital as well as in Trinidad, and he recounts many interesting historical asides.

From Mama, he developed his skills as a herbalist, even coming up with a cure for malaria and dengue fever. The experience gave him the impetus to spread awareness of the treasury of curative native plants and the need to protect their rainforest habitats.

Smit’s learning involved joining with nature’s guiding forces, accessing the soul in diagnosing and treating ill health, and working with spirit guides to remove "curses"— with positive outcomes all round. Smit now offers a spiritual healing service with an emphasis on identifying and removing blockages and breaking generational curses (see his website www.earthfather.eu). His story is, well, spellbinding!

PRIMAL NUTRITION

Healing Arts Press,VT, USA, 2015, 5th edition (first published in 1987)

ISBN 978-1-62055-519-4 (365pp tpb)

Available: www.drrons.com;

www.HealingArtsPress.com

Confused about the paleo diet fad? Dr Ron Schmid, now a retired naturopathic physician, has a broader perspective on what has worked well for traditional cultures for millennia. He’s informed by the work of Dr Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied indigenous people’s good health and disease resistance with their diets of whole, natural foods including meat from wild game and grass-fed domestic animals, seafood, raw-milk dairy products and, to a lesser extent, whole grains.

As Schmid explains, modern diets with processed foods are at odds with ancestral diets. In some traditions, certain nutrient-dense foods such as seafood, liver and raw milk products had a sacred quality with rituals that revolved around them, reinforcing their importance for health and immunity. And yet when indigenous cultures shunned their traditional foods, ill health resulted. Today, the modern diet is so often industrialised and denatured, so Schmid’s dietary advice is particularly relevant. We have to be increasingly aware of the source of our foods: for example, seafoods from Pacific Ocean waters affected by Fukushima nuclear radiation are to be avoided.

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