‘Tis the season for ancient legends and lore. Four festive foods in particular have a few legends of their own, as I’ll share with you in just a moment.
But first, consider this…
Have you ever noticed the recurring, organic patterns in Nature that shape our experiences — from the periodic whirling and swirling seen in seashells…to cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons…to the spiraling of the galaxies?
The ratios for these spirals and fractals apply not only to the branching of trees and leaves, but also our blood vessels in the body. This mathematical ratio is known as Fibonacci’s number or the Greek letter phi (different from the geometric ratio pi). And the ideal shape of the human body — as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing known as the “Vitruvian Man” — also reflect these proportions.
Early natural scientists, physicians and pharmacists took note of these patterns and proportions in Nature. And they created an early, natural botanical pharmacy based on the concept that “like influences like.” This is a notion that all living specimens in the universe are connected and influence each other, according to predetermined patterns.
They theorized that these natural medicinals would harmoniously enhance, support and heal the other. This concept, originally known as the Doctrine of Similars, later became known as the Doctrine of Signatures.
The Doctrine of Signatures also led herbal pharmacists to take visual clues from plants. In other words, when a plant resembled a body part, they took it as a sign that the plant could heal that part of the body. They believed the signatures of color, shape and texture were divine signs to help humankind with healing.
They also believed plants found growing in a certain geographic location would heal any illness present in that location. For this reason, colonial physicians were open to adopting botanical remedies from Native Americans. (They were also incredibly effective!)
Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (known by his Latin name Paracelsus) developed this natural doctrine for medicine during the Renaissance. The doctrine also includes the microcosm-macrocosm concept and the Hermetic Principle, “as above, so below.” Essentially this concept means that the smaller systems of the human body are miniature reflections of the larger universe — and when you have an understanding of one, you can easily understand the other.
Four foods to enjoy this holiday
Four foods popular during the holidays reflect the Doctrine of Signatures, including:
Walnuts. These nuts provide the most striking example of the ancient principle. They clearly resemble the composition, shape, surface, and even texture of the human brain and its two hemispheres.
Walnuts provide rich, healthy, essential fats, which are critical for brain and nerve health. And these essential fats also support dozens of neurochemicals in the brain. They also enhance neural pathways, which help reverse the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. (For more natural approaches to preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s disease, see my online learning protocol, the Complete Alzheimer’s Cure.)
Walnuts also contain folate (a B vitamin), gallic acid, melatonin, and polyphenols. They also contain multiple isomers of vitamin E —not just a single form, as commonly found in supplements at your local drug or grocery store.
So, this holiday season, when you get out that nutcracker, make sure to put out a bowlful of walnuts as well.
Pomegranates and persimmons. You can find these fresh, brilliant red and orange fruits during this time of year, as they persist on tree branches long after leaves have fallen.
Worldwide, pomegranates and persimmons have been recognized as symbols of fertility, since they resemble the human ovary, especially in the cross-section when you split them open. Amazingly, they help the body produce the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. So, perhaps, it’s no surprise that they show promise in the natural treatment of menopausal symptoms.
Other studies show that deep red, astringent pomegranate juice enhances blood flow, increases vitality, and counters fatigue. In fact, a three-year study showed it even reverses heart disease. And in the first three months alone, arterial blockages were reduced by 13 percent. (For more drug-free approaches to improving cardiovascular health and preventing heart disease — America’s No. 1 killer — check out my new Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol.)
And forget overhyped, overpriced bottled beverages of pomegranate juice. Instead, try eating or juicing this fresh fruit for a festive and healthy holiday treat. They also make for attractive decorations in holiday arrangements.
Flaxseed. These shelled seeds resemble the protective coverings of the human body — like your skin (which, of course, protects the exterior of your body). They also prevent the inflammation of your mucous membranes (which shield the interior of your body, also known as your epithelial tissues).
As you know, the skin is the largest organ in the body, providing defense against the outside elements. The mucus membranes of the mouth/esophagus and vagina produce a cooling, slippery coating known as glycocalyx, which protects the inner linings of the body.
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil also help to heal the skin. They act as potent anti-inflammatory agents and help fight fatigue. Additionally, flaxseed speeds wound healing by stimulating collagen synthesis. And clinical studies show it helps treat bowel disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and obesity.
Both flaxseed oil and flaxseed help to control insulin response, which account for its benefits for Type II diabetes. This finding may also help explain how flaxseed helps reduce the risks of cancer of the colon and pancreas.
Christmas offers many opportunities for incorporating flaxseed into baked goods, puddings or breads (which can be mixed with the ancient foods mentioned above or with some of the holiday spices I mentioned earlier this week ).
You can also learn more about the benefits of flax in the upcoming January 2018 issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter. If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to get started.
All in all, if you work these four healing, holiday foods onto your menu, it’s a sure sign you’ll have a happy — and healthy — holiday.
P.S. — Tomorrow I’ll tell you about a town in India that has among the lowest dementia rates ever recorded. Want know their secret? Stay tuned!