“In Africa people can’t afford to pay a dollar a day for a malarial drug from a Western corporation, and their infrastructure is not going to support producing the drug themselves. They need to do something else. So in Nigeria, for example, researchers asked local healers what herbs they were using. The researchers ran tests to find the best ones and the most effective methods of preparation. Then they took the seeds to people and told them how to grow and use the plants. That’s not the Star Trek vision of the future that a lot of Americans want, but it’s the most ecologically sound and empowering.
In essence the use of plant medicines is based on a deeper knowledge of our limitations, and on the awareness that death is built into the system. It is irksome to many that something larger than ourselves is putting limits on us. One of the main signs of maturity is coming to accept those kinds of limits — without bitterness, blame, or anger.
Antibiotics have built an artificial wall of defense around the human species. As the bacteria become resistant, the chemical wall must be made stronger, which leads to greater resistance. Every year it takes more and more energy to keep that wall in place. When it comes down, there will be hell to pay, and we will be out of credit.
Bacteria are developing resistance more rapidly every year. It used to take decades for bacteria to develop resistance to a newly introduced antibiotic. Now it takes six months.”
– Stephen Buhner
Before delving into any treatment, it is important to understand how simple vitamin C protocol can provide a foundation for healing.
Another proactive prevention during cold and flu season should be bi-weekly doses of elderberry syrup. Perhaps 1-2 T per dose for an adult. I like Wellness Mama’s recipe, but would use up to twice the amount of elderberries if I made it again.
Of course the first line of defense is our diet and lifestyle. Half the plate filled with fresh organic vegetables is the place to start. As much fruit as one wants. I believe in also eating Weston A Price foods like daily fermented cod liver oil (I use capsules), grass-fed butter and animal fats, and lots of bone and meat stocks. We need to change our paradigm about consuming processed sugar and stop consuming it. Finally, anytime we ingest mold, it could be hindering the healing processes of our body, so it is a good idea to stay away from all processed grain products, nut butters, and syrups that can grow mold, unless they are made fresh at home.
There are so many ways we can care for and heal ourselves and our loved ones at home, but if hospitalization is ever needed, be prepared! Read my post on how to best prepare and handle these situations.
Ways to Learn to Help Your Child through Fevers and Infections, such as Whooping Cough, etc.
World Wide Choice – Homeopathic Prophylaxis & Infectious Disease information.
Family Homeopathy Care – Chaska, MN or online. Offers information on how to properly use homeopathy as prophylaxis (the use of highly diluted substances for the purpose of educating the immune system in a gentle, non-toxic way. These are completely natural; contain no foreign cells, no antibiotics, no preservatives, no adjuvents, and no chemicals of any kind.) Also teaches how to use homeopathy as a healing aid during infections.
www.sophiami-chaelremedies.com – A website created by Dr. Kelly Sutton, M.D., offering a wide range of resources for holistic support and care of a child.
Conditions (and their remedies) listed in Alphabetical Order
- ADHD – bakopa (water hyssop). improves focus.
- Acne or Other Skin Problems
- Consider reading former FBI Agent Melissa’s book “The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water Is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do about It”. The author had severe cystic acne until she eliminated fluoride from her water and diet.
- mix 1 tsp powdered sodium ascorbate vitamin c (NOT ascorbic acid) into 100mL of water (make fresh every day). Make a paste and put it on before you go to sleep. Use a pillowcase that is not white as it can turn the white fabric orange. Try eliminating seed oils from your diet, such as canola, sunflower, etc. These oils are damaged, and have gone through deodorization processes to eliminate odors or tastes that would normally alert you to the fact that they are damaged or rancid. The deodorization and other processes also cause them to contain the dreaded trans fat.
- Antibiotic – instead of the pharmaceutical antibiotics that kill all bacteria (good and bad) and drive the most virulent strains of bacteria to survive and mutate (MERSA), try a probiotic formula in tandem with manuka honey (MERSA), berberine, etc. Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta herb can be used to save people from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that are extremely serious.
- Anxiety – theonine amino acid
- Asthma – lots of real salt (himalayan salt, etc) in water. Ginkgo herb.
- Autism (“encephalopathy” – medical term for brain damage or a change in brain functioning) – according to Dr. Klinghardt, the treatment for autism is the same as for Lyme disease, and other retro-virus diseases, such as ME, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. Klinghardt says that lyme disease is not a bacterial illness it is an activation of retroviruses caused by the bacterial infection. Dr. Klinghardt says that currently the priorities should be:
- EMFs – remove them from environment, then
- Detox aluminum using 1) high-silica rich water like Starky, 2) liposomal silica like Biosil, 3) ionic footbath which increases aluminum excretion over 600% by day three, 4) homeopathic aluminum, and 5) use ideal binders like Ecklonia Cava to extract aluminum from the gut, and it is also an ideal retroviral agent, which has been used in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine. Dr. Klinghardt says this is the ultimate binder which on its own has fantastic anti-virus effects. it binds to mercury, aluminum, and glyphosate in the gut
- MMS – Keri Rivera’s work with this still stands, though everyone that used it has been severely prosecuted by medical boards and others.
- Probiotics like Bravo yogurt, and Thrive. To get glyphosate out of the body, he uses Restore (which is a peet extract with humid and fulvic acid), or a more concentrated version called Matrix Minerals by Biopure. He says another option for glyphosate is high doses of glycine, which competes with glyphosate in the body. Bone broth is high in proline and glycine.
- Broccoli sprouts have resulted in great improvements in autistic young men in one study, and that these sprouts are also an effective anti-retrovirus agent. heaping Tablespoon of chopped sprouts, twice a day is the adult dose. children take a little less. when sprouts are 2″ tall, they have the optimum amount of all the precursrs of all the empty autism agents that need to be in there.
- Cistus incanus (Ci) (Mediterranian Rockrose) tea, found in Italy, Greece and Turkey. It is the only brush that has not only survived years of drought in Sardinia but prospered. 6 cups a day of this tea, there is a transformation in autistic children in a few weeks. this is also a strong anti-lyme agent. when they gave to HIV patients that failed convetional patients, they all recovered, just with the tea. the sistos tea must come from keysines, whcih is the only truly organic sistus. you can also grind up and put in food if you don’t drink tea. Dr. Klinghardt says there is a study done in Germany, showing that dogs that drink this tea have less ticks. The ticks seem to be repelled when this tea is ingested internally.
- Sold on the Sophia Institute shop page, Marco Ruggiero developed a cream that has all the bio-active molecules to silence the human andogenous retroviruses: which can be found at sophia nutrition. Could see changes after 6 weeks of use (neck)
- Bicholine extract form skullcap by KiScience – Judy Mikovitz looked into plain derived compounds that treat retroviruses, and found this to be effective.
- St. john’s wort is completely capable of treating HIV and other rtreoviruses.
- Green tea, reishi mushrooms, stinging nettle, olive leaf, bitter melon are put together in retro-V from KiScience.
- Suramin is a way to treat autism, but parents need to band together and get the legislators to approve the use. Dr. Klinghardt uses Suramin in injection form, usually twice, each one 6 weeks apart. After that the B-5 and choline are used.
- Cannabis oil (like the kind Rick Simpson makes) is also an excellent anti-retroviral tool.
- Pantethine is fat-soluble form of B-5 which is the only vitamin consistently used on all autistic children that is shutting down the retroviruses.
- Luteolin (Dr. Antonucci) mixed with PEA – powerful retroviral agent and PEA increases anandamide – corrects the end-cannaboid system. His glial-centered products are helpful to some after 6 weeks. PEA is simple safe tool that does something we’ve looked for for 30 years.
- Licorice is the most meaningful intravenous item. Ozone has strong antiviral effect, but licorice is effective. Klinghardt only recommends IVs for adults.
- Selenium in amino-acid bound form, selenocysteine.
- Vagal nerve stimulation is an anti-inflammatory strategy / 5 day treatment with headphones.
- Calamus herb
- Finally, Klinghardt uses anti-viral drugs (like truvada) in autism and if kids are obstructing treatment and one can’t do the other things.
- Blogs / Facebook Pages
- Web Sites
- read this full article: http://www.plaguethebook.com/20-million-americans-likely-infected-with-retroviruses-.html
- can consult with Judy Mikovitz: http://www.marcinc.org/about-us.html
- Judy’s resources page: http://www.marcinc.org/resources.html
- Thriiive.com – Dana keeps a current list of the reasonable treatment options for children.
- Keri Rivera’s website, which includes instructions on MMS: https://cdautism.org/mms-master-mineral-solution
- TACA – Family Resources Page
- Generation Rescue
- Autism Recovery Treatment – Dr Woeller’s Blog
- Natural Health News (Dr. Mercola)
- AutoImmune – Reishi mushroom, Wormwood, Nutrient dense salts like Himalayan. For Rheumatoid: Andrographis paniculata, Tripterygium (thunder God Vine). For MS: Andrographis paniculata, rhodora, okra, ashwaganda, gotukola: high-dose, vit. c: high-dose, healthy fats. For Parkinson’s: ashwaganda, gotukola, Mucuna pruriens (a bean) will increase dopamine, but without the side effects of pharma drug. To treat the brain’s inability to create dopamine is addressed with herbs for general brain health.
- Alzheimers – huperzia club moss extract might help as a memory aid, it might not. Check out Dr. Bredesen’s work to reverse alzheimer’s.
- Blood Pressure – Regular fasting will lower blood pressure and keep it low. check out Stephen Buhner’s book on fasting. Certain kinds of simple, focused meditation will lower it. Many herbs, such as hawthorn and garlic too.
- Brain & Cognitive (Memory, etc).
- Gotukola – drink as a tea or as a saag or creamed spinach. To support elders, use 30g daily, but can use up to 60 or 90g for those with severe decline. Source from Oregon, USA rather than Asia.
- Rosemary – smaller culinary doses (in foods!) improve memory quite a bit
- Frankincense –
- Anything that improves heart health improves brain function.
- Calamus – memory enhancer – just a couple grams a day
- For more serious issues:
- Cancer – skin, on the face – “I learned the use of a traditional herb for it from a Mexican curandera many years ago. The root of Swertia radiata — also known as monument plant or green gentian — is finely powdered, then mixed with Vaseline (nothing else will do) and applied to the cancer. It’s left covered for three days. Once the bandage is removed, the cancer generally comes with it or lifts off with minimal effort. I have never had that treatment fail. It is easy, efficient, and noninvasive.” – Stephen Buhner
- Cardiomyopathy – Selenium, Zinc and Co-Q-10 – 300 mg/ day.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- can consult with Judy Mikovitz: http://www.marcinc.org/about-us.html
- Judy’s resources page: http://www.marcinc.org/resources.html
- like autism, CFS has a high association with retroviruses, so follow treatments for autism.
- Constipation – Many people struggle when their children have constipation. They try prunes, and oil and other things which the children hate. Try adding vitamin C, 1g for every year of age, and see what effect it has on the constipation. As Suzanne Humphries teaches, this should be given in installments, over the course of a day, perhaps every 2-4 hours. When the child begins to feel or hear rumbling in their stomach or experience diarrhea, decrease the total daily amount to 50-90% of what it was.
- Flu or Cold
- at the onset take:
- homeopathic remedies Aconitum 200 mixed with Bryonia 30. I don’t know how frequent this needs to be used….every 15 min? every 3 hours?
- High-Dose vitamin C
- elderberry syrup – Wellness Mama has a great recipe. Should decrease period with symptoms, shown in peer-reviewed studies.
- if patient has sever body aches and pains, Rhus tox 30, or perhaps Eupatorium 30, could also be useful if fever.
- Astralagus 30 – 45g, taken as a tea, eaten in soups, etc.
- to prepent cold or flu
- start putting stralagus in soups in fall and winter. It activates the immune system through biomimicry, so that the immune system thinks it looks like an invader, and kick into gear, so to speak.
- forage for your local reishi mushroom in the woods. In the USA, Asia and other places, you can find Ganoderma tsugae, which is also known as the Hemlock Varnish Shelf. Put it out in the sun so it will produce vitamin D2 within itself, and then use half of to make a tincture, and use the other half to make a decoction. The tincture draws out the terpenes, and the decoction draws out different medicinal properties. You can then use them both. It is considered a longevity herb.
- If you take mushrooms like reishi and chaga, daily, the polysaccharides in the mushrooms allow your white blood cell to develop at least seven different immunological ‘weapons’ that they didn’t have before. On day 100 your immune system will be changed…on day 1,000 you will have transformed immunity. This is very important for those with dysregulation in autoimmune diseases.
- All summer-long, eat dandelion leaves. Dandelion leaves have PREbiotic called inulin, which is food for the good bacteria that we WANT in our microbiome. If you eat these leaves all spring and summer (hopefully every day), and if you eat burdock root, chicory root, dandelion roots, and sunchokes in fall, your immune system will have a huge population of good bacteria, as you’ve nourished them every day. I name these things because they grow EVERYWHERE and that means you don’t have to expend any effort, you just have to allow them to grow in your yard or on your land so you can harvest. Don’t kill the weeds!
- at the onset take:
- Headaches/Migraine/Sinus/Mucus Issues – try snorting powdered sodium ascorbate vitamin c (NOT ascorbic acid); this is safe to do 1 or 2 times a day for a couple days….not indefinitely. Don’t use this route if you have a nasal erosion. Pinch a little bit between your fingers, lie down, and sniff into the nose. After a minute the thinned mucus will begin to run. Try to hold as long as possible, and then blow your nose. You will experience a gentle burning sensation, especially if your mucus membranes are inflamed. People say that it works better than a Netti Pot. I’m happy to have an alternative to Sudafed!
- Head Trauma / Bleeding / Childbirth – Pain, Bruising, Bleeding – Arnica montana 200. “It can be used during labor to not only aid in pain management, but to protect against bleeding and bruising. Taken at the onset of labor and continued every 3-5 hours. Many homeopaths recommend giving the baby a dose twice daily for a week while the mother can take it every few hours for a few days for any soreness and overall well being.”
- Inflammation and Anger – Japanese Knotweed. the root can be used too.
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle – Chaste herb in a tea and in tincture every day. Tincture from the berry, and the leaf for the tea. Use raspberry leaf in the tea as well. Or try Angelica tincture.
- Lyme’s – first, try to get a good test, from Stonybrook Lab in New York, or Igenix Lab. Lyme is infiltrating our body in places its not supposed to, because we’ve become weakened in general. But once the problem is there, it has to be addressed. But support support support the body in every way. If you’re lucky to get a bull’s eye rash and you notice the rash in the first 2-3 days, conventional antibiotics might help for 3 – 30 days. While doing that, use Stephen Buhner’s protocol, and personalize if you can by working with one of Stephen’s colleagues. Take a raw priobiotic. Give Japanese Knotweed tincture (15 drops for a child), Astralgus tincture (15 drops for a child), and Una De Gato (Cat’s Claw) tincture (15 drops for a child). In the afternoon, take the three tinctures again. In the evening, take the three tinctures again. Only use spring water. Do this for five months. You can also try herbs that have an outward, drawing out motion: artemisia annua, Boneset, Elderflower, bitter herbs like andiographis paniculata. For the Japanese Knotweed, you can also eat it fresh from the plant – it is anti inflammatory, it targets the cytokines. Consider Atralagus, larch homeopathic remedy, echinacea, which all have immune-modulating properties. Licorice
- Anti Inflammatory/Bacterial/Viral, Pain-Killer Salve: made with fresh turmeric root
- Powerful Aspirin Alternative: Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol)
- White willow bark (can also use fresh as a whole plant with leaves too). 30g in a tea of gruel would equal a couple aspirin. works in 15 minutes, just like aspirin, but no side effects of aspirin. Cotton, Poplar and Aspen are in the same family as the willow, but I don’t know if these were used similarly. You can use it in the bath too to relieve pain. It does thin the blood.
- Warming / Natural Opioids
- California poppy
- Corydalis (chinese herb). It is about 40% as effective as morphine, but is not addictive like morphine. 3 – 4 capsules of this usually works well.
- Red Pepper. Ground red pepper can help with pain. Even if you cut yourself, you can put ground red pepper on the wound. Yes, it will burn for a little bit, but then it relieve the pain and prevent infection. If you have pain inside the body somewhere, especially nerve pain, you can start with a quarter capsule of red pepper, and work your way up to 4 6- capsules a day to block the ‘substance P’ and block the pain.
- Noni root – interestingly, if you make a tincture, it will turn to bright red, then to black.
- Kava – it isn’t really a pain relieve, but a muscle relaxer and generally will help someone to relax.
- Pneumonia & Bronchitis – Intravenous vitamin C: http://injectablevitaminc.com/images/Ch20.pdf, and oral doses. As always, one needs to find the dose specific to their body needs: http://www.injectablevitaminc.com/images/Ch10.pdf. Severe damage can be cause in the lungs. Use a species of Bidens to heal that damage specifically. Also try the bark of the elm trees and the horehound plants.
- the World Health Organization says that measles occurs more often in populations deficient in vitamin A. To be proactive, take a daily supplement of cod liver oil – make sure to use a brand that has the proper ratio of vitmain A to vitamin D.
- Studies show that vitamin A is an effective treatment should one contract the infection (study 1, study 2). If I were a parent, I’d be interested in trying the protocol shared by DOM on this page, as well as high-dose vitamin C. Blog Healthy Family For God found this study showing that “Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs286/en/”
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
- can consult with Judy Mikovitz: http://www.marcinc.org/about-us.html
- Judy’s resources page: http://www.marcinc.org/resources.html
- like autism, ME has a high association with retroviruses, so follow treatments for autism.
- Sleep – if you’re having trouble falling or stay asleep, you might try some herbal remedies.
- start by drinking Ashwaganda tea every morning and night.
- 4 T of poppy seed might conk you out for 4 hours! If you take nutmeg as well, you will stay asleep for 8 hours, as nutmeg has a delayed action of 4 hours. Experiment with the nutmeg alone to find your dose….start by taking 1g at 6pm, and increase the dose until you find yourself conked out at 10pm. Then combine the poppy seed and the nutmeg together before bed, and you should have a much easier time not only falling sleep, but also staying asleep for at least 8 hours.
- If you find you can’t sleep at night due to chatter in your head, consider taking Blue Vervain
- If you have trouble sleeping due to spasms, take skullcap. Also taking magnesium can help.
- Valerian root is another herb to try, but it will only last about 4 hours. start with 1 gram and increase the dose each night until you find yourself conked out!
- Spinal Cord Injury – stem cell therapy: https://www.cellmedicine.com/stem-cell-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury/
- Sore Throat – you can take powdered sodium ascorbate vitamin c (NOT ascorbic acid) orally, or gargle with it – hold it as long as you can and then swallow.
- Staph infection – apply powdered sodium ascorbate vitamin c (NOT ascorbic acid) topically by making a paste with water. Or apply a salve made with fresh turmeric to the area and ingest at least 2 inches of turmeric root juice per day.
- Tetanus, prevention, wound care and vitamin C – Suzanne Humpries, M.D.
- Transverse Myelitis, also known as polio, enterovirus, viral or “aseptic” meningitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), Chinese Paralytic syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, epidemic cholera, cholera morbus, spinal meningitis, spinal apoplexy, inhibitory palsy, intermittent fever, famine fever, worm fever, bilious remittent fever, ergotism, post-polio syndrome, acute flaccid paralysis(AFP): Dr. Klenner’s high-dose vitamin C.
- Traveling – we all know that traveling stresses the body. Personally, I almost always get a sinus infection after flying – hopefully that will change now that I have vitamin C in my back pocket! Suzanne says that she has taken up to 30 grams of sodium ascorbate vitamin c when traveling with no diarrhea or ill effect.
- Vision Issues treated with stem cell therapy at MD Stem Cells
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – Suzanne Humphries, M.D.’s protocol, and success stories. Suzanne points out that whooping cough occurs whether one is vaccinated or not. 86% of whooping cough cases occur in fully vaccinated children. Suzanne also points out that antibiotics make the cough worse as it impairs the immune system. Suzanne has treated whooping cough successfully in those of all ages – from infants as young as 2 weeks of age, to the elderly, with no secondary infections occurring.
- Wounds – make a paste with powdered sodium ascorbate vitamin c (NOT ascorbic acid) and use topically
I don’t know too much about homeopathy, but I’d like to explore these materia medical in the future:
- free: James Tyler Kent: http://www.materiamedica.info/en/materia-medica/james-tyler-kent/index
- $57: Joette Calabrese: https://advanced.joettecalabrese.com/a-moms-materia-medica/
More from Buhner:
“[Bacteria] are highly cooperative. As soon as a bacterium experiences an antibiotic, it begins generating possible solutions to it. Some people assume it’s the few bacteria that are naturally immune that reproduce and create resistance, and in a minor way this might be true, but it’s more accurate to say that the bacteria intentionally rearrange their genome to produce offspring that are resistant — and some of them can spawn a new generation within twenty minutes. Every time a successful resistance mechanism is created, the bacteria then communicate it to all the other bacteria they meet, teaching them how to rearrange their genome to be resistant. They will often drop loops of DNA containing resistance information that are then picked up by other bacteria and woven into their own genome. When two bacteria touch, they can open small portals in their cell walls and share genome strands.
Bacteria’s strategies of resistance are many and varied. They might pump the antibiotic out of their cells as fast as it flows in. They might rearrange their cell wall to make antibiotic penetration impossible. They might alter the target portion of their cell so that it remains unaffected by the antibiotic. Sometimes they learn how to use the antibiotic as food.
James A. Shapiro, a bacterial geneticist at the University of Chicago, says that “bacterial information processing is far more powerful than human technology.” And, of course, the main place that bacteria share information and create resistance is in hospitals. Hospitals are like schools where bacteria learn to resist antibiotics. It’s not unusual now to see hospitals temporarily shut down when resistant strains begin spreading. Eventually they won’t be able to control the outbreaks. Bacteria are even learning how to live in the disinfectant solutions hospitals use to clean. Other places that are likely to experience outbreaks are nursing homes, prisons, schools — anywhere people are warehoused. The hubris of the medical profession will cause all of us to pay a high price. The myth of Icarus is relevant here.
We shouldn’t be creating substances that indiscriminately kill all bacteria they encounter. Very few bacteria cause human diseases. The vast majority of them are maintaining the functioning of the planet. They are, in reality, a global superorganism. We are bacterial organisms ourselves. We are the innovations of bacteria that, through symbiogenesis, created more-complex expressions to fulfill specific ecological functions.
Antibiotics don’t stop working when they leave your body. They continue to kill susceptible bacteria whenever they encounter them. If bacteria didn’t develop resistance, all life on this planet would die. The annual dumping worldwide of more than a hundred thousand tons of antibiotics into the ecosystem is stimulating changes in bacterial behavior not seen since the Earth moved away from methanogens as the dominant form of organism some 2.5 billion years ago. And yet physicians continue to utilize antibiotics without much thought. We focus on the misuse of painkillers, when the most dangerous thing we do is overuse antibiotics. Resistant bacteria are a more severe problem for the survival of this civilization than oil depletion, global warming, topsoil erosion, and water scarcity.
Buhner: Many countries in South America, Asia, and Africa are approaching healing with a better model than ours, usually because they can’t afford the technological model. The Cuban model is, I think, one of the best. I have never been to Cuba, but I have read about it and talked to a number of herbalists who have been there. From what I understand, there are six doctors per thousand people. That’s more than twice what we have in the U.S. Cuban doctors visit their patients’ homes to see the conditions in which they live. Patients who cannot travel are treated at home. The physicians spend a lot of time with each patient. There is a heavy emphasis on preventive medicine. Doctors utilize herbs in their healing. People go to specialists or hospitals only if the general practitioners in their area cannot help them. And every family is experienced to some extent in self-care. The costs in such a system are minor compared to ours, and there is little dependence on pharmaceuticals.
Ahuja: How do the mortality rates in countries that use herbal medicines compare with those in the U.S.?
Buhner: The problem with making such comparisons is that infrastructure differences have to be taken into account — access to clean water, sanitation, food, and so on. Just looking at Cuba, however, what we see is that life expectancy is nearly identical to the U.S. Infant mortality is five per thousand, slightly lower than in the U.S.
Ahuja: How does pollution affect herbs and their healing properties? I was making jelly out of Japanese knotweed the other day and had a moment of anxiety because I’d harvested it next to a potentially polluted drainage ditch.
Buhner: We live in a sea of pollution. It is not really escapable. Many plants do act as soil remediators: they pick up, store, and process toxic compounds. The easiest solution is to pay attention to how a site feels to you. You can actually tell the health of a plant or site this way. With experience you can develop what the writer Bradford Keeney calls a “library of feelings,” a concept he roughly translated from the teachings of the Kalahari Bushmen. As your feeling sense grows more acute with use, you increase the size of your library, and it becomes a more reliable source.
Ahuja: Is that the same as what we might call “intuition”?
Buhner: No, intuition is vague: some deep, unconscious part of ourselves senses something and tries, often unsuccessfully, to get the conscious mind’s attention. The library of feelings is stored in the conscious mind. Everything we encounter has an aesthetic dimension to it that we can feel. You build a library by continually encountering physical objects or places and asking yourself, “How does it feel?” If you do this, you learn to interact not with surface impressions but with the deeper dimensions of a thing, to move consciously through a world of meanings.