Sunday, January 23, 2011
Paying Tribute to Women of Natural Healing
The books you see here in this blog are of women that have had a strong influence in my life over the past few years. If you are interested in stories of strong, vibrant women who've had a major impact on the Raw, Living Food Movement, then these books are a must read. All are long gone from this earth, but their love, passion and belief in the properties of healing foods lives on each and everyday by those who's lives have been touched and even saved by their work. The mark they made has led to the makings of Raw Food Warriors that we follow and admire today.These woman of course meet with more eye rolling. Accused of being strange, witch's and even chastised for speaking of their beliefs that food in its natural form could heal.
Rene Caisse treated thousands of terminal cancer victims for over 50 years with wheat grass. People came from all over the world for her help. She worked with well know Doctors of the time, many of whom assisted her by allowing her to use the hospital labs for her research and to document her reports. But because of her alternative cures that worked, she was forbidden to continue her healing or go to prison. Her battle to fight the powers of greed and medical establishment left her broken and turning away the ones she so believed she could help. Her story is one of courage, unwavering belief in her treatments and love for man kind.. I highly recommend reading her story in " The Essiac Report." If you can not find or afford to purchase I will gladly lend you my copy. Her story is too special to not share... Thank you Rene Caisse for giving all you had to give to a society that now believes and practice's your healing treatments.
Ann Wigmore, founded the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston. She cured herself of cancer and taught many to do the same.. She traveled the world teaching about the beauty of Living Foods...She was a small woman in size , but a giant in my eyes ! She also embraced Rene Caisse's Wheat Grass healing.. Her story is beyond inspiring, and I also pay tribute to you Ann Wigmore and to the difference you have made in my life. I have her book and a set of DVDS that shows her before her passing giving instruction on how to sprout, make almond milk and much much more... The DVD"S are hard to hear because of the poor quality of equipment at the time of taping, but I too will lend these .
Oh how Helen Nearing effect me!!! She was one tough, brilliant, funny and loving woman. The love of her life was Scott Nearing of whom was much older than she. Their story from beginning to the peaceful loving end will leave you desiring to be a better person. They lived together for 53 years, in Maine since 1953, where they built with blood , sweat and no tears The Good Life Homestead that still remains. Joe and I took a trip to see this remarkable homestead a few years ago...it is amazing.. You could almost feel Helen's presence as you looked in the kitchen window where she and Scott ate only raw living foods , that they grew themselves. I would love to sit at that old wooden table, hear them as they discussed Thoreau, Walden and reading to each other books they were writing. Please reward yourself and buy " Loving and Leaving the Good Life ." It certainly is not like reading about all the Hollywood relationships we hear about in the news or read about in Star Magazine..I promise the reading is much more meaningful:) Another great book is "Simple Food For The Good Life" by Helen Nearing. This book is hard to find, but if you go to www.goodlife.org you can purchase this book as well as other books written by them.. Helen, thank you !!!! There is a Good Life to be lived for all of us..
My Rawsome journey has been inspired by these women, women who lived with grace, strength, hope, and the passion to continue their healing path , regardless of what society said or how hard they had to fight for a right that should be all of ours by birth... I wonder what they would say now to the ever growing chemicals, drugs and processed foods that our children are eating ...?? I know , and so will you after you read their stories :)