Change Your Ecology, Change Your Life
by Juliette Jones
“For the past two decades, I have spent much of my time around plant people, vegetalistas, herbalists at conferences such as Green Nations Gathering or the International Herb Symposium where plant people from every continent on Earth, from many tribes and
all traditions, gather. At those conferences and gatherings, I experience something I
have found in no other place. Those who gather there do so because a plant has saved
their life. And once that happens, nothing is ever the same again. Something has entered inside them, something invisible, something that changes their lives and how they, in their lives, perceive and relate to the natural world around them. They have connected the most primal part of themselves to the wildness of the world. They have eaten the Wild Redeemer.”
—Stephen Harrod Buhner
Our biology is ancient. For billions of years, our human form has been evolving, along with the other living organisms within us—our microbiome, the microorganisms upon which we depend to stay alive.
We are co-travelers with our microbiome and carry more of their genetic material than we do of our own. When interviewed last April, Professor Rob Knight of the University of California told the BBC, “You're more microbe than you are human. We’re finding that these tiny creatures totally transform our health in ways we never imagined until recently.”
“Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are
microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves—our
microbiome—is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases.”
—James Gallagher, Presenter of “The Second Genome,” BBC Radio
What Does It Mean to be Human?
For thousands of years, our ancestors had an intimate relationship with soil, water, plants and animals and a better sense of their kinship to the flow of energy between life forms. Ingestion of wild plants and herbs was fundamental to human health and evolution. Thus, our present biological terrain and epigenetic history is a product of our relationship with other life forms.
Throughout millenniums, herbalism was never an alternative medicine. It was the primary medicine of the ages which evolved over eons of time from inestimably complex co-evolutionary biological relationships between plants and humankind.
In places where herbal medicine is practiced today, herbs are recognized for their profound, almost magical ability to alter physiology and restore health. Herbal remedies often have a key-in-lock, biologically resonant ability to open the doors to wholeness.
At the present moment, our mainstream American culture has disconnected so radically from the natural world that most of us are no longer able to understand that as creatures that have evolved over billions of years ingesting wild plants, we have in the modern world, become deficient in plant medicine.
“Our bodies are born with special receptors for herbal compounds
which can only be unlocked by plant compounds, and with
abilities that can only be unlocked by plant compounds.”
—Nick Polizzi, The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World
It is only during the last 200 years that the medical mainstream, especially in the United States, has repressed the efficacy of natural, long recognized plant-based medicines in favor of chemicalized medicines and pharmaceutical intervention. This, despite the fact that a significant number of pharmaceuticals are essentially derived from plants.
“In Europe, physicians treat openly with herbs. 80% still use plants as part of primary health care protocol. In the US, it is illegal to practice herbalism as medicine, and as we know, unlike many pharmaceuticals, herbal remedies are not covered by health insurance. It is illegal to reference the oldest and most widely used form of medical practice as medicine.”
—Remedy: Ancient Medicines for Modern Illness
No one would be so foolish as to deny the many critical, life-giving advances made through modern allopathic medicine and research. However, the omission of truth with respect to the safety and efficacy of natural plant medicine has, among other things, contributed to increases in the diseases of modernity.
The reason that The United States of America veered off the path of natural medicine remains obscure to many, but has everything to do with financial interests and politics. The Rockefeller Foundation provided funding for the pharmaceutical industry and the American Medical Association the definitions of medical practice.
In 1847, the AMA began to put regulations into place for how physicians must be licensed in the name of protecting the public. However, only certain classes of people were eligible for licensing which did not include women, African or Native Americans.
In 1910, the Flexner Report, published under the aegis of the Carnegie Foundation, further codified the practice of medicine in such a way so as to exclude all but allopathic definitions of practice. This is when the doors began to close to the practice of other legitimate, time-honored schools of medicine in the United States.
Today a great many people are looking to take power over their own care and searching for satisfying answers to their health challenges. This is one of the most important quests that one can ever undertake, and the time is now for exploration.
It’s often difficult or confusing to know where to research trustworthy information when seeking knowledge on important, complex, or unfamiliar subjects—especially in a field as vast as plant medicine in a climate where such knowledge has been suppressed.
My own interest in this subject commenced many years ago when I found myself with a serious illness for which no cure or relief was offered through conventional medicine. Below, I share the thoughts of Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, which is an excellent place to get information that makes it possible to change your ecology and change your life.
“I got into natural medicine because without it I wouldn’t be here today and also because
that without people knowing about this information, humanity will not survive the future.”
—Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo.comEdit ModuleShow Tags