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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening perspective on the importance of plants, 21 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicine to Life on Earth: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth (Paperback)
This book has changed my entire view of life on earth; of how we, as humans, evolved; and the way in which we and other species, interact with and depend upon on the plant kingdom. Stephen Harrod Buhner poetically re-introduces the reader to the taste of the "Wild Water" and gently reminds us of the way nature and plants have historically been revered by cultures for their importance to all life. He then retraces the steps of the industrial and scientific revolutions and illustrates how humanity is continually losing its connection with our plant allies and how environmental impacts of technological medicine are making this connection ever harder to reform. Buhner provides a unique perpective on Gaia theory and in doing so, brings the role of so-called 'pathogenic' bacteria into perspective and underlines the futile plight of modern medicine to eradicate them at the expense of the planet. The latter part of the book discusses the importance of diversity amongst plants and plant chemicals and how each plant contributes to the health of organisms within its own micro-environment. It then looks at ways to restore our natural biophilia towards plants and provides exercises and personal experiences to help us along the way. Filled with beautiful quotations and thoroughly referenced, this book will provide enlightenment to all those interested in herbalism, shamanism, botany, microbiolgy, chemistry, medicine, nature and environmental issues, or to anyone who feels that the importance of plants in their life is grossly understated.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2009 23:28:23 GMT
Very helpful review, thank you. Your description (& enthusiasm) has inspired me to read this book which I probably wouldn't have seriously considered otherwise, as there are so many books in the category of 'interesting but not urgent' .. so thanks again from me, and I'm sure thanks also from our wonderful plant friends - may they grow and prosper in peace :)
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