5 Food-Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Though Mother Nature’s formulas are proprietary, she does not grant patents.

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease. So valued were these in ancient times that they were worth their weight in gold, and entire civilizations either rose to great power or collapsed as a result of their relationship to them.

What is even more amazing is that many of these “plant allies” are found growing in our backyards, and often sitting there in our refrigerators and spice racks, neglected and under appreciated. In fact, many of us use these foods daily, unaware that this is why we don’t get sick as often as those who do not incorporate them into their diet. Let’s look at a few examples….

1) Garlic

With the increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the failure of the conventional, drug-based model to develop effective solutions against them (nor accepting responsibility  for creating them), spices have regained their once universal reign as broad spectrum infection-fighters with sometimes life-saving power. Garlic, in fact, has several hundred therapeutic properties, confirmed by a growing body of scientific research which you can view on GreenMedInfo.com.[i]

One quick example of garlic’s power, is in killing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which the mainstream media has termed the “white plague,” roiling the masses with a fear of drug-resistant (but not plant-extract resistant) they are made to believe they are defenseless against.  In 2011 an article was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal showing that garlic was capable of inhibiting a wide range of multiple drug resistant tuberculosis strains.[ii] The authors concluded “The use of garlic against MDR-TB may be of great importance regarding public health.”   Garlic’s anti-infective properties do not end with MDR-TB, as it has been demonstrated to inhibit the following pathogens as well:

  • Amoeba Entamoeba histolytica (parasite)
  • Cholera
  • Clostridium
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Dermatophytoses (a type of topical fungal infection)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
  • Klebsiella
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus A. (MRSA)
  • Parainfluenza Virus
  • Peridontal Infection
  • Pneumococcal Infections
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Streptococcus Mutans
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group A
  • Streptococcus Infections: Group B
  • Streptococcus pyrogenes
  • Thrush (oral fungal infection)

This amazing list underscores how important it is to keep a supply of garlic close by!

2) Honey

Bees produce a wide range of therapeutic substances beyond honey, e.g. propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, beeswax, bee pollen, etc., but this sweet, sticky stuff that we all love to dip our paw into occasionally, is the most well-known and most copiously consumed of them all – and for good reason, it tastes great!   But did you know that this sweet treat is one of nature’s most powerful healing agents, as well? Here is just a smattering of some of honey’s more scientifically researched health benefits and/or applications:

  • Aspirin-Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity   (honey   coats the delicate linings of the stomach, preventing aspirin-induced lesions and bleeding)
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Burns
  • Candida infection (despite the fact that honey contains sugar, it demonstrates anti-fungal properties)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dental plaque (a recent study showed that Manuka honey was a viable alternative to chemical mouthwash in dissolving dental plaque)[iii]
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Herpes-related ulcers
  • MRSA (especially for Manuka honey)

There are many more uses for honey than covered here. Needless to say, replacing synthetic sweeteners or highly processed sugars or high fructose corn syrup with a moderate amount of honey may be a great preventative health step to take.

3) Apples

An apple a day does in fact keep the doctor away, especially cancer specialists it would seem.  For instance, one of the most well-established health benefits of consuming apples is to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The more apples you consume, the less likely you are to develop this potentially fatal disease. To view the 5 studies that reference this relationship, go to the GreenmedInfo.com apple research page where you will also find 50 other health benefits of apple or apple byproducts (e.g. apple vinegar) consumption which include:

  • Aging, Reduce Rate
  • Allergies
  • Allopecia (Hair Loss)
  • Diarrhea
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Liver Cancer
  • Radiation Induced Illness
  • Staphylococcol Infection

4) Sunlight

This one may throw some of you off, but sunlight possesses both energy and information with real, metabolic value  and is therefore a source of usable energy for the body – and so, in a very real sense it can be considered a form of food that we consume through our skin by way of its built in, melanin-based “solar panels.”   Not only does adequate sunlight exposure result in the production of vitamin D, a hormone-like substance that regulates over 2,000 genes in the human body — and as a result  prevents or ameliorates hundreds of health conditions  associated with vitamin D deficiency — but sunlight exposure itself has a unique set of health benefits not reducible to simply vitamin D production alone.

One of the more interesting studies performed on sunlight exposure, based on data gathered from over 100 countries and published in 2012 in the journal Anticancer Research, showed that there was “a strong inverse correlations with solar UVB for 15 types of cancer,” with weaker, though still significant evidence for the protective role of sunlight in 9 other cancers. Here are some additional benefits of sunlight exposure:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Dopamine Deficiency
  • Dermatitis
  • Influenza
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis

5) Turmeric

Quite possibly the world’s most important herb, named “Kanchani,” or literally “Golden Goddess” in the ancient Indian healing tradition, the healing properties of turmeric have been deeply appreciated, if not revered for countless centuries. Turmeric has been scientifically documented to have over 500 applications in disease prevention and treatment. It also has been shown to modulate over 150 distinct biological and genetic/epigenetic pathways of value in health, demonstrating a complexity as well as gentleness that no drug on the planet has ever been shown to possess.

As there are too many health conditions that turmeric may benefit to list, we are listing the top 10 as determined by the GreenMedInfo algorithm which calculates both the evidence quantity (number of articles) and evidence quality (with human studies valued higher than animal studies, and so on). Also, the number in parentheses denotes the number of studies on the database demonstrating the beneficial relationship.

  • Oxidative Stress (160)
  • Inflammation (51)
  • DNA Damage (48)
  • Lipid Peroxidation (34)
  • Colorectal Cancer (24)
  • Breast Cancer (60)
  • Colon Cancer (52)
  • Chemically-Induced Liver Damage (34)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (34)
  • Tumors (23)

For a more in depth look at the 1500+ studies on our site on Turmeric (and its primary polyphenol Curcumin), watch the video below and please share it with others if you find the information compelling.


[i] GreenMedInfo.com, Garlic Research Page: www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/garlic

[ii] Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jan;24(1):81-5. PMID: 21190924

[iii] Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct ;1(4):214-7. PMID: 22114423

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About the author:

Sayer Ji is the founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, and Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

For more, visit GreenMedInfo.com and Facebook.com/GreenMedInfo, or sign up for GreenMedInfo’s free e-Newsletter.

© March 18th, 2018 GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for their newsletter here.

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  • Mr. P

    Why else would all of these natural things be on this earth if not to be used for heeling and preventative measures.

  • We have all of these every day, except for the sunshine (living in Oregon). And we are very healthy. Glad to see the author also addresses the toxicity of wheat. We don’t consume any grains at all (doing a gut healing diet) that has cured my GERD and Heartburn of 50 years. What a lot of folks don’t understand about grains is that, even if you are not allergic to specific grains, if you have been brought up in a “civilized” society…(cough, gag, choke)…then (because of processed foods, chlorine and fluoride in the water, antibiotics and vaccinations.) Your gut flora is a mess, and this is where health begins and ends. And with the things mentioned above having destroyed the beneficial bacteria….grains Feed the Pathogenic bacteria. You can get healthy adding probiotics but also must starve out the bad guys…. cutting out sugar and grains… So some grains aren’t inherently unhealthy, except to the civilized folks who are inherently unhealthy.

  • Shanti

    I have all of these everyday (except for the sunlight…live in Vancouver) and can definitely vouch for all of them. I don’t understand why people are killing themselves with lack of knowledge. We’ve all got the internet now. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to be healthy. OR…maybe it does…there are sure a lot of seemingly smart people making some very dumb choices about their health.

  • Syndisue

    they should specify Raw Honey, the pasteurized kind is no better for you than corn syrup.

    • b ears

      Yes, so true. Raw & native honey is the way to go …
      And speaking of raw, “Raw Milk” has helped me
      with my digestion.

  • Caterina Ciman

    A friend of mine cured her psoriasis with organic turmeric.

  • Claire

    Brilliant info. thank you so much. you are so articulate on this topic!

  • And then there is smokeless cannabis and hemp products … both are fantastic for healing and wellness!

  • John

    In short , have indian curries for lunch and dinner

  • Noel Victor Comley

    Every morning I have the folllowing for breakfast: 30 ml apple cider vinegar, teaspoon of honey, teaspoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoon of crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon of crushed ginger and 1 teaspoon of chilli in a cup of water.

    Followed with a second cup containg: 30 ml of cod liver oil and 3 table spoons of natural yogurt with 60 ml of water.

    And then 2 raw eggs, 10 g of good quality dark 85% chocolate and one tomato. I usually have a banana and an apple sometime in the morning also.

    After reading an article on this website I’ll go back to eating avacado with my meat meals.

    I have recently stopped eating most white foods – bread, sugar, flour – and unfemented grains.

    I have only recently discovered this website and read it most days now; I won’t always agree with everything but nobody is perfect.

  • Bohemianbaby

    Love the article but please add dosages and how often to eat it. Thanks!