One by one, it seems, ancient natural remedies and foods, and our most basic systems for creating them, are being recognized for their healing powers.  


Last week came the announcement in a prominent science journal that researchers have come up with a possible bacterial antidote to MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The  source? Soil from a field in Maine.


Here is how The New York Times described it in a front-page article: “The new research is based on the premise that everything on earth — plants, soil, people, animals — is teeming with microbes that compete fiercely to survive. Trying to keep one another in check, the microbes secrete biological weapons: antibiotics.” 


Haven’t I heard something like that on this blog, from Miguel, Dave Milano, and others?


Last week also saw another in a series of articles in the mainstream media extolling the benefits of bone broth.A lengthy New York Times article that quoted Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation, observed, “Recently, this prehistoric food has improbably become a trend beverage, ranking with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion in the eternal quest for perfect health.” Stores are selling it for $3.50 a cup and online sources are shipping it frozen to eager buyers. 


That all comes on top of news in the last few years that butter and eggs are not only not dangerous, but are very healthy, and that cholesterol isn’t necessarily bad. And the next generation of cancer drugs will stimulate the body’s immune system to fight cancer. 


I’m not sure why we often feel we were the ones to first realize the health-giving properties of a particular ancient food or practice. Maybe it has something to do with our arrogance about “the new.” A physician I know has been taken with evidence pouring out in recent years that insight meditation, developed 2,600 years ago by the Buddha, actually changes the brain in positive ways. When I told him this isn’t really news, he disagreed. “Now we are proving it.” Okay, let him feel that way. 

What’s next on the list of ancient remedies to get its due? Couldn’t be raw milk, could it? Then things will truly have come full circle.