Slate just reported on this astonishing map of ‘Herbal Cures’ from 1932 of the remedial plants in widespread use among pharmacists and the community back then. The map itself states under the heading ‘The Service of Pharmacy’:
“It is significant that the public doesn’t lose sight of the truth that the professions of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry, all give an essential service, which must not be damaged or destroyed by profitable trends. The public and the professions will suffer likewise if these services are permitted to deteriorate.”
“In pharmacy, the public should comprehend something of the breadth of knowledge necessary of the pharmacist. A small number of people realize the amount to which plants and minerals go into the practice of pharmacy, and how fundamental they are to the preservation of the public health. It has been affirmed that upwards of 70% of all medicines engaged are plant products.”
Flash forward 80 years and we have a medical system which relies approximately totally on patented chemicals and/or biological that are far unconcerned from anything similar to the ‘backyard pharmacy’ of the past. The FDA’s very description of a drug now precludes the use of natural substances, and drug-based medicine has become a form of human sacrifice, on a scale that may go beyond previous civilizations sacrifice of their population for apparently religious reasons.
This map must be shared far and wide and with any luck will shed light on the enormous, emergent database of natural substances that can be used to treat a spectacularly wide range of health conditions.
Note: astonishingly, you will find the much demonized Cannabis Sativa listed as a medicinal plant used on the Druggist’s map! Think about that in modern times this plant alone has been used to imprison hundreds of thousands of citizens just for possessing, using and/or trading it as a commodity!