The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicine to Life on Earth Paperback – Mar 1 2002
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Stephen Harrod Buhner is the award-winning author of twenty-one books on herbal medicine, depth understanding of Gaian functioning and plant ecology, and the nature of meaning in language. He is a fellow of Schumacher College. For over thirty years, Stephen taught throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. He lives in New Mexico.
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He goes on to explain what we have done to our environment that has affected the wild waters, plants, animals and land. Even simple things such as taking an aspirin affects the world around us. He shows why it is important to realize that we must be in relationship with the earth/water around us.
Most importantly he explains how to attain that relationship. Simple things that anyone can do.
It is a beautiful, poetic book of great substance and heart.
Western thinking has its own way of seeing things and we live in the cradle of all that it produces. We see ourselves as an advanced society and display little use or respect for our elders, or those who have gone before us. Buhner's language unveils the illusion embedded within our language and our thinking, embodies ancient understanding and functional relationships, and reveals the complex communication between all parts of the eco-system. Stephen Buhner, as scientist, intellectual, storyteller and shaman, teaches us a language so that we may see differently. This is a passionate call to reconnect to our biocentric origins, to nature, to save our planet and ourselves.
. . . is what the publisher calls Stephen Buhner's new book, and they're right: The Lost Language of Plants is a book that everyone needs to read. The USGS has just published a study about traceable quantities of commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs (not to mention bug sprays, soaps, lotions, and other personal care products) polluting the water. Researchers are still determining how these contaminants affect the environment, but it's clear that they are having a drastic impact on habitats and the health of humans and the planet alike. Stephen Buhner provides a more detailed synthesis of this data than I've been able to find in any other book. Our bodies do not absorb all the synthetic chemicals we pour into them, and we end up peeing drugs into our waterways. Buhner documents how hormones from birth control pills are altering the gender of fish; how chemotherapy drugs too toxic to be handled regularly get flushed into the regular sewage; how all kinds of bacteria are developing resistance faster than scientists can develop new antibiotics because of the loads of antibiotics fed to humans(and especially livestock) unnecessarily. This information is chilling, especially if, like me, you're moved to take a good look at your medicine cabinet. But medicine saves lives, right? We need it, don't we? Buhner questions this assumption. If we're going to solve America's legal drug problem, we're going to have to look at health and "cures" differently. Buhner suggests, with passionate conviction, that we start by trying to view ourselves as parts of our ecosystem, as equal partners in the health of the
planet with plants and animals. Earth evolved over millenia with plants serving as the chemical catalysts that kept ecosystems healthy and in balance.Read more ›
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A good read if you are wanting to look deeper into nature and the connectivity of all things.Published 7 months ago by SEEKER OF TRUTH
Technical but not difficult to read. Shows how much we have lost by seeking the magic pill! Anyone interested in personal health should read this book!Published on Dec 29 2013 by Phyllis Chubb
Wow! What an inspiring book. It is an incredible eye opener on how we affect ourselves, each other, and all we love (or hate) by our choices, and actions, as well as our inaction. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2011 by Island Girl
Once you pick it up you can't put it down. Page after page is pure brilliance. A wealth of information but be prepared that it is hard to put down.Published on March 8 2010 by Susan Tod
A couple of summers ago, in the midst of a blackberry glut, I decided I should harvest some Oregon Grape berries to mix with blackberry for a good, sour jelly. Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Kiko Denzer
I am halfway through this book and plan to start right over again when I'm finished. I think that this is one of the most fascinating things I have ever read. Read morePublished on June 4 2002 by catbird
The Lost Language Of Plants: The Ecological Importance Of Plant Medicines To Life On Earth by educator and environmentalist Stephen Harrod Buhner is a scathing expose about the... Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Midwest Book Review
I am deeply moved and inspired by the eloquence,the well thought out and researched information and the insights of The Lost Language of Plants. I find myself enthralled. Read morePublished on April 5 2002
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