Healing Cancer with Tumeric . . .Good News and Bad

25 02 2011

Have you heard the buzz about tumeric? Oh you really must check this out if you wish to avoid the health equivalent of being run over by a bus any time soon. Basically it turns out that if Tumeric were a drug it would be announced on the 6 O’Clock news as the great Cancer breakthrough.  There are any number of web pages devoted to the topic. Here’s a snippet from just one of them.

Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to Asia. Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers and immuno defense booster. There are several hundred research reports by various organizations, universities, laboratories which repeatedly confirm the preventive and mitigative effects of turmeric in major diseases like cancer and alzheimer’s 



The greatest natural plant healer?




So I went into my local health food store recently to buy some organic tumeric as i had been happily doing while living in Queensland for the past six months. Nope, they were so sorry but they only had the “practitioner tablets”. Oh . . .bummer!  I immediately saw a mini-black hole open up in my wallet. When merchants are busy making a profit by invoking the wisdom of specialists and experts you know you’re in deep shizen. Practitioner tablets. Huh!  It took a while for my indignation to surface, but once I figured out what was going on there was no hiding it.

Oh I see . . .i said to the store lady . . . why stock the bulk organic stuff when you can sell people a little bottle of practitioner capsules for upwards of thirty bucks?  This time it was her turn for indignation. Thank you! she snapped and stalked off.

Generally you know you’ve hit the bullseye when people start getting that little bit upset. Yes, buttons once pressed can start in motion the deeper machinations of the human psyche and the murky pools of emotion that tend to collect close by can overflow. But when the arrow gives that solid vibrating thwongggggg sound after thudding home you can be pretty darn sure that you’ve hit the bullseye. Bingo! And er . . .sorry about that.

Doubtless some crafty marketing types have calculated down to a fine degree just how much they can squeeze out of me for something that grows abundantly on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Buderim in that region is one of the world’s leading producer’s of ginger and tumeric is a close relative of ginger and requires identical growing conditions. So I just rang Fundamental foods in Paddington, Brisbane and they mailed me down nearly half a kilo for $30 which included the $8 for express post. Had I walked in the front door of Fundamental Foods I could have walked out with my half kilo of organic tumeric for just over $20. I sure would like to meet the practitioners who designed that little itty bottle of capsules so I can let them know the good news. 1 teaspoon a day of the good old organic tumeric (i dissolve it into a litre of drinking watrer ande sip thru the day) and you can throw away those hideously expensive capsules.

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