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Empty Harvest: Understanding The Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity, And Our Planet

This is a good easy to read book that one can use too begin their understanding of the basic principles of health.  You will need to understand why what we put into our mouth may not be giving us all we need.  This is a good start for most people.

There is a lot of talk these days about both human diseases and environmental concerns, but rarely are these two inseparable subjects discussed as such. In this fascinating and informative book, these two important topics are revealed as one and the same: the health of our planet directly affects our own health, and it is time we take care of both. Dr. Bernard Jensen, a pioneer in the field of nutrition, is the founder of Hidden Valley Ranch in Escondido, California, a retreat center dedicated to nature’s healing principles. In the first part of Empty Harvest, Dr. Jensen shares his understanding of the essential minerals and elements that make up the delicate balance of healthy soil, and the dangers posed to this balance by chemical agriculture, pollution, radiation, and erosion. In part two, Mark Anderson, international authority on ecology and holistic health, shows how the earth’s wellness directly impacts our own. The same minerals that compose healthy soil also make up our own bodies: calcium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and potassium, among many others. If these are depleted from the soil in which our food is sourced, they will not make it into our bodies. Likewise chemical pollutants end up in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. In other words, if our earth is sick, in soil, water, or air, then we are sick also. This book is essential to understanding the food crisis in America and the seriousness of responsible stewardship of the earth worldwide.


In addition to the above, Jensen and Anderson provide:

  • A history on the political involvement around the formation of the FDA, and the devastating consequences of special interests on health and nutrition in America
  • Historical research on the effects of ancient, indigenous diets versus Western foods
  • An explanation of the most common agrichemicals and their effects on health
  • The importance of atmospheric health
  • Alternatives to the “germ theory” of disease • A select bibliography including books, congressional reports, government documents, statistics, and studies