2009-05-23

To go or not to go ...

It's 7:30 a.m. It's Saturday. Across town at Bishop Park, the weekly farmers' market will be opening in a half hour. But it's overcast. It might rain. And I'm darn cozy sitting in the study sipping coffee. But those veggies last time were out of this world. And the music! And the photo ops! But it's overcast. It might rain. And ...

2 comments:

Adrian said...

That's an interesting photo. It captures something -- worth a thousand words I won't attempt to find here.

I'm trying to imagine what your study might look like, a room for a man with decades in different fields of scholarship and creativity. Is there a moose head on the wall? Dark paneling? Old law books behind glass? Antique cameras on display? Maybe a paintball gun arsenal?

Winfield J. Abbe said...

It is interesting that just as one should not and must not judge a book by its cover, plants and the soil in which they are grown cannot be judged only by their appearence alone. Here is a quotation from comments by Max Gerson, M.D. in his book below:
From page 178: "One of the most interesting parts of modern research in soil, plant and animal nutrition is that some trace elements-copper, manganese, cobalt, iron, iodine, boron, and zinc-are necessary in parts per million, i.e., very tiny amounts-yet without these trace elements, plants and animals suffer from serious diseases. Iodine is unique among these trace elements as its deficiency has no direct effect on the plants itself..." In other words, a cob of corn can look perfectly normal to the naked eye, but be deficient in the vital mineral iodine, which prevents the horrible disease of goitre.
On page 181 he lists a number of mineral deficiency diseases in plants, animals and humans:
"a. Sand drawn of tobacco, due to magnesium deficiency if the soil contains less than 0.2% MgO.
b. Chlorosis of tomatoes on Florida soils, which can be cured by manganese additions.
c. The wilting of leaves in tobacco is caused by copper deficiency.
d. Failure of cattle to develop normally is often due to deficiency of iron, copper or possibly cobalt in plants. (Iron directly connected to chlorophyll.)
e. The abnormal accumulated occurrence of animal and human goitre in parts of Switzerland, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington is due to iodine deficiency.
f. 'Lame-sickness' of cattle in South Africa is due to deficiency of Ca. K. P. in leached areas.
g. 'Bush sickness' of sheep in New Zealand is due to lack of cobalt.
h. Hairless pigs due to iodine deficiency.
i. In human beings some acute and chronic diseasese are due to the following deficiencies:
Bad teeth, to K and Ca
Rickets, to Ca and P
Anemias, to copper and iron
Myedema and goitre, to iodine
Starvation edema, nephritic edema, cardiac edema, cardiorenal syndrome, old age (thyroid deficiency), etc., all more or less due to deficiency of several minerals
Skin and bone tuberculosis, to K. P. Ca, etc."
Dr. Max Gerson, M.D. was a genius level scientist and medical doctor from Germany and was a consultant to the Prussian Ministry of Health in Germany during 1930-1933. The book cited above is "A Cancer Therapy Results of Fifty Cases", The Gerson Insitute, Bonita, California, 5th edition, 1990, first published 1958. Dr. Gerson died in 1959. Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer, M.D. eulogized him thus: "I see in him one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine. Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them. Yet he has achieved more than seemed possible under adverse conditions. He leaves a legacy which commands attention and which will assure him his due place. Those whom he cured will now attest to the truth of his ideas."