Positioning Yourself to Triumph Over Illness and Aging
by Robyn Landis with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Over 560 pages, Soft Cover
Fact filled, comprehensive, and
thoroughly researched, Herbal Defense makes crucial information on botanical medicine and natural healing accessible, interesting and useful. To give you power over your health, the book will show how to reduce risks, prevent disease, enhance energy, and naturally treat a variety of common ailments using herbs and foods. It explodes common myths about herbs, and includes inspirational case studies, a historical perspective on medicine, resources, recipes, and more. It's packed with historical, traditional, scientific, and anecdotal information on over 350 herbs for home use. Herbal Defense also features guidance on herb dosages, forms, preparation and storage; information on practitioner and products; news on diet and special healing foods; and more.
HERBAL DEFENSE goes far beyond
mainstream generalities. Readers will become powerful, autonomous,
sophisticated and self sufficient
consumers of health care. Learn to
evaluate, obtain and use botanicals not only to remedy illness, but to prevent disease and build outstanding health. This book tells you what herbs to use, when to use them, how much to take, what form to take it in, and how long you should take it. This is the best "How Too" book that I have seen yet. Robyn Landis author
of Herbal Defense
An open Letter from Robyn Landis-
Dear Herbal Advantage Customer,
This spring is special for me. It marks the tenth anniversary of another winter season with no flu
infection or other viral illness. I attribute this blessing to many different things, including a really
healthy diet, exercise, rest, an awareness of the mind-body connection, and a bit of luck too. Of
course, I know that one of the chief reasons for the exceptional health I value and cherish is my use
of herbs on a daily basis.
In my eight years as a health writer and a student of master herbalist Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, I
have learned that not only can responsible, educated use of herbs remedy stubborn health
problems that have been unresponsive to conventional treatments; it can also make the healthy
healthier. The latter is a concept that is even harder for our culture to grasp than the idea that herbs
can heal illness (which itself has been slow to catch on, but is finally burgeoning). In fact, our culture
is virtually the only one that doesn't understand the need to supplement substantially on a daily basis
just to maintain great health. All around the world, other cultures use botanicals as a matter of
course, as an everyday necessity like food and water. It's part of life. In places like India and China
this widsom is woven into the fabric of daily life practically from birth on. Supplementation isn't
"extra" or "special," it's accepted as ordinary and everyday. These peoples know that good health
doesn't "just happen."
So, years ago I used herbs to get healthy when I wasn't. Having reached a threshold of
extraordinary health I'm grateful for, I now use herbs (the right ones for me as an individual and for
my Ayurvedic body type) to stay that way--and get even better.
I'm also grateful to Steve Marsden at Herbal Advantage for carrying our book, Herbal Defense.
Herbal Defense was my attempt to share with everyone possible the power, self-sufficiency,
confidence, and freedom that herbal knowledge and use have brought to my life. I wanted to
clearly demonstrate the logical, practical, common-sense truth about herbs and their efficacy, and
dispel the many myths about their use, as well as illuminate the beauty, grace and elegance of what
they have to offer. I am proud of Herbal Defense and think it offers much that no other herb book
does, particularly due to the outstanding knowledge and perspective of my co-author, Karta Purkh
Singh Khalsa. I appreciate that Steve recognized Herbal Defense as special and wanted to offer it
to his customers as a featured book on an ongoing basis. Herbal Advantage is in fact one of my
few personal sources for quality herbs, especially because I love web ordering.
I hope you enjoy Herbal Defense, Herbal Advantage, and the wonderful herbal kingdom in
Sincerely, Robyn Landis
Karta Purkh's "Squelch-it early" anti-flu routine
You can knock the flu! If you act fast, when you feel the first stirrings of symptoms--muscle ache,
fever, headache--and hit it hard with this kind of program, you can be done in twenty-four hours,
stop the otherwise inevitable progress into full-blown disease, and skip the ten days of bed rest.
Karta Purkh devised this shotgun, four step anti-flu routine--which is not strictly herbal--to include
something for everyone. It is not individualized, and you may not need all four steps. But it is a
general program that people have found beneficial for early counteraction.
1. Herbal antiviral combo(Boldo/Chiles Combination). This would be any combination of herbs
specifically designed to support immune-system activity. Some examples are isatidis and astragalus
(my favorite); a capsule with boldo leaf, jalapeno, cayenne, cubeb berry, rose hips and garlic; or a
capsule with jalapeno, echinacea, and cubeb berry. Some hot or spicy ingredients should be
included, if you can tolerate it. Take as many capsules as possible-- 10 to 15 a day, maybe even
20. Just get down as many as you can, as fast as you can. The effect is cumulative, so the faster
you can take them, the better you'll feel. One or two every hour with water may be the best
method. For many people, this step alone does the job.
2. Zinc lozenges(Fast Dry Zinc Lozenges). These allow zinc to be absorbed directly into the
mouth rather than going through the digestive tract (zinc is poorly absorbed through the gut so it
essentially gets wasted, and it also produces queasiness), Lozenges also bathe and saturate the
whole respiratory area with this antiviral mineral. Studies show that zinc shortens colds and reduces
symptoms, theoretically by preventing viral replication, stimulation immune activity, and/or
stabilizing cell membranes. Use up to 10 per day.
3. Vitamin C. Karta Purkh does not find much use generally for vitamin C as an antiviral, because
although it is a good, safe, general substance to use, there is frequently an herb that does a better
job at everything vitamin C does, for less money. Still, for a shotgun approach that's directed at
everyone, it's not a bad remedy to include. It needs to be used in very large doses to be effective.
In these situations, you take vitamin C to what's called bowel tolerance. (I learned what that means
one time after taking 10 grams a day for a couple of days.) When it starts to give you the runs, cut
the dose back.
Most people have a bowel tolerance of 5 to 10 grams a day, but it goes up proportionally with the
severity of the viral infection. People with very serious infections like AIDS can have bowel
tolerance of 50 to 60 grams. Dr. Andrew Weil notes that he takes 4 to 5 grams of vitamin C a day,
and had a patient with no bowel problems at up to 54 grams a day. Basically, the bigger the
infection your body is fighting, the more vitamin C is depleted and the more you can tolerate--
because it's definitely being used.
Even though research shows that vitamin C may inhibit zinc absorption, they are both
recommended here because they are both useful for colds, they can be taken separately, and one
is taken orally while the other is used to saturate the site of the infection.
4. Cinchona Bark(Willow/Cinchona Combo). This antiviral herb is especially potent against cold
and flu. It's also useful after you have full-blown symptoms, especially in synergy with willow bark
for pain. Take in capsules, up to 10 per day, as it is to bitter to use as a tea.