Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)
Resource Pointer #365 (Plants as Medicine)
For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves, 2004* Kenny Ausubel and J.P. Harpignies (editors). A compilation of presentations from the annual Bioneers conference examining the intrinsic link between human health and environmental health. Proposes a wide variety of solutions to reconnect the diverging fields of conventional medicine and plant conservation and examines Ecological Medicine, an emerging field seeking to re-integrate holistic and ancient healing practices. 248 pages. $16.95. Contact Sierra Club Books, 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; phone (415) 977-5500; fax (415) 977-5799; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.sierraclub.org/books/.
*Battling Resistance to Antibiotics and Pesticides: An Economic Approach, 2003* Ramanan Laxminarayan (editor). Examines the growing resistance of pests to pesticides and bacteria to antibiotics that threaten human and environmental health throughout the world. Proposes an economic framework to develop policies and regulations limiting pesticide and antibiotic applications to ensure maximum benefit for society and suggests strategies to confront the increasingly dangerous levels of resistance. Attempts to connect the seemingly disparate economic, biological, and medicinal aspects of resistance issues. 377 pages. Contact Resources for the Future, 1616 P. Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036; phone (202) 328-5000; fax (202) 939-3460; Web site http://www.rff.org.
*The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth, 2002* Stephan Harrod Buhner. Recounts the long history of human dependence on plant medicines and spiritual interaction with the natural world. Examines the effects of the reliance of Western culture on chemical pharmaceuticals and technologies that threaten plant health. Calls for increased respect of the plants and the healing power of plant medicines. 325 pages. $19.95. Contact Chelsea Green Publishers, c/o Resolution, Inc., P.O. Bos 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407; phone (800) 639-4099; Web site http://www.chelseagreen.com/.
*Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice, 2002* A. Alonso Aguirre, Richard S. Ostfeld, Gary M. Tabor, Carol House, Mary C. Pearl (editors). Presents theories from an emerging discipline known as conservation medicine which seeks to restore and protect biodiversity and gain new understanding of the links between ecosystem, animal, and human health. Discusses potential threats to biodiversity and strategies for increasing conservation efforts. 407 pages. $49.50. Contact Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016; Web site http://www.us.oup.com/.
*The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual, 2000* James Green and Ajana Green. Covers the cultivation, preparation, and usage of various herbal remedies. Also includes scientific explanations for positive health responses to herbal medicines and anecdotes demonstrating the varied history and application of herbalism. 384 pages. $22.95. Contact The Crossing Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707; phone (800) 841-2265; fax (510) 559-1629; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.crossingpress.com/.
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