From the Tacuinum Sanitatis which was a medieval Latin translation of the approximate text of the writings of the Arabian physician Ibn Botlan. Ibn Botlan died approximately 1068. The first Latin translation may have been as early as the eleventh century. A translation dated 1266 is found in the Marciana Library in Venice.
The Physician Speaks:
“The Tacuinum Sanitatis is about the six things that are necessary for every man in the daily preservation of his health, about their correct uses and their effects. The first is the treatment of air, which concerns the heart. The second is the right use of foods and drinks. The third is the correct use of movement and rest. The fourth is the problem of prohibition of the body from sleep, or excessive wakefulness. The fifth is the correct use of elimination and retention of humors. The sixth is the regulating of the person by moderating joy, anger, fear, and distress. The secret of the preservation of health, in fact, will be in the proper balance of all these elements, since it is the disturbance of this balance that causes the illness . . .
“Fever is a mighty engine which Nature brings into the world for the conquest of her enemies”. Thomas Sydenham (1666).
“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.” William Osler, M.D.
“Diseases are the result of long-developing processes which begin early in life and finally lead to saturation of the body with toxins. Improper eating, living and thinking habits are the prime cause of this degeneration. The same type of toxin when localized in a joint causes arthritis; when localized in the liver, hepatitis; in the kidneys, nephritis; in the skin, dermatitis; in the pancreas, diabetes; in the brain, insanity.” Sir James Mackenzie, M.D. extracted from Food is Your Best Medicine by Henry G. Bieler, M.D.
“Le germe n’est rien, c’est le terrain qui est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the soil is everything.) Louis Pasteur
We must stop looking upon our body as though it is a factory that can process stones, chalk, iron shavings, sea shells, egg shells, synthetic chemicals and other non-food material even .though the substance has been made into a tablet or added to the food supply and labeled a dietary supplement.
“Enzymes are found in raw food; they are destroyed by heat over 120 degrees.” Drs. J.J. & N. Hajek
Give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to know one from the other.