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Joseph Smith and Herbal Medicine
Renowned scholar John Heinerman has long admired the Prophet Joseph Smith's inherent understanding of the link between food and health. In this book, the companion to Joseph Smith and Natural Foods, Dr. Heinerman unearths the benefits of using herbs and adhering to the Mormon health code known as the Word of Wisdom. Though scholars of the 1830s scoffed at the Word of Wisdo...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Cedar Fort
(first published July 31st 2001)
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This book is mistakenly titled. Instead it should carry the title "An Argument for Herbal Medicine and Priesthood" or "Mormons Trade Usage of Herbs and Priesthood Blessings for Doctors and Hospitals." Heinerman's writing is full of his opinions screaming in all capital letters throughout the text. While Heinerman may choose to emphasize his opinion by using capital letters, it significantly diminishes the text and its credibility.
Good book! I really enjoyed all the quotes and the history in this book! I am excited to learn more about Samuel Thomson, the original botanic physician bor February 9, 1769! Talk about classic! "Joseph Smith said that Tomson was as much inspired to bring forth his principle of practice according to the dignity and importance of it as he was to introduce the Gospel." A very interesting read!
If one is looking to be, or stay, peculiar in today's world, look no further. I guess I must be at least a little peculiar. I avoid seeing doctors - last time I visited one was in 2002; I've seen the dentist a bit more often -- fillings crack with age. I do believe in doing things in a natural way, avoiding synthetic medicines; it is furthermore better to trust the Lord than human understanding.
I loved all of the information in this book. It was a good historical background of herbal medicine in the church. The main thing I didn't like was the writing style. It took me awhile to get through it because it wasn't a book I just loved to sit down and read.