Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine: Plants and Modern Medicine

Hardcover | August 3, 2012

byKathleen Hefferon

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Are herbal medicines effective? Are organic foods really better for you? Will the cure to cancer eventually come from a newly discovered plant which dwells in the Amazon basin? Will medicines ever become affordable and available to the neediest? How will we produce enough food to keep up withan ever-increasing world population? Written with these issues in mind, Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine is a response to the current flood of conflicting information regarding the use of plants for both consumption and medicinal purposes. Kathleen Hefferon addresses the myths and popular beliefssurrounding the application of plants in human health, revealing both their truths and inaccuracies, and provides an overview of the technologies scientists are using to further their research.The book covers herbal medicines, functional and biofortified foods, plants and antibiotics, edible vaccines, and organic versus genetically modified foods, discussing each from a scientific standpoint. It these topics together for the first time, providing a much-needed overview of plants asmedicine. Intended for scientists and professionals in related disciplines as well as the interested reader educated in the sciences, this book will confront claims made in the media with science and scientific analysis, providing readers with enough background to allow them to make their ownjudgments.

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Are herbal medicines effective? Are organic foods really better for you? Will the cure to cancer eventually come from a newly discovered plant which dwells in the Amazon basin? Will medicines ever become affordable and available to the neediest? How will we produce enough food to keep up withan ever-increasing world population? Written...

Kathleen Hefferon received her PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She most recently held the title of Director of Operations, Human Metabolic Research Unit in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She is a science writer for the Center for Hepatitis C Research at Rockefeller University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Plants and Human HealthOur Early Relationship with PlantsPlants as Medicine2. Bioprospecting For Medicines form PlantsEthnobotany and MedicineModern drug discovery and indigenous culturesPlants and Drug discoveryExamples of Medicines derived from plantsImpact of Biopiracy, Preservation of BiodiversityIntellectual Property Rights for Indigenous People3. The Lure of Herbal MedicineHistoryThe bioactive compounds in herbal medicinal plantsExamples of Herbal MedicinesTraditional Indian MedicineTraditional Chinese MedicineWhat nonscientists should know about Herbal MedicinesWhat scientists need to know about herbal medicinesCould herbal medicine and Western medicine complement each other?4. Farming Medicines from PlantsWhy farm for pharmaceuticals from plants?New production systemsHow does it work?Technologies used to design plants expressing biopharmaceuticalsClinical trials of therapeutic proteins produced in plantsAllergies, oral tolerance, and dose response relationships to plant-made vaccinesScale-up and commercialization opportunities for plant-derived therapeutic proteinsPlant production platforms for molecular farmingMolecular farming requires its own unique set of regulatory guidelines5. Superfood: Functional and Biofortified FoodThe science behind functional foodsFunctional foods and human geneticsThe Mediterranean Diet: The ideal diet?Do dietary supplements work?Functional foods as superfoodsBiofortified foods and hidden hungerCan biofortified foods make a difference?6. Food Security, Climate Change, and the Future of FarmingNorman Borlaug and the Green RevolutionThe Green Revolution missed AfricaAgricultural makeover: sustainable intensificationUp and Coming technologies; crop improvementImproved farming techniquesEnvironmental uses for plantsAgricultural sustainability and organic food7. The Importance of BiodiversityFoods as drugsWhat will the food industry look like?An urban answer to increased food production: vertical farmsAgricultural sustainability and protection of biodiversity: a daunting challengeBiodiversity and the search for new medicinesThe importance of public perception in shaping our futureRegulating agricultural innovations can be a double-edged sword