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Back to Eden Book Review

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.


The Good and the Bad

Jethro Kloss must have been a magnificent person to know back in his day. His knowledge about whole foods, herbs, and general health are contained in his book Back to Eden.

He also had knowledge about hydrotherapy and electrotherapy, and he believed that every ailment of mankind could be completely cured with herbs.

I had the good fortune to pay attention to divine guidance about 20 years ago when a hardbound copy of his book caught my attention in a used book store. I did not know who he was but I was riveted (really, herbs do that to me) with the huge amount of herbal information it contained.

I paid $6.50 for the book, and it's saved me many times when I've been faced with a middle of the night stomach problem, female issue, or dietary concern.

The book can still be found in paperback at Amazon. I've included links below.

This Book is Three Books in One

  1. It's a vegan/soy cookbook and nutritional guide. (You don't have to be vegan to get valuable information from this book.)
  2. It's an herbal health guide.
  3. It's a basic health and nursing (as in taking care of patients) guide.

Why You Should Own This Book

Even if you aren't vegan (and I'm not, btw), this book will become an invaluable reference if you want to begin keeping, or already use, herbs in your medicine cabinet.

It's chock-full of techniques and methods for handling everything from common ailments to cancers to fevers. Parents and those who manage an ill family member should keep this book close at hand.

The case studies offer helpful ways to work with the body and aid it in returning to a healthy state. Water therapy techniques are included in this book.

Plus, the studies are an entertaining read, especially if you are medically focused to begin with. You may feel like you've stepped back 75 to 100 years and are gossiping over the back fence as you read them.

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Here's How I Use This Book

When I find myself struggling with an ailment and over-the-counter items just don't seem to be healing or helping me, I grab Kloss's book.

I identify which herbs might fit my needs, mark them with a post-it and then pare them down to one or two that I can use as a tea, a poultice, or add to a bath or beauty routine.

Peppermint tea has become a "go to" herb for me. I've also discovered the wonders of chickweed, red clover blossom, and shepherd's purse.

The latest treatment I am getting prepared to add to my daily routine is Kloss's recommendations for gum health.

Here's the Bad Aspect of This Book

Keep This In Mind

According to the online website Soy Info Center, Kloss died in 1946 at the age of 83 which means he was born in 1862/63.

It might seem an irrelevant thing to note but it's important to know this. It means his research, case studies and basic information about nutrition, while perfectly valid and, in fact, priceless, took place during a time when there were still many small farmers across America. The corporate farm and everything it stands for had not yet taken hold of our food sources/resources as it now has.

Back then Americans ate differently, and the large, corporate farms that grow crops today don't produce the same quality of food. While soy has found a stronghold in the American diet, it's not the same soy that Kloss advocates for.

In fact, this article on Huffington Post from 2012 identifies soy as one of the largest GMO crops grown in the U.S. The article states that 93% of soy is genetically modified and is often used in processed foods.

Copyright aha! creative, Albuquerque
Copyright aha! creative, Albuquerque

Personal Disclosure

I'm not a fan of soy and there are a few reasons why.

  • First of all, it doesn't agree with me. A small amount is more than enough in my diet otherwise my stomach issues get triggered. (Oddly, while Kloss's advice on herbs for my stomach is spot on, his advice about eating soy is not a fit for me.)
  • Second, much of what passes as soy is grown as a GMO crop. Genetically modified crops are not the same as non-GMO's. No one really knows what the long-term effects are of eating large amounts of GMO foods. However, GMO research links crops to allergies, organ toxicity, and other health issues.
  • Third, it's a phytoestrogen and there's a lot of controversy about phytoestrogens.

Check Labels If You Choose to Eat Soy

Always make sure you're eating non-GMO soy.

Most products will state on the label if they are non-GMO.

Run a web search to locate manufacturer's you can trust.

Caution should be used when introducing into your diet any food or health product being pushed in such large quantities and so ubiquitously.

Do you use herbs to remain healthy?

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