Your dietary medicine cabinet
The ancients always seemed to seek a mystical connection for all of their medicinal advice – and sometimes they got it right despite themselves. I am referring to a centuries old theory called the “Doctrine of Signatures” put forth by a Renaissance physician named Paracelsus. He noted how some foods seem to resemble bodily organs and so made the connection that these substances would benefit those specific organs and even cure ailments particular to them. Well, it just happens that these foods are very healthy and broad spectrum in their benefits, so the guy almost couldn’t miss!
Notice how celery looks almost exactly like a bone 🙂 Naturally it just has to maintain strong bones. Of course it actually does help in that respect, but being such a healthy disease fighting food item it benefits in the prevention of cancers and other illnesses as a nifty bonus.
Carrots (when sliced of course) resemble the human eye, walnuts resemble a brain, and a stack of grapes resemble a heart? (had trouble with that one). The list goes on and on. It’s important to remember that from a scientific point of view correlation does not imply causation. Still, it’s kind of a fun theory.
Some of his assumptions might be considered a bit of a reach though. The tomato slice pictured above is supposed to look like a heart, to me upon close examination it looks more like a lung. What do you think?
With the vitamin C, potassium, lycopene and other phytonutrients in the tomato it certainly does benefit the heart, but probably even more so the prostate.
Green peppers must be good for the muscles I would say. This one definitely looks like the Incredible Hulks butt!
To your health 🙂