Wheatgrass Book

*Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine *
Steve Meyorowitz Sproutman, New Edition 2006.

Grass is the world’s most ubiquitous form of vegetation. There are over 9,000 species of grass. From the tropics to the one inch arctic tundra, wherever there is sun, water and soil, there is grass. As a seed, all grasses start from grains like wheat, barley, oat, rye, and rice. Four of the world’s top five crops are grains/grasses. For centuries, farmers have noticed how livestock improved when they fed on the young grasses of early spring. Scientists started studying grasses in the 1930′s in an effort to discover its nutritional mysteries and include it in animal feed. They found that animals could survive on grass alone but, in contrast, failed on other healthy vegetables like spinach and carrots. The agricultural chemist Dr. Charles F. Schnabel started a movement that made grasses available for both livestock and human consumption. In the early 1940′s, you could buy ‘tins’ of Schnabel’s dry grass powder in pharmacies all across North America. Stories about the new health food with “more vitamins than the alphabet has letters,” ran in Newsweek, Business Week, and Time magazines. Later in the 1970′s, Dr. Ann Wigmore popularized the use of indoor grown fresh squeezed grass juice for the therapeutic treatment of cancer patients who had been pronounced “incurable” after conventional medical treatment. Wigmore had saved her own gangrene legs from amputation with her grass treatments and eventually ran in the Boston marathon. Word about her Hippocrates Health Institute and the “miracles” resulting from her wheatgrass treatments spread. Today, wheatgrass juice is available as a fresh squeezed juice in juice bars and health food stores, a dry powder, and a shelf-stable extract.
Although wheatgrass has helped thousands recover from serious illness, it is neither a drug nor a magic potion. Instead, it is the cornerstone of a holistic health restoration program that includes detoxification, nourishment from raw living foods and a revamping of the lifestyle including the mental and emotional conditions that created the “dis-ease.” Unlike drug companies that promote their products with large advertising budgets, grass is not patentable and is unlikely to ever be approved for medical use. Instead it owes its popularity to an underground movement that is made up of thousands of individuals, hundreds of practitioners, and a handful of healing resorts who all testify to its healing properties.
Word has even spread to medical doctors who are discovering alternative health treatments. Dr. Leonard Smith, a cancer surgeon in Gainesville, Florida, allowed wheatgrass juice to be given to his patient Gary Garrett because he desperately needed a blood transfusion, but could not because of his Jehovah Witness religion. Smith said: “Gary’s platelet count rose every day for 7 days from 61,000 to 141,000 and the only thing we did differently was administer wheatgrass. That’s phenomenal and it’s fully documented on the hospital record.” Smith now juices wheatgrass himself. Dr. Allan L. Goldstein, Ph.D, of the George Washington University Medical Center (USA) tested barley grass against three types of prostate cancers. He reports: “Barley grass leaf extract dramatically inhibits the growth of human prostatic cancer cells grown in tissue culture. …It may provide a new nutritional approach to the treatment of prostate cancer.” Dr. Chris Reynolds of Melbourne says: “I have now treated many thousands of patients successfully with wheatgrass over the past eleven years when nothing else helped…For instance, the effect of wheatgrass on pain relief and remobilization after pulled leg muscles is extraordinary. If you get it on immediately after the injury, the patient is almost fully mobile the next day.” And Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D. editor of the popular Health and Healing Newsletter, says: “The effect these highly nutritious green drinks are having on all my patients, especially my arthritis patients, is nothing short of amazing.”
Why Grass Works
As a source of nourishment, grass is a complete food containing over 80 nutritional elements including all known vitamins and proteins. It is one of the planets best source of the anti-aging enzyme SOD (superoxidedismutase) and is an abundant source of flavonoids, immunomodulators, carotenoids, phenolics, polypeptides, growth hormones, cellular RNA and DNA, and other antioxidants including the elusive and as yet unnamed “grass juice factor.” People with wheat allergies, by the way, have nothing to fear from this food. Although grass is grown from grain, it has completely transformed into a vegetable with none of the allergic proteins common to glutenous grains. Grass is non-toxic at any dose, but you may have a reaction to it because it is a potent detoxifying agent. Grass is a powerful liver purger and too much can release too many poisons, too fast. It also cleanses and heals the large intestine, another collection point of toxins in the body. But it is, perhaps most famous for its blood purification. Grass is one of the planet’s richest sources of high quality chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is liquid sunshine made by green plants. Sunlight charges and excites electrons in the chloroplast cells which then store that energy as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP converts carbon and water into carbohydrates and releases oxygen into the atmosphere. Ultimately, all food on the planet, whether animal or vegetable, directly or indirectly comes from chlorophyll. Scientists would love to duplicate photosynthesis, because it would provide an endless source of food and energy. But even more amazing is that this “blood of plants” is a chemical cousin to hemin. Hemin is part of hemoglobin, the red iron rich oxygen carrying portion of human blood. Wheatgrass juice literally gives you a sunshine transfusion. When you drink it, this enzyme-rich and metabolically active fresh living food, transfers its high vibration to your system, raises your ‘kundalini’ or ‘chi’ and gives you a natural high. It is this energetic lift that enhances your ability to heal. But don’t confuse the high from grass with marijuana. Wheatgrass is hope, not dope.

Steve Meyerowitz,”Sproutman” is the author of several books on health, diet, and nutrition including Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine, Power Juices Super Drinks, and Sprouts the Miracle Food. You can visit him at sproutman.com To Buy a copy of Wheatgrass Natures Finest Medicine in New Zealand at all good book stores, health stores or order online here today!
Where to Get It?
Grow your own wheatgrass indoors and juice it. Buy it already grown from a professional. Get it freshly squeezed at a juice bar or natural food store. Buy bottled powder grass. Try New Zealand own leading wheatgrass product called NATURES GREENZ™. At all good health stores nationwide.

Recently, an article in Australian Choice Magazine accused wheatgrass of being a craze surrounded by lots of hype and little real world results. It’s true some marketers of wheatgrass have infused their excitement with claims that stretch the truth. They want sales. They are as guilty as the politicians who have perfected the art of saying whatever it takes to get elected. The article’s conclusion that “it’s probably harmless, and makes an interesting alternative to a coffee or Coke” merely underscores the reality that wheatgrass is an herbal medicine that is popular enough to be noticed by the mainstream, but still remains on the fringes of society. The gears of the mainstream culture move slowly. Acupuncture was once considered wacky. It took fifty years to do something about the dangers of smoking. And there are many who still resist the existence of global warming. Being debunked by a mainstream magazine is part of the growing pains of any new therapy especially a natural product that cannot be patented. Ironically wheatgrass is in synch with the magazine’s namesake. It offers discerning consumers and inquiring patients…a choice.

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