Why indeed? You’ve done alright so far. But wouldn’t you like to do better?
In truth, it’s not really a matter of worry, more a case of having concerns.
While it would be daft to assume this twenty-first century lifestyle is going to
kill us all, it would be equally misguided to think we can live to our fullest
potential without putting a bit of effort into how we do it. And if you’ve got
as far as picking this book up and opening it you are probably almost as aware
of this as we are.
While there is life--and fruit--there is hope. When this truth is realised by the laity nine hundred and
ninety-nine out of every thousand professors of the healing art will be obliged to abandon their profession and
take to fruit-growing for a living.
Many people have heard vaguely of the "grape cure" for diseases arising from over-feeding, and the lemon
cure for rheumatism, but for the most part these "cures" remain mere names. Nevertheless it is almost
Historical analyses also reveal wide-
spread disasters, social disruption and disease outbreaks in response to the more
acute, inter-annual, quasi-periodic ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) cycle
(1). The depletion of soil fertility and freshwater supplies, and the mismanage-
ment of water catchment basins via excessive deforestation, also have con-
tributed to the decline of various regional populations over the millennia (2).
Today, climate scientists predict that humankind’s increasing emission of
greenhouse gases will induce a long-term change in the world’s climate.