Nature's Helping Hand - Scaevola Spinescens, History and Use in Western Australia The Maroon Bush Story
Jeanie (Barrett) Crago with Guest Authors*
This book is the result of my 5 year dream to bring together a comprehensive resource on over 60 years of history of Scaevola Spinescens in Western Australia.
The book contains my introduction to the maroon bush story, newspaper articles from 1947 - 1985, Health Department notes, University research notes, recipes, and anecdotal stories of Maroon Bush Tea.
You will get a fascinating look into the work of Athol Monck, a keen researcher and promoter of indigenous use of Australian plants for medicinal use. The book brings together for the first time information from early outback culture, government departments and activities, giving both insights into early Australian culture regarding health, and the interplay of social vs commercial and political interests.
Current perspectives on Scaevola Spinescens are added to with *guest authors, Dr Ian Cock, Dr Philip Kerr, Associate Professor Bob Longmore, Dr Sue Semple, Dr Sally Nobbs, and Dr Robert L. Pearce.
The book also has a powerful collection of stories from people's personal experience and leaves one with the significant question: Where to from here with the Maroon Bush Story?
The Maroon Bush Story is 170 pages, stitch bound with color pictures
Cancer: Cause and Cure, by Percy Weston
Here's a book you won't want to put down. This story is charged with human interest and drama from beginning to end, as keen-eyed farmer Percy Weston recounts his experiences and observations over a lifetime of struggle on the land and draws the reader into an intriguing detective story that spans the years of transition from traditional methods of farming tomodern ones. Informed by an expert knowledgeof chemistry, he believes there is a causative factor for cancer via the food chainwhich science has totally overlooked. He proved it first in animals in the1940s and then in humans by curing medically diagnosed cases of cancer and arthritis which he realised had the same origin. These were miracle cures as far as Doctors were concerned. How did he do it? Here is the enthralling story of one man's unique journey of discovery.
About the Author
Percy Weston has been a farmer for much of the past century in the beautiful Ovens Valley of south eastern Australia where his grand-parents settled during the gold rush. The family homestead, Riltrin, which he built himself, has views of Mount Buffalo and the Victorian alps. It has its own spring water supply and is surrounded by a vegetable garden, green orchards, nut grove, and paddocks of grazing sheep. At one time he grew tobacco in the valley. A scholarship he won as a boy gave him a grounding in the sciences. He would have gone on to a medical career had his father not suffered hardship at the hands of daring cattle thieves. On the farm he found himself having to study nature closely and follow the practices of his pioneering mother in order to keep his crops, livestock and family healthy. This haven of horticulture was to be his living laboratory.