Lin knew Betty when she worked for SPH (formerly The Straits Times Group), editing their women's magazines. I also got to know Betty around the same time and we had and still have, many mutual friends.
We lost touch over the years and I made contact again when one of our friends emailed me about Betty's book, "Cancer Cured & Prevented Naturally". I obtained some to give to friends in Hong Kong and the USA, even before cancer raised it's ugly head in our lives.
I started to read her book but the inevitable happened and it joined all the partly read tomes beside my bed. Then this episode of our lives occurred and it was forgotten until we had returned to Singapore and discovered that Betty was also here.
So we met up again. Betty's transformation from editor of women's magazines to biodynamic gardener and believer in anthroposophy is nothing short of amazing, considering that it was not precipitated by a personal encounter with cancer.
In her book she mentions the death of a close friend and colleague, a medical doctor who changed careers and became a newspaper marketing and then periodicals man. I also had come to know him quite well and we'd have lunch every once in a while to bring each other up to date - the last time was shortly before we left for London and he fell to cancer.
Fortunately for all of us, all these events and spiritual 'awakening' have led her to writing, promoting and talking about ways we can help the earth and help ourselves.
I have to say that I was totally overwhelmed when we met again and even now, after reading the magazines and newsletters she left with us, I am not sure I have grasped even one percent of what she had to impart to us.
All of a sudden, I think about all the things I either have taken for granted or gone about doing automatically - like eating, sleeping, breathing, walking, and just going about our daily lives.
Many of us will not become as fervent or dedicated as Betty, but we can be more conscious and deliberate in our choices where until now it's been automatic. Sometimes we need to be more aware of what is around us.
Anyway, before I get more entangled in trying to find the right words to express myself, I thought I should list the non-organically produced foods that we can safely buy and eat.
It might not be 'pukka' to go this route but unless we can grow our own foods, there are some compromises we can make.
The following have protective skins or are less attractive to pests (and so have had less chemicals sprayed on them):
Onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangoes, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, papayas, water melons, broccolli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. (Tomatoes were 'out' and now they are 'in' and no reason has been stated).
This list is by no means exhaustive, but for me it is a start.
It's also a sign that durian must be a fine fruit because it has thick skin and most come from jungles rather than plantations! Besides, I think their predators are man and animals rather than insects and plant diseases.
My other 'local' favourite, coconut, is good too. Nice thick husk and a hard shell to protect the 'coconut water' and flesh. And from what I have read, 'coconut water' is the perfect isotonic drink! Other medical benefits have been claimed (e.g. it was used an an IV in WWII when blood plasma was not available) but I do not know about the reliability of the sources.
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