Soil And Health Library
This website provides free downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There is a secondary collection about anti-authoritarian social criticism and another on transformational psychology.
There is no cost for downloading anything in this library. A small, once in a lifetime contribution is requested but donation or not, everything in the library is still available for free download.
The library's topic areas connect agricultural methods to the health or illness of animals and humans. A study of these materials reveals how to prevent and heal disease and increase longevity, suggests how to live a more fulfilling life and reveals social forces working against that possibility.
APOLOGY TO NEW CONTRIBUTORS
(January, 2014): There is a communication breakdown between PayPal and our membership database. We are working on fixing it. Meanwhile, new contributors are not automatically registered in the database. So until this is fixed lodging contributor's details into the membership database must be done "by hand." This is usually accomplished within 24 hours of the contribution. Until it becomes automatic new contributors will not be recognized as having contributed for a day or so after having made their contribution. Sorry about that. Sincerely, Justin Crawford.
NOTICE TO ALL USERS
(March 15, 2014): We are currently updating our servers. This should not affect service beyond this weekend. This update has made it impossible to download out of print books for the moment until normal database service is restored - public domain materials are still available for download from all libraries.
Apologies for the inconvenience - all efforts are being made to restore normal library access as soon as possible. Sincerely, Justin Crawford.
The Free Digitalized Library:
There are four major subject areas:
Radical Agriculture. The nutrient density of food determines the health of the animals and humans. The nutrient density of food is primarily determined by soil fertility. This section includes the foundational texts of the organic farming and gardening movement. There also are broad collections of materials by William Albrecht and the BioDynamic movement. Go to the Agriculture Library
The Restoration and Maintenance of Health. Nutritional medicine heals disease, builds and maintains health with dietand sometimes heals with fasting or other forms of dietary restriction. There are many approaches represented in this collection. There are secondary collections concerning longevity and nutritional anthropology. And a medical reference collection has been added. Go to the Health Library
Achieving Personal Sovereignty. Physical, mental, and spiritual health are linked to one's lifestyle. This collection focuses on liberating activities, especially homesteading and the skills it takes to do thatsmall-scale entrepreneuring, financial independence, frugality, and voluntary simplicity. There is also a collection of social criticism, especially from a back-to-the-land point of view. Go to the Personal Sovereignty Library
Achieving Spiritual Freedom. There are many seemingly-different self-betterment roads. The books in this collection seek to empower a person to effect their own development in an independent manner. Go to the Spiritual Freedom Library.
Clippings and Miscellaneous. Since this library's beginning patrons have sent information and URLs where interesting bits of information and viewpoints could be found. Here you will find articles and essays and etc. that support and enhance the information found in our book collections. Go to the Clipping File.
Latest E-Books Added. Digitalized titles added to the online Soil and Health Library in the last few months, click here:
Soil And Health Discussion Group
On this e-mail forum a wide ranging discussion goes on about how different agricultural and gardening methods change nutritional qualities of the foods being grown, about the resulting health of the animals and humans that eat those foods, about the best ways to homestead, to grow food. This Yahoo group is gently moderated by Steve Solomon. All points of view and opinions are welcome so long as they exhibit a respect for the viewpoints of others. You are welcome to post your own essays, refer to other's writings, engage in dialogues. To join the group, click here.
The Purpose of Soil And Health Library
The wisest student learns from the originators of a body of knowledge because those who later follow in the founders' footsteps are not trailblazers of equivalent depth. This is especially true of the writings from many post WWII academics and professors who mainly write because they must publish . . . or perish. Even when the earliest works in a field contain errors because their authors lacked some bit of data or had a fact wrong, their books still contain enormous wisdom. If nothing else, study of older books lets us discover that the conditions that prevail today aren't the way things always werewhilst on some levels, some things hardly ever change at all.
There are powerful forces on Earth obscuring the foundations of knowledge. That would be okay if there were better knowledge and wiser wisdoms coming on line to replace them. But usually the opposite is the case. As the sort of person Sir Albert Howard called "the laboratory hermit . . . someone who knows more and more about less and less" . . . increasingly dominates ever-wider areas of scholarship, the focus of scholarship gets ever narrower, and less wise. Manipulative social-political-economic interests attempt to create Orwellian realities that suit them; their domination of academia and media makes people forget the fundamentals. Ferdanand Lundberg's book The Rich and the Super Rich explains exactly how this works. You may find Lundberg's book in the Social Criticism collection.
Here's an example of the result of foundation- and industry-influenced "science." Despite all the apparent advances in broadacre industrial agriculture, the nutritional qualities of our basic foodstuffs have been declining during this century. That's largely because most agronomists focus on bulk yield and profitability of the crop, whilst knowing next to nothing about animal/human nutrition. However, there's a little-appreciated "law" about this area: nutritional value usually drops in direct relationship to the increase in bulk production. Or, in agriculture at any rate, "quality" seems the opposite of "quantity."
Industrial agriculture has devastated self-sufficient, independent lifestyles. Take the U.S. as an example. In 1870, something like 90 percent of all Americans lived on free-and-clear farms or in tiny villages. And in consequence, enjoyed enormously greater personal liberty than today. The current decline in personal rights in America, Canada and in Australia is NOT the result of there being more people dividing up a fixed and limited amount of total possible liberty into smaller and smaller slices. It is a consequence of financial insecurity, financial dependency and wage slavery. Persons lacking financial independence rarely possess the strength to forthrightly demand social liberties.
This is what happened: since 1870 as the industrial food system became ever more "efficient" it lowered the price of basic agricultural commodities. Consequently most country folk rejected their self-sufficient-farm birthright for a better-paying job in town, abandoned their technologically primitive free-and-clear homestead in favour of a city apartment (with electric power and running water) and soon became wage-enslaved. The ones who remained on the farm borrowed to invest in capital-intensive production methods and so became debt slaves. Wage- and debt-slaves, like all other kinds of slaves, feel insecure and think that in order to survive they must not reveal their true feelings, must suppress themselves whilst pleasing those in authority.
The global industrial system's imperative is balance-sheet efficiency in all areas, including farming, but the apparent cheapness of economically-rational agriculture does not reflect a true accounting of costs. Despite the statistical increase in average lifespan, our average health and feelings of wellness have been declining. Consider as an example the large proportion of your neighbours whose mental awareness seems wrapped in fat. Americans especially are disdained world wide for being hugely obese. Australians and Canadians are going the same way, spending ever-larger portions of their productivity on the treatment and cure of disease. This whole activity of "health" care is not a productive use of human attention, but in reality constitutes enormous waste, pain, and suffering, suffering whose main source, poor nutrition, is almost entirely unappreciated.
Dr. Isabelle Moser, who spent 25 years conducting a clinical practice using holistic approaches, suggested in private conversations that what she termed the "constitution" of her older patients was typically much stronger than the constitution of her younger ones. Each generation got a poorer start than the one before it as each generation built the foundation of their health from foods produced on ever-more degraded soils grown ever-more "scientifically," and more and more consisting of processed, denatured fodder. (The full text of Dr. Moser's book How And When To Be Your Own Doctor, is in the Health Library.) (For a good discussion of the concept of "start," read Wrench's Wheel of Health in the Longevity Library. See also: Shelton's Orthotrophy, Chapter 36.)
It was a sage who quipped: "if they can stop you from asking the right questions, you'll never come up with the right answers." In this library you will encounter individuals who DID ask the right questions and even came up with some of the answers. Modern higher education points people's attention away from the Truth and toward an ever-increasing confusion created by too much data. This library restores the availability of key books written by amazing individuals, books that offer major illumination to those who can already see, books that speak the truth to those who can still hear.
How You Can Help
If you admire what is being done here and wish to assist this effort:
- You can suggest titles for acquisition. You may donate a book or books. You may offer to sell appropriate titles to the library. You are invited to discuss the content and direction of this library. Suggested titles should be either public domain or out of print. Perhaps you can lend a book for processing into an e-book after discussing the proposed title with the librarian. All lends are returned within a few weeks of receipt and return postage is paid. E-books can also be prepared from very clean, sharp photocopies; photocopies need not be returned and sending a photocopy does not place a rare book at the slight risk of loss in the post.
- You can become a contributing member by making a once-in-a-lifetime contribution of ten Euros. Expenses of this library are not large, but having a domain name, offering significant amounts of bytes for free download and buying old books do cost. The most important aspect of patron contributions is the motivation they provide to increase the scope of this library.
Who Is Creating This Site?
The library began in 1997 by Steve Solomon. In 2010 the effort was taken over by Justin Crawford who now owns the library. Click here to communicate via e-mail.
To communicate via ordinary mail, please write to:
Soil and Health Library
PO Box 33
The library maintains a personal web page for Steve Solomon that also contains an e-mail form should you wish to write to Steve.