Soil And Health Library
This website provides downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There are secondary collections involving social criticism and transformational psychology.
No payment is required.
The library explores the connection between agricultural methods and 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.
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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 fundamental books that began the organic farming and gardening movement. There is are broad collections of William Albrecht, Victor Tiedjens and from the BioDynamic movement. Go to the Agriculture Library
The Restoration and Maintenance of Health. Nutritional medicine heals disease, builds and maintains health with dietand often heals with fasting or other forms of dietary restriction. There are many related approaches represented in this collection. There are secondary collections concerning longevity and nutritional anthropology. 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. 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 chat group a wide ranging discussion goes on about how different agricultural and gardening methods change the nutritional qualities of food, about the resulting health of the animals and humans that eat those foods, about the best ways to homestead, to grow your own food. This Yahoo group is gently moderated by Steve Solomon. Most 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 ideas, refer to other's writings, engage in dialogues. To join the group, click here.
The Purpose of Soil And Health Library
The wisest students focus on 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 publish because they must . . . 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, these old 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 trends on Earth obscuring the foundations of knowledge. That would be okay if there were better knowledge and wiser wisdoms 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 worked in the 1960s. I see little difference half a century later. You may find Lundberg's book in the Social Criticism collection.
Here's an example of the result from foundation- and industry-influenced "science." Despite all the apparent advances in industrial agriculture, the nutritional quality of basic foodstuffs has been declining. That happened because industrial agriculture focuses on evern greater bulk yield and ever higher profitability. However, there's a little-appreciated "law" about this area: nutritional value usually drops when bulk yield is the be all and end all.
Industrial agriculture has devastated self-sufficient, independent rural 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.
The decline in American liberty began around 1870. As the industrial food system became ever more "efficient" it lowered the price of basic agricultural commodities. Consequently, over the next 50 years 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 please 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 has been declining. Consider as an example the large proportion of your middle-aged neighbours, most of whom are on blood pressure, Type II diabetes and/or cholesterol lowering medication. There are far too many obese people of all ages. 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 discovered 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 appropriate titles to be converted to e-books. You may donate a book or books or offer to sell appropriate titles to the library if you need cash, or lend them for scanning and optical character recognition. You are invited to discuss the content and direction of this library. Suggested titles should be either public domain, out of print or one where the copyright holder allows a book to be put online. Discuss these matters with the librarian.
- You can donate money. Having a domain name, host and site designer, 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 the librarian 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 ran the library from 2010 until May, 2014 when Steve resumed managing the library. Click here to communicate via e-mail.
To communicate via ordinary mail, please write to:
Soil and Health Library
PO Box 524
The library maintains a personal web page for and about Steve Solomon.