Garlic has gotten a bum rap

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on May 5, 2011

Garlic is a shining star in the annals of holistic medicine and too many internet articles warn that it is dangerous for dogs.  Gosh, drinking too much water can kill you.  Everything in moderation.  Garlic has incredible healing ingredients and Dr. Khalsa will talk all about this in a future article of Dog World in Ask the Natural Vet.  Let’s not walk away from this incredible plant for it has many uses and benefits.

Let’s look at some of the history of Garlic;

  • According to Pliny, garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths.
  • As indicated in ancient Egyptian records, the pyramid builders were given beer, flatbread, raw garlic and onions as their meager food ration. Upon threatening to abandon the pyramids leaving them unfinished, they were given more garlic. It cost the Pharaoh today’s  equivalent of 2 million dollars to keep the Cheops pyramid builders supplied with garlic.
  • During the reign of King Tut, fifteen pounds of garlic would buy a healthy male slave. Indeed, when King Tut’s tomb was excavated, there were bulbs of garlic found scattered throughout the rooms.
  • When Moses led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt (around 1,200BC), they complained of missing the finer things in life -one of them being  garlic.
  • Greek athletes would take copious amounts of garlic before competition, and Greek soldiers would consume garlic before going into battle
  • An old Welsh saying- “Eat leeks in March and garlic in May, Then the rest of the year, your doctor can play.”


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