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Nat H Hawes Nature Cures


My name is Nat H Hawes and I have been researching the relationship between food, nutritional science and health since 2003. Researching my father’s pharmaceutical-induced health problem's led to my systematic study of the area, and my decision to share this knowledge, in order to promote awareness of the power of natural healthy foods. This sharing began with this website to which I have single-handedly added foods, health disorders, medicines, nutrients and hazards to human health, almost everyday, while it continues to grow in international popularity.


Initially, I discovered that is was impossible to find trustworthy and simplified resources of what natural foods contain which nutrients and what was required to rectify health disorders naturally all in one place without misleading advertising. Whilst awaiting eye surgeries to correct my corneal dystrophy, I decided to set up an easily navigated alphabetical resource of all health disorders, all natural foods and all the nutrients they contain. This has grown to what you find here today.

Since the website went live, in 2010, it has received over three million visitors from all over the world and acts as a sort of barometer of health concerns globally. Since launching the website, I gained diplomas with distinction in advanced nutrition and sports nutrition and provide natural health advice in person as well as via emails. Email: health@naturecures.co.uk

I believe that fad diets, extracts and many supplements are not the answer to the world's human health issues and that cheap chemical additives, excess medications, pesticide use, processed and refined foods and the toxic soup we live in today from chemical cleaners, cosmetics, industry and transportation pollution and nutrient deficiencies are causing many of the human ailments that have sharply risen in the last 50 years.


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My sources range from a lifetime of experience travelling abroad to research via libraries and university websites and include a vast range of scientific papers which I have analysed and summarised in everyday language. I review both the health problems that can be helped by nutritional interventions and the healing properties and nutrients of the full spectrum of natural (as opposed to processed) foods and drinks.


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The Nature Cures book was published by Hammersmith Health Books in January 2016 and includes A-Z's of health disorders, natural foods, nutrients, hazards and natural remedies plus much more. It is something you will refer to again and again and it has been said that all households should have one. You can see me signing my Nature Cures 1130 page encyclopaedic volume above which took three long years to edit.


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Natural food means food that has not been processed or refined in any way. The less food has been tainted by pesticides, genetic modification, additives and handling the better it is for the body's health and immune system. The essential nutritional content is stripped from many natural foods such as flour, grain foods, coffee, cocoa beans, sugar and salt in the refining process. Some of the essential minerals in salt are even extracted to be sold separately to industry where they bring in far more profits than if they were left in the salt, as nature intended, for human consumption. Malnutrition is now one of the world's most prolific conditions affecting people in developed countries who mainly consume processed and refined foods.
All food begins to lose its nutritional value the minute it is cut off from its life source and the skin is cut. Therefore the fresher you can consume it the more nutritional value you are getting. It is a fast paced world we live in today and advantage has been taken of this situation by many of the large profit-driven food producing companies who cut costs by using cheap ingredients and additives which are unhealthy and some even carcinogenic to the human body.

Our ancestors did thousands of years of research for us, testing natural food on humans (not animals) and they knew what worked, yet much of this has been forgotten and ignored by a profit-led food industry. There have been some fantastic breakthroughs in science like some vaccines which force the body to naturally create its own defence but more needs to be done to research the effects of this and natural foods without funding being based upon how much profit can be made from the product being tested.

It is obvious that the human body is an amazing machine if treated right and fed good natural fuel containing all it needs to do its job. Finding out how to do this right is very difficult. If people became more educated about what they consume, they could make their own informed decisions and not be hoodwinked by clever advertising and often misleading marketing ploys. Most of the natural plants that contain amazing medicinal properties can be grown easily and consumed as a simple tea without expensive extraction processes.

Suffering ill health and pain due to ignorance is unfair and unnecessary these days. Eating healthy food is not 'bland'. Spices and tasty oils are an integral part of eating a healthy balance of nutrients. Many nationalities eat food we have come to love too such as Thai and Japanese. Their diets contain a huge variety of vegetables and fish cooked with spices and they suffer far less obesity, cancers and heart problems than those in the west whose diet consists mainly of too much fat, refined sugar, salt and refined foods. People tend to ignore what is healthy for them when they are besieged with easy to prepare over processed meals and high sugar, fat or tasty over salted snacks at rock bottom prices. The cost of this food is hugely reduced because of the addition of the cheap mass produced non-nutritious ingredients.

A high proportion of ailments are purely due to what the body consumes. Imbalances of the elements causes malfunctions which can in turn lead to other more serious breakdowns. Readdress the balance of the nutrients ingested each week and there will quickly be an amazing transformation of health and wellbeing. The liver is the body's unsung hero. If it is abused, by making it work too hard to remove excesses of fats and toxins, it will eventually malfunction and affect other organs. This will be reflected in the skin, hair, nails, and bone strength, brain and heart functions. Correct the balance and the liver will regenerate itself and work as it should to restore full health to the rest of the body. Knowing the balance is difficult but regularly consuming a colourful variety of healthy organic fruit, vegetables, fish, herbs, nuts, seeds and spices will provide the liver with all it needs to maintain the body in tip top health.

Most people nowadays do not possess the correct balance of friendly bacteria in their intestines to enable their body to manufacture the necessary amino acids and absorb the correct nutrients for all the vital processes that take place in the human body to work at their best.

To truly benefit from the nutritious content of food only organic, non-processed, natural and fresh produce should be consumed and very lightly cooked in healthy ways such as steaming vegetables, grilling or poaching. If oils are used choose cold-pressed virgin coconut, rapeseed, olive, rice bran, nut or seed oils.

Juicing and blending raw vegetables and fruits is a great way to consume all the nutrients which are lost during cooking and can treat many conditions and diseases if the right fruits and vegetables are chosen.

Sprouting for a micro diet is also highly beneficial to all human adverse conditions and diseases because it provides a condensed form of high nutrition and if added to the daily diet can provide all the body needs to stay healthy and fit and fight off diseases.

Brine pickling keeps vegetables for up to a year and is far healthier than vinegar pickling because it provides additional; probiotic beneficial bacteria that the intestines needs.

Why choose organic produce?

Modern intensive farming methods leach magnesium, chromium and many other essential minerals from the soil and, currently, it is not standard practice to replace them so today’s food contains less of the important minerals than it did 50 years ago. Unless this problem is addressed and farming methods altered, the mineral content of our food will continue to deplete. Going organic is one way of counter-balancing this problem.

Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are then used to control crop productions which not only adversely affected wildlife, such as bees that have severely dropped in numbers worldwide, but end up being consumed in small amounts by humans. These toxins can then have highly detrimental effects on human health after a period of years building up in the system especially the brain and liver causing many conditions and diseases that would never have occurred otherwise. See Pesticides for more information
Organic food contains far more vitamins and minerals than non-organic produce. For instance, organic spinach contains 96 mg of magnesium, but an equal quantity of non-organic spinach contains only 47.5mg. Magnesium is instrumental in digesting protein and converting it into energy. Our protein portions, especially in the West, tend to be excessive so as a result, the body uses up its magnesium reserves digesting the extra. Eating less meat and dairy and more nuts, beans, fish, fruit, whole grains, herbs, spices and vegetables will help fend off the degenerative diseases that a lack of magnesium can cause. As a general guide, the protein portion of each meal should never be larger than the palm of the person eating it and only 2.5 cm (one inch) thick. The same applies to children.

Hopefully, this website will help you to make an informed decision on what you should consume to keep your body healthy and what may be lacking or should be avoided or may help you recover from various illnesses. Be creative and try adding healthy ingredients to your normal recipes in small amounts. Replace unhealthy options like white flour with whole meal flour and sugar with pure honey and butter with cold-pressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Add a pinch of turmeric and other spices to sauces, sandwiches, soups and stews. Use yoghurt instead of cream. You will find that many healthy options taste even better and will feel good knowing that you are looking after your body and your health as well as those you may cook for.

How to tell if a food is organic

PLU (Price Look Up) codes are the 4- or 5-digit numbers on produce stickers that have been used by supermarkets since 1990. They represent a globally standardised system implemented by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), a group of national produce associations from around the globe.

The system is based on 4-digit codes that are within the 3000 and 4000 series. The numbers are assigned randomly, that is, each digit does not imply anything specifically, just an overall identification number. As an example, a small Fuji apple has the code of 4129, a large Fuji apple has the code 4132. If the 4-digit number is preceded by a 9, it indicates that it was grown organically.

Medicinal remedies

Why spend a fortune on over-the-counter drugs when you can transform food into first aid with far cheaper common grocery ingredients. Teas, soups, tinctures, gargles, baths, compresses, juices, steam treatments, massage oils, medicinal honeys and syrups can all be easily made at the kitchen table. Stock your kitchen cupboards with vinegar, tea tree oil, aloe vera, honey, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut, lemon and garlic as all contain excellent antiseptic properties but do no harm to the environment unlike man made chemically based products. See the Hygiene, Toxins and health page for ways to make your own toxin free cleaning products and cosmetics. See: How to make your own home remedies

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