For many hundreds of years the people of Asia and Europe included garlic and onions in their daily diets. They knew such plants would ward off many sicknesses.
Today, modern scientists with their fine laboratory equipment are discovering this is true. One study found Europeans who ate the most garlic and onions have lower cancer rates, and that eating onions more than once per day cuts the risk of colorectal cancer by more than 56 percent and esophageal cancer by 88 percent. Eating garlic, meanwhile, can reduce the risk of cancer of the kidneys, esophagus, pancreas and mouth.
Science has also learned that high levels of procyandins, a compound found in red wine, have potent effects on blood vessels. The results vary depending on where the wine is produced. Red wines from southwest France and Sardinia, where longevity is common, have five to 10 times the levels of procyandins in wines produced elsewhere.
E.A. Maury, a doctor who spent most of his life in France and then headed the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London, was a lover of good wines and prescribed wine for many illnesses. Maury claimed certain wines, used in conjunction with other medical treatments, could help heal the sick; and he recommended wines from certain regions, at precise dosages, for specific illnesses. Wine with high iron content, for example, were prescribed for anemia; Loire wines were prescribed to help break down cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis; and Providence Rose was used for gout. Champagne was a good treatment for certain liver problems and heart disease.
The following illnesses and ailments can be treated with wine therapy: arteriosclerosis, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, fever, hypertension, menopause, nervous depression, rheumatism, weight loss and liver weakness. Maury treated some illnesses with one glass of wine per day, others with three glasses. For a fever he often prescribed a bottle of Champagne to be drunk over the course of the entire day.
Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.