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To your health: The Doctrine of (Food) Signatures

Bean Salad
The Best Four Bean Salad Ever

Each week I talk with Brian Patrick on Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods & herbs. This week we talked about the Doctrine of Signatures, sometimes called “God’s Pharmacy”. There’s lots of information about this, and I’m concentrating

today on those items that were part of the ancient diet during Bible days.


God’s Pharmacy/Doctrine of Signatures  (the Doctrine of Signatures means that if the shape of a plant or food looks like or corresponds to something on the body it is good for that part of the body  – God left us clues as to which foods are best for our health.


Beans:  2 Samuel:


They brought David…..serving bowls, wheat and barley flour, parched grain, lentils, honey, butter, cheese and beans.


Kidney beans are shaped like our kidneys and they are known to maintain healthy kidney function.  The healing power of beans include stabilizing blood sugar, reducing the risk of some cancers. Plus they are full of protein, and soluble fiber, the kind which helps remove cholesterol.



Carrots: Cultivated in Egypt 1000 years before Christ.


If you look at the center of a sliced carrot, you’ll see what appears to look like the pupil. And the radiating lines around it remind us of the iris. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and that helps enhance blood flow to the eyes, keeping them healthy.


Walnuts: These trees flourished in the Galilee region and are the nuts most likely refered to in the Song of Solomoon.



The passage goes like this: I came down to the nut garden to look at the fresh growth. Walnutslike all nuts, are a good energy and protein source. What sets walnuts apart for the Doctrine of Signatures is that the walnut looks like a little brain, and we know walnuts with their Omega 3’s are brain food.


Figs were a common fruit eaten during Bible times, and mentioned for the first time in Genesis.


This passage talks about how Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness and were embarrassed after they had eaten the forbidden fruit. So they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips. Figs are full of seeds and can help overcome male sterility. Figs contain fiber which helps maintain weight and a good digestive system and potassium, good for the heart and muscles.



Olives are another good food with many passages in the Bible.


I like the one in Deuteronomy which says to pick olives one time for yourself and leave the rest for someone else. The olives grown in Bible days were small and mainly used for olive oil. Olive trees were the most prolific trees in Palestine.

They’re a healthy food for everyone, but particularly for women – they resemble the shape of the ovaries and assist in the health and function of them.



Onions, along with cucumbers, garlic and melons are mentioned in the Book of Numbers.


When the Israelites remembered the favored foods when they lived in Egypt, including cucumbers, melons, leeks and onions. Onions were a mainstay of the Bible diet and were eaten by slaves when they were building the pyramids.


Onions look like the body’s cells. Onions help clear waste

materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which helps cleanse the eyes.


Grapes. The grapevine was the first plant mentioned in the Bile as being under cultivation. After the flood, Noah planted a vineyard. The passage in John 15:5 is a familiar one.


“I am the vine and you are the branches. If we trust in God, our lives will bear much spiritual fruit.”


Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are so good for cardiovascular health


The Best Four Bean Salad

I make this a lot during the summer. Here’s my latest variation. This is delicious stuffed into a pita half for a sandwich and incorporates some of the items we talked about.


Salad: Use your favorite beans!

Mix together:

4 cans beans, drained – I like kidney, garbanzo, black and red beans

1 bunch green onions, both white & green part, sliced thin or 1 medium red onion, diced

5-6 tomatoes, chopped small

Handful of parsley if you have it

3-4 ribs celery, diced

1 bell pepper, diced


Dressing: Go to taste on this. I usually add more vinegar, cumin, chili powder and garlic.

Whisk together:

2/3 cup red wine vinegar

1-1/3 cup olive oil

1 generous tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste

1 generous tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste


















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