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WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 6  21st March 2019

Food as Medicine with Alex Laird

What are the common elements of a healthy, happy life? These so-called ‘blue zones’ and what food has to do with getting there is explored with medical herbalist Alex Laird. There are things we value and things we do not, and culture has a lot to do with this. Tracking the evolution of the spice trade. Foraged ‘peasant food’. Time spent in the outdoors. All of these things tell us about our relationship to value.


Alex and Miles talk about the hidden complexity of the natural world, the dangers of 'reductionism', understanding your own body, a shifting value system in the spice trade, the significance of rituals, and identify some of the common elements of the world's 'blue zones' - where the healthiest people living are…


'Listen to the wisdom that is already there'

- Alex Laird, episode 6


About Alex Laird


Alex Laird was a TV producer when she decided that instead of making shows about people, she preferred to work with them. She began her training as a medical herbalist whilst working as an aromatherapist with drug users and those with HIV. All the while she began pondering the idea that would eventually become Living Medicine, a charity she founded with the aims of connecting medical herbalists to their local communities and the establishment of a World Garden, a place for teaching and healing. She has gone on to set up the first herbal clinic in hospital dermatology at Whipps Cross University Hospital where she is a practitioner and teacher to herbal BSc students and she works at The Haven, London's breast cancer support center.

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About the show


We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!



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