The History of Wine as a Medicine: From Its Beginnings in China to the Present Day

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Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2019 - Wine - 155 pages
This unique book is the first to describe mankinds 5,000 year history of using wine as a medicine. Wine is our oldest, most documented and best preventative medicine. It reduces the rate of death from all causes by up to 50% by minimising vascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes by up to 50% and dementia by up to 80%.

This text rewrites the history of wine by showing that the first grape wine was actually made in China and not Georgia, as current theory suggests. It contains a unique detailed chronology of wine as a medicine from 9,500 years ago in China until today. It also details some interesting stories about wine, such as its use to help keep convicts alive during their long voyage to Australia, its use in Australian lunatic asylums, Australias many Wine Doctors such as Penfold and Lindeman, and the American Presidents who championed wine.

The book also contains a chapter on one of the main health components of wine, namely resveratrol; written by Professor Joseph Maroon, the famous American neurosurgeon for the American NFL who is an expert on concussion injuries and a great advocate for the use of resveratrol to delay the aging process. It shows that the best way to absorb resveratrol is as a liquid via the buccal mucosa or lining of the mouth and not as pills or capsules. That is why it is best to swirl wine around in your mouth for a minute or two before swallowing it, to absorb more resveratrol.

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About the author (2019)

Dr Philip Anthony Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc, PhD, MD, FRSN, FRSM, is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also a Research Fellow at Western Sydney University and the Vice Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Northern Cancer Institute, Sydney. He is a family physician and medical historian, who believes that disease has not been given its due recognition as a major contributing factor to the history of mankind, a situation he wishes to correct. He has published 17 books about wine and medical history, and, after completing his PhD, decided to take the topic of wine and health one step further through making wine even healthier by inventing the world's first full strength Resveratrol Enhanced Wine. His current research focuses on the role of disease in the demise of the Sumerian and Indus Valley Civilizations, a topic so far ignored by ancient historians and archaeologists.

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