As i mentioned in another article, the first edible plant in my garden was cilantro. I chose it because, according to what i read it is supposedly good for treating inflammation in the body and i thought it would be good to have around. I was on the internet reading a discussion/debate on garlic. Should garlic be taken as a regular food source. We know that people all over the world use it, and have been for ages. Also it gets good reviews from just about every article written about it, every health professional you look up, or anyone you talk to. Here are some of the things i found on ( http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265853.php ): “garlic was in use when the Giza pyramids were built, about five thousand years ago”; “Hippocrates promoted the use of garlic for treating respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion and fatigue”; “garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, hypertension (high blood pressure), TB (tuberculosis), liver disorders, dysentery, flatulence, colic, intestinal worms, rheumatism, diabetes, and fevers“; “Garlic is also used today by some people for the prevention of lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer“; “garlic is widely used for several conditions linked to the blood system and heart, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high cholesterol, heart attack, coronary heart disease and hypertension”; “Prophylactic use of garlic may decrease the frequency of colds in adults, but has no effect on duration of symptoms. Prophylactic use means using it with the intention of preventing disease”. Clearly garlic has many benefits. Based on the last quote it is not a cure-all. One must find other methods to deal with cold symptoms. My conclusion: Don’t take it as a regular food source in large quantities. Garlic destroys bad things in the body. Does this mean it does not negatively affect good things? I am all for using garlic to treat illness–i don’t want to live on garlic as a way of life. I want to find the source of the problem and prevent the problem. Garlic treats the symptom, but what if you are still doing the thing that caused the issue?