The Lost Book Of Remedies: An Interview With Claude Davis

Not long ago I picked up a copy of  The Lost Book of Remedies by Claude Davis, and it’s a decision I’ll never regret.

Most of the first few days were spent reading it from cover to cover, and since then I’ve been dipping into it a few times a day, always finding something interesting – either a piece of knowledge I’d appreciate, or one of Doctor Davis’s charming anecdotes.

What really impressed me about this book wasn’t just the huge amount of knowledge it contains; it was how painstakingly Claude has pulled together everything he could remember or research about Doctor Davis – his grandfather – and the remedies he used with his patients. For Claude, the book was obviously a labor of love, and his respect for the man who taught him so much shines through on every page.

Anyway, I’m a huge fan of Lost Remedies, so when I realized last week that work would be taking me pretty close to where Claude lives, I thought I’d give him a call. We chatted for a while about what we’ve both been doing since I saw him last, and he finished by inviting me to drop round again.

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Visiting Claude is always an experience. There’s something hugely reassuring about his home. When I arrived lunch was cooking in a cauldron out front, and Claude’s wife was just taking some loaves out of the oven built into the side of the open fireplace. This is living the way it used to be done.

Once I’d said hello to Claude and his family, the two of us sat down and started chatting about his latest book. We talked about a lot of things, in fact, but here’s what we discussed about The Lost Book of Remedies.

Me: I’ve read all three of your books now, and loved them. They’re a bit different, though the first two cover a really wide range of skills, dealing with just about everything. The new one is all about remedies and medicine. What made you do things different this time?

Claude: Well, there are two reasons. One’s personal, and the other is something I think all preppers need to keep at the front of their minds.

Me: The personal one… this book was obviously inspired by your grandfather and his work, right?

Claude: Yes, it was. My grandfather was a huge influence on me as I grew up. I was basically raised by my grandparents, and they were remarkable people. Even by the standard of grandparents, they always stood out as old-fashioned; not stuck in the past, but I would say rooted in it.

Me: How do you mean, exactly?

Claude: They always saw the value in traditional ways of doing things. They were never rich, and they’d known real poverty in their lives, so the modern, throwaway society wasn’t for them. I guess you could almost say they were offended by the amount of waste that went on even then. What they would say about society today, well, I don’t even want to guess at that.

Me: I can relate to that. I’m amazed how much money I’ve saved just by looking if I can fix things up, instead of throwing them away and buying a new one.

Claude: Well, that was a way of life for my grandparents, in everything they did. And they taught me those same values. So I guess I wrote this book – edited it, really; my grandfather did the real writing, in his notes – to help preserve some more of the old ways they taught me. And to honor my grandfather’s memory, of course. That’s important to me.

Me: So that’s the personal reason. What’s the other?

Claude: Because healing is something we all need sometimes, but our modern healthcare system is very vulnerable even at the best of times. Getting sick in the USA can be an expensive business, even if you have insurance. My grandfather healed people because that was his calling. He didn’t ask for payment, but most people paid him what they could. Sometimes it was cash, sometimes a sack of potatoes or a couple of chickens. I remember once he set a farmer’s broken arm and came home with half a pig. Well, the modern healthcare business isn’t like that. If you can’t pay, a lot of the times you’re not going to get the treatment. If you know how to use the traditional remedies old Doctor Davis used, you can treat yourself a lot of the time – and do it just as well.

Me: I sure like that idea. I needed treatment for a minor skin condition a few years ago. I’m insured, but the copayment still put a dent in my budget.

Claude: You could have used a stinging nettle tincture.

Me: And next time I will, for sure.

Claude: Now imagine you weren’t insured and had to pay the full cost. Maybe you have kids to care for too, and money’s tight. Are you going to pay, or just suffer? A lot of people just suffer, but there’s no need to. Four or five generations ago everyone had a load of home remedies for things like that. Real preparedness isn’t just about EMP or natural disasters; are you prepared for an illness you can’t afford to get treatment for? I am, and I want other people to be prepared as well.

Me: That’s true, and I think it’s something a lot of us overlook. We’re so focused on a major crisis that we forget a minor crisis can hit us at any time.

Claude: Exactly! And then, what if that major crisis does come? What’s going to happen to our clinics and hospitals then?

Me: Nothing good.

Claude: You’re right. The whole system will collapse in a hurry. Hospitals run their inventories on a just in time system, like any business. When the supplies stop arriving they’ll run out of things fast. Even basic drugs and things like bandages won’t last long. So everywhere will be overloaded. They’ll be turning people away, and those who do get in might be the unlucky ones.

Me: Why do you think so?

Claude: Overcrowded hospitals with drugs running low? Infection is going to be a real issue. Personally, I’d be a lot happier here at home, with my own remedies that I’ve made and tested myself.

Me: Yes, I see your point. I didn’t think of that.

Claude: You’re not the only one, but I believe we all need to think of that. Whether a crisis lasts weeks or years, people will get hurt. People will get sick. And the hospitals we all rely on could become very dangerous places, both from infection and angry crowds trying to get in. We need to be prepared to treat things ourselves, and we need the old remedies for that. Your first aid kit will run out of supplies eventually. The drugs you’ve stockpiled will expire or get used up. All we’ll have left are the natural remedies my grandfather spent his life learning about and using. We need to know them, be familiar with them, and maybe, most important of all, learn to trust them. Remember, these are all remedies you can make from natural ingredients. There’s a lifetime supply of them out there, if you just know how to find and use them.

Me: Yes, I see exactly what you mean. Well, I’ve learned a lot from your book already, and from now on it’s going to be one of my go-to references. Thanks for sharing all this knowledge with us.

Claude: I know Doctor Davis would have wanted me to do this. He spent his life helping people; if more people can use what he knew to help themselves I know that, wherever he is now, he’ll be very happy.

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Alec Deacon is the owner of Backyard He’s very passionate about survival and he’s constantly looking for the best ways to protect his family - his wife Ana and the two boys, David and Andrew, that are the world to him. He used to work as a hygiene officer in a well-known US company, being in charge with food safety. In the time spent there he learned a lot about food: cooking, storing, freezing, transporting… basically everything that has to do with food safety. He is also a huge fan of outdoor living. Fishing carp is one of the things he loves most and it just happens that fishing is also one of the oldest and most basic survival skill.

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  • How do I get a non digital form ?

    • Hello,

      The Lost Book of Remedies is available in both physical and digital format; the page gives you the option to select the format you desire.

      Alex, from Survivopedia 🙂

  • I would like to purchase the hard copy. Is this possible???

    • Hello,

      The Lost Book of Remedies is available in both physical and digital format; the page gives you the option to select the format you desire.

      Alex, from Survivopedia 🙂

  • II have already ordered a copy of The Lost Book Of Remedies but was refused. I don’t know why but I am unhappy with it. I went over my particulars and found nothing amiss. If I get the chance again I will still buy it.

    • Thanks Paul. Trying to licate one niw. I reallllly want the hard copy of this book

  • Can we get a hard back?



      • Hello William,

        I am sorry to inform you that the author only ships to the mainland USA for the moment. You can order the electronic package (PDF format) by accessing the site again and selecting the “digital format” button.

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  • I want to buy a hard-copy? [email protected]

    • Hello,

      The Lost Book of Remedies is available in both physical and digital format; the page gives you the option to select the format you desire.

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  • I have the same questions as others. Where can a hard copy of The Lost Book of Remedies be Bought? Digital doesn’t work for me as I have very limited internet access.

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  • It says the site cannot be found. I have a bunch of digital books I got when I ordered The Lost Ways. paperback. I figured they would do me no good if the SHTF so I printed them off my computer so I would have them.

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  • how can I get both a digital and hard copy of this book, The Lost Book of Remedies I can not get thru click bank

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  • I made an order this month for books from you…the only physical book I have received so far is your The Lost Book of Remedies..which is very much appreciated. However, I was under the impression when making the order online it was my understanding that I would also receive at least one other physical book about The Lost Book of planting, seeds etc…but to date all I have is opportunity to download the books. I wanted the one for a Christmas gift on gardening and planting. Please let me know if this was my misunderstanding or if not..that the book is on its ways?

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  • would like to order book (hard copy) with out having to watch the video yet again. nice but it takes too long.

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      Just scroll down and you should be able to see them. If you need any further assistance, please contact us.

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  • I would like to order the book by mail. Margaret J. Cook 754 Manley Rd. Griffin, Ga. 30223

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  • Hi, I have just ordered a copy (both electronical and hard copy) of the book. In the video there was being mentioned their would be 2 books for free as well, but I did not see them in my order though. I hope they will be included as well. 1 is the SHTF Medical Garden and the 2nd is Disaster Medicine Guidebook. Thank you, Kind regards, Meriel De Decker

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  • I just bought the 3 book set for my grandsons wife who live in NC. The young couple desire to live off the grid someday. You book is and excellent beginners book to knowing that local weeds can be found and used for good health. I hope one day Lilly will aspire to be an herbalist……she justs needs a beginning. Thank you Claud Davis for preserving your book and making it so easy to obtain.MT

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  • I too am having difficulty ordering the books I desire as it seems to be a difference in understanding between page and click bank as to what’s offered in digital and physical, so I terminated my purchase. I’m very interested but only in physical. Digital may be thing of past post EMP or shtf event. I Google search each individually in website column below.

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  • When I go to the page to buy the book there is a book by a woman about common plants. Then there is a book called “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies”. Is that actually the book you’re referencing? Did you just forget to include the “Herbal” in the title when you referenced it several times in your page? I’d like to purchase but I want to be sure I purchase the right book. There are a lot of nonsense books about natural remedies that I’d like to avoid, and I’m hoping this one will be great.

    • Hello Robbie,

      The first edition of the book was called The Lost Book of Remedies and it was published by Claude Davis.
      The second edition, which is this one, called The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies, was modified and improved by Dr. Nicole Apelian.
      The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies provides a well-organized guide to herbal remedies. It has instructions on how to identify (where the plant comes from, detailed identification guidelines to make sure you’ve got the right plant, with 2-4 color pictures) and harvest each plant, how to make teas, decoctions, oil infusions, salves, tinctures and more. For each plant in the book you’ll find a thorough description on its edible and medicinal use. The book comes with both a Medicinal Reference Guide, as well as an Appendix; making it easy for you to find any plant or ailment you’re interested in.
      If you have purchased the first edition you have free access to all updates through the link you received in the purchase confirmation email.

  • I just purchased “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies” and I was interested in all of the other books being pitched, but they all said “digital only”. Are they not offered in physical form?

    • Hello Robbie,

      You have to click on the image-banner at the end of the article. The one where the book is shown.

      Alex from Survivopedia 🙂

  • I was going to purchase “The Lost Ways” but there was never any “button below” the presentation to purchase.

  • I wanted to purchase the digital and physical hard copy of your book….however, it says that because I am from Canada, only the digital copy is available to me. Isn’t there another way I can purchase all three of your books in the physical hard copy version? My son tried to order me one online, but when it was delivered to my address, it was a cheap, rip-off fake author posing as Claud Davis! How can these scammers do things like that? Now I am even more determined to purchase the AUTHENTIC Claud Davis books! Like many others, I prefer to have the hard copies, first and foremost…..but the digital versions would be nice to have as well! Please advise.

    • Hello Carolyn,

      I am sorry to inform you that the author only ships to the mainland USA for the moment. You can order the electronic package (PDF format) by accessing the site again and selecting the “digital format” button.

      Alex from Survivopedia.

  • I have several of the books but also have ordered several and “NEVER” received Them. They take your money and never hear from them
    Just beware!

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      Hello, Garrett. One of our colleagues will contact you via email Thank you for your interest.

  • I have both the physical and the digital copies of the book. I like the digital because I can do searches much faster. However, the physical copy goes outdoors with me, and I can highlight things that are important, like where they grow best. Thank you. This was the first book in my herbalism quest.