I have taken many classes on herbs and they almost always include foraging. I have studied with a couple master herbalists that use them medicinally and in those cases especially you need to be able to use what's on hand. I have also taken foraging classes for outdoors type people where it's less about the connection to the earth and more about survival. Very different experiences let me tell you!
You know how there are some people you just don't mesh with? People that you meet and jsut shy away from and you don't really know why? I don't know. That's how I feel about Susun. I had read her books and liked them for the most part, but when I first met her I just didn't feel the way I thought I would. I was kind of turned off and I think that influenced me a bit, honestly.
I don't really agree with her 100% on diet. However, recent events have me questioning quite a bit what I have believed to be true. So, I'm not sure that still holds any water. I still don't agree with her, but I am very aware that I don't know everything there is to know, you know?
I just work with what I have learned over the years and what resonates with me.
I like most of her message. I like the empowerment part. I like the connection with the earth part. I really love the spirituality part...she's more of a kitchen witch than anything else and I adore that. I personally just don't look to herbs for healing. I look to them as I said, as food. They are incredibly nourishing gifts and I honor that. I jsut don't love it when they are used pharmacologically...like drugs. They absolutely have their place in my life, else I wouldn't have studied them so much. For me though, healing lies in other modalities.
As to the health aspect....clearly people have different definitions of health. I just don't think ours are the same. And that's okay.