By Gladys T. McGarey & Eveline Horelle Dailey
The strongest and oldest underground movement in all the world is the world of Old Ladies. They are the roots of plants which are seen and unseen and they hold the earth together. This is The Tree of Life.
The “World Needs Old Ladies” brings to us the lifetime experiences of Dr. Gladys McGarey and Eveline Horelle Dailey as they tell us stories of understanding, joy, wonder and pain that these old ladies have lived.
Just as life flows in The Tree of Life from its roots, up its trunk, into the roughness of its bark, grows its branches, glories in its blossoms and produces its seeds this book shows us how we too can Age Into Health.
In the story of life itself you can find the secrets of living.
After the manuscript of this book went to the type setter we came across some research validating that The World Needs Old Ladies.
According to Kristen Hawkes, an anthropologist at the University of Utah, who proposed the ‘grandmother hypothesis’, which states, “Grandmothering was the initial step toward making us who we are.” Her theory explains menopause and the under-appreciated evolutionary value of grandmothering which helped us develop “a whole array of social capacities that are then the foundation for the evolution of other distinctly human traits, including pair bonding, bigger brains, learning new skills and our tendency for cooperation.”
She questioned why the human female lives far beyond her childbearing age and goes through the menopause, which other primates do not. Since the human female evolved into the only primate who is able to live many years beyond her child bearing years she was able to care for the children her daughters were bearing and give them individual attention as they grew and developed new skills and emotional attachments.
We humans are not able to care for ourselves as early as other primates so we need someone to take care of us as we grow and learn. In caring for her grandchild the grandmother learned new things which she was able to teach because she had the time and realized the importance of what she had learned. Men were too busy with manly things and younger women were too busy with baby things so here comes grandma. Now a child has someone who not only can take care of her physical needs, but can also help her notice a flower or a butterfly. If she gets hurt there is someone who cares and has the time to help.
Hawkes also states that without menopause “ all children would still be dependent on their mothers for survival, so once older mothers died, many young offspring would die too. …..Grandmothering gave us the kind of upbringing that made us more dependent on each other socially and prone to engage each others attention. This trend, drove the increase in brain size, along with longer lifespan.”
So, you see, even before history was being recorded, Old Ladies were shaping and helping us develop as humans. We certainly cannot let our jobs become obsolete now when there is so much which needs to be remembered and done and who is better than us, Old Ladies, to do them? We, who have experienced all phases of life, know what is important to pass on to our children and what is best to let go of. We don’t have the strength and energy to carry heavy loads of used up useless things which seemed so important when we were younger, so what we pass on will be what creates the kind of people who love each other and love all things living and not living in our universe, things of the mind and spirit and the God which is Love.
“Intriguingly written in alternating voices of doctor and patient, The World Needs Old Ladies presents a fearlessly inspired growth map to a life of physical, emotional and social holistic health. The clear and comforting voice of Dr. Gladys resonates indelibly throughout this informative and optimistic volume, as we are led through over 90 years of the doctor’s globe tested approaches towards wellness and the greater good.
Under the overarching metaphor of the Tree of Life, Dr. Gladys draws vivid vignettes from her experiences in India and Afghanistan as well as her long medical agency in Arizona. A remarkable multigenerational medical family is revealed as we are enlightened with the compassionate wisdom and practical substance of “Living Medicine”, spanning issues as divergent as birth to death, motherhood to Mother Goose, and romance to remedies. While acknowledging technological advances, timeless recipes describing what works best are also disseminated with generosity, wit and humor.
As the reader reflects upon the down-to-earth knowledge and healing power of both doctor Gladys and patient Eveline, a reciprocal healing takes place. The doctor and patient coalesce into the reader’s “physician within”, who, by reading this book, gains trust, courage and confidence to search out and make decisions that may not be conventional but are effective.”
~ Gilah Yelin Hirsch – Artist, Professor of Art
“”Dr. Gladys McGarey is a shining light of wisdom, humor, and depth. Her latest book The World Needs Old Ladies points to a potent truth: old women hold wisdom, grounding, and strength for their families, communities, and the entire planet. And its high time that we all realized and celebrated this living resource among us.””
~ Christiane Northup M.D.
“Now that I have devoured this delicious book, I simply must pass it on Teatime, with two elegant, seasoned, wise old ladies, sharing wisdom on Life, & Health. What could possibly be more fun? And,oh, what you can learn”
~ Karilee H. Shames PhD, RN, A-HNC
“Sturdy and strong, bearing witness to all life’s seasons, rooted so deeply in the earth, generously branching out to encourage new growth and even providing sanctuary for a fragile robin’s nest, the wonders of a tree is a perfect metaphor for the life of Dr. Gladys McGarey. Because of wisdom in her works like The World Needs Old Ladies I continue to find my own roots and grow.”
~ Naomi Judd
About the Authors
Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D. (H)
Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D. (H), has been a family physician for more than sixty years. She is board certified in Holistic and Integrated Medicine. She is internationally known for her pioneering work in holistic medicine, natural birthing and the physician-patient partnership. She was the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Foundation. She is known as the Mother of Holistic Medicine. Her work through her foundation, The Foundation For Living Medicine has helped expand the knowledge and application of holistic principles through scientific research and education. She and her Foundation are currently actively involved in healthcare reform. Their recently published position papers that articulate a new vision for healthcare are widely distributed. She is author of three books, “The Physician Within You,” “Born To Live,” and “Living Medicine.”
Pioneering Accomplishments Include:
• Co-Founder, the American Holistic Medical Association
• Pioneered Fathers in the Delivery Room
• Co-Founder, the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine
• Created only ARE Clinic based on the work of Edgar Cayce
• First to utilize acupuncture in the US and trained other physicians how to use it
• The International Academy of Clinical Hypnosis began in her living room246 247
* Founded the Gladys Taylor McGarey Medical Foundation to bridge the gap between holistic and traditional medicine.
• Taught safer birthing practices to rural women in Afghanistan resulting in a 47% decrease in infant and small child mortality
• Created a task force comprised of more than 100 holistic physicians and other professional healthcare providers to envision a new medical model in response to the need for healthcare reform and work toward its implementation
Eveline Horelle Dailey
Bare words and stories Eveline Horelle Dailey use to capture her nature and to explore her personal potential makes her a writer.
She paints when a canvas calls for it; she weaves when the rhythm of the loom demands attention but she writes and dances with her muse.
French brings texture to her prose.
Not afraid to cross the literary bridge at the center of her mind she writes with passion for those with similar intellect. Her inspirations come from nature and people; they are the source of the colors she sees, and they give birth to the distinct complexion of her writing style.
She is read internationally and continues her endeavors as a public speaker, writer, philanthropist, painter and weaver. She is a multiple awards recipient and member of various associations of writers.