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10 Reasons to Choose Food as Medicine


Posted by AregM

The "Pill for an ill" mentality still has a stronghold in our cultural mindset. But does medicine really get to the true cause of chronic illnesses? A nutritional approach is often a better way and here's why... 1. Mother knows best Natural wild foods are generally far more nutritious than many modern foods. These low nutrient density, high glycemic modern foods are leaving us nutritionally bankrupt and so more susceptible to disease as a result. Of course, natural doesn't necessarily mean edible or healthy. But just like any animal, humans have a natural diet and our bodies work best with the best quality human food--fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and animal foods in the right proportions. 2. Father says so Hippocrates, the father of medicine said “Let food be your medicine.” Even today, doctors swear the “Hippocratic Oath” but largely ignore his advice. Since Hippocrates, many have realized this truth. One of them was two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling who coined the term "Orthomolecular Medicine" which means; "The treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment, especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human body." Today, there are many systems of health and disease treatments based on the vision and insight of people like Hippocrates and Pauling. 3. Synergy and complexity Food is complex and so are you. The two have been working together for millions of years. Science and its main contributor--the drug industry like to identify one element, find out what it does, isolate it and put it in a pill. Nature doesn’t work like that and neither do you. 4. To keep the status quo Your internal status quo is maintained by a whole host of delicate interacting mechanisms. It’s biological poetry. The complex metabolic pathways of your body need raw materials... high quality nutrients in sufficient quantities. Your job is to provide those raw materials. If not, expect a breakdown sometime soon. 5. Sticky plasters don’t work Pills generally fail to address the original cause of disease. That’s why medicine has a very poor track record of dealing with chronic illness. ....Continued on http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2007/05/02/10_reasons_to_choose_food_as_medicine.php
 
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