Let Food Be Your Medicine!
Recently a social media user posted on his account that food can act like natural medicine and help the body regain balance if we fall ill. Nothing was said about healing a disease, yet nonetheless, the post was flagged as misinformation; as lacking content and being speculative and conspiracist.
My question is, how did we get to the point where the belief that food - our actual sustenance - has become an issue of denial for good health? And when have macronutrients been replaced by chemicals in their ability to bring balance back to the body?
Food As Medicine
Hippocrates of Kos was a Greek physician who lived from about 460 B.C. to 375 B.C. At a time when most people attributed sickness to superstition and the wrath of the gods, Hippocrates taught that all forms of illness had a natural cause. Although he established the first school devoted to teaching the practice of medicine, he is also credited by many with the saying, ‘let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food’.
Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. Hippocrates considered nutrition one of the main tools that a doctor can use. More than that, dietary measures play a lead part in the original oath of Hippocrates.
The original Greek oath, literally translated, says: “I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgment; I will protect them from harm and injustice.” And the word "diet" in the text has the meaning of a lifestyle regime, with a focus on both food and exercise. Sometimes it’s just translated as: dietetic measures.
Yet in the modern translations of the oath, the central importance of diet is often hidden. English Wikipedia for example turns it into: “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing.” (Dr.GoodFood.org)
Today, and especially after the madness of the coronavirus and implementation of vaccines as the ONLY effective means of fighting the virus, we have come to the place where proper discourse is not only discouraged, but vilified; where nutritionists are scorned and looked down upon; where medicine has become the literal god of people. In fact, this “god” cannot be contested, debated, or disputed without that person being labelled a fool.
Where this becomes a red flag is in knowing that food - in general - does not harm us. Yet medicine, while producing an effect such as getting rid of a headache, also produces side effects that harm us to an extend most of the time. Ibuprofen use, for example, can lead to nausea, dizziness, further headaches, vomiting, gas or indigestion. In extreme cases, there is the chance of black stools or blood in vomit, pee or swollen ankles (signs of kidney problems).
My point is that all medicines have unintended side effects - often mild - but sometimes extremely dangerous. This is so because in its complexity, the body regulates chemicals to function smoothly. Hormones usually make these adjustments, but with a disease, a medicine might be introduced and take the place of one of the body’s regulating chemicals.
Here’s the problem. Many bodily chemicals regulate multiple processes. So if a medicine readjusts one balance, it may disturb another as a consequence (called a side effects), while altering other unrelated molecules at the same time. (WingsForLife.com)
While food can also be both healthy and unhealthy for us (depending on quality, source or refinement), in general, healthy food will prevent harm by avoiding or mitigating the effects of disease. Doctors know this generally, but it’s hard for them to look at long-term health outcomes like heart disease and cancer and tie them to specific foods. Not only is the process lengthy but foods have traditionally not been tested rigorously like drugs in their prevention of disease.
In essence, if you can’t quantify it and patent it, you vilify and squash it. The enemy is dead: Long live pharmaceuticals and profits.
Food As Poison?
Where food does prevent a problem is in being processed. Nutrient deficiencies and toxicity from a poor diet are linked to nearly all modern health conditions. John Hopkins University reports that some 80 percent of cancer patients are believed to be malnourished, and that treatments used to battle cancer (like chemotherapy) only increase the body’s need for nutrients and very high-quality foods even more. You probably already know that diabetes and heart disease (currently the No. 1 killer in the U.S. and most industrialized nations) are also illnesses that are highly influenced by one’s diet — and the same can be said for allergies, autoimmune disorders like arthritis, thyroid disorders and many more.
Healthy food on the other hand plays a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), helping the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, and much, much more. In fact, certain anti-inflammatory foods even contain powerful active ingredients that help control how your genes are expressed, having a major influence on health, from disease prevention to performance, vitality and the overall quality of life. (DrAxe.com)
A 2019 Time Magazine article stated:
“More studies are revealing that people’s health is the sum of much more than the medications they take and the tests they get—health is affected by how much people sleep and exercise, how much stress they’re shouldering and, yes, what they are eating at every meal. When people eat well, they stay healthier and are more likely to control chronic diseases and perhaps even avoid them altogether.”
None of this should be a surprise, yet Facebook, Google and most of the medicinal apparatus today believes this is misinformation. You can prove otherwise by prioritizing food and preparing healthy meals, You’ll find this always ends up being more impactful than medications, despite the internet’s fact checks.