"Let Food Be Your Medicine"
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is quoted as saying "Let food be your medicine," a creed that most raw, living food believers take to heart. While once this thought was deemed strange, even conventional medicine is taking steps, albeit tottering baby steps, towards embracing this concept.
The American Medical Association journal recently published an article broaching the concept that more treatment does not necessarily end with a better outcome The Archives of Internal Medicine announced on April 12, 2010 a new column devoted to reader-submitted case studies in which less intervention, rather than more, resulted in a positive health outcome. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/170/7/584
Rising costs, concern over side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, and the growing number of people with chronic lifestyle-related illnesses appear to be the impetus behind this new thinking among those in the conventional medical establishment. Doctors are seeing more and more overweight and obese people in their office suffering from metabolic syndrome, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions that can be improved with lifestyle changes. The concept of people taking charge of their health and making lifestyle changes is slowly and steadily becoming mainstream.
Key Take Aways
As someone embracing a raw, living food diet, you're probably well aware of the drawbacks of taking a pill for every ill. Foods can indeed be your medicine to some extent. For example, certain foods may calm inflammation. Eating more on the alkaline side of the spectrum and eating a diet rich in plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids can calm inflammatory conditions. Some thyroid conditions respond positively to sea vegetables (but please consult your doctor before trying this or any alternative therapy; depending on your thyroid condition, excess iodine may not be good for you.)
The plant world provides a rich pharmacopeia available to all who seek it. Wild greens, dark green leafy vegetables and other plant sources provide many buffers against disease. Choosing organic foods, eating low glycemic foods, and engaging in vigorous exercise are all healthy lifestyle choices.
Preventing Lifestyle Diseases
The American Heart Association states, "Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer." http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4777 Taking vegetarianism to its ultimate natural state, raw, living foods provide the same benefits by basing the diet on enzyme and nutrient-rich plant foods.
Diet may not prevent every lifestyle disease, but there's enough research now that even the most skeptical conventional medical journals and associations embrace the notion. So eat your greens, watch your weight, and embrace the many health benefits that eating plant foods brings to your life.
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Written by: Jeanne Grunert
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