Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food
You may have heard this quote before from the “father of modern medicine” Hippocrates – if you consider the year 375BC to be modern. I recently watched a documentary, Forks Over Knives, and this was their opening statement. In a perfect world the saying, let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food, would ring true for everyone. Unfortunately, due to our desire to cure everything with a pill and the pharmaceuticals’ goal to fulfill that desire, this is an uphill battle.
The synopsis: “What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially among our younger population. About half of us are taking one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels.”
Can we save ourselves from ourselves? According to the documentary yes we can, but we must first reject the animal-based diet in order to live longer and avoid the three leading causes of death: cancer, heart disease, and stroke. The proof they’ve collected is a little daunting, to say the least.
Though I have little interest in becoming a vegetarian, I am open to having making healthier food choices. For me it’s about quality of life. Who cares if you live to 110 if you get no joy from your sustenance? Personally I’m on the “everything in moderation” diet that allows me to eat one filet mignon per month. But along with the many health benefits a plant-based diet can bring us, the documentary explains the hard facts in our world history that caused the Big 3 health hazards to take a significant dip.
Brace yourselves: So when were these times? When humans were being held in captivity. During the most horrendous blights in history when people were living in concentration and refugee camps. How’s that for quality of life. Can you image telling someone, The good news is you’re not going to die of cancer. I’ll spare you on the bad news.
During these times when people were scooped up and placed in captivity, they were fed a plant-based and whole foods diet. Their pigs, chickens and cows were also confiscated and often fed to the guards watching them. The documentary also makes economical comparisons of how the poor in other countries were healthier because they couldn’t afford animal-based diets, except in America, where fast food is clogging arteries and killing people in the process, the easy choice for someone on a tight budget.
But if you are interested in making a radical change in your life, reversing and often eliminated many of today’s common health problems, and with it your need for a pill, there are some real-life examples in Forks Over Knives of before and after’s for several individuals that are jaw-dropping. Enough so that it has encouraged this meat-loving individual to give them a try for a week and conduct my own real-life study.
Would you consider completely changing your diet if it meant adding years or decades to your life?
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