Nutrition over Medicine: Why Diet is Most ImportantWritten by Jesse Richardson on May 21, 2011
But does medicine always offer us the best solution?
The Problem with MedicineAlthough medicine provides us with a number innovative solutions, it is the position of this writer that a proper diet is optimal in preventing and combating disease. It’s long been determined: cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other diseases that stem from them are primarily influenced by lifestyle. Unhealthy eating habits, inability to deal with stress, and a lack of sleep all contribute to severe health problems.
Unfortunately, more often than not, medicine does not address this as a lifestyle issue. Instead, we spend billions a year on bypass surgeries. Even more is spent on pharmaceuticals.
It seems modern medicine follows the principle of “one drug, one disease.” When it comes down to it, doctors will often offer a drug to combat one specific disease. As argued by Dr. Dan Rogers, M.D, NMD, conventional medicine “misses the boat… with the chronic problems…They do nothing to change the reason why the patient got the disease in the first place. Basically, they treat symptoms.”
And it seems most people are satisfied.
Roughly 25 percent of all commercials in the nation are drug commercials, and for good reason. American culture accepts the above notion of a pill for every ill. In fact, we haven’t made that much progress in the ways of prevention or cures. For example, even after Nixon declared “war on cancer,” some 40 years later we’re still seeing a steady increase in rate of cancer per 100,000.
Clearly, the pharmaceutical status quo isn’t working. But as some have raised, that may be half-intentional. While companies certainly don’t want people dying, keeping them on medication as long as possible is ideal for profits and shareholders. Avoiding prevention and providing temporary remedies is more profitable than ensuring healthy people.
Perhaps there’s just no business in healthy people.
The Benefits of FoodMoving against the grain, we need to make nutrition the primary form of prevention in the United States for chronic and degenerative diseases – not drugs. Fresh, organic foods provide our bodies with the nutrients they need to prevent and combat diseases.
Going Green, Organic, and RawNot only does organic food protect us from GMOs, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers, but they also provide us with accessible, living nutrients. Eating a piece of toast in the morning with cup of tea, maybe having a nice roll or meat and cheese sandwich for lunch, and closing the day off with steak and potatoes means you’re going to be extremely deficient in nutrients.
Instead, we should aim at eating raw foods as over half of our meals. We should likewise aim at eating more vegetables and fruits that meats and cheeses.
Why the emphasis on green?
When we cook foods, we lose the nutrients and beneficial enzymes they naturally contain – sometimes by about 40 percent. Further, when we start with foods like steak – which take an incredible amount of energy to digest – we are putting our body through stress. Consider the difference in bodily work when you get protein through spirulina (which can be consumed in water) to an 8 oz steak.
Not only do vegetables and fruits contain more nutrients, then, but they also contain more bio-accessible nutrients.
So, No Drugs?While there are many superior benefits in having a rich diet laden with raw foods, that’s not to say drugs and medicine are totally useless. Medicine provides great services for such things as trauma care and infant survivability; however, when it comes to disease, the primary formalized approach is care – not prevention.
That being said, don’t discount Western medicine as a hoax. It’s simple an approach of treatment vs. prevention. In some cases, you really only can treat the disease. However, while you’re young and conscious, start making choices the promote the prevention of lifestyle diseases like obesity! Eat green!
Dr. Berka’s Comment“Let thy food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates.
And as it is said, it is so.
Food is the fuel and life force that sustains and maintains the structure and function of our body. If we are eating well, drinking well, thinking well, sleeping well, and eliminating well, we will be well. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Modern medicine is vital in for acute care. But falls short (time and time again) in a chronic care scenario. Chronic illness must be addressed by treating the “root cause” not by suppressing symptoms. And to end with a quote by Thomas Edison in 1903:
Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age. I don’t predict it, but it might be by the sacrifice of animal life human life could be prolonged.
Surgery, diet, antiseptics — these three are the vital things of the future in preserving the health of humanity. There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can’t improve on nature.”