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Ancient Wisdom

In today’s world, many of the things that we call “food” are more like poison. As the website Healthy Hildegard (named for an ancient healer of the 12th Century, Hildegard of Bingen) points out:

“Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, declared ‘let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’ The concept of food as medicine is ancient. For good reason. What we put into our bodies is the first and most significant part of our overall health and well-being. The relationship between food and health was an essential – and easily observable, part of every healing tradition…

“Modern medicine has brought with it a tendency toward addressing the symptoms and not the underlying causes of the disease or illness. The drugs often work in a way that allows for the underlying causes to go unchanged. If you have a diet heavy in sugar and processed foods, chances are you will eventually get one or more of those lifestyle diseases. But drug companies can offer a variety of medicines to control or slow the damage. Normally this would be great. But the problem is that the appeal of the quick fix of drugs is just like the appeal of fast and processed food for nutrition. They both miss the importance of food as medicine in terms of prevention and treatment.”

Read more: Food as Medicine: Heal with Food