April 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm #398
I am absolutely amazed how some people just seem to accept that they must take prescription drugs for chronic diseases like heart disease and Type II diabetes and even mental illness like depression without ever making any lifestyle changes, specifically: Simple changes in food choices. A diet of negative food choices has also been associated with an increased risk of cancer. I am not saying there isn’t a need for prescription medicine; that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is an absolute need for prescription drugs, but we (namely Americans) have become so used to the acute care model of medicine, that is, expecting prescription drugs to “fix” any type of problem, we are sometimes dismayed at a doctor’s visit if we don’t walk out with a prescription in hand. As proof of that theory, in 2011 North America was responsible for 41.2% of global pharmaceutical sales, and Europe came in 2nd at 26.8%, according to IMS Health Now I must admit, if I didn’t have a medical crisis in my family, my eyes would not be opened to the healing powers of the natural world, i.e. food as medicine coupled with exercise (that is aerobic, weight and core) and stress management. That is why I am so passionate about spreading the word that little changes in lifestyle can make monumental changes in one’s long-term quality of life. I will give you one example of utilizing food as medicine, yet not giving up the tastes of the foods we love. Inflammation is believed to be the root of the majority of chronic diseases like Type II diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. A switch from an inflammatory diet consisting of empty refined carbohydrates (i.e. white bread, sugary treats, sugary sodas) and fake fats (i.e. trans-fats or fried foods) to a non-inflammatory, Mediterranean model, i.e. cold water fish, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats like olive oil would go a long way toward eradicating inflammation in our diets.
I was absolutely elated when I read an article in Psychology Today (March-April/2013 issue) about medical students at Tulane University getting credit for “culinary classes as part of their training, getting credit for food-as medicine courses.” Baby, we have come a long way!!!!
So I guess I need to ask the question: How do we get the word out to those people in our lives (and we all know who they are), who are absolutely clueless to the healing powers of food AND who are heading down the path of physical (and sometimes mental) destruction because of their lifestyle choices.
Any ideas????October 4, 2013 at 7:26 am #597
There are various foods that helps us in relief of disease if we take lemon with water it helps in weight loss and there are various food that helps us.
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