Webster’s dictionary defines MEDICATION as, “a SUBSTANCE used for medical treatment, especially a medicine or drug.“
Webster’s dictionary defines FOOD as, “any nutritious SUBSTANCE that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to MAINTAIN LIFE AND GROWTH.“
We have a tendency to separate the two words MEDICINE and FOOD believing they are INDEPENDENT of each other. Hippocrates (the founding FATHER OF MEDICINE) quoted, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates understood that food provided the body an ESSENTIAL COMPONENT necessary to maintain healthy FUNCTION. He understood the body was under constant “attack” by environmental, emotional and physical factors and needed FOOD (as Webster’s dictionary states) “to MAINTAIN LIFE AND GROWTH.” He recognized that GOOD HEALTH was the body’s NATURAL STATE of EXISTENCE. Hippocrates understood that DISEASE only manifested when the body was unable to maintain its normal state of equilibrium (GOOD HEALTH.)
What has caused us to lose sight of this understanding in modern times? We have transitioned from providing our bodies with natural HEALTHY foods to RESTORE HEALTH to using synthetic (man made) drugs to alter the body’s natural environment while forcing it to acclimate to this new UNNATURAL and UNHEALTHY SUBSTANCE. Worst of all, we use this DRUG as a FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE in an attempt to restore good health! We must understand these drugs (in most cases) were never developed with the intention of “FIXING” imbalances causing dysfunction. Pharmaceutical drugs attempt to CONTROL the body rather than aide it to overcome obstacles interfering with its NORMAL HEALTHY FUNCTION.
Today, the third most popular prescribed drug is for depression. There is no question these drugs often create change (whether chemically or through placebo) making the patient “feel more comfortable.” They are not, however, prescribed to “CURE DEPRESSION.” Depression is a SYMPTOM resulting in a “DISEASE” that alters the quality and function of the body. It is NOT SIMPLY A “CHEMICAL IMBALANCE!” A drug that helps a person “feel better” is certainly a temporary benefit, but is NOT a substitute for restoring good health.
Now that we recognize the VITAL role that quality food plays as one component necessary to achieving good health, how do our medical physicians typically include this component in their treatment plans?
TYPICALLY, MOST DO NOT INCLUDE QUALITY FOOD! Their curriculum limits their nutritional training to 0-1 hour of class time during their entire medical education.
How do they address the lifestyle components of depressions allowing the body to restore itself to functioning in a NORMAL, healthy manner (in addition to prescribing medication?)
MOST END THEIR TREATMENT PLANS WITH THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG, PERIOD!
It is important to understand this same concept can be applied to many SYMPTOMS (often confused with the word DISEASES) people face today including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain types of diabetes, obesity, vascular symptoms and even cancer. It is important to understand that pharmaceutical drugs certainly play a legitimate role as ONE TOOL capable of being used within a TREATMENT PLAN to help a patient overcome obstacles interfering with their ability to RESTORE GOOD HEALTH. It is not, however, the END ALL “solution” to ANY DISEASE!
If an individual chooses to RESTORE GOOD HEALTH and MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH, the FIRST MEDICINE they must turn to (unless it is an acute life threatening condition) is FOOD. It is not an easy concept to believe that food offers real legitimate healing capabilities because we have learned to view food for its entertainment value. We base its consumption on flavor and taste and have discarded its important contribution to immune function (and autoimmune disease,) brain function (dementia,) cardiac function (blood pressure, cholesterol and vascular disease,) liver and gall bladder function (detoxifying and fat metabolism) gastrointestinal function (digestion and ABSORPTION) and so many other system requirements for healthy living.
For those tired of relying on prescription drugs to simply “get by” or get through another day, it might be time to consider returning to the BEST MEDICATION ever known to mankind; QUALITY FOOD! It requires more than simply adding some fruits and vegetables to a current lifestyle. It will likely require professional guidance; similar to the guidance needed when people hire investment counselors to help manage their lifetime savings. For those willing to commit themselves to this idea, the benefits will far exceed the cost and side effects prescription drugs taken for indigestion, diabetes, cardiac conditions, obesity, etc… are known for CAUSING. If you are not convinced, I suggest you ask your own family physician if he or she believes that regularly eating QUALITY FOODS while incorporating reasonable exercise, proper rest, stress reduction, proper hydration and quality social interaction (with family and friends) can potentially remove most if not all need for synthetic prescriptive drugs! If they happen to disagree, ask them if THEY REGULARLY EAT QUALITY FOODS while incorporating reasonable exercise, proper rest, stress reduction, proper hydration and quality social interaction (with family and friends) IN THEIR LIVES. You just might be surprised by their response and answer!