Nutrition as Medicine
I will open with some pertinent quotes:
Thomas Edison once said "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Ben Franklin said "The best doctor gives the least medicines." Other anonymous quotes are "Just because you're not sick doesn't mean you're healthy" and "True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington."
The foundation of health stands on whole minimally processed foods grown on organic nutrient and microbe rich soil. All life and energy on this planet comes from the Sun and only plant life can harness this energy and convert it into a form that can be assimilated by animal life forms. The closer our food is to the Sun, the more alive, healthy and youthful we are. That is why I recommend that every meal contains raw fresh produce. Some choices such as kale, collards and berries are the most nutrient rich. There is no drug that can replace the phytonutrients found in fresh produce and the fresher the better. Ideally, we would all garden during the growing season and pick food fresh from our garden.
My 'Diet for Life' goes into detail regarding diet. It does not cover in any detail the importance of detoxification. Most people eat far too many processed, dead food including overly cooked animal proteins. These are not only hard to digest as they lack naturally occurring enzymes but they also promote the accumulation of toxic waste in the body putting a burden on the liver and other organs of elimination (even the skin!). The foods we choose can either burden us or empower us. However, I do not condone long term vegetarian diets or dairy as a replacement for some fish, fowl and occasional red meats and eggs. My highly recommended green leafy and berry smoothies help cleanse the body as does the simple apple diet.
In today's toxic and stressful world, healthy is not easily achieved without power tools including high speed blenders and juicers which can extract out far more live phytonutrients and enzymes than we can with our teeth. The body only needs a certain amount of fiber to pass through and cleanse the intestinal tract. Any more is a burden and can remove helpful hormones and nutrients. The benefit of a juicer is that the juice/nutrients are separated from the inanimate fiber so that one can consume large quantities of the life giving juice without excess fiber.
Every physician should learn and practice such dietary principles and not say what a doctor friend of mine used to say: "You get all the nutrients your body needs at McDonalds; fat, protein and carbohydrate." I'm sure he still teaches his patients the same. I interview every patient regarding their diet and provide nutritional counseling as there is no optimal health without optimal diet.
Try to eat organic and GMO free and obtain food in forms that were available hundreds of years ago. Don't fall for clever advertising or packaging. Eat protein first to improve its digestion or eat it alone which will lower insulin, sugar and weight. End your meals with greens or salads. Eat fruit more between meals except for berries which I believe can go with any food to some degree. Eat more alkaline foods than acid forming foods (means more greens and most fruits). Do not over eat seeds and nuts which is a common cause of digestive complaints as is dairy consumption.
Technology has made its contribution to nutrition and all persons would benefit from a general nutritional supplement program (see protocol section) to which can also be added problem specific nutrients. Numerous treatment protocols that I have witnessed repeated success with are detailed in our protocol section.
In summary, we need to teach our children about optimal nutrition, food as medicine, the value of soil preservation, organic farming and avoidance of genetic manipulation of our food sources so that this legacy can be passed onto future generations. Eventually, I hope that the medical field will endorse and carry the torch for this.
Our integrative medicine doctor in Palmyra services patients from various locations such as Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, York, Elizabethtown, Hummelstown, Annville, Chambersburg and Reading, PA.