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Can’t say you shouldn’t do what your doc suggests, but the below article (sic) reads like pharmaceutical industry propaganda. Dennent makes her point with a quote from the book, Food is Not Medicine, that “taking vitamin C for scurvy works because scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C, but while antihypertensive drugs lower blood pressure, we don’t develop high blood pressure because we weren’t taking antihypertensive drugs to begin with.” This twist of logic conveniently overlooks that hypertension is often caused by too much salt and/or alcohol, too little probiotic life in the gut and too little exercise. By eating less salt, cutting out alcohol, increasing the bodymind’s probiotic life through supplementation and unprocessed foods and by exercising daily to increase blood flow and decrease anxiety, high blood pressure will likely be alleviated and pharmaceuticals not needed. Food may not be a drug, but very often a nutritional approach to what ails us works as effective side-effect-free medicine. If you can’t make healthy behavioral changes, get thee to a counselor who can help you to, or simply do as the pharmaceutical industry hopes you will.—MR

Is it correct to think of food as medicine? Not exactly

The Greek physician Hippocrates, the “father” of Western medicine, allegedly wrote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” more than 2,500 years ago. I say allegedly, because it turns out that quote is nowhere to be found in any recovered documents ascribed to Hippocrates. Unfortunately, this oft-repeated phrase (I’ve invoked it myself) has created a few widespread misconceptions. One is that it’s possible to reject conventional medical treatment in favor of “curing” disease with food alone. Another is that if we develop a chronic illness, it’s because our diet wasn’t healthy enough. Those are big burdens to bear.

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