Food As Medicine – Back To The Basics


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates ca 400 BC

After a conversation with my nearly 82-year old mother last night, my mind keeps returning to this idea and wondering how our society could have gotten so far away from it. I called to check in on her, as I do 1-3 times per week, and when I asked how she was doing, she replied that she had not been doing well and felt so bad the day before that she was unable to go to my nephews 28th birthday party.

When I asked her what was going on she replied that she just hurts in about 45 places and I could tell that was also very emotionally discouraging. Unfortunately, she lives by herself and doesn’t feel able to safely or comfortably cook anymore, so she is living off of going to fast food places and having leftovers to last a day or two, combined with things like bowls of cheerios with milk and banana, etc.

I am sure that sounds really “ok” to many people, but I have been into healthy eating for over 30 years, and it just makes me cringe. It also makes me really sad because I live 1,500 miles away and don’t feel like I can do that much to help her out. I made all her meals and snacks for two weeks when I visited a couple months ago. During that time, it seemed like she felt better in general so I made many suggestions to her and other family members, who at least live in the same city as her, to try to support her in continuing to eat in a healthier way because I know that it is very important and can make all the difference in the world to someone who has huge health issues. (She has some extreme asthma and is on oxygen, as well as diabetes, arthritis and some kind of heart arrhythmia issue or something that I have not understood yet, along with who knows what else.) I have also invited her several times to come and live with me or visit me for a period of time to help her out, but she does not feel she can travel that far, and she doesn’t want to move away from the city where she has lived for over 50 years, her friends, etc.

I have read about so many people who have had amazing healing experiences simply as a result of eating healthier, cultivating a joy for life, finding peace and reducing stress, and exercise that it saddens me to see so many people eating the way they do and having so many intense and life-robbing ailments. Such as the story of Dr. Terry Wahls who was put in a wheelchair by secondary multiple sclerosis but restored her health and got out of the wheelchair (now riding her bike 5 miles to work daily) primarily through dietary changes which she then wrote a whole (get her protocol book here and read more about her here).

There is also Dr. Richard Schulze who was diagnosed at age 16 with a congenital heart deformity that was told he would need major heart surgery to correct or die by the age of 20 if he did not have it done as his heart would not be able to function adequately to keep him alive. He also healed his heart completely using diet and herbs, etc.

There is also the case of Dr. William Donald Kelley (a dentist from Texas), who cured himself of cancer using an enzyme protocol developed in the early 1900’s by an English physician, Dr. John Beard, and went on to assist over 33,000 terminally ill cancer patients to heal themselves using the same method (read more here).

I think that even back in the day of Hippocrates, he had worked enough with people to have observed the magical ability of our bodies to heal when they are supported by better nutrition and a more optimal environment than caused the issue. However, it seems that we have had so many technological advances, that people have shifted to rely more on pills, surgery and interventions to address ailments than to remember this age-old wisdom and message. This, along with corporations who are more interested in making food cheaper, less expensive, more shelf stable, etc., than having it be healthy for the consumers and the planet have clouded over the ancient honest wisdom of Hippocrates.

The wisdom that every single one of us makes the choice with every morsel we put into our mouths, every drink we take, every lotion, deoderant, shampoo, beauty product, perfume, etc, we put on our bodies, how our health will be and how we will impact the planet by guiding companies with our dollars about what to make and what simply won’t be supported and tolerated.

Think about it….

What does your baby, daughter, son, husband, wife, and your own body deserve?

Mamis help to guide the world; babies inspire and motivate us to do and be our best, as a caretaker, a role model, and an inspiration. Step into your power and make the choices to create the happiest healthiest you so you will still be dancing and singing in the streets at age 82.

I hope these thoughts and linked articles and books have been helpful for suggesting some things to make your life happier and healthier as well as provide some inspiration and motivation to make beneficial changes.

Please feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Do you practice a food as medicine way of eating?      What kinds of benefits have you experienced from making dietary changes?

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