As Mark Hyman succinctly stated in his concluding statement at the Food As Medicine conference at Bethesda, Maryland (June, 2012), “It’s not ‘Food As Medicine.’ It’s ‘Food IsMedicine’.”
As a physician, I was taught to rely on prescription, pharmaceutical medications. I made a big leap of faith when I changed my paradigm and began using nutritional supplements for healing underlying physiology. But it still came in pills and tablets. Then I made another leap of faith, when I incorporated the use of acupressure and meditation into my practice. It was pill-less and tab-less. But at the Food as Medicine conference, I am being reminded that food should be viewed just as seriously as an intervention as any supplement or technique. We should take the foods we eat more seriously, and if we do, we will be surprised and quickly rewarded with a rapid return to health. What a concept!
With this in mind, I was struck by an article posted today by the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. The article highlighted the ambivalence demonstrated by a Reader’s Digest article on the dangers of eating red meat. Apparently, the Reader’s Digest used research to substantiate the negative health consequences of eating red meat, and then, in the same article, recommended that its readers eat red meat. It is the Standard American Diet at war with the new scientific evidence, which points to a new and better way of eating, demonstrated in the same article. Here is the article below:
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