Food as Medicine

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As our Society becomes more educated on how our food choices affect our health and wellbeing, Allopathic medicine needs to recognize its value. Since the beginning of mankind, people have used foods to not only fill their stomachs, but also to heal their bodies. Food can affect our health and even our emotions in both positive and negative ways. Allopathic medicine, evidence based science, looks at food mainly for its caloric value: using food to heal is looked and frowned upon, as “Alternative” medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine though practiced for centuries have found their way into Western Cultures, becoming more popular as a way to become healthier. Allopathic medicine is an evidence based science: It breaks everything down into its individual components, whether it is, food, herbs or our bodies. There really is no longer a “family” doctor, we have specialist for each part of our bodies, and these doctors though refer us to one or the other, do not communicate with each other to treat the bodies as a whole. Our bodies work as a whole each organ in synergy with the other. Our foods are much the same; they are not made up of singular components that work separately but all components working together. Using food as medicine gets to the core of our health problems, healing several parts of our body together. A non-healing wound may be a sign that your liver is not working properly. Allopathic medicine on the other hand will give you synthetic drugs to heal that cut, on the surface but does not address why the cut won’t heal. Because our foods are complex in nature and the way we interact with our diets, Allopathic medicine which has a need to break down each component of food and ... ... middle of paper ... ...e relationship between food and people, the importance of the sensation of food, on our senses as well as health. It also discusses some of the studies that have implicated some dietary specifics on certain health factors, being very narrow in each of the focuses to see the importance. It goes into detail about CAM (Complimentary Alternative Medicine) which uses food as medicine, using food as a whole, where allopathic medicine looks only at the single components of nutrition individually. This article also goes into some detail of the senses, such as smell, sight, taste, even the emotional connection we have to our foods. It further explores both Ayurveda and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), using food as an important part of everyday life. All authors hold either a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in the medical fields such as Cancer, Pharmaceutical, and other related fields.
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