Hippocrates, the father of medicine was famous for saying, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and what he meant was that eating what’s good for us can keep us healthy and maybe even return us to health if things have gone awry, medically. Before pharmaceuticals and a pill for every ill, doctors knew more about nutrition, they knew what would heal and what would cause disease. As science advanced, natural remedies were left behind in favor of medications and treatments with artificial substances instead of what we already have in our environment.
Dr. Robert Graham, MD founded FRESHMed NYC and often teaches patients about plant-based food options and natural ways of treating illness with food. He points to cardiovascular health issues like hypertension and obesity, as well as immune system problems and some forms of cancer as evidence that getting away from good healthy food is why these and other conditions are on the rise. Even grocers are getting into pushing food as a health remedy. The grocery chain Hy-Vee hires dieticians to work in their stores and provide nutrition information to customers.