The One Thing We Haven’t Tried

Thought I’d give this one a re-post today as it can never be said too much….

A wise man once said:

“Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

Hippocrates is commonly known as the FATHER OF MEDICINE. He believed that the human body had an innate ability to heal itself. I cannot help but ponder why it is we have ventured so far away from this ideal of Hippocrates…Let FOOD be thy MEDICINE!  What a concept right!? Using the terms FOOD and MEDICINE interchangeably (Who would’ve thought)?!  As a society, we have veered so far off this path that it has become almost impossible to remind ourselves of the importance of food.

I think back to my old (pre-nutrition enriched) self and am reminded of some of my old thoughts. I use to think  eating healthy was just a way to lose weight.  I never really believed “You are what you eat.” I would go from one extreme diet to another. I even remember back to a time when I would eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, an apple for lunch, and a Lean Cuisine for dinner. At that time, I considered this menu to be a healthy one! After a few weeks of eating like that and obsessively exercising I was sick for a solid week or two. Yet still, it never fully registered with me that what I was doing was bad for me. ” I’m appalled by my “old self” ways, but really I was just IGNORANT!

Nutrition has been put on the back burner in today’s society; we are not taught the importance of nutrition.  We go from hearing about one fad diet to the next, or about the next quick fix for weight loss which never seems to work long term.   A lifestyle change of eating right and exercising has the power to prevent degenerative diseases, cancer, obesity, aging, autoimmune diseases, psychosis, colds, flus…the list is endless!

Today, our society tends to laugh at holistic/natural medicine and write it off as quackery.  A “Pill for every Ill” has been the adopted motto of today. Headache, stomach ache, depression, can’t focus…No worries, there’s a drug for that! Does anyone ever stop to think, “What is in this drug that I’m taking?” or “WOW, this drug has over 20 dangerous side effects?” Each year, there are an average of 106,000 deaths due to adverse drug reactions. 106,000 deaths! And by no means am I hating on doctors, because they work wonders and save lives each and every day! But what I am saying is, first and foremost, you control what you are putting into your body.  Less than 6% of today’s graduating physicians receive any training in nutrition.  We need nutrition education instead of all of this medication. We have to be the change we wish to see in the world!

HEALTH IS A CHOICE!! Only you can take responsibility for your health which is why it can be a struggle sometimes. You have to make the choice to change your life!

Fruits and vegetables have crazy amounts of vitamins and minerals which equal healing power! YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. Think about it, if you were to plant a tree tomorrow and never gave it water or nutrient rich soil, it would NOT live for 100 years like you would hope and the same thing goes with our bodies! We have to start putting nutrients in and it is up to you to do just that!

I was amazed once I started researching fruits, vegetables, herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc when I found that for almost every pharmaceutical drug, there is a product of nature that has the exact same healing benefits, without the chemicals and those 20 odd side effects! Vitamins and nutrients enable our bodies to heal itself.

Since I’ve adopted eating healthy as a LIFESTYLE and not as a “quick fix,” I have felt better than ever! In the past year alone, I have not been sick one time. I have not taken one pharmaceutical drug or over the counter drug (Yep, no Tylenol! Who would’ve thought that was possible?! haha)

Imagine the money you can save just by eating right and getting yourself healthy. No more/minimal doctor bills and paying for drug prescriptions.

We are living amidst a SICK nation where annually there are:

650,000 Heart disease deaths

550,000 Cancer deaths

106,000 adverse drug deaths

Cancer and disease statistics have not drastically changed over the past five decades, therefore we need to try something NEW!  The statistics for the healing powers of nutrition are out there, they have just been chosen to be ignored. While good health has been proven to work, it does not make a lot of money for the corporate world.

I’m going to leave you with this thought by Orthomolecular expert Andrew Saul,

“We need a new paradigm..a whole new way of looking at things. We need to BOOST health with NUTRITION. It’s really the one thing we haven’t tried.”

*Like if you agree! 🙂

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14 responses to “The One Thing We Haven’t Tried

  1. Good article. Thanks

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  2. Great article!! Was talking about this yesterday with a personal training client. We are so quick to prescribe some sort of medicine. I’ve seen people reverse diabetes, get rid of arthritis, and just feel great with the help of nutrition, so why isn’t it the focus of every doctors visit?? We shouldn’t be so quick to give medicine, but take the time to look at a person’s life, stress, nutrition, sleep patterns, etc. Instead of curing some winter illness we could reduce the risk of all the diseases and illnesses you listed above. Enjoyed your post!

    • I know right! One of my biggest pet peeves in the dietetics world is that it is not mandatory that a Dietitian be in EVERY doctors office! Most doctors do not advocate for nutrition or ever ask questions about nutrition, exercise, or mental health like you said…they typically just ask about symptoms and prescribe you a drug! Ugh! The mind and body can work wonders if given the proper nutrients. Thank you for your comment…If only more people would see things this way!

  3. kcasrkev1

    Reblogged this on Circle Of Mine and commented:
    Great post, Sam! We were taught this back in kindergarten. We ARE what we eat.

  4. Excellent, simply Excellent and so true!! One of your best ever Samantha!

    (I need to learn how to reblog this and hope I can figure it out!) Nowadays, throughout the entire medical industry, the saying is “Food might be their medicine, but let prescriptions be our MONEY!”

    It’s sad to think that when all else fails people will finally eat right. Mark my words, eventually employment in the nutrition field will be booming and it’ll finally get its just respect – however, by that time I’ll be enjoying any food I desire in heaven. Well done Samantha, well done.

    • Aww Ellie, You are too sweet! I always love hearing your kind words! It really is sad how backwards we have things in this world. We should eat what God created for us aka NATURAL things..it just all makes so much sense! Thank you Ellie!

  5. diArta

    thank you so much for this article.. really help me to keep on eat healthy and for my hubby who has been sick for the last 6 months.. some serious disease.. we’re tired for doctors and pills that not really work..

  6. Love this! It sums up a lot of my personal experience with turning to nutrition as the source for health and healing – physical and emotional. My body really lets me know when I stray for a meal or two. I wish there was a good way to get people to LISTEN to your message and those of so many others like us.

  7. I work in health care and hardly any attention is paid to good nutrition. The food people are served in hospitals is scary!

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  9. Great article! I have always tried to “preach” to others to eat healthy and exercise. It is the only way to live a long happy, healthy life. Rarely do I ever take any meds, actually I hate to take drugs. If its not natural it is not for me!

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