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Food - Medicine or Killer?

The famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and let your medicine be food.” But that was a long time ago. So, how do you suppose Hippocrates’ healing philosophy can be applied to our modern refined foods?

Cheap “refined” junk food is now available to the majority of the world – even poor, less developed countries. Should these highly processed foods be considered “medicine” or are they really “killer” foods? It’s food for thought, don’t you think?

Heart disease and diabetes are both clearly linked to diet (the food you eat). And, whereas heart disease was once reserved for older rich westerners, it’s now killing more and more young people everywhere – including poor, developing countries.

According to Janet Voute, chief executive officer of the World Heart Federation, in response to a new study, “Unless intervention programs are put into effect now, we will witness a global health crisis in developing countries as skilled workers die or become disabled, women are widowed and older people require expensive medical support for disability related to CVD (cardio-vascular disease).”

And heart disease is not the only problem being caused by our modern “killer” foods. Even if obesity doesn’t increase (which it probably will), type 2 diabetes rates are expected to double worldwide by 2030. But, since obesity is also expected to continue to skyrocket, diabetes will more than likely triple in that time period.

So, in order to benefit from Hippocrates’ philosophy, we will need to rephrase his words to fit our current situation. “Let good whole food be your medicine and let your medicine be good whole food.”

Food is necessary for life. You must eat to live. Today you have a choice. You can choose to eat to look and feel better, live longer and, as Hippocrates believed, you can even use good whole food as “medicine” to heal yourself. Or not! Because you also have the option of choosing “killer” foods. The choice is yours.

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