Today, most people are malnourished, deficient in many minerals and vitamins. Food for the majority of civilized citizens has become a detrimental input, it has become a toxin, a pollutant.
Is it a coincidence that there is a direct correlation between the increase in processed foods made of the 6 Deadly Whites and the increase in the Diseases of Civilization?
Hippocrates wouldn’t think there was any doubt about it. He would also be turning in his grave, if he could see the general ignorance about food and health today.
Sadly, it looks as if the food industry is the last place to look for good healthy food. Just as the health industry is not the best place to look for health!
Increasingly foods are being scientifically researched and various compounds, minerals and other constituent parts are being shown to be beneficial against any number of the diseases of civilization. What occurs after a food item is seen as beneficial is that all its individual parts are isolated and the beneficial bits, such as minerals and vitamins, are considered as separate stand-alone units. This is reductionism. However, as is being repeatedly shown, it is all of the nutritious bits combined in the eating of whole food that makes all the beneficial elements do as they are supposed to. That’s holism (and reality).
Incredibly in the two and a half millennia since Hippocrates, modern science is only just slowly proving that food does indeed have the potential to be your medicine.
Today with all of our supposed advances in science and medicine, surely it would be reasonable to assume that the chances of dying of old age were increasing, when in fact it is incredibly rare. There isn’t even a statistic to be found for the number of people who die of old age! Instead we are dying from an ever-growing list of deadly diseases, with more and more people taking drugs that are in no shape or form preventing or curing any of these diseases. Incredibly in many instances it is the drugs themselves that are the killers, causing so many side effects that in many instances these prove to be fatal. Unknown to most people is the startling fact that the third biggest individual killer after heart disease and cancer is iatrogenics. Most people have not even heard of this word before. It is a death or illness caused by medical intervention (pharmaceutical or surgical) and it has been completely concealed from the public’s knowledge (even from those employed in the health industry).
This section was begun with a quote from Hippocrates, because he is the undisputed father of medicine.
All doctors take a Hippocratic Oath, but how many actually prescribe food, or even accept that there are definite links between food, nutrition and health? Medical School does not even teach about health, whilst nutrition is dealt with (at best) in a few lectures. Doctors have very little idea about what brings about wellbeing. The ancients on the other hand, were in no doubt about this concept.
Hippocrates wasn’t wrong and he would have been right up for a discussion to argue his point of view. There is a very good reason his advice has spanned three millennia. He didn’t devote his life to nutrition and health because of misguidance. He isn’t seen as the father of medicine for nothing. So to ignore him for any longer is extremely unwise. In fact, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Hippocrates all advocated a vegetarian diet, proclaiming that a society fed on too much meat would descend into one led by doctors and lawyers. These must be four of the cleverest men to have ever lived. To ignore them could be catastrophically foolish.
Another really clever chap was the German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) who had this to say about the truth –
“All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”