“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food,” said Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine” He’s also the dude who’s purported to have said, “First, do no harm,” known to many as the Hippocratic Oath, the core of medical ethics. However, that whole oath and Hippocrates story has been researched and is not quite that simple.
But back to food. An essay written by a physician (M.D.) ran in the Washington Post this week and offers some experience-based observations on nutritional approaches to health problems vs. conventional drugs and medications. You could probably fill the Grand Canyon with all that’s been written just in the past 10 years alone about natural health and nutrition-based medicine. Yet it’s still interesting when a “conventional” M.D. offers up some new thoughts about her patient care results involving dietary regimens.
Mushrooms and immune health are featured in her piece. And, just to make sure we offer more value for your money, here’s a good reference on foods and immune health, and why certain foods help your immune defense. The article also advocates for food over supplementation. But, as we all know, if a supplement product has solid, peer-reviewed science behind it, has extensive toxicity and safety data supporting it, and can demonstrate verifiable good manufacturing practices and quality assurance systems, there is place for it in a dietary health regimen.