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Let your foods be your medicine.”  – Hippocrates.

See below the 12 differences between Medicinal Foods and Pharmaceutical Drugs:

MEDICINAL FOODS

  1. Safe:  zero deaths
  2. Nutrients are natural and essential to the body.  If our intake of them is inadequate, we die or suffer impaired functioning.
  3. Nutrients work by supporting biochemical processes.
  4. Negligible side effects.  Consequences of nutritional excesses are temporary and reversible.
  5. Nutrients work best in supportive combination with each other.  Nutrition is like a chain: all of the links have to be strong in order to achieve meaningful results.
  6. Dietary supplements are best taken with meals, where they are more efficiently absorbed and also enhance the assimilation of other nutrients in the meal.
  7. Nutrients do not produce a response in everyone.  Taking a particular vitamin is unlikely to be helpful unless you have a pre-existing need for it.
  8. Nutrients tend to work gradually, over long periods of time.  It often takes months to achieve results.
  9. Nutrients correct the causes of all health conditions caused by deficiencies of those nutrients.
  10. Dietary supplements can be safely self-administered.
  11. The elderly tend to need larger amounts of dietary supplements, because of longer standing deficiencies and declining ability to absorb nutrients.
  12. Nutrients protect the body against disease by strengthening immunity and by slowing down degenerative processes in the body.

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS

  1. Hazardous:  1 in 6 chance of being injured or killed by a prescription drug.
  2. Drugs are foreign to the human body.  They do not become part of our tissues, nor do they contribute nutrients.
  3. Drugs interfere with biochemical and enzymatic processes.
  4. Drugs produce side effects, many of which are permanent.  Even aspirin can cause stomach upset, internal bleeding, nausea, impaired vision, mental confusion, rashes, ringing in the ears, digestive disturbances and death.
  5. Drugs work best in isolation from each other.  Combining drugs compounds potential side effects.
  6. Drugs are best taken between meals, to avoid interactions with or dilutions of effect from foods.
  7. Drugs produce a response in everyone, regardless of that person’s state of health.
  8. Drugs work quickly and dramatically.  Results can happen in minutes or hours.
  9. Drugs tinker with symptoms.  They mask difficulties rather than overcome them.  There is no bodily condition that is caused by the deficiency of any drug.  Headaches are not caused by an aspirin deficiency.
  10. Drugs have to be monitored by physicians in order to minimize harmful overdoses and untoward side reactions.
  11. The elderly usually require lower dosages of drugs because they tend to suffer more serious side effects than do younger people.
  12. Drugs cause diseases.  We have in Canada an alarming growth of iatrogenic (physician caused) diseases.

 

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