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Dr. Oz and Nutrition

20 J0000001UTC 2011

I just watched a short 6 part clip from the Dr. Oz show. Now, I’m not exactly in the main stream and have not seen this show before, although I’ve read some articles by the doc. My skepticism abated when the words “functional medicine” turned up, a medical way of practicing in which the whole person’s systems are treated, not just the presenting symptoms. In this way, a doctor and patient together arrive at the root causes of the dis-ease or illness and can more successfully make conclusions for ease and wellness.

On this particular episode, Dr. Oz plays hosts to four other doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman of the Institute of Functional Medicine, Dr. Wendy Weiner (Ob/Gyn), Dr. David Perlmutter (Neurologist) and Dr. Susan Blum (Internal Medicine). Each of them get the spotlight for a few minutes and are asked what problems they see most in patients, how their techniques and assessments differ from a run-of-the-mill traditional Western M.D. and what route they tend to go first to help people feel better and stay well.

Every one of them talked about food as medicine.

Check it out here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-oz-s-disease-detectives-pt-1

Not therapy, not drugs, not supplements first. Food— salads, smoothies, nuts, coconut oil. These are M.D.s on national television with a billion people watching. They can talk about anything they want. What they are talking about is Swiss chard, sunflower seeds and tahini. They each believe in the body’s capacity to heal itself if it is given enough of the right nutrients and building blocks to do the job it already knows how to do.

I believe in this “Food First” model– so did Hippocrates when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” At a time when what we are doing– pumping ourselves full of pharmaceuticals, cutting body parts out, using bandaids for poor lifestyle– does not work, we might want to think about going back to what does work. Clean, nutrient-dense, substantial, well-sourced food.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. malia permalink
    20 J0000001UTC 2011 12:46 pm

    “relatively new way of approaching disease”? something is totally wrong with that statement…it’s a shame this is “revolutionary”!

  2. 20 J0000001UTC 2011 4:45 pm

    I know! This is the oldest way of approaching disease, the one Hippocrates laid out for us centuries ago. We’ve left food behind, though (as you know) for the more ‘modern’ approaches of drugs and surgery– sometimes necessary, but they should not be our go-to for all of human illness. Thanks for your comment!

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