When the Prescription is a Recipe?

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This is a great post that talks about doctors using food as a cure. I especially liked hearing that Boston Medical Center has a rooftop farm!

FOOD, FACTS and FADS

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” This famous quote is often attributed toHippocrates. But, asresearch byDiana Cardenas in2013shows, this quote can not be found anywhere in Hippocrates’ writings. Diana Cardenas discovered that the quote started to emerge from 1926 on and really started to get popular in the 1970s.

There are good reasons for the quote to go round, though. Hippocrates considered nutrition one of the main tools that a doctor can use. More than that, dietary measures play a lead part in the original oath of Hippocrates. I

But theoriginal Greekoath, literally translated, says: “I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgment; I will protect them from harm and injustice.”

The dietetic and lifestyle measures are just one word in Greek, διαιτήμασί (pronounce as “deaytimasy”). You may recognize the word “diet” in there…

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