July 15, 2011

"Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine, and Thy Medicine Be Thy Food" - "Food Matters" Documentary

   Just finished an amazing documentary entitled "Food Matters" and can honestly say it is one of the best films I have seen in quite some time.  Consider the words of Hippocrates "Let Thy Medicine Be Thy Food, and Thy Food Be Thy Medicine."  As our modern Hippocratic oath is based upon the philosophies of Hippocrates don't you think it is a bit peculiar that modern physicians receive next to no training in the field of nutrition!?   One must ask, does ones doctor truly live up to their oath:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

I stumbled across the title via some of the food blogs and what not I have been following (see to your bottom left), and while I do not agree 100% with every philosophy presented, I must say the overall message is one of positive change that is doable to each and every one of us.

   "Food Matters" can be purchased online, or viewed on Youtube (I will provide the first two episodes.  Pay attention to the notes on chapter 7 regarding chapter 8 which needs to be viewed on a different page!).   This is a must see by anyone who stumbles across this blog, lots of food for thought here!  Chapter 6 will blow your mind away!  

Educate yourself!

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