Eat your vitamins and minerals; make food your medicine
Picture this: you’re not feeling well, so you make an appointment with your doctor. After listening to you describe what ails you, he goes behind a door, and when he returns, hands you a bouquet of fresh vegetables and fruits, with a neatly tied bow and a tag saying, “prescription."
Laugh if you will, but that’s exactly what our doctors should do. Hippocrates (known as one of the most outstanding physicians of all time) said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Now if you’re wondering whether you should be taking any food supplements, you should because we live in a world that works against the optimization of our bodies.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you are able to eat a 100% organic diet, but many people are forced to consume at least some non-organic produce, which often contains less nutrients than your body requires.
Difference between food supplements and multi vitamins
Enter whole food supplements: these - and not synthetic vitamins and minerals - are recognized by the body as food, and because of that, the body knows what to do with them. But lab-made vitamins and minerals...well, generally, they come out as expensive wee, rejected as a foreign substance the body can’t utilize.
Anyway, the synthetic variety also demands that you know how to take them so they don’t harm you. For instance, Consumer Lab says, “If you take a large dose of a mineral, it will compete with other minerals to reduce their absorption.” And here’s another one: “if you take a calcium supplement, take it at a different time of day than other mineral supplements or a multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement.” Let’s not discuss this more. It’s way too confusing.
At the end of the day, all you need to know is that unlike synthetic vitamins and minerals, food supplements are beneficial, will not harm, and work with the body to heal and prevent disease.
Medication: bad Pharma. Homeopathic: good Kharma
Wendell Berry said, “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, who pays no attention to food.”
Now, there’s a place for medication (those who have had toothache get it; cayenne pepper or cloves just won’t cut it as a painkiller for mouth aches), but just about all medications work against other parts of the body (disclaimed in the tiny text under “side effects” on the leaflet in the box).
Homeopathic medicine, on the other hand, works with the body to heal, and it won’t harm.