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Food vs. Medicine: Which One Actually Makes You Healthy?

Food vs. Medicine: Which One Actually Makes You Healthy?

“You are what you eat.”

We like to say this, but how many of us actually believe it, and more importantly, put it to work in our daily lives?

We live in a time of widespread unhealthiness. The percentage of American children and adolescents who are considered overweight or obese has tripled since 1970. More than 70 percent of adults across the United States have been diagnosed with a (usually preventable) chronic disease and more than 75 percent of the nation’s healthcare cost being spent on managing and treating these conditions. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60 percent of all deaths.

These statistics are shocking, especially when you consider how advanced modern medicine has become. But perhaps this “advancement” has done more harm than good? Many of these chronic conditions can be prevented and treated with simple lifestyle changes, yet most physicians will write a prescription within seconds of diagnosis.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to “prescribe” a healthy diet and some exercise? Not only would it be easier, it would also be cheaper, reducing everyone’s health insurance costs along with mortality rates. That’s why some medical schools are embracing nutritional training, growing a generation of doctors who prescribe food instead of pill.

Scroll through the infographic below for a comparison of food versus synthetic medicine, and tell us which one you think is more effective.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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10:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2015

I've been slowly making changes to improve my diet, because really I'm not on a diet, I'm changing my lifestyle, one day at a time!

1:27PM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Both, to some extent. Everything depends on the illness.

1:23PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Food is my medicine of choice.

6:32AM PDT on May 23, 2014


2:15AM PDT on May 14, 2014

Thank you :)

5:11PM PDT on May 7, 2014


4:07PM PDT on May 5, 2014

Nice. TYFS. A pill can't correct a vitamin deficiency or detox the body of harmful chemicals as far as I know. There is a place for both in this world but food should always come first.

9:26AM PDT on May 5, 2014

Don't forget that medicine can kill you, too. A 1999 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified receiving medical care as the third leading cause of death in America. Over 225,000 deaths were caused by medical professionals, half of which were caused by properly prescribed and properly administered medication. Medicine came in only behind heart disease and cancer as the country's third biggest killer. So it's not just that our diets are unhealthy - the medical technology we've become so dependent on is often unhealthy as well.

---- Steve

7:33PM PDT on May 4, 2014


1:09PM PDT on May 4, 2014

tks for sharing

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I think it is the right direction! Yes, McDonalds as a company is still not healthy for this planet …

Thanks for sharing

I had one once and she asked the right things.

I learned most of these through trial and error . . . oh, so many errors!


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