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.
Infographic Source: www.BestMasterofScienceinNursing.com
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