Mentor: Sandra Gray
Medicinal Meals: The Pharmacology of Food Nutrition is the best defense against disease. The Hippocratic oath that each physician takes echoes back to the original medical texts that championed biomedicine. Texts which urged physicians and patients alike to “let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food.” The pharmacological potential of food goes mostly unnoticed in contemporary Western medicine, which does little to elucidate the health implications of foods. The diet has immeasurable consequences on the physiological processes of the body and on overall wellness. The ancient Chinese, the Middle East, and other parts of the world, including South America, have known the power of food as medicine for centuries, incorporating foods with healing properties into their daily diet. Phytonutrients, natural chemicals found in plant foods, help prevent disease, improve health, and enhance the function of genes and metabolism.