In my view, food (nutrients), is the real medicine in every context for the real (primary) healing process, and anything else that is purported to cure, treat or eliminate disease/illness (e.g. prescription medicine, herbal medicine, body tissues manipulations, exercise, etc.) would perfectly fit into the complementary interventions category, for the healing process to restore health. Here is my argument. I am coming from the understanding that the body heals itself - the supporting facts are that: for any living organism, what is required/necessary for growth, body tissue repair/rejuvenation and life sustenance, are the basic building blocks (food - nutrients, water) and of cause air (O2) for biochemical reactions. The basic building blocks are parts of the body composition and therefore it makes sense to consider wholesome food as the real medicine. On the other hand, prescription drugs and other complementary interventions mentioned above are naturally not parts of the body composition, are recognized by the body (of living organisms) as foreign, the body always tries to eliminate them from its system. In this case, nutrition directly or indirectly, plays a role in getting rid of what the body recognized as foreign (e.g. a pain killer, antibiotic, a vaccine and its adjuvants, etc.). Remember, uncompromised, optimum immunity (optimum antibody levels), which is actually a product of food (nutrients) can do an excellent job in preventing and fighting pathogenic microbial invaders without help from vaccines or antibiotics. More so, nutrients can play a direct detoxification role: by chelating of heavy metals, scavenging of free radicals by antioxidants, etc. However, the opposite is not true, as we all know that prescription medicines are mostly indicated to the effect “take with food”, such that curious people often question “which one of these has the healing effect - food or the prescription drug?” - Certainly, the food is required for the healing process.
Of cause, the point is not necessarily to dismiss the role of what I defined above as complementary intervention, as in a number of ways, they complement the body’s self-healing process, for example: painkiller relieves pain thereby reducing stress and hence potentiates mobilization of body’s defence mechanism to fight disease; antibiotics destroy microbial invaders, thus making the microbial load easier to fight by the body’s defense mechanisms, and vaccines readies the body against attack/ambush by pathogenic microbes.
Humans are living organisms, falling under the animal kingdom with fairly common life manifestations at various levels of organization, and therefore, for a better understanding of these phenomena, we can look at a comparison of domesticated/termed animals (living in unnatural environment, under the care of a veterinarian), and their counterparts, wild animals (living in their natural habitat - natural nutritional environment and no veterinarian).
Getting down to specifics: The wild pigs and the domesticated pigs are a good example, whereby the wild boar can serve as a reservoir for a number of diseases, including foot and mouth disease, pseudorabies, classical swine fever, African swine fever and brucellosis. These diseases can have a critical impact on the domestic swine sector and result in heavy production losses due to high mortality and slaughter for disease control purposes. In addition, E, coli infections (colibacillosis diarrhoea) in piglets, is a very big issue in intensive commercial pig farms which actually requires immunizations and antibiotic therapies, and yet it’s not documented as a problem of concern in wild pigs. Further to this these health problems (diseases) affecting domesticated intensive forming raised pigs, are not much of concern in small-scale backyard raised pigs which are not raised on commercial feeds and are often let out to forage. Worthwhile to note that immunizations and antibiotic therapies are not needed and used in the wild pigs and and rarely needed or used in backyard raised domesticated pigs.
The differences in health problems of the three groups of pig environments mentioned above, and nutritional environment being one of the most important determinants of health can help understand why food is or should be considered the real medicine. It has to be the right type of food (in the ancestral sense), wholesome, and packed with optimum nutrients. If the diet lacks optimum nutrients, nutritional supplements is the key solution.Food Is Medicine: In Wholesome, Ancestral-type Food, We Trust!
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