Food and Medicine

In ancient Greek thought, Hippocrates is apocryphally attributed as saying: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Cardenas (2013) convincingly demonstrates that in Antiquity there was no category confusion between what is ...

Author: Yogi Hale Hendlin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030671151

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 196

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This edited volume provides a biosemiotic analysis of the ecological relationship between food and medicine. Drawing on the origins of semiotics in medicine, this collection proposes innovative ways of considering aliments and treatments. Considering the ever-evolving character of our understanding of meaning-making in biology, and considering the keen popular interest in issues relating to food and medicines - fueled by an increasing body of interdisciplinary knowledge - the contributions here provide diverse insights and arguments into the larger ecology of organisms’ engagement with and transformation through taking in matter. Bodies interpret molecules, enzymes, and alkaloids they intentionally and unintentionally come in contact with according to their pre-existing receptors. But their receptors are also changed by the experience. Once the body has identified a particular substance, it responds by initiating semiotic sequences and negotiations that fulfill vital functions for the organism at macro-, meso-, and micro-scales. Human abilities to distill and extract the living world into highly refined foods and medicines, however, have created substances far more potent than their counterparts in our historical evolution. Many of these substances also lack certain accompanying proteins, enzymes, and alkaloids that otherwise aid digestion or protect against side-effects in active extracted chemicals. Human biology has yet to catch up with human inventions such as supernormal foods and medicines that may flood receptors, overwhelming the body’s normal satiation mechanisms. This volume discusses how biosemioticians can come to terms with these networks of meaning, providing a valuable and provocative compendium for semioticians, medical researchers and practitioners, sociologists, cultural theorists, bioethicists and scholars investigating the interdisciplinary questions stemming from food and medicine.

Food as Medicine

Experts are beginning to redefine what constitutes food (materia dietetica, food substances) and what constitutes medicine (materia medica, medicinal substances) in order to differentiate the satiation role of food substances from the ...

Author: Maurice M. Iwu

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315354381

Category: Medical

Page: 384

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This comprehensive book documents African plants used for functional and medicinal foods. It contains more than 60 detailed monographs of African foods, describing foods with various characteristics such as prebiotic, probiotic, satiety, immune modulation, stress-reduction, sports performance, mental acuity, sleep-supporting, metabolic syndrome, antioxidant, and unsaturated fats. Plant description, botanical names and synonyms, plant part used, habitat and distribution, folk use, nutritional content, and chemistry are all fully detailed. The book highlights indigenous African food processing technologies up to the modern era.


Earl Mindell s Food as Medicine

Within the next decade, there will be an explosion in information and interest in "food medicines." Studies involving human subjects will further explore the possible healing power of food, which I believe will gready enhance our ...

Author: Earl Mindell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743226623

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 420

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A guide to preventing illness and disease through nutrition provides information on the "hot 100 healers," explains which foods to eat for which ailments, and discusses product labels, fats, vitamin and mineral suppplements, and other topics. Reprint.

Food Medicine and the Quest for Good Health

Moreover, this kind of mixing of food and medicine neatly inverts the notion of food as medicine that we saw earlier. Eating food as the first line of healing, readily accessible to anyone with the knowledge or willingness, ...

Author: Nancy N. Chen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231508913

Category: Cooking

Page: 144

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What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat are deeply embedded cultural practices. Eating is also related to how we medicate. The multimillion-dollar diet industry offers advice on how to eat for a better body and longer life, and avoiding harmful foods (or choosing healthy ones) is considered separate from consuming medicine another multimillion-dollar industry. In contrast, most traditional medical systems view food as inseparable from medicine and regard medicinal foods as the front line of healing. Drawing on medical texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but local tastes and food practices as well. Today's technologies are rapidly changing traditional attitudes toward food, enabling the cultivation of new admixtures, such as nutraceuticals and genetically modified food, that link food to medicine in novel ways. Chen considers these developments against the evolving food regimes of the diet industry in order to build a framework for understanding diet as individual practice, social prescription, and political formation.

Food as Medicine

"Informed by the theory and practices of Ayurveda and scientific research, Food as Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food provides a practical and lucid model of what food is, how it impacts your health, and how to make the best choices ...

Author: Todd Caldecott

Publisher: Phytoalchemy

ISBN: 9780986893506

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 293

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"Informed by the theory and practices of Ayurveda and scientific research, Food as Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food provides a practical and lucid model of what food is, how it impacts your health, and how to make the best choices in your diet" ... P. [4] of cover.

Food Medicine

... boiling water over a handful of fresh or dried herb and infuse for 20 minutes. Drink 1 cup three times daily until symptoms settle. Check out “the king of the herbs” here in more detail because it is such an important food medicine.

Author: Deborah Harper

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 150432028X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 168

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Want to die young or at a ripe old age with all your marbles and have lived a long and healthy life? Want the tools to defy fragility. Boost your wellbeing, happiness and love of life? Ensure you have the tools to squeeze as much health and wellness into your life as possible. Imagine no more health issues that YOU can’t tackle when you know the number 1 rule.

Food As Medicine

Grounded in science, Food as Medicine is a pragmatic and accessible reference that sets readers on the right nutritional path.

Author: Dharma Singh Khalsa

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9780743442282

Category: Medical

Page: 368

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Did you know that blueberries can increase brain longevity? That kiwi fruit can be an excellent weapon for battling cancer and heart disease? That pears can help prevent fibroid tumors? From Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, the bestselling author of Meditation as Medicine, comes a remarkable book that helps you achieve maximum health by eating well. Grounded in science, Food as Medicine is a pragmatic and accessible reference that sets readers on the right nutritional path. Dr. Khalsa then explains how to use natural organic juices and foods as medicine, and how food can help reverse the progress or diminish the symptoms of certain diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Hepatitis C. Drawing on patient case histories, Food as Medicine outlines the seven principles of "The Khalsa Plan" for healthy eating, details ailment-specific nutritional plans, and lays out dozens of delicious recipes that promote overall well-being. After all, food is not only the original medicine -- it's the best medicine.

Eating and Healing

Traditional Food As Medicine Andrea Pieroni, Lisa Price ... Pieroni and colleagues (2002) have evidence that gathered plant foods exist on a continuum of food—food medicine—medicine as linked to indigenous perceptions and ...

Author: Andrea Pieroni

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482293617

Category: Medical

Page: 432

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Discover neglected wild food sources—that can also be used as medicine! The long-standing notion of “food as medicine, medicine as food,” can be traced back to Hippocrates. Eating and Healing: Traditional Food As Medicine is a global overview of wild and semi-domesticated foods and their use as medicine in traditional societies. Important cultural information, along with extensive case studies, provides a clear, authoritative look at the many neglected food sources still being used around the world today. This book bridges the scientific disciplines of medicine, food science, human ecology, and environmental sciences with their ethno-scientific counterparts of ethnobotany, ethnoecology, and ethnomedicine to provide a valuable multidisciplinary resource for education and instruction. Eating and Healing: Traditional Food As Medicine presents respected researchers’ in-depth case studies on foods different cultures use as medicines and as remedies for nutritional deficiencies in diet. Comparisons of living conditions in different geographic areas as well as differences in diet and medicines are thoroughly discussed and empirically evaluated to provide scientific evidence of the many uses of these traditional foods as medicine and as functional foods. The case studies focus on the uses of plants, seaweed, mushrooms, and fish within their cultural contexts while showing the dietary and medical importance of these foods. The book provides comprehensive tables, extensive references, useful photographs, and helpful illustrations to provide clear scientific support as well as opportunities for further thought and study. Eating and Healing: Traditional Food As Medicine explores the ethnobiology of: Tibet—antioxidants as mediators of high-altitude nutritional physiology Northeast Thailand—“wild” food plant gathering Southern Italy—the consumption of wild plants by Albanians and Italians Northern Spain—medicinal digestive beverages United States—medicinal herb quality Commonwealth of Dominica—humoral medicine and food Cuba—promoting health through medicinal foods Brazil—medicinal uses of specific fishes Brazil—plants from the Amazon and Atlantic Forest Bolivian Andes—traditional food medicines New Patagonia—gathering of wild plant foods with medicinal uses Western Kenya—uses of traditional herbs among the Luo people South Cameroon—ethnomycology in Africa Morocco—food medicine and ethnopharmacology Eating and Healing: Traditional Food As Medicine is an essential research guide and educational text about food and medicine in traditional societies for educators, students from undergraduate through graduate levels, botanists, and research specialists in nutrition and food science, anthropology, agriculture, ethnoecology, ethnobotany, and ethnobiology.

Food Fix

as Reimburse food medicine. Change medical reimbursement to pay for food as medicine through all federal and state health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid for at-risk populations. The data is clear.

Author: Mark Hyman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529388147

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is food. What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. What we do to our bodies, we do to the planet; and what we do to the planet, we do to our bodies. In Food Fix, New York Times best-selling author Mark Hyman explains how food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and are driving a global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more. He provides solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet. Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a passionate call to arms that will change the way you think about - and eat - food forever. 'If you're overwhelmed by the scale of the world's problems, and wondering what you can do in your own life to start, Food Fix is for you. Dr. Hyman deftly connects the dots between education, health, climate science, and the food we eat every day, showing that the choices we make about the food we put on our plates has consequences that ripple around the world.' - Arianna Huffington