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First of all, I’d like to say thank you and welcome to this journey of health! As a physician, I’m often asked to talk about my stance on prescription drugs and medical treatment. I believe there is a place for pharmaceuticals in the treatment of disease, but I don’t believe it should always be the first treatment, and certainly NEVER the only treatment. Drugs should be viewed as a temporary measure and the goal should be to transition off medications once diet and nutritional therapies are in place.

The reason for this is simple – drugs treat symptoms, not disease.

Consider this analogy. You’re driving along, minding your own business, when the check engine light comes on. If you’re like me, you first ignore it and hope it will go away on its own. But eventually you take a trip to the mechanic, but the mechanic only fixes it by cutting the wire to the warning light! The check engine light goes off, you get your car back and told to pay the bill on your way out.

Obviously, the car is not fixed and whatever badness that was happening in the engine is still happening. But this is exactly how modern medicine treats disease. Your blood pressure number is high, so you get a pill. The number goes down but the cause has not been addressed. Same with diabetes. Blood sugar is high, you get a pill or an injection. The number goes down but the diabetic pathology is unchecked.

It’s because high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, most cancers and the vast majority of health conditions that tend to kill us the most, are not the actual disease. They are the symptoms of disease. The real disease is chronic inflammation and poor immune function, most often caused by lack of plant nutrients and the consumption of pro-inflammatory foods.

So consuming pro-inflammatory, nutrient-poor foods and then bombarding the body with toxic chemicals in order to stop the symptoms, simply doesn’t work. It’s why millions of people continue to die every year while on dozens of medications. If the lack of pharmaceuticals was the root of all illness in America, we would be the healthiest country in the world! Instead, for the first time since the Great Depression, this upcoming generation is predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents. Clearly, modern medicine is doing something terribly wrong.

Science has repeatedly shown that the chemical compounds in unrefined, whole plant foods (called phytonutrients) possess the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties to prevent and reverse disease. The equation is simple- diets rich in phytonutrients equal less disease. So the answer will never be more drugs.The solution is to stop cutting the wire to your body’s warning light by masking disease with pharmaceuticals and to diagnose and treat the actual pathology: chronic inflammation. It is the basic tenet of FoodTherapyMD™ and the only road that leads to true health and longevity.

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