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Food Isn’t Medicine

Food Isn’t Medicine

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There is no single definition of the “food as medicine” concept, but it generally refers to prioritizing food and diet in an individual’s health plan, with the goal of either preventing, reducing symptoms of, or reversing a disease state. Furthermore, research also shows that carotenoids — antioxidants naturally found in some vegetables and fruits — in the diet can improve the blood metabolites of people with liver disease. This book is exactly what we need right now. In a world where misinformation is spread easily online, it's brilliant to have a knowledgeable doctor like Josh cut through the scaremongering and diet culture that we see every day. It's definitely a must have! Lucy Bee (@lucybeecoconut) The point here isn’t to totally discredit nutrition. Of course a nutritious diet can positively impact your health! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that a healthy dietary pattern is associated with a lower risk of certain chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bone disease, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. But they never claim that any dietary pattern alone, like Whole 30 or paleo, can prevent or cure disease. And they never mention superfoods, because these don’t exist—no one food has the power to make or break your health. “Food can be used to prevent onset of a disease up to a certain point,” Johnson says. But again, there are no guarantees because of all the factors at play. Likewise, the American Heart Association recently made diet and lifestyle recommendations that included a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy, and plant-based or lean animal protein to support cardiovascular health.

Likewise, observational studies identified that a healthful diet during breast cancer treatment may reduce negative symptoms caused by cancer treatment, including nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Cost-effective Josh is a beacon of truth in a sea of misinformation when it comes to nutrition and wellness. He approaches every topic with evidence, rationality and empathy and his presence on the internet is much needed. Alice Liveing (@aliceliveing) The development of chronic diseases continues to be complex and may be attributed to non-diet-related causes, including genetic risk, exposure to environmental toxins, or autoimmune conditions. No, no and absolutely not - NHS doctor and nutritionist Joshua Wolrich is on a mission to set the record straight.According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the core of a healthy diet is built on high intakes of a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages, including: These include a variety of herbs and spices, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Clare Collins, a nutrition and dietetics professor at the University of Newcastle, says she would like to see nutrition managed care plans – similar to the mental health treatment plans currently subsidised by Medicare – that give people access to dieticians and nutritionists who can help overcome at least some of the barriers to healthy eating.

The reason why we use food as medicine is because healthcare needs to shift,” he says. “Within healthcare itself, healthy food and honestly just healthy physical activity does not get anywhere near enough attention it should get.”Dr Joshua Wolrich routinely does an incredible job of sorting fact from toxic fiction. A must-read for those wanting to unlearn the toxic ideologies and beliefs we have been taught about ourselves by the diet industry! Stephanie Yeboah (@stephanieyeboah) As is the case with disease prevention, food plays a supporting role in the management of certain diseases. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is “the evidenced-based approach to treating medical conditions with food,” says Clara Nosek, a dietitian based in Modesto, California. Dietitians are trained in MNT, and there are myriad applications for the approach. In some cases, short-term dietary changes can treat an acute (short-lasting and sudden) condition; Nosek gives the example of reducing sodium intake to help reverse edema, which is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. In other cases, long-term dietary changes can help someone manage a chronic (long-term and often lifelong) condition. Johnson points out that those with celiac disease must completely avoid gluten to prevent long-term intestinal damage and other negative side effects. Similarly, someone with diabetes might use diet as part of their strategy to manage blood sugar. Some uses of MNT are even more clinical, like feeding someone through a tube or an IV if they’re unable to consume enough by mouth. As an NHS doctor with personal experience of how damaging diets can be, he believes every one of us deserves to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and with our bodies. His message is clear: we need to fight weight stigma, call out the lies of diet culture and give ourselves permission to eat all foods. At the moment, a Medicare-subsidised chronic disease management plan – for management of diseases such as type 2 diabetes – includes the option of a single appointment with a dietitian as one of a large variety of allied health professionals available for limited number of subsidised appointments.

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