Next time you have a headache, reach for some almonds instead of aspirin.
Feel nauseous? Chew a bit of raw ginger. Or take oil of oregano for a stubborn infection.
It is possible to bypass the drugstore and head straight to the supermarket for strong medicines to maintain optimum health, ward off illness and cure disease.
Food is the safest type of medicine to consume, says Dr. Cass Ingram, who can rattle off a nutritious nostrum at the merest drop of a symptom. The problem is that modern society has become so enamored of manufactured pharmaceuticals that people have forgotten the medicinal uses of food. Dr. Ingram is a surgeon, a nutritionist and author of a dozen books on medicine and nutrition.
I wish people could learn to shop not just to feed themselves, but to keep healthy, Ingram added. Wouldnt it be nice to know the right food to eat or avoid if youre ill?
What we learn about nutrition in grade school isnt enough. It doesnt teach people the substances in foods that keep us healthy or which foods fight particular conditions and disease, he said.
Its important to emphasize a variety in fruits and vegetables. When you choose the whole fruit or vegetable, you get the whole benefit of its complex nutrients.
Tailor your shopping cart to address individual medical needs, advises Dr. Ingram.
The foods we eat provide us with carbohydrates for instant fuel; proteins the body uses to build, operate and reproduce every cell in our bodies; fats for storing energy and amino acids for the structure and function of cells; vitamins to help our bodies make use of the fuel we consume; minerals to promote cell reactions; and flavonoids to boost our immune systems.
All that is required is to simply understand which food should be consumed for a given health complaint, Ingram says.
Food has always been medicine. For millennia, food and herbs were the only medicines. The Greeks developed a catalogue of medicines that described foods as cures, and listed more than 100 diseases hel ped by garlic and onions.
The Bible has many references to medicinal use of food. Jesus used food and herbs as cures. The Chinese have a 4,000-year history of using foods and herbs as medicines.
Dr. Ingram cautions against leaping on nutritional bandwagons. He warns against believing every natural ingredient is healthful. Natural heavy metals are poisonous to us, and various natural healers have used ingredients of doubtful benefit, like ground-up dried lizards.
Dr. Ingram reminds people that food is not a cure-all once a serious disease develops, and to follow the advice of health professionals and registered dietitians in fighting illnesses.
About Dr. Cass Ingram
Dr. Cass Ingram is one of the worlds leading experts in natural remedies and the antimicrobial effectiveness of wild oregano and other spice oils. Dr. Ingram holds a Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, and is the author of 15 books including, Supermarket Remedies, How to Eat Right and Live Longer, and the forthcoming, Natural Cures for Killer Germs. Dr. Ingram headed a recent study that demonstrated that medicinal oil of oregano extracts inhibited the corona virus, the virus responsible for atypical pneumonia as well as the common cold. For more information on his books and research, visit www.oreganol.com or call 1-800-243-5242.