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September 19, 2010

“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:45 am

No, the title of this post is not the latest advice from Dr. Oz.  It was Hippocrates who was the author of this famous quote, thousands of years ago, although Dr. Oz would probably agree, at least somewhat, with this statement.   Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician (460-377 BC), who is considered to be the father of modern medicine.   Hippocrates also said: “IF you feed a cold, THEN you will have to starve a fever.”  This advice is still quoted today, but with the IF and THEN left out.  

After I suffered a stroke about two months ago, I was prescribed a statin drug to lower cholesterol and also some medication to lower blood pressure.  I was not advised to change my diet; in fact, I was not even asked what I had been eating that might have led to a stroke. Doctors today just assume that a person whose diet habits have caused them to have a stroke will not change their diet, so they will require medication to control blood pressure and high cholestrol.

I very quickly threw out the medications and went to the medical websites on the Internet to find out which foods could be used instead.  I learned that potassium will lower blood pressure as effectively as medication.  After only one day of eating foods high in potassium, I was able to lower my blood pressure to the number recommended by the doctor.

Just recently Dr. Oz mentioned that garlic will lower HDL bad cholesterol and raise LDL good cholestrol. I am a bit dubious about this because I was eating lots of garlic, before I had a stroke, in the belief that garlic would lower blood pressure.  Garlic did not keep me from having high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  I am still eating garlic every day because it kills both bacteria and viruses. (I’m hoping garlic will protect me from the latest “superbug” that is now a world wide threat.)

Dr. Oz also recently mentioned that five foods will eliminate cancer cells as soon as they start to grow.  These foods include strawberries and cooked tomatoes, so I’m concentrating on eating those two.

I’ve learned that statin medications lower cholesterol by working on your liver which produces most of the cholesterol in your body, and that blood pressure medications work on your kidneys.  Dr. Oz said on his program one day that the kidneys control blood pressure.  When I heard that, everything fell into place for me.  My Chinese acupuncture doctor had told me that weak kidneys are the major cause of diabetes.  When I looked up the side effects of the blood pressure medication that I had been prescribed by my Western doctor, I learned that the most common side effect was “renal failure,” which means kidney failure.

11 Comments

  1. Thanks for all your replies. This is great news for my arthritic condition. I knew there were answers out there. I notice after working for hours without food I get feeling better on just drinking water and moving around at my customer service job. Only when I leave ready for a meal, I will only regain the arthritis back when I add too many carbs and orange juice back into my meal plan. I even get a ringing in the ears if the carb content is too high. The greens and seeds sound like a great idea with a little fruit and tea for dessert and that occasional cup of coffee. I’m allergic to eggs, dairy, cheese, goat cheese, and duck eggs as well, soy, peas, cruciferous vegetables, and cane sugar. Brown rice and herbs, nuts, and soaked seeds of all kinds and sprouted seeds with a few beans, and non GMO corn have been my answer. But the orange juice will have to go and be replaced with papaya, strawberries, blueberries, and other low sugar and low fructose and non-acidic foods. If anyone gets a ringing in the ears and blurred vision, it is a sign that your blood sugar is too high. Besides abstaining from high carb sugars, when I do eat more than I should, the way to counter the sugar is to eat greens both fresh and juiced. This will balance the blood sugar by eating the greens at every meal for a while. The body will get more rest and heal from the constant barrage of carbs it is getting. I generally eat my carbs with greens now and at a separate meal eat my proteins (nuts) with my greens. When I do eat meat, I eat a lot of greens and some good oil and have walnuts to help clean the saturated fats from the bloodstream. I never eat carbs and meats together. It causes too many calories all at once for my circulation to take in correctly. That’s not just my opinion, I read it somewhere. A good twenty minutes apart or more is a good amount of time for digestion to occur between carbs and meat, but it should be meat first and then carbs. I’ve read this principle on some food combining charts. When eating any food, it is best to chop up or mince in the blender most cooked foods and fresh fruits other than berries. A uniform size makes for better digestion and nutrition. I love my Ninja chopper for this. We all have something to learn and something to contribute. Take your advice to God in prayer to get true counsel. Those of us who are born of the Spirit have the extra advantage of getting true counsel from God’s Word of the Bible and the Holy Spirit. 1John 3:16

    Comment by Grace Fontaine — July 10, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

  2. My mother is suffering of sugar ,stroke and depression

    Comment by Khayakazi — June 13, 2013 @ 6:47 am

  3. HDL (High density lipo-protein) is the healthy part of the cholesterol, LDL (Low density lipo-protein is the lousy part. Easy to remember if you say H is for healthy, and L is for Lousy.

    Comment by Ame Rican Sovereign — June 12, 2012 @ 7:37 am

  4. Just for clarity HDL is bad cholesterol or is it the good one

    Comment by acgulanes — April 16, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  5. Nice article. I suffered from ulcerative colitis for ten years. I took several medications that were not covered by my insurance (800 dollars a month.) I recently changed my diet, cutting out grain, sugar, and most starch, while eating more broth (chx stock, beef stock, etc.) In three months of the new diet, I am off the medicine 100% and feel better than ever before.

    Boycott Monsanto products. Buy local food from organis farmers. Protest the FDA — they are liars, and Michael Taylor, ex-Monsanto exec, is the Chief Advisor to the FDA Commissioner. Do not trust the FDA. Good luck everyone.

    Comment by Tommy tom toms — September 30, 2011 @ 2:47 am

  6. Its not difficult to find the best diet for us today, If we go back to the very beginning of creation, there you will find the diet that God the one that created all humans and the only one that knows what is best for us has left , we will not have today so many diseases of lifestyle if we were follow his counsel, is found in the book of genesis chapter 1:27 And God said I have given you every herb that yielded seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed to you it shall be for food, then when man sin, veggies were added to their diet. We need to go back to the very beginning so we will not have so much heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer and the list goes on, the intemperance on eating and the craving for meat including fish is the cause of so much disability and death, plants foods open your arteries, animals foods close them, God bless you and help you choose his guidelines, Eight laws of health NEW START 1, NUTRITION make slowly transition to a vegetarian diet, 2. Exercise walking is the best and safe,3.Water drink enough until urine is pale,4. Sun we need enough depending of your skin color and aged do it with precaution and at times which is safe 10 to 11:30am and 5-7pm,5.Temperance Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, tobacco, 6.Air, open your blinds and let the air and sun comes in, and go out breath deep and exhale this will invigorate your lungs, 7. Rest, we need depend on the age 7 to 9 hours of sleep, best time to go to bed between 9 to 9:30 and rest on the lord’s day the sabbath saturday a full 24 hours that God gave to all humans to recover physical and spiritual to worship in holy convocation in the Church so you will start a new week refresh, from friday sundown to saturday sundown we must stop so we can be bless and also is a sign between God and his people that we may know that he is the one that create us and santified us Ezequiel 20:20, Finally the last but not the least Trust we need to have faith and believe Jesus said come to me all that are heavy laden and you will find rest for your souls

    Comment by Dora — July 5, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  7. I believe HDL is the good cholesterol, you want to try to raise that and decreasse your LDL or bad cholesterol. You can raise your HDL by eating foods with omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, trout, Halibut, walnuts, cashews, pecans, olive oil, safflower or sunflower oils, exercise and cut down on the trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils that are found in vegetable oils, cakes, doughnuts, chips etc. cantalopes and watermelo are also fruit that won’t impact your blood sugar as quickly as apples, banana’s grapes etc.

    Comment by Sharon — April 19, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  8. Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements or eating a couple of meals of fish a week may be of help to you in managing cholesterol.

    Actually taking omega-3 supplement in conjunction with a low regular dose of aspirin might be even better – but you should not do so without consulting your doctor first.

    Comment by lgr — September 21, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

  9. While mangoes are high in some vitamins, they are also very high in fructose and should be avoided if you have diabetes or high blood sugar readings. Papaya is good.

    You can usually tell how you feel after you eat something – not while you’re eating it. 🙂 If you feel tired or a little fuzzy-brained, it’s not good for you. If you feel strong, positive and clear, it is. Everyone is just a little bit different. Avoiding sugar, however, even in fruit, benefits everyone, even though some people tolerate it better than others.

    Comment by Sceptic — September 19, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  10. If you also have arthritis, as I do, certain foods aggravate the situation and promote gout. Among those foods are high acid fruits and produce, such as oranges and tomatoes. Mangos are high in numerous vitamins without the high citric acid content. Papayas are high in Vitamin A with no citric acids and can be used in all stages.

    In addition, the mashed leaves used as a poultice is good for insect stings – excluding Brown Recluse Spider bites and jellyfish which isn’t an insect but my son wanted you to benefit from his experience in Hawaii. Also does not much help for the bites of tropical centipedes.

    I drink Red Date Tea with Wolfberry and Red Date Tea with Loganberry for gout, asthma, and sleeplessness. Don’t need sugar. Both teas are naturally sweet and can be found in all Asian food stores. Green and white tea are also incredible antioxidants.

    A cup of strong good old fashioned coffee, non decaf, also reduces bad cholesterol. This can be found in your online research.

    Thanks for an interesting article and have a blessed, healty day!

    Comment by anotheroklahomarose — September 19, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    • Dr. Oz says arthritis is caused by high blood sugar. I think he is right because as soon as I brought my blood sugar under control by exercising after each meal and not eating sugar, I have no more arthritis pain. I have been drinking 5 cups of green tea every day after I heard Dr. Oz say that green tea strengthens the blood vessels so that you won’t have a serious stroke caused by breaking a blood vessel in the brain. Thank God, that didn’t happen to me. I only had what is called a TIA and the damage was not permanent.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 19, 2010 @ 12:33 pm


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