Healthy Eating

LET YOUR FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE: EATING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GAIN HEALTH

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, is known for many wise sayings. Two of our favorites are “In the first place, do no harm,” and “let your food be your medicine.”

And we think that one of the best ways to do no harm in medical treatment is to let food be your medicine, so we stress nutrition in our practice. We believe that many chronic illnesses which are referred to as “diseases of civilization,” things like allergies, digestive problems, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and some cancers, among others, stem in large measure from a diet of foods we should not be eating.

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TREATING STOMACH PROBLEMS

Dear Dr. Berger,

I have heartburn and stomach reflux. My MD recommended a drug to reduce the acid in my stomach. You told me that you have found that actually increasing the acid in my stomach helps these kinds of problems. I don’t understand. How does this make sense?

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Overmedicated Kids?

According to a recent front page Denver Post article, 37% of Colorado teens in foster care are taking prescribed psychotropic drugs.

The article states: “Foster parents and therapists say heavily medicated children are detached from reality – as though ‘walking in a cloud’,” and “…use of the drugs has been fueled by pharmaceutical firms pursuing big profits with the help of willing doctors.” According to a court appointed special advocate for children, the medication is prescribed to help “foster parents, schools, therapists, caseworkers – the adults,” not the kids. It reminds me of the book “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” where hospital inmates were subdued and controlled with drugs.

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