Intended for healthcare professionals


NHS in England embraces collaboration in tackling biggest crisis in its history

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1022

Food is live medicine. Medicine is dead food.

In recent years, healthcare has become so complex, that it's incomprehensible. Many doctors struggle to keep up with their own specialty, let alone other specialties. There are 24 medical specialties and 88 sub-specialties. How can we choose or afford so much healthcare?

There are three kinds of healthcare: traditional medicine, alternative medicine, and complementary medicine. Complementary medicine (integrative medicine) combines traditional medicine with alternative medicine. All three kinds of healthcare use drugs.

Traditional medicine uses prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, tranquilizers, vaccines, and chemotherapy. Alternative medicine uses over-the-counter drugs, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and enzymes. Complementary medicine uses both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. So all healthcare uses drugs, and patients have no real alternatives.

Drugs are a mixed blessing. They prolong life, but they also shorten it. This is because drugs are toxins and addictions that fool and block our body's biochemistry. This is why drugs have so many serious side effects and adverse reactions. In contrast, nutritious food, which is free of toxins and addictions, fuels and builds our body’s biochemistry. This is why food is live medicine, but medicine is dead food.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 February 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA