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Lifestyle medicine: a new medical specialty?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 25 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4442

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Food is live medicine. Medicine is dead food.

Healthcare is hell. The more we get, the worse we feel. There are 24 medical specialties and 88 sub-specialties. How can we choose, afford, or survive 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. So healthcare needs selfcare.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 October 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA