“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine”

By Arthur Jackson


HippocratesThe words are those of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, 2,000 years ago: “Let thy food be thy medicine. Let thy medicine be thy food,” also “Physician do no harm” and “Physician heal thyself.”

Holistic medicine, the art of natural healing, originated in the Orient (China, Japan, India) dating back about 5,000 years. Some claim that it is untested. Untested? It has survived the test of time!

In 1978, the movie star Gloria Swanson introduced me to the Macrobiotic Diet. This is the whole grain natural food diet of the monks in Japan who live over 100 years without the modern exotic diseases we are living with and dying with today. Many thousands of people worldwide declared terminal are successfully treating their ailments, following Macrobiotic guidelines and given a new lease on life.

At age 91, I credit my longevity to inherited good genes and my Macrobiotic diet. It is said that there is no disease that is not being cured somewhere in the world. There are on this earth: man, animals and insects, all the foods to feed them and all the medicines to cure their ills. We must seek them out.

The older I get the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I am still learning. There are many other therapies for treating disease: Ayur Veda, originating in India, vegetarian diet, Maxwell Gerson therapy, fasting, running, laughing and jumping on a trampoline, to name a few. It is seldom necessary to remove or replace the ailing organ.

I am delighted to find here in Mexico so many Homeopathic Pharmacies. Most are owned and staffed by Homeopathic doctors. I patronize the ones in Ajijic Plaza and in Chapala behind the plaza with great success. In Chapala, English is spoken. They have good remedies for men’s problems.

The Holistic approach is rather than attack the symptom, to nutritionally treat the whole body and aid one’s immune system to do the healing. The symptom (pain, etc.) is a signal that something is wrong inside. The Holistic practitioner is trained to find the cause.

The “war against cancer” has been a multi-billion dollar dismal failure. The cancer rate is still increasing. They will never find the “Magic Bullet.” It was never lost! Your magic bullet is your immune system. Exercise, good nutrition and attitude are the key to health and longevity. Have love in your heart. If you have hatred in your heart you cannot possibly be healthy.

In the Orient it is said that all sickness enters through the mouth. What have you been eating that made you sick?

Doctors by the thousands are studying holistic medicine and combining it with their other therapies. Dr. Andrew Weil is dedicated to encouraging more doctors to follow this path. This could save $ billions for Medicare and save millions of lives. The Red Cross would need many fewer donors.

This change is many years away, but it has already begun. I am dedicating my efforts toward helping to speed it along.

(Ed. Note: Arthur Jackson, an early member of the Ajijic Writers’ Group, lived well into his 90’s, and for almost all of his life was walking proof of his many theories about holistic medicine. He was working on his autobiography, My First 100 Years, when he passed away.)

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