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Eating for peace

That food can cure illness isn’t exactly a new idea.

More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates, considered the Father of Medicine, famously wrote, “Let food be thy medicine.”

I’ve just been reading Curing the Incurable (Hammersmith, 2020) by Dr Jerry Thompson, a noted member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine.

Thompson offers enormous scientific evidence that plant compounds in certain foods are potent cancer killers capable of inhibiting cancer cell growth or causing cancer cell death, blocking metastasis, protecting DNA, increasing natural killer cells and much more.

But the most interesting aspect of his book concerns the role of bad nutrition on communities. Northern Irish physician Dr Robert McCarrison, one of the first researchers to carry out experiments demonstrating the effect of nutrition on the epidemiology of disease, lived in India for years.

There he witnessed extraordinary differences in health between certain portions of the population. Those in the north of the country enjoyed rude good health, whereas many in the south suffered from tuberculosis, heart disease and cancer.

 

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