Food as Medicine

Written by Susan Blum, M.D., MPH
Susan Blum, M.D., MPH is a nationally recognized clinician, speaker, author, and teacher. She currently lives in Port Chester, New York, and received her Masters in Medicine from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and her Masters in Public Health and Preventative Medicine from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

When Socrates said, "Let Food Be Thy Medicine" he was clearly ahead of his time.

There are many common health conditions like reflux (GERD), chronic sinusitis, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome that can be treated by a changing your diet. With health care costs going through the roof, it is amazing to me that the simplest and best medicine is also the cheapest. Eliminate certain foods from your diet and you can be cured.

The most common cause of irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and stomach aches in children and adults is eating dairy. Remove all milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter from your diet for a minimum of three weeks and see how you feel. Not sure? After three weeks, eat it several times and see what happens. The other food triggers for gut issues are gluten, soy and eggs. Doing the above three week elimination followed by a challenge will answer the question for you. What if you found out your symptoms would go away with a simple (or not so simple!) change in your diet? My guess is you would happily give up your morning bagel and cream cheese if you knew it would give you a stomach ache.

There are other foods commonly associated with health conditions. Chronic sinusitis and chronic ear aches in children most often respond to a dairy free diet. Occasionally it doesn’t clear up until gluten is removed as well. Wouldn’t it be great to avoid all those antibiotics which harm your gut flora? The nice thing about experimenting with a gluten and dairy free diet, is that your reflux might disappear and your arthritis pain might go away. Sometimes we need to check for other food triggers as well, but most people find using the Food as Medicine approach can offer them a real medical miracle.

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