As long as I have been writing about "mind, body, and soul" wellness, more than seven years, I have heard this one quote repeatedly, "Let food by thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." This quote is from Hippocrates. As a food researcher for 30 years plus, this resonates with me profoundly. It makes so much sense in today's world, as more and more people, come to understand the importance of the correlation between diet and health.
How it was possible for anyone to believe that things that come in packages with toxins, or fruits and vegetables laden with pesticides, could be healthy? Still it seems incredulous, that this is still happening today? I still meet people who don't know what a GMO is? Reading labels is important. What goes into your mouth will contribute directly, to the state of your health. Your fitness. So for today's Monday Man-day, I thought it would be befitting to recognize Hippocrates. One day in the future I truly believe all people, will eat more in alignment with his ideal. In fact, I know many of us already do.
Hippocrates of Kos also known as Hippocrates II was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (classical Greek), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the "Father of Western Medicine", in recognition of his lasting contribution to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields with which it had traditionally associated, thus establishing medicine as a profession.
However, the achievements of the writers of the Corpus, the practitioners of Hippocratic medicine, and the actions of Hippocrates himself were often commingled; thus very little is known about what Hippocrates actually thought, wrote, and did. Hippocrates is commonly portrayed as the paragon of the ancient physician, and credited with coining the Hippocratic Oath, still relevant and in use today. He is also credited with greatly advancing the systematic study of clinical medicine, summing up the medical knowledge of previous schools, and prescribing practices for physicians through the Hippocratic Corpus and other works.
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