The Greek physician Hippocrates said: “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” Most doctors don’t seem to take that kind of thinking to heart, seeking to surgically remove and medicate away every problem.
In Houston, Texas is a doctor now begun prescribing fruits and vegetables instead of medicine. Dr. Garth Davis treated for years in patients with diabetes and high blood pressure. He discovered that diet and lifestyle were important for a good recovery.
As the medical director of bariatric surgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Dr. Davis no longer prescribes pharmaceutical drugs but instead dolls out recommendations for fruits and vegetables. His patients have responded very positively to the changes.
“As physicians, we perform surgery or prescribe medications to our patients to make them well,” says Davis.
“Why not also educate them on healthy eating, and make fresh fruits and vegetables readily available?”
Dr. Davis and his team partnered with Kristina Gabrielle Carrillo-Bucaram, the founder, and chief co-operator of Rawfully Organic (the nation’s largest nonprofit organic food co-op), to make this possible.
Dr. Davis and I agree that eating raw foods that are fiber-filled, organic, ripe and colorful should be a part of everyone’s daily routine” says Carillo-Bucaram. Together, they’ve opened up the Farmacy Stand in the hospital, which gives out fresh produce in $10 boxes. The Memorial Hermann Foundation graciously provided money to build the stand.
But as can be expected, some are confused about the concept.
“I have people come up to me and tell me that farmacy was misspelled,” said Renee Garrett, senior patient access representative at the Davis Clinic. “I tell them that it is spelled correctly. We get organic vegetables from farms, and then the people want me to tell them more about what we are doing.” Garrett is one of the individuals who runs the stand every Wednesday.
What do you think? Is this a cool idea or what?