A few years ago at my annual health check-up my doctor reviewed the blood pressure the nurse had taken, listened to my heart and lungs, thumped my reflex points and proclaimed me in good health. Cursory to say the least. I nudged him, as I have a tendency in all things, and asked him about my weight. His answer was less than helpful, “you know what you need to do.”
In the past few weeks I have heard two news stories that make me think the medical community just may be turning a corner about talking about eating to their patients. Few, like my doctor, will do it. He said patients become offended and he just didn’t need that additional outrage in his life. His attitude was the information is out there and people can learn what they need to do to eat healthier.
But it’s hard, even for someone like me who DOES know what I need to do. Simply, I like to taste and I have not developed any bad habit of purging. My mom could make a candy bar last a week. I can’t. Five minutes is good for me. So I make a effort not to have any candy bars enter my life.
So when I heard that New York City doctors are now allowed to prescribe healthy food I was thrilled. Participating patients can now use Health Bucks to purchase at local farm markets. New York City has an amazing farmers market program with markets scattered throughout all boroughs, making fresh healthy food available everywhere.
The second story was about Tulane medical students in New Orleans assigned to a rotation in the Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Providence, Rhode Island. There, fourth year medical students work along side culinary students to learn how to prepare healthy food.
Learning to use healthy food as a way to change health is a personal step in farmacy vs pharmacy. So if the doctor prescribes a pill, ask if there is a dietary change that you can make that can help reverse the problem! And if your physician doesn’t know, ask her or him why not. Help the movement gain momentum by demanding that kind of healthcare!