I say this because it seems to me that when it comes to their health, people rely heavily on their doctors. Especially – and very understandably – while in the grip of the fear about being ill. For example, a friends’ daughter with a serious autoimmune disease hasn’t been given one word of advice on nutrition. I can’t tell you how many people I know who have diabetes and/or arthritis who take medication and are never taught about food.
The Times article continues,
“You’d have to have your head stuck in a family pack of Walkers not to know that we’re munching our way to an early grave.”
But do we know that? Fully qualified Dr Aujla didn’t know prior to his wake-up call. Does your doctor ask you what you eat? Have you ever been given any more specific advice than “to lose weight”? Have we not come to regard depressingly poor health in our later years as completely normal?
Maybe you already know that Dr Aujla – and others such as Drs Malhotra and Chatterjee for that matter – are by no means alone in prioritising nutrition to address basic causes, rather than medication that mostly suppress symptoms. They are part of a revolution that’s gathering momentum in medicine today, known as Functional Medicine.
To call it a revolution is no exaggeration, and my long-time hero Chris Kresser has recently published a book all about it titled Unconventional Medicine.
The cover blurb goes:
“The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken healthcare system.”