Ancient Concepts Made New: A Timeline of Food as Medicine

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Ancient Concepts Made New: A Timeline of Food as Medicine

Debbie Koenig

Quote:Experts are predicting great strides in the ways we use food to treat or prevent illness over the coming decades. The concept itself stretches back thousands of years. Here are some key developments:

2nd millennium B.C.: The beginning. The Ebers Papyrus, a medicinal text from ancient Egypt, prescribed numerous foods to treat ailments. It recommended things like goose fat for pain relief and liver to treat night blindness. Honey appeared in 500 remedies. Meanwhile, in India, ayurvedic medicine was emerging, with food as a critical part...


5th century B.C.:
Ancient Greek understanding. Hippocrates of Cos, considered the father of Western medicine, wrote about the connections between food and health...

'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell

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