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After taking care of some of Hudson County’s sickest residents for 25 years, internist Ronald Weiss says he’s figured out how to make people healthy — and it’s not by writing prescriptions or ordering surgery.
Weiss would rather recommend a daily dose of what’s growing on his 348-acre, 18th-century farm in Long Valley. And next week, this city doctor will get that opportunity when he launches New Jersey’s first farm-based practice, rooted in the philosophy that the right food — fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans and seeds — is medicine.
"I am not saying if you fall down and break your ankle, I can fix it by putting a salve of mugwort on it. You need someone to fix your fracture," Weiss said.
Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that prevent inflammation, which is believed to be cause of many chronic diseases, said Weiss, a 52-year-old married father of two and an assistant professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark.... "Plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease-modifying tools available to practitioners — more powerful than any drugs or surgeries."
In March, the British journal Annals of Internal Medicine added to the mystery after reviewing 72 studies and concluding there was "no significant evidence that saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease."
"I see this farm as an opportunity for me to take everything I’ve done all my life, all the biology and chemistry of plants I have studied, and link them to the human biological system."
originally posted by: intrptr
Organically grown produce is healthier than any garden edibles grown with chemical fertilizer, pesticides and over processing.
I used to be in a position to garden that way and I have never tasted anything better in my life.
When its done right, theres no need for Petro chemicals, pesticides, just some good soil preparation, compost and water.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I know that good organic food is better for us as long as the right food is eaten at the right time.
But many commercial organic foods are grown on land that was used for commercial growing back as little as five years or more ago. So the land can still be full of chemicals and still deficient on micronutrients. It only takes five years of sitting to be qualified as organic land, that is often not enough.
Good fresh soil makes good veggies, burnt out soil does not produce good veggies. Some organic pesticides are also not good for us.
There are good and bad with everything but I know that the organic veggies usually taste a lot better. We belong to a coop and buy some organic stuff. We just bought four more bottles of organic ketchup for stock. There is no comparison between organic ketchup and commercial ketchup. Carrots are better organic but also local carrots grown on good soils beat both types. Lots of flavor.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
is he going to start selling miracle organic plant seeds for a low low price of $49.99 per 6 oz bag of seeds; or get 10 oz for $59.99
i feel like ive heard this news before... many times.
originally posted by: peppycat
This is fantastic news to bring to the light, I know people who have had a myriad of health complaints, surgeries and such that never listen to word I say when I suggest a diet change. Some people if the advice doesn't come from a doctor, won't think twice about the very first thing one should do with particular ailments.
Now, maybe the good doctor starting this farm to grow food for healthcare can document changes in the people he treats and then more peoples eyes can be opened.
Thank you for the great thread.