Does Food Heal

If you intend to live to be seventy-five, you are likely going to eat 136,875 meals over the course of a lifetime, assuming that you eat five meals a day including munching on a snack, or the tea and biscuit, that you can't wait to have at sundown. It would be hard for anyone to argue that the food you eat does not heal you or if you are abusive, harm you irreparably. Since you will be eating several meals over your lifetime, apparently, no single meal or even a small group of meals will alter the trajectory of your health.

This disconnect between a small group of meals and your long term health creates a piquant situation. One in which the individual meal provider can permanently stop taking responsibility for your health. Have you been to a hospital lately? There is a bouquet of options for the size of your room, quality of medical care, type of doctor, the brand of medicine and treatment. You could even choose the nature of your treatment. The choice in food is decidedly more limited as compared to your medical options. Speak to a doctor, and they will quickly agree that food heals. So what is happening?

The disconnect is in the number of meals you will likely eat at a hospital and its effect on you. However, when you add all the places outside your home or frankly even within your home when a third party will provide food, it starts to add up. Collectively, they may all be killing you, but individually, no one is responsible. The distribution of the source of food is the escape valve that allows everyone to get away. There is only one solution possible. All of us collectively exercise our belief that food heals and each meal matters. If you wish to serve me, it better be good for my long term health.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.