“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” Hippocrates
You’ve often heard the saying you are what you eat. Long before we had prescription medications the earliest physicians used natural remedies for aches, pains, sniffles and sneezes. However recognizing that changes in diet (adding or subtracting certain foods) could result in health benefits came slowly. The successful use of a lime juice rations in the 1700″s by sailors (Limeys) in the British Royal Navy were used to prevent and treat scurvy.
Often times patients may not realize that natural remedies can be part of your physician’s treatment plan. In fact there are products approved by the FDA and available by prescription from your doctor called Medical Foods.
Medical foods provide a concentrated form of a food stuff that cannot be supplied by diet alone. Often times medical foods are prescribed for patients when taking supplements and diet change alone did not get the desired effect. In recent years there has been an increase in the availability of medical foods. FDA approved and available only by prescription, medical foods allows the patient to obtain the high dose required for successful treatments that cannot be provided by food alone.
Two examples of medical foods that I have used with my patients are Limbrel ( www.primusrx.com) for foot and ankle pain associated with osteoarthritis and (Metanx www.pamlab.com) for diabetic neuropathy pain. These products provide a treatment when my patients are unable or prefer not to take other prescription medications. Ask your doctor if medical foods are correct for your treatment.