“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, Hippocrates
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician or “Father of Medicine” lived, healed, taught and recorded his observations and theories during the second half of the 5th Century B.C. Today, approximately 1700 years later, the modern scientific world recognizes his work and acknowledges his testing methods as both innovative and pioneering.
Notably, Hippocrates studied the human body with great care and patience. He believed that diseases should be treated as one coherent,as a SYNOLO. He would take into account the detailed medical history of each patient and refused to concentrate only on their symptoms but also on their habits and behaviour and believed that these played a key role in their health and speedy recovery.
He thoroughly researched dietary habits and paid particular attention to a patient's mental condition and believed in the healing power of nature through immobilization, excellent nutrition and personal hygiene.
Hippocrates' research was based on careful observation and he believed in the application of natural therapies and products. His teaching was clear and precise and was based on the following philosophy, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
In Hippocrates' homeland, Greece, everyone consciously consumed olive oil, olives, honey, wine and many other Mediterranean products, aware of their beneficial properties in maintaining health and well-being.