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The Poison-Antidote Dance

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Imagine this: You keep a poisonous snake at home as a pet and companion. But, no worries, you also have the snake antivenom for whenever you get bitten. So you get bitten over and over again, get maimed and disfigured with each bite, but you have an antidote so you do not die. This is not a sustainable lifestyle. One cannot live such an inconvenient life. Imagine the physical and mental toll that it would take on you. But we do this everyday. We eat foods that are harmful to our bodies. Then we medicate ourselves for our entire lifespan with drugs that counter the effects of the toxins that we ingest for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But we wonder why our body is weak, unable to fight off diseases, and aging rapidly. Let us change this lifestyle. Let us remove the toxins from our lives. Let us start to watch what we eat. Let our foods be healing agents and not poisons. The healthcare system in many countries is built on the model of disease management instead of prevention and/or cure. We must change from this model in order to have a better quality of life. Let us remove the toxins from our lives so that we do not need the antidote at all. Although some medications may slow down our progression to death, it does not heal the wounds and scars that the toxin or disease has left behind. The famous Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”.

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