• Janki T. Patel, PharmD

Farmacy or Pharmacy?

Updated: Mar 7, 2020


It's all about perspective, right? I'll begin by quoting my good friend Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". My goal for those who are reading this post is to hopefully allow an open mindset to the idea that what we put into our bodies can produce tremendous reward. Not only does choosing the foods we eat self-empower our bodies by allowing us to control our health, but it also has the ability to create a better quality of life, reduce costs related to numerous illnesses, and protect our planet and all the species it inhabits. It's incredible how connected all of these aspects are.

During the course of my didactics in graduate school, we heavily studied both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options combined with pathology and physiology. Prior to any pharmacologic intervention, for almost every disease state the recommendations for first line treatment options were consistently "diet and lifestyle changes". However, much to my surprise, there was very minimal elaboration on what consisted of this form of treatment. How can it be that this was the first treatment option for most disease states and we were taught nothing more than simply recommending patients to "change their diet"? What were we to say or appropriately recommend if a patient were to ask "What do I eat?" There is a lot of information out there with new fads or trends in the types and portions of food that we as a society should consume. As a result, I felt it my duty as a pharmacist to become certified in nutrition backed by science and research. I strongly believe that nutrition single-handedly plays one of the biggest roles in our journey to optimal health with the ability of a whole food plant-based diet to prevent and even reverse chronic illnesses ranging from cardiovascular disease to numerous cancers. I'd also like to argue that food is healthcare, not medicine. Medicine is sickcare. Thoughts?

In future posts, I'd like to dive into more specific topics that provide extensive examples supported by evidence-based recommendations in relation to disease, nutrition, and pharmacology. I'd love for you to follow along!