Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.
Marcus Valerius Martial
A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man – he must view the man in his world.
I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life.
The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.
John Redman Coxe, 1800
He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Anyone who believes that anything can be suited to everyone is a great fool, because medicine is practised not on mankind in general, but on every individual in particular.
Henri de Mondeville
My soul is dark with stormy riot,
Directly traceable to diet.
The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
Stomach: A slave that must accept everything that is given to it, but which avenges wrongs as slyly as does the slave.
A good digestion turneth all to health.
George Herbert, “The Church Porch,” The Temple, 1633
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
A man has often more trouble to digest food than to get it.
Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.
Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
What fools indeed we morals are
To lavish care upon a Car,
With ne’er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!
John Kendrick Bangs
Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients.
The body must be credited with an immense fund of know-how.
Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.
Let nothing which can be treated by diet be treated by other means.