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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If SLOW is good for food, Why not MEDICINE?

In this interesting perspective from a teacher of medical students and residents, a comparison is made with regard to why the idea of slow food is not applied to medicine. The Slow Food mantra consists of caring (by promoting holistic alternatives to the industrial system), cultivating (teaching the importance of growing and preparing food responsibly) and finally, connecting (prioritizing wholesome living).

Now, apply those principles of Slow Food to Medicine and some correlations can be made. In both instances of Slow Food and Slow Medicine there is no doubt a response to the industrialization of medicine and more often than not, unnecessary medical care which generally makes costs exorbitantly high. Additionally, the healthcare system can be quite cumbersome for patients as well as doctors.

As a great example of how Slow Medicine would be most helpful, it is best exemplified by family doctor and author Dennis McCullough. "He argues that in caring for the elderly, we doctors need to slow down and think twice about treatments we might reflexively offer younger folks, like medication for blood pressure, which can cause older patients to faint."

To learn more about other great examples of how Slow Medicine would benefit both patients and doctors, read the article....

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