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Wine and good food better than drugs
The doctors’ offices are loaded daily with patients waiting for a pill or a shot they think will help ease their sicknesses or pain. After spending much of their lives eating poorly and engaging in many other bad habits — alcohol or drug abuse, smoking, living sedentary lifestyles — they want a quick fix to rejuvenate them
But the body that has been abused is too run down for something like a pill or shot to fix. Add the natural process of aging into that equation and it seems even more unlikely, and rightfully so, that a pill can cure anybody of anything.
Pills and shots are just Band- Aids; they mask symptoms or provide temporary relief, or even help defeat an illness, in the case of antibiotics, but they provide no long-term solution to what ails us. Pharmaceutical companies receive millions of dollars a year, yet they don’t offer one drug that actually cures a disease. Some of these drugs actually cause such serious side effects that another drug is prescribed to help relieve them. Does that make as little sense to you as it does to me? So, you take a drug to help you, but end up taking another drug (or two, or three) because it harmed you. Is your mind running in circles yet?
Just to make clear that pharmaceutical companies only care about money, remember that some drugs worthy enough of approval by the Food and Drug Administration have been taken off the market because of their harmful side effects. If these drugs were so harmful why wasn’t this determined before they went on the market; and if they were known to be harmful why did they ever make it to the market? It sounds insane, and that’s because it is. The pharmaceutical industry does not want people to be healed because its bottom line is dependent on people being sick, or at least thinking they’re sick.
But back to the main point, which is that some people who think life is to just live carelessly — eating whatever they want, smoking, drinking — start caring when it is too late. Unfortunately, this attitude is prevalent among today’s youth, despite a wealth of knowledge available about health and proper dieting, and the evidence they have seen with their own eyes indicating how careless living, if it doesn’t kill them, will make them miserable later in life. Instead of eating right and realizing what is important in life they live off fast food and stress themselves out by being “career-driven,” going crazy over their jobs and climbing the ladder of “success.” They drink or take drugs — illegal and prescribed — to cope with their depression and anxiety, accomplishing nothing but making themselves more miserable in the process.
Fat, salt, sugar and starches are what make food delicious, but they are also addictive. That is why people love bacon; cheeseburgers and fries; pizza and pop; and cakes and pastries, and consume these while neglecting to eat those that can help maintain a healthy body and mind. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables helps build cells and keeps the bowels clean. They help ward off sicknesses and prevent disease, and are good for circulation and relaxation.
Wine is another food that should be a part of any healthy diet. It nourishes the body while also serving as a mild sedative that takes the edge off after a long, busy day. Don’t get drunk, but drink a couple of glasses a night for a month and let me know how you feel.
Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.