Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.” Most doctors don’t seem to take that kind of thinking to heart, seeking to surgically remove and medicate away every problem. That isn’t the case for one doctor.
Dr. Garth Davis, a progressive doctor out of Houston, Texas, began prescribing vegetables and fruits instead of drugs in the hopes that the essential nourishment plants bring our bodies might begin to cure some of his patients.
Dr. Davis is the medical director of bariatric surgery at the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. So far, his patients have been responding well to the changes.
“As physicians, we perform surgery or prescribe medications to our patients to make them well,” says Davis. “Why not also educate them on healthy eating, and make fresh fruits and vegetables readily available?”
Dr. Davis, partnered with Kristina Gabrielle Carrillo Bucaram, is the founder of Rawfully Organic, a nonprofit co-op.
”Dr. Davis and I agree that eating raw foods that are fiber-filled, organic, ripe and colorful should be a part of everyone’s daily routine” says Carillo-Bucaram. Together, they’ve opened up the Farmacy Stand in the hospital, which gives out fresh produce in $10 boxes. The Memorial Hermann Foundation provided the money needed to build the stand.
Even though it’s a pretty straight forward concept, some are a little confused.
“I have people come up to me and tell me that farmacy was misspelled,” said Renee Garrett, senior patient access representative at the Davis Clinic. “I tell them that it is spelled correctly. We get organic vegetables from farms, and then the people want me to tell them more about what we are doing.” Garrett helps run the stand every Wednesday.
What do you think? Is this a cool idea or what?