Hippocrates (born c. 460BC, died c. 377BC on the Greek island of Kos) is considered the father of medicine. He spent his life proving that disease and healing were not acts of the Gods but rather physical phenomena that stem from natural causes — and that are potentially curable through observation, deduction, and treatment.
He took superstition out of healing and out of the hands of the priests and shamans — and put it into the hands of the people.
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine And Medicine Be Thy Food”
Hippocrates emphasized the importance of diet to health and to the body’s ability to restore itself. He is famous for saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” a philosophy that is as pertinent and important today as it was thousands of years ago.