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Nutrition: the new medicine

Medicine today focuses on suppressing the symptoms of disease. A truly preventive medicine, capable of tackling degenerative diseases like arthritis and Alzheimer's, will be based on diet supplements, not drugs. Drug companies don't like it

By Paul Clayton   June 2003

Throughout human history the leading causes of death have been infection and trauma. Modern medicine has scored significant victories against both, and the major causes of ill health and death are now the chronic degenerative diseases, such as coronary artery disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, cataract and cancer.

Five out of six people in their sixties in Britain have one or more of these diseases. Drugs can alleviate symptoms, but they do little to alter the underlying disease, which usually continues to deteriorate. Based on the idea of the “magic bullet,” developed in the 19th century by the founders…

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