Is Food Really the Ultimate Medicine?

Imagine having a child born with chronic weakness, stunted growth and an unusually rapid heartbeat.

Now imagine that the doctors have no idea what’s wrong with him.

That’s the situation faced by a couple in England, Michell and Peter, when their son, Reuben Grainger-Mead, was born.

The only way they could keep Reuben alive was with monthly blood transfusions due to his unusually low red blood cell count. He was prone to asthma, eczema and frequent illness. Aside from concluding it was some sort of immune system problem, doctors told the couple there was nothing they else they could do.

Not Giving Up

But Reuben’s parents wouldn’t give up. When he was 5 years old, they took him to a nutrition consultant, who ran a series of tests. The tests uncovered that he had severely depleted levels of two amino acids, leucine and isoleucine. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of all the proteins in the body.

The consultant immediately put him on a therapeutic protocol supplementing these amino acids in his diet. The results were startling.

In a relatively short time, he began gaining weight and getting stronger. He stopped needing the frequent blood transfusions. His heart rate normalized and his asthma and eczema improved.

Now, 3 years later at age 8, Reuben is playing like a normal child and even catching up with his friends in height and weight.

What We Can Learn from Reuben

This story is an important reminder that answers are sometimes simpler than we think.

It also reminds us that food, in this case proteins, can be medicine more powerful than any drug.

And no matter how sophisticated modern science becomes, no matter how deeply it can look into the body and assess problems, focusing on the basics is often the best choice when it comes to health.

The trick, as with most problems, is identifying what’s going on. With the right information, it’s often possible to make dramatic improvements in health using the right foods and other natural substances.


The Daily Mail Online, February 10, 2009

Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.

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