Dr. Robert Weiss did something brilliant and new in the medical community. He decided to teach about the importance of nutrition and diet, by opening a “Farmacy”. He believes and advices to change our focus from big pharmaceutical companies and to reconnect with the basic learnings.
Dr. Weiss starts the first ‘Farmacy’
Dr. Weiss sells his medical practice in New York and built the first medical practice based on his 348-acre farm. The “Farmacy” is located in Long Valley, where Dr. Weiss treats patients with plants foods instead of drugs.
“Plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease-modifying tools available to practitioners — more powerful than any drugs or surgeries,” said Dr. Weiss.
Billions of people have been intoxicated with synthetic chemicals.
Plants have been used since ancient times, we are aware of plant and herb benefits for our health, and still we run straight to pharmacy whenever we are sick.
Even the diets have become full with processed and preserved food that causes various diseases in our bodies.
Dr. Weiss is practicing the advice from the father of medicine:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
On the “Farmacy” the priority is to bring the body into balance through consuming vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
“I am not saying if you fall down and break your ankle, I can fix it by putting a salve of mugwort on it. You need someone to fix your fracture,” Dr. Weiss said. “I am talking about treating and preventing chronic disease — the heart attacks, the strokes, the cardiovascular disease, the cancers … the illnesses that are taking our economy and our nation down.”
The plants are rich in nutrients that help the body to heal. During the interview, Dr. Weiss shared his recipe for his lunch that he prepared:
“a salad of baby kale, radicchio, purple carrots, cucumbers, onions and cherry husk tomatoes tossed with a walnut vinaigrette, followed by eggplant rollatini with tofu instead of cheese, and dairy-free chocolate pudding garnished with raspberries”
Maybe it looks simple, but this salad is full with many important medicinal ingredients.
Society needs to take control under its drug dependence.
If we reduce over-dependence on toxic and dangerous pharmaceuticals, then we will remove all the negative side effects like addiction, overdose and death. Dr. Weiss shares a story of 90-year old Angelina Rotella. The night before Christmas she came into his office in New York in a wheelchair and with heart failure.
“I asked her, ‘Do you want me to call 911 and admit you to Palisades General? Or will you let me feed you sweet potatoes and kale?’ Amazingly enough, with the help of her daughter, she chose this,” Dr. Weiss said. “She doesn’t have diabetes anymore and chronic heart failure. She is cooking, sewing and walking around town. I’m not saying it’s easy, but she seized the opportunity and she is transformed.”
Dr. Weiss prescript her a strict diet with grains (sweet potatoes and whole-grain brown rice), steamed greens (spinach and kale) fruit (wild organic blueberries) and water.
According to Angelina’s daughter, she stopped taking medications for blood pressure after 2 weeks.
This success made Angelina’s daughter, Suarez and her sister to try the same diet, and they lost around 40 pounds.
90 families are part of the farmacy.
Today 90 families are part of the “Farmacy” and they volunteer as a membership fee, harvesting vegetables and selecting weeds. This is a great exercise for them, but they also eat healthy food and they are involved in the process of food production.
“Human health is directly related to the health of the environment, the production of food and how it is grown,” said Dr. Weiss, who also got his undergraduate degree in botany from Rutgers College of Arts in Science. “I see this farm as an opportunity for me to take everything I’ve done all my life, all the biology and chemistry of plants I have studied, and link them to the human biological system.”
A recent study, in addition to spread awareness about nutrition and food, showed that people who work in the earth, like gardening, make contact with bacteria from the soil which releases serotonin and helps them to feel happier and smarter.