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Food, medicine, and the quest for good health : nutrition, medicine, and culture / Nancy N. Chen.

Chen, Nancy N. (Author).
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Subject: Diet therapy > Social aspects.
Functional foods > Social aspects.
Food habits.
Medical anthropology.
Diet Therapy.
Feeding Behavior.
Genre: Electronic book.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780231508919
  • ISBN: 0231508913
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 128 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-126) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Rethinking food and medicine -- Food as medicine -- Healing foods and longevity -- Dietary prescriptions and comfort foods -- Medicine as food -- Nutraceuticals and functional foods -- Genetically modified foods and drugs -- Eating and medicating.
Summary: What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat are deeply embedded cultural practices. Eating is also related to how we medicate. The multimillion-dollar diet industry offers advice on how to eat for a better body and longer life, and avoiding harmful foods (or choosing healthy ones) is considered separate from consuming medicine - another multimillion-dollar industry. In contrast, most traditional medical systems view food as inseparable from medicine and regard medicinal foods as the front line of healing. Drawing on medical texts and food therapy practices from ar.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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