Doctor Sells His Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine
Categories: Health & Nutrition
Society needs to get its drug dependence under control.
The main goal is to reduce societies over-dependence on dangerous pharmaceuticals. This will help remove the negative side effects including addiction, overdose, and even death. Another one of his goals is to avoid unnecessary surgeries through bringing balance back to the body.
In the case of 90-year-old Angelina Rotella from West New York, Dr. Weiss mentions her incredible success story. The night before Christmas Eve Angelina Rotella came into his office with congestive heart failure and in a wheelchair.
“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.”
Her prescription was a strict diet which included “grains (such as whole-grain brown rice and sweet potatoes), steamed greens (including kale and spinach), fruit (a big serving of wild organic blueberries is a must) and water.” Her daughter, Angie Rotella-Suarez, calls it “more than a miracle,” because her mother was able to stop taking her blood pressure heart medications 2 weeks later.
News of the great success spread and daughters Rotella-Suarez and her sister decided to try the same diet where they became no longer pre-diabetic and lost around 40 pounds.
90 families have joined the farmacy.
90 families have joined the local farmacy and in addition to paying a membership fee they volunteer their time harvesting vegetables and picking weeds. Not only is this great exercise but it helps people get more interested in eating healthy by becoming involved in the food production process.
“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.”
In addition to spreading awareness about health and nutrition, a recent study showed that when you work in the earth such as with gardening you make contact with bacteria in the soil that will release serotonin in your brain that helps you become smarter and feel happier.