Join us on a rollicking scientific ride
At foodmed.net we invite you on a remarkable journey into the magic, mystery and science of food as medicine, and medicine as food. With doctors and scientists across the globe as your guides, you’ll travel back with us to the roots of medicine. You’ll learn about advice that harks back to the injunction of the ancient Greek sage, Hippocrates to doctors: ‘Let food be your medicine’, and the ancient Chinese proverb: ‘He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.’ At heart, we’re about evidence-based, integrative, functional medicine to stem the tide of global epidemics of chronics diseases and iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease.
At foodmed.net we embrace all branches of modern medicine’s allopathic tree, including integrative, functional, natural medicine and scientific research on the benefits of real, live food, pasture-raised, organic, as close to its natural state as possible. We take a very broad view of food as medicine. We see ancient disciplines such as yoga and Tai Chi as food for body and mind. Our vision is for health care, not sick care, and methods of health and healing that aim first to ‘do no harm’. A major focus is preventative medicine – prevention is, after all, always so much better than cure. We invite opposing views and robust debate on this rough and rollicking ride.
Who’s behind Foodmed.net
Foodmed.net publisher and editor Marika Sboros is one of South Africa’s top writers on medicine for health in body and mind. She started her career in South Africa at the Rand Daily Mail as a hard news general reporter, with a special focus on politics and religion. She moved into newspaper production doing editing sub-editing, layout, and feature writing on women’s issues, health and lifestyle. She has worked as health and lifestyle editor for other major newspapers in South Africa, most recently for Business Day, now the country’s most influential English-language daily business publication. She writes a fitness column regularly for Business Day, and occasionally commissioned features. Marika built the health and travel sections for the BizNews website. She has worked in radio on her own health programmes. She has an eclectic interest in food, medicine, health and healing in body and mind. Human bioindividuality being what it is, she says no diet is a one-size-fits-all and nutrition science is as much art as science.
She has written on low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) lifestyles over the years, and began researching intensively and writing on it in depth in late 2013 after she became aware of the growing and virulent nature of attacks on LCHF pioneer University of Cape Town professor Dr Tim Noakes in South Africa. She was so often ‘accused’ of being a closet ‘Banter’ as LCHF is known in SA, she decided she might as well be hanged for nutrition’s sheep as for the lamb (a Banting favourite food): in 2015, she started eating according to LCHF principles. Although she had no weight or health problems she was surprised at its positive effects. Now she mostly eats LCHF (which she calls low-carb, healthy fats). She finds that she ‘falls off the wagon’ less and less and her chronic sweet tooth is well under control.
Marika is also often ‘accused’ of being biased in favour of LCHF and the scientists who promote it. She says she is biased: in favour of good science only. If anyone can show solid science to suggest the LCHF gurus really have got it all wrong, she’ll publish it. So too, she suspects, would all the independent scientists who are her best sources of information on the contentious topic.
Marika has a BA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with a major in English, and sub-majors in politics and philosophy. She has sub-majors in psychology and modern Greek from the Universities of South Africa and Johannesburg. She is a student of traditional Chinese and Japanese martial arts for 25 years. She has co-authored two books on the brain, memory and optimum learning. She commutes between London and Johannesburg though her heart lies in Greece.