Join us on a robust and rollicking scientific ride

At foodmed.net we invite you on a remarkable journey into the magic and mystery of good nutrition science.  With doctors and scientists across the globe as your guides, you’ll travel back with us back to the roots of modern medicine. You’ll learn the wisdom behind the words of the ancient Greek sage, Hippocrates:  ‘Let food be your medicine’. And the wisdom of the ancient Chinese proverb: ‘He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.’

At heart, we’re about raising awareness of the politics and science of evidence-based functional medicine. The aim is to address and hopefully contribute to stemming global epidemics of chronics diseases.

At foodmed.net we embrace all branches of modern medicine’s allopathic tree. Our focus is also on complementary and integrative medicine. Our bias is good scientific research on the benefits of real, live food. That means pasture-raised, organic food as close to its natural state as possible. We take a broad view of food as medicine. We also 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 healing that first ‘do no harm’. In essence, we are about 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

Marika.dogsFoodmed.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 interest in politics and religion.

Later, Marika 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, she worked for Business Day for eight years, the country’s most influential English-language daily business publication. She set up and edited Health News, Business Day’s first dedicated broadsheet weekly health publication.

Marika also 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, Marika says that no diet is a one-size-fits-all. Marika also says that nutrition science is as much art as science.

She began writing on low-carb, healthy, high-fat (LCHF) lifestyles more intensively in recent years.  That was after she became aware of the virulent nature of attacks on LCHF pioneer University of Cape Town scientist Prof Tim Noakes.  

Marika was often ‘accused’ of being a  closet ‘Banter’, as people call LCHF in SA. She, therefore, decided she might as try it out. In late 2014, 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 these days. Her chronic sweet tooth is also well under control.

Marika is also often ‘accused’ of bias in favour of  LCHF and the scientists who promote it. However, she says that she is biased – in favour of good science only. Thus, if anyone can provide solid science to disprove benefits of LCHF, she’ll publish it. 

She 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.

Marika is also a student of traditional Chinese and Japanese martial arts for 25 years. She is co-author with Professor Tim Noakes of Lore of Nutrition, Challenging Conventional Dietary Advice (Penguin) . She also contributed to Healthy Eating Dogma by Dr Verner Wheelock (Columbus, Nov 2017) She commutes between London and Johannesburg though her heart lies in Greece.