Join us on a robust scientific ride

At foodmed.net we invite you on a remarkable journey into the magic, mystery and solid evidence 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 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 integrative, functional and complementary medicine. 

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 as prevention is 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 newsroom 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, the country’s most influential English-language daily business publication. In eight years at Business Day, she set up and edited Health News, Business Day’s first dedicated broadsheet weekly health publication. The publication proved a hit with readers. 

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. Bio-individuality being what it is, Marika says that there is no diet that is one-size-fits-all. And that nutrition science, like the rest of medicine, is as much art as science.

She began writing on low-carb, healthy, high-fat (LCHF) lifestyles in 2014 after she became aware of academic bullying (or mobbing, as it is now popularly known) of University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes.

Marika was the only journalist to cover Prof Noakes’s trial that the public quickly dubbed the Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century. The trial began in 2015 and lasted more than four years at a conservatively estimated cost of more than R10-million for the prosecution side alone. Foodmed.net has devoted a special page to her reporting on the Noakes trial

Marika has faced regular attack on social media for covering the trial and reporting on LCHF, keto diets and the ‘Banting’ phenomenon, as LCHF is popularly known in South Africa. After being described as a ‘closet Banter’ – despite being a vegetarian for years at the time –  she decided she might as well be hanged for the sheep as for the lamb of nutrition science.

In late 2014, she stopped being a vegetarian and tried eating according to LCHF principles. She had no preconceptions about what it would do for her. On the contrary, having reported and experimented with many different diets for health, during her career, she expected that LCHF would do little for her.

Although she had no weight or major health problems, she was surprised at the positive effects of radical dietary change. Those effects became the positive reinforcement that makes her keep it up.

 Marika also regularly faces attack on social media for being “biased” in favour of LCHF, keto and the MDs and scientists who promote them. She responds that, of course, she is biased – as we all are. But it’s how we all manage our bias that counts. And in this case, her bias is in favour of good science only – and if anyone can provide robust science to disprove benefits of LCHF and keto, she’ll write about it.

She is still waiting.

Marika says that the mantra that guides her at work and at play is one espoused by CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour:  she believes in “being truthful, not neutral”.

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 UNISA (the University of South Africa) and the University of Johannesburg.

Marika has been a student of traditional Chinese and Japanese martial arts for 25 years under South African martial arts master Edward Jardine.

She is co-author with Prof Tim Noakes of Lore of Nutrition, Challenging Conventional Dietary Advice (Penguin 2017).  The book is revised and updated for the international market under the title: Real Food On Trial, How the diet dictators tried to destroy a top scientist (Columbus 2019). The book will be available as an audio book soon.

She contributed to Healthy Eating Dogma  (Columbus 2017) by Dr Verner Wheelock. 

Marika commutes regularly between South Africa and the UK and says that her heart lies in Greece and Israel.