The wisdom of Hippocrates

Historians agree that Hippocrates was born around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos.  Little else is known about him, but much wisdom is attributed to him:

  • “It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”
  • “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
  • “Walking is man’s best medicine. ”

We seem to have forgotten this wisdom in our 21st century focus on treating illness rather than the whole person and rather than preventing illness.

Hippocrates reputedly lived until the age of 90, quite remarkable for his era.  Perhaps it was a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine that was the secret to his longevity!