Modern, western medicine has undoubtedly made incredible contributions to science and learning. Many of the scores of metabolic pathways that facilitate the normal function of our neurological, immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems have been elucidated by research funded by drug companies. The drug companies have also invested heavily into one of the greatest scientific endeavours yet to be undertaken; the unravelling of the human genetic code. But their rewards have been few and far between.
The biggest reason for this is linked to our coevolution with our natural environment and the fact that these interconnected and interacting pathways respond best to natural inputs, such as healthy, diverse diets, lots of fresh air and clean water, and plenty of physical activity. Sounds pretty natural, doesn’t it, and a far cry from the ‘pill for an ill’ approach that has characterised modern medicine.