|The salad bar at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach. |
Health News is a new feature series focusing on raw, vegan and alternative diets.
What does the word "diet" mean to you? Is it a temporary change in the way you eat, a way to shed a few pounds and slim down? Or it could be a lifestyle choice, like vegans, who choose not to eat animals or animal products. Maybe it's for health reasons, sticking to foods that are only grown with all-natural, organic methods.
But could you give up foods like fish, meat, fruit and cooked foods for life for another reason: what if you were suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable disease, and it was the only answer to healing your body? The idea of becoming a raw vegan might not seem so crazy, after all.
Most people don't think of a raw, vegan diet as healthy; it's just a way of eating that a few crazy-ass people ascribe to. But, at Hippocrates Health Institute located here in Palm Beach County, the idea isn't radical. It's the only way to live a healthy life, according to its directors Anna Maria and Brian Clement.
Many South Floridians aren't aware that West Palm Beach is home to the Hippocrates Health Institute, a non-profit health and wellness facility that has ranked among the world's preeminent leaders in the field of natural and alternative health care and education for more than six decades.
The institute's philosophy is based on the words of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine himself, who nearly 2,500 years ago said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."