Something brilliant and new in the medical community did Dr. Robert Weiss. By opening a “Farmacy” he decided to teach about the importance of nutrition and diet.
To change our focus from big pharmaceutical companies is something he believes and advices and to reconnect with the basic learnings.
Dr. Weiss Opens the first ‘Farmacy’
After selling his New York medical practice, Dr. Robert Weiss built the very first farm-based medical practice on his 348-acre farm. Located in Long Valley, New Jersey the ‘farmacy’ is focused on treating patients with plant foods as the medicine.
“Plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease-modifying tools available to practitioners — more powerful than any drugs or surgeries,” said Dr. Weiss.
Billions of people have been intoxicated with synthetic chemicals.
Plants have been used since ancient times, we are aware of plant and herb benefits for our health, and still we run straight to pharmacy whenever we are sick.
Even the diets have become full with processed and preserved food that causes various diseases in our bodies.
Dr. Weiss is practicing the advice from the father of medicine:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
On the “Farmacy” the priority is to bring the body into balance through consuming vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
“I am not saying if you fall down and break your ankle, I can fix it by putting a salve of mugwort on it. You need someone to fix your fracture,” Dr. Weiss said. “I am talking about treating and preventing chronic disease — the heart attacks, the strokes, the cardiovascular disease, the cancers … the illnesses that are taking our economy and our nation down.”
The plants are rich in nutrients that help the body to heal. During the interview, Dr. Weiss shared his recipe for his lunch that he prepared:
“a salad of baby kale, radicchio, purple carrots, cucumbers, onions and cherry husk tomatoes tossed with a walnut vinaigrette, followed by eggplant rollatini with tofu instead of cheese, and dairy-free chocolate pudding garnished with raspberries”
Maybe it looks simple, but this salad is full with many important medicinal ingredients.
The goal is to reduce the reliance on dangerous pharmaceuticals that bring on a host of negative side-effects, addiction, and overdose death. Also, he strives to avoid, where possible, unnecessary surgeries.
Dr. Weiss points to the case of 90-year-old Angelina Rotella of West New York as model success story. On the night before Christmas Eve, she came to his office in a wheelchair with congestive heart failure.
“I asked her, ‘Do you want me to call 911 and admit you to Palisades General? Or will you let me feed you sweet potatoes and kale?’ Amazingly enough, with the help of her daughter, she chose this,” Weiss said. “She doesn’t have diabetes anymore and chronic heart failure. She is cooking, sewing and walking around town. I’m not saying it’s easy, but she seized the opportunity and she is transformed.”
The prescription was a strict diet including “grains (such as whole-grain brown rice and sweet potatoes), steamed greens (including kale and spinach), fruit (a big serving of wild organic blueberries is a must) and water.” Her daughter, Angie Rotella-Suarez, calls it “more than a miracle,” saying her mother stopped taking her heart blood pressure medication within two weeks.
The plant-based diet was so effective that Rotella-Suarez and her sister took up the same diet and lost 40 pounds, and are no longer pre-diabetic.
90 families are part of the farmacy.
Today 90 families are part of the “Farmacy” and they volunteer as a membership fee, harvesting vegetables and selecting weeds. This is a great exercise for them, but they also eat healthy food and they are involved in the process of food production.
“Human health is directly related to the health of the environment, the production of food and how it is grown,” said Dr. Weiss, who also got his undergraduate degree in botany from Rutgers College of Arts in Science. “I see this farm as an opportunity for me to take everything I’ve done all my life, all the biology and chemistry of plants I have studied, and link them to the human biological system.”
Indeed, there are more benefits to the act of growing one’s food than the we may realize. According to a scientific study, working in the garden and making contact with soil bacteria can make you smarter and happier, by triggering the release of serotonin in the brains.