Food Choices Can Strengthen Body, Mind, and Spirit at Any Stage of Illness
Good Nutrition Plays a Critical Role in High Quality Palliative Care
By Ruth Westreich
I believe you are what you eat, and that food is medicine. I have been deeply involved in the natural health and nutritional science movement for many years.
I also believe that anyone at any age, including people with serious illness, can benefit from organic, mostly plant-based food. There seems to be a prevailing protocol that once a person with chronic disease is in the hands of a palliative care or hospice team, they should eat whatever they want.
I have been a long-time supporter of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care and I deeply believe in their mission of providing evidence-based education for practitioners and caregivers in palliative care and hospice care. Palliative care being a relatively new field, we are learning so much about this supportive caregiving when a cure is not attainable. Creating optimal quality of life at every stage becomes the goal.