Dear Division 16,
We have been exploring, through our Theme Books, our relationship to food and starting to think about local and global food issues. I think this article is a nice combination of global and local.
Once you’ve given it a read, think about what you know about food as medicine. You can either respond from your own experience or do a little bit of internet research to answer the following question:
What is one example of food that people use for medicine? Please be clear in your response about: what the illness is that the food is treating, specifically what food is used as medicine, and what the effect of the food is on the human body.
For example, if I were using this article, I might respond:
“In Bangladesh, but probably other places around the world as well, drinking water is unsafe. Well water can sometimes be contaminated with arsenic, which is poisonous for humans. Lentils that are being grown in Saskatchewan right now have higher levels of Selenium, which helps the body eliminate arsenic. When people eat the lentils, it reduces the amount of arsenic in their bodies and makes them healthier”
Or, if I were using my own experiences, I might write:
“Whenever I get a cold, I also get a bad cough. My friend has always encouraged me to drink a tea made from lemon, ginger, honey and cayenne pepper. When I boil these in water and drink them, I find that I cough less frequently and that I feel better overall. I think that it soothes my throat and helps my immune system to get stronger, and I know that lemons have vitamin C.”
I look forward to your responses,