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Culinary Medicine

Culinary medicine blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine. The goal of this is to find ways to relieve or even cure ailments by changing personal eating habits and focusing on nutrition. Culinary Medicine is not a new specialty area but one that is finally starting to make an impact in many areas of the country. It’s not an alternative to medications that are prescribed to control health conditions. Instead, this specialty is an educational platform that healthcare providers can use to empower their patients to improve, and, in many cases, prevent health conditions that are associated with dietary choices. Anyone can benefit from culinary medicine education, but it’s especially helpful for those with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, gout and a host of other conditions. Athletes and those who are active with exercise and training can also benefit from culinary medicine recommendations.

Conditions that may be helped with culinary medicine include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory issues
  • Kidney stones
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Gout

Memorial's Culinary Medicine Specialist Dr. Kerry Scott has been practicing medicine for 20 years, and he has seen firsthand how a patient’s nutritional status directly affects their health and health outcomes. “The adage ‘you are what you eat’ has some true meaning,” he says. “I love seeing my patients happy and feeling good about themselves. It is very heart-warming to see a patient who has struggled with their diabetes improve their blood sugars or see a patient who has struggled with their weight begin to see their BMI drop to healthier levels. These are some of the measures of patient success for me,” said Dr. Scott.

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