When I would watch the evening news when little, the medical report would usually finish off with: "This condition can be treated with medication."
In the last number of years, however, the conclusion is different: "This condition can be treated with diet and exercise."
As Jane E. Brody reports in "Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills," those struggling financially can get "prescription" produce as opposed to cheaper, unhealthy food. Obesity can launch a laundry list of expensive illnesses, and providing the cure before the disease is a win-win on all fronts.
It has become an invocation in my household, while consuming delicious vegetable soup or heavenly roasted parsnips or luscious grapes, to moan, "Medicine. Absolute medicine."
Before anyone here rolls their eyes at the idea of scrumptious prevention, there was absolutely no talking at the table during Pesach lunch—and I'm including the 6-year-old here—after the zucchini soup was served. There was only the chime of spoons scraping the bowls.