Dr. Robert Graham on Changing the “Pill for an Ill” Mentality in Medicine
Conventional medicine has the attitude of a “pill for an ill,” but Dr. Robert Graham of FRESH Med in Brooklyn, NY, is working to change that in favor of getting to the root cause of disease using a food-first approach. Graham started out as an internal medicine doc and then got his Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health while also getting a fellowship in Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. When he was at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, he started the first education and edible rooftop garden at a hospital in the city. Patients and employees got to enjoy the fresh produce. In 2016, he started FRESH Med, an integrative health practice located within Physio Logic, a wellness center in Brooklyn.
Graham sat down with WellBe to talk about FRESH Med’s unique, collaborative approach to patient care, including their five pillars of well-being: food, relaxation, exercise, sleep, and happiness. (It spells “fresh,” get it?) He and his colleagues have found that addressing these pillars really does the trick when it comes to avoiding a “pill for an ill.”
Watch the full WellBe interview for more from Graham, including how growing up in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural setting shaped his views on food as medicine, why the food system in hospitals is terrible, his goal to bring farms to more hospitals, how to reform healthcare and med school, why self-care is so important, how health coaching helps patients, the perks of collaborative healthcare, the importance of evidence in treatment, and how to find a legit integrative doctor. Plus, Graham’s predictions for the next 20 years of health and wellness.