Conventional medicine has evolved over the years to have an 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 sat down with WellBe to talk about FRESH Med’s unique, collaborative approach to patient care, including their five pillars of health and well-being.
You can also listen to an audio version of our interview with Dr. Robert Graham on The WellBe Podcast.
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. After his training at Harvard, he practiced at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he started the first education and edible rooftop garden at a hospital in a city. Both patients and employees got to enjoy the fresh produce, and the point of the garden was really to teach those giving medical care and those receiving it that food is truly the best medicine. The rooftop garden closed due to hospital politics and Dr. Graham decided to start FRESH Med, an integrative health and wellness center in 2016.
At FRESH Med, He and his colleagues identified what they call the five pillars of well-being: