Physicians, such as Dr. Daniel Nadeau, are prescribing food rather than pills to fix the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans routinely take prescription drugs, and 75 percent of all doctor visits involve drugs.
To counter the dependency on drugs, Loma Linda University School of Medicine incorporated a special emphasis on lifestyle medicine in which physicians learn how to prescribe food instead of narcotics.
In fact, there is rising interest from doctors at the annual Food as Medicine Symposium on Feb. 11-12.
"We go to our doctors. We live an unhealthy lifestyle, and we just say: 'Give me a pill for that,' and 'I want to be healthy'," Nadeau said. "You might get your numbers down a bit, but you're not going to feel the best that you could feel."