The role of diet
The knowledge that diet can have a healing effect dates back centuries ago. So called Hippocrates (460-377 in Chr) several times the therapeutic effect of nutrition and uses Maimonides (1135-1204) the proposition that: "No disease that can be cured by diet, by other means should be treated '. This idea became the background when, from about 1850 surgery booked increasing results and after the Second World War, antibiotics were developed as a powerful tool against infectious diseases. In addition to this highly effective treatment methods the influence of diet was considered inferior.
In the beginning of the 20th century were increasingly deficiency diseases discovered which could be cured by the administration of a single vitamin. An example is that to prevent scurvy and was found to cure with Vitamin C. That nutrition affects more than just preventing the typical deficiency diseases is becoming increasingly clear from approximately 1960.
Since then, according to a growing number of scientific studies that there is indeed a significant relationship between nutrition and disease. For example, it is now clear that poor diet play a role in the onset of cancer, for example,, heart- and vascular disease and adult-onset diabetes.