Welcome everyone to another edition of the Doctor’s Note where we talk about what’s on our minds when it comes to your health. 

In integrative medicine, we are always looking for alternative ways to prevent disease. Mark Hyman, M.D. says on Dr. Attia’s podcast (episode #94), that if we can fix the food system, we can solve a lot of big problems, such as the chronic disease/obesity epidemic, the rising cost of healthcare, as well as the big problems facing the environment. A local farmer/friend of mine is taking that to heart!

Jonathan Houser, owner of River Gardens, Inc, has launched a revolutionary idea to build small/large boxed indoor gardens for people to harvest their own vegetables. That way you can have “farm to table” eating inside your own house! He brought me one at Christmas and I have been eating from it for almost a month! Good nutrition fuels the body. I encourage you to watch this video to see how Jonathan’s field of dreams is a step towards a healthier 2024!  



Gift A Garden: Idea to Reality  


  • People love to give flowers. Flowers on Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc, but the trend now is moving towards gifting herbs and vegetables. So, the idea came to build little gardens that you could give to someone. 
  • Everybody loves the idea of having a garden. Growing and eating what you, yourself, planted and groomed. But it’s hard work. That’s why Jonathan created this business, so you could have your own indoor garden, without all the hassle.  
  • People are becoming more aware of what they put in their body, the fertilizers and chemicals used to keep the food fresh until it gets on the shelf. 
  • Farm fresh produce is more nutrient-dense than anything in the grocery store.
  • It’s important to ask yourself: Where are your vegetables coming from during the winter months? Knowing that they have to get here somehow, how was it processed? How was it cut? 
  • Most produce loses its nutrients within 24 hours of harvesting. 
  • Local food is often more nutritious because it’s not shipped long distance. When you eat something that is fresh, you know it. You can taste it. 
  • Each garden box is personalized. Veggies include: lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, brussel sprouts, fresh green beans, herbs, tomatoes (coming soon), and even eggs! Everything you need to make a salad, and more! And when you’re finished eating, you just bring your box back to the greenhouse and get it refilled. 
  • Americans throw away ⅓ of the food they buy. Most of that is fruits and vegetables. Jonathan doesn’t have any waste. He grows his vegetables in dirt containers and doesn’t use any fertilizers. 
  • Plants are living organisms and respond to love. 
  • Get to know your local farmers! Go visit the place where your food is being grown, and ask questions!  

Remember that food is medicine. I truly enjoyed my time at the greenhouse with Jonathan and encourage you to go visit. See what’s growing, how it’s grown, and how you can benefit. Gift a garden is Jonathan’s field of dreams. Located 416 Torbett Road, Piney Flats, Tennessee (423-895-0321). Just give him a call and say the Doc sent you! 

Stay educated. Stay healthy.

Till next week. 

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