Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition / Edition 3

Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition / Edition 3

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by Paul Pitchford
     
 

Used as a reference by students of acupuncture, Healing with Whole Foods is an invaluable guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. With facts about green foods such as spirulina and blue-green algae and information about the "regeneration diets" used by cancer patients and arthritics, it is also an accessible primer on

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Used as a reference by students of acupuncture, Healing with Whole Foods is an invaluable guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. With facts about green foods such as spirulina and blue-green algae and information about the "regeneration diets" used by cancer patients and arthritics, it is also an accessible primer on nutrition—and a inspiring cookbook with more than 300 mostly vegetarian, nutrient-packed recipes.

The information on Chinese medicine is useful for helping to diagnose health imbalances, especially nascent illnesses. It's smartly paired with the whole-foods program: because the Chinese have attributed various health-balancing properties to foods, you can tailor your diet to help alleviate symptoms of illness. For example, Chinese medicine dictates that someone with low energy and a pale complexion (a yin deficiency) would benefit from avoiding bitter foods and increasing "sweet" foods such as soy, black sesame seeds, parsnips, rice, and oats. (Note that the Chinese definition of sweet foods is much different from the American one!)

Pitchford says in his dedication that he hopes the reader finds "healing, awareness, and peace" by following his program. The diet is certainly ascetic by American standards (no alcohol, caffeine, white flour, fried foods, or sugar, and a minimum of eggs and dairy) but the reasons he gives for avoiding these "negative energy" foods are compelling. From the adrenal damage imparted by coffee to the immune dysfunction brought on by excess refined sugar, Pitchford spurs you to rethink every dietary choice and its ultimate influence on your health. Without being alarmist, he offers dietary tips for protecting yourself against the dangers of modern life, including neutralizing damage from water fluoridation. There's further reading on food combining, female health, heart disease, pregnancy, fasting, and weight loss. Overall, this is a wonderful book for anyone who's serious about strengthening his or her body from the inside out.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556434716
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
784
Sales rank:
345,026
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 10.26(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Origins1
Pt. IThe Roots of Diagnosis and Treatment
2Yin-Yang and Beyond49
3Qi Vitality56
The Six Divisions of Yin and Yang57
4Heat/Cold: The Thermal Nature of Food and People58
5Interior/Exterior: Building Immunity67
6Excess and Deficiency89
Pt. IIEssentials of Nutrition
7Dietary Transition105
8Water122
9Protein and Vitamin B[subscript 12] - The Plant and Animal Kingdoms as Sources129
10Oils and Fats158
11Sweeteners187
12Salt196
13Condiments, Caffeine, and Spices204
14Vitamins and Supplements211
15Calcium217
16Green Food Products227
17Survival Simplified250
18Enjoyment of Food251
19Food Combinations260
20Fasting and Purification274
21Food for Children283
Pt. IIIThe Five Element and Organ Systems
22Five Elements: Seasonal Attunement and the Organs in Harmony and Disease305
23Therapeutic Use of the Five Flavors308
24Wood Element316
25Fire Element331
26Earth Element339
27Metal Element346
28Water Element354
Pt. IVDiseases and their Dietary Treatment
29Blood Sugar Imbalances371
30The Stomach and Intestines378
31Blood Disorders387
32Cancer and the Regeneration Diets405
33Other Degenerative Disorders424
Pt. VRecipes and Properties of Vegetal Foods
34Vibrational Cooking447
35Grains456
36Breads489
37Legumes: Beans, Peas, and Lentils506
38Nuts and Seeds530
39Vegetables535
40Sprouts568
41Salads571
42Seaweeds580
43Soups596
44Sauces602
45Condiments606
46Spreads and Pates608
47Pickles609
48Grain and Seed Milks612
49Rejuvelac and Yogurt613
50Fruit614
51Desserts624
52Summary640
Epilogue653
App. AParasite Purge Program654
App. BThe Effect of Root Canals on Health667
Bibliography670
References and Notes681
Resources704
Index710

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