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Healing with Whole Foods

Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, 3rd Edition
Paperback Book
North Atlantic
November, 2002
$43.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Now in a completely revised and updated third edition, this deservedly popular bible brings together authentic traditions of Oriental medicine with current Western research on health and nutrition to create the most detailed sourcebook available on planning and preparing an optimal diet. Deeply researched, sensibly organized and indexed, and extensively documented, this comprehensive reference features:

ª  Current guidelines on nutrition basics such as the protein/Vitamin B12 group, fats and oils, sugars and sweeteners, water, salt, seaweeds, “green foods” (micro-algae and cereal grasses), calcium, oxygen, and other nutritional concerns

ª  Clear discussions of the Chinese healing arts applied to physical and emotional conditions, including the Eight Principles (Six Divisions of Yin and Yang), Five Elements, and syndromes of the internal organs

ª  Information on making a gentle transition from a diet based on animal products to one centred on whole grains and fresh vegetables. Over 300 hearty, creative, purely vegetarian (vegan) recipes, as well as the healing properties of plant and animal foods

ª  Sections on weight loss, heart and vascular renewal, female health, digestive problems, candida yeast infections, root canals, food combining, fasting, children, pregnancy, and aging. Includes insights from Ayurvedic medicine of India

ª  Detailed “regeneration diets” and herbal treatments for cancer, arthritis, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, AIDS, and other degenerative conditions. Also features a “Parasite Purge Program” tailored to specific body types.

While there are a multitude of programs available for health-conscious people to follow, Healing with Whole Foods succeeds in being a compendium of everything that’s important in one book.

New additions to this edition include the “parasite purge program,” root canal information, new research on the benefits of whole foods for overcoming degenerative diseases, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)—as well as updates and revisions in all chapters.

Paul Pitchford directs the Heartwood Institute Wellness Clinic and Oriental Healing Arts Program in Garberville, California.




Publisher’s Description: 

Used as a reference by students of acupuncture, this is a hefty, truly comprehensive guide to the theory and healing power of Chinese medicine. It's also a primer on nutritionincluding facts about green foods, such as spirulina and blue-green algae, and the "regeneration diets" used by cancer patients and arthriticsalong with an 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, so 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" from following his program. The diet is certainly acetic 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 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 adds dietary tips for protecting yourself against the dangers of modern life, including neutralizing damage from water fluoridation (thyroid and immune-system problems may result; fluoride is a carcinogen). 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.The authoritative source on East/West nutrition, this comprehensive reference has been completely revised and updated with information on the benefits of whole foods for overcoming degenerative diseases. Illustrations.

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