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Healing With Whole Foods :  Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition - Paul Pitchford

Healing With Whole Foods

Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition


Published: 1st January 2011
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This health manual merges modern nutrition with insight from ancient Asian traditions. There are life-enhancing guidelines to renewal and rejuvenation, allowing the reader to develop an optimal diet to fit his or her constitutional type. This revised edition includes many updates, including new research, resources, information on GMOs, an expansion of the whole food section, and new guidelines for making the information more accessible.

About the Author

Paul Pitchford is a teacher and nutrition researcher. In his healing work with individuals, he develops rejuvenative plans based on awareness and dietary practices. His early training, following ancient traditional practice, was primarily through apprenticeships and private instructions with masters of meditation and East Asian medicine. For more than three decades, he has applied the unifying wisdom of Far Eastern thought to the major dietary therapies available in the West to create a new vision of health and nutrition.


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    ""Healing with Whole Foods" contains a wealth of information on health, diet, alternative medicine, natural food presentation, and recipes, researched by an expert in the field. Readers will learn how to apply Chinese medicine and the five-element theory to a contemporary diet; treat illness and nervous disorders through diet; and make the transition to whole vegetable foods. The most detailed source book yet published on preparing food and eating consciously, "Healing with Whole Foods" includes complete sections on Ayurvedic principles of food-combining; the treatment of disease conditions through meals; transition from animal products to whole vegetable foods; micro-algae; selection of waters and salts; the extremely complex varieties of oils, sugars, and condiments; vitamins and minerals; fasting and purification; food for children, food presentation and proportions; vibrational cooking; the physiology of nourishment; color diagnosis and therapy; consciousness in diet changes; plus descriptions of the nature and uses of various grains, legumes, miso, tempeh, tofu, seaweeds, nuts and seeds, sprouts, and fruits. Also featured are sections on chutneys, relishes, pickles, different milks, rejuvelac, yogurt, salads, and desserts."--"Midwest Book Review"

    From Part I, Chapter 2: The Principle of Extremes

    When the excessive principle reaches its limit, the extreme yin or yang transforms into its opposite. This is known as the “Principle of Extremes.” This principle is readily observed in warm-blooded animals, when a fever is produced in response to an exposure to cold, or when chills result from an excess of summer heat. Other examples:

    1. Extreme activity, such as hard physical work, necessitates rest.

    2. If activity is very fierce and yang (such as in war), death (which is very yin) can be the result.

    3. People frequently become more child-like with extreme age. Also, with advancing years, a person gradually exhibits less physical strength but, if healthy, greater wisdom. This represents the loss of bodily attachment to earth and the shifting of focus toward heaven, an example of extreme yin changing to extreme yang.

    4. As internal heat and blood pressure become higher (yang), a stroke resulting in paralysis (yin) becomes more likely.

    5. Extremely energizing substances such as cocaine cause utter debility later. One also is eventually weakened by stimulants such as caffeine and refined sugar.

    6. In meditation, proper concentration on a single object ultimately results in universal awareness. The process by which phenomena change into their opposites may be described graphically with spirals, a very common pattern in the universe. These cycles of change are progressively quicker while contracting, slower while expanding. Such cycles are balanced by opposing cycles. For instance, when the national economy slows toward stagnation, cycles of emotional anxiety become ever more intense. Another pair of spirals illustrates the way in which metabolic cycles in the body take longer to fully repeat with age, with a simultaneously greater need for nutrients. For this reason, we need less quantity but more nutritionally concentrated food as we grow older.
    Originsp. 1
    The Roots of Diagnosis and Treatment
    Yin-Yang and Beyondp. 49
    Qi Vitalityp. 56
    The Six Divisions of Yin and Yangp. 57
    Heat/Cold: The Thermal Nature of Food and Peoplep. 58
    Interior/Exterior: Building Immunityp. 67
    Excess and Deficiencyp. 89
    Essentials of Nutrition
    Dietary Transitionp. 105
    Waterp. 122
    Protein and Vitamin B[subscript 12] - The Plant and Animal Kingdoms as Sourcesp. 129
    Oils and Fatsp. 158
    Sweetenersp. 187
    Saltp. 196
    Condiments, Caffeine, and Spicesp. 204
    Vitamins and Supplementsp. 211
    Calciump. 217
    Green Food Productsp. 227
    Survival Simplifiedp. 250
    Enjoyment of Foodp. 251
    Food Combinationsp. 260
    Fasting and Purificationp. 274
    Food for Childrenp. 283
    The Five Element and Organ Systems
    Five Elements: Seasonal Attunement and the Organs in Harmony and Diseasep. 305
    Therapeutic Use of the Five Flavorsp. 308
    Wood Elementp. 316
    Fire Elementp. 331
    Earth Elementp. 339
    Metal Elementp. 346
    Water Elementp. 354
    Diseases and their Dietary Treatment
    Blood Sugar Imbalancesp. 371
    The Stomach and Intestinesp. 378
    Blood Disordersp. 387
    Cancer and the Regeneration Dietsp. 405
    Other Degenerative Disordersp. 424
    Recipes and Properties of Vegetal Foods
    Vibrational Cookingp. 447
    Grainsp. 456
    Breadsp. 489
    Legumes: Beans, Peas, and Lentilsp. 506
    Nuts and Seedsp. 530
    Vegetablesp. 535
    Sproutsp. 568
    Saladsp. 571
    Seaweedsp. 580
    Soupsp. 596
    Saucesp. 602
    Condimentsp. 606
    Spreads and Patesp. 608
    Picklesp. 609
    Grain and Seed Milksp. 612
    Rejuvelac and Yogurtp. 613
    Fruitp. 614
    Dessertsp. 624
    Summaryp. 640
    Epiloguep. 653
    Parasite Purge Programp. 654
    The Effect of Root Canals on Healthp. 667
    Bibliographyp. 670
    References and Notesp. 681
    Resourcesp. 704
    Indexp. 710
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    ISBN: 9781556434303
    ISBN-10: 1556434308
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 750
    Published: 1st January 2011
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.7  x 4.6
    Weight (kg): 1.82
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: Revised