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    DescriptionUsed 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 nutrition--including facts about green foods, such as spirulina and blue-green algae, and the "regeneration diets" used by cancer patients and arthritics--along 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.


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    Title
    Healing with Whole Foods
    Subtitle
    Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Pitchford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 750
    Width: 196 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 1,700 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781556434303
    ISBN 10: 1556434308
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.4
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HL
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VXH
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 420
    BIC subject category V2: VFMD
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24720
    BISAC V2.8: HEA006000
    Libri: I-HL
    DC22: 613.2
    BISAC V2.8: HEA017000
    B&T Approval Code: A97403005
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A97403000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 613.26
    BISAC V2.8: HEA009000, HEA016000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A65803000
    LC classification: RM217 .P55 2002
    Edition
    3, Revised
    Edition statement
    3rd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    ill
    Publisher
    North Atlantic Books,U.S.
    Imprint name
    North Atlantic Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    01 December 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Berkeley, CA
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    ""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"