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The Tao of Healthy Eating: Dietary Wisdom According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Paperback – July, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0936185927 ISBN-10: 0936185929 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Poppy Press; 2nd edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936185929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936185927
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This is a best seller for us at the moment. We have more sales of this title than any other. It is an easy to understand beginning approach to diet. (September, 1998)

From the Author

This is one of my favorite books. I wrote it specifically to answer all the most frequently asked questions my patients ask me regarding diet. Improper diet is probably the leading cause of disease in patients seeking help from acupuncturists and professional practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West today. If the diet is not regulated for the individual, no amount of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will get a complete and lasting treatment effect. Therefore, it is vitally important that patients seeking acupuncture and Chinese medical treatment understand both the importance of a good diet and how to select foods for their particular pattern of imbalance. This book can also be used by anyone interested in achieving a higher level of health through modifying their diet. It seems that every few months someone comes out with a new wonder diet that supposedly will cure everyone's ills. Often these diets disappear in a matter of another few months. Chinese medicine is the oldest, continuously professionally practiced, literate, secular medicine in the world today, and its theories on a healthy diet have been honed and tested by more than 100 generations of highly trained and intelligent professional practitioners. In other words, Chinese dietary therapy has stood the test of time.

More About the Author

Bob Flaws is the most prolific writer on Chinese medicine in the English language. He is author, translator, or editor of over 80 books on Chinese medicine and scores of articles published in both professional journals and the popular press. Among his other credits, Bob is a past president and lifetime fellow of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, a fellow and director of the National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine as well as a past editor of that association's quarterly journal, a founder of the Council of Oriental Medical Publishers, and the founder of Blue Poppy Enterprises. Bob is also the co-author and co-director of an NIH-funded research project working with AIDS-related peripheral neuropathy.

Customer Reviews

Very informative and well written.
Sherry Palmerton
This is the book you read BEFORE you go see an accupuncturist, and the one that keeps you going back to measure your progress.
Moe Webster
Tao of Healthy Eating and Live in the Balance are a great pair.
Matthew Kling

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Moe Webster on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
In this world of fluff and sound bites, this book says it all without sacrificing space. For those that need the big picture in order to grasp a concept, this is your "in" into Chinese dietary rules, as well as being the answer to most of what ails us. This is the book you read BEFORE you go see an accupuncturist, and the one that keeps you going back to measure your progress.

It takes quite a book to knock my socks off, and this one left me standing naked. This is the book that I want to put the in the hands of all those people who get on the Atkins diet and within a year later hit a wall, from the excess of cold and damp foods. This book stresses the importance of balance and the problems that excess or lack of restraint can cause to health. Even though there's not a recipe in the book, it's the important book that brings understand to the quality of the energy of food, that's perhaps of greater value even than it's carb or protein content. After reading this book, I immediately took all the other Chinese books out of the bookcase combing them for recipes. With my internal lights switched on, the importance of various foods stood out and made sense as they never had before.

As Chinese medicine dictates, each food and emotion enters a channel in the body, not unlike a river. And like salmon that swim out to sea for years only to return to an exact spawning ground located in a tiny freshwater creek, so do our foods and emotions nourish our bodies in very specific and necessary ways. Excessive use of cooling foods is brought home in his section on Spleen Vacuity and dampness. For those dealing with long term food allergies, candida, and obesity (that should cover about 4 out of 5 people, if the current polls mean anything), there's salvation in this book.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By kyara on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Bob Flaw's book "The Tao of Healthy Eating" applies Chinese wisdom to modern Western eating habits and food-related health problems such as food allergies, candidiasis, cholesterol, and obesity. Included is a list of 150 foods with their characteristics in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The strength of this book lies in its explanation of how and why certain foods are healthy, not healthy or have certain effects. After reading this book you will certainly think twice before reaching for a cup of coffee! I would, however, have liked to have seen a few examples of case studies of how to apply this valuable information.
One reviewer complained that the author self-promotes his other books. That is true. And the reason is that in his books Bob Flaws takes one topic within TCM and focuses on that to help readers new to this vast field appreciate one small aspect without being overwhelmed. And a natural consequence is to point the reader to books on related areas, which he has written about - and we should be very grateful for this because Bob Flaws is a very experienced and successful TCM practitioner. If I have one complaint about his books, it is that they seem a little dry. It would be nice to see a more user-friendly page design including a few illustrations here and there, with summaries as appropriate to help the reader consolidate the information in their heads.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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Personally, I found this book extremely well written for the audience it was intended and the purpose its author set for it. I liked its conversational tone. It made a complex subject clear and simple to understand. In fact, I think Bob Flaws is one of the best writers out there on Chinese medicine, especially for lay people. I often recommend this book to my patients with questions on Chinese dietary therapy. This book was not meant to be an exhaustive professional discussion of this topic. I also think the author covered the types of health care issues American patients most frequently ask about. If another reviwer has a problem with such popular diagnoses as candidiasis, take that up with the American public. In short, I would strongly recommend this book to any Westerner who wants to understand the distilled essence of Chinese medical dietary therapy.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Zoopeda on September 30, 2005
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I recently ordered this book to learn something about TCM and nutrition. Given the title, the description, and the reputation of the author, it seemed like a good deal. But don't be misled by these facts without noticing that the book is only 114 pages without the index. The print is huge, the margins are wide--I'd have been laughed at by professors in college had I used such wide margins to extend the length of my papers. Not to mention all the headings and chapter dividers. The supposed grammatical errors didn't bother me, although they seem to suggest that the book was hastily written. Lots of interesting ideas are contained here, and Bob Flaws cites many of the principles I've read about elsewhere, but he fails to put these claims together in a coherent and logically sound way. For a guy who claims to be a doctor and therefore a scientific minded person, he fell far short of my expectations for reasonable arguments for and discussions of his observations. And for a guy who's written over 60 books, I expected more than brief summations, unfounded and startlingly unsupported claims (I really wanted this to be a great book on the subject, but his entire "conclusions" chapter is bogged and invalidated by gross misestimations and weak claims based on insufficient statistics.). Perhaps I should have realized that having written 60 books is perhaps an indicator of the kind of thought and organization being put into each individual work. Boy, this is sounding really negative, so I'll say this. I DID like the last part of the book: lists of common foods, the merdian through which they're absorbed, their post-digestive temperature, and general effects according to traditional chinese medicine. Overall, this book is a very short, very brief introduction to TCM nutrition. But just like watching a suspensful movie on an old TV that keeps fuzzing in and out, at the end of this one you're going to wish you'd just sprung for the model with rabbit ears.
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