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Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (3rd Edition) Paperback – November 5, 2002
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It is very complex and technical, and he seamlessly connects Asian Medicine with Modern Western Science. It will likely fly over the head of the average person who has the attention span of a squirrel, but if you dedicate the time and effort to study what is in this book, you will be so much better off than the average person. Again, I can vouch personally for that.
The recipes are brilliant and easy to follow, and that is worth the price of the book.
This is a common text book for Acupuncture students and should be REQUIRED reading for all med-school students, because they know absolutely nothing about food, nutrition, eating, or anything of the sort. Perhaps if they did, patients would find better outcomes.
1. It's enormous, 784 PAGES LONG.
2. It's confusing. I really just wanted to know what to eat for my condition. Seriously.
3. It's conflicting. SO much conflicting information. When I read it I get stressed out.
I find it so frustrating that I want to throw it, only I can't lift it to throw it because it's too heavy.
I immediately felt the effects. The exhaustion, the mood swings, went away. Months later the PMS went away. A few more adjustments to my diet including eliminating eggs and nuts, which I found created too much excess.. and my anger, my irritation dissolved. Leaving me with a much more peaceful life, a more peaceful mind. This was from me reading a book, not talking to a doctor. This book is comprehensive, and easy to use so much so that I could change my life. It was as if Paul Pitchford was sitting in the room talking with me. A couple of times reading the sections that related to me and I had a workable plan. Putting the plan into action I immediately saw my life transform.
So please don't put your health and body into a stereotype. This book helped me transform my life! I want to share it with you because each person is unique in what is best for them. Sometimes people are telling you to do this or that because it will make you healthy; raw food, vegetarianism; or because it is good for the earth, veganism.That if you are sick you should take this medication or accept a label for what is wrong with you. When in reality if you change the foundation of your life through diet and exercise until you find what is right for you.. your life and the way you think can transform. But you are unique. This book recommends a vegetarian diet, but empasis is put on finding what works for you. There is a disease and illness guide, sections of vitamins and minerals and what that looks like for your body in excess and deficiency. Combining Chinese medicine and nutrition you have all the tools you need to look at yourself critically, to heal, to grow, to thrive.
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If you find the size of this book daunting, be assured that it has an excellent index, and can be used for reference very painlessly. Once you discover the wealth of information within it's the beginning of a voyage of discovery. Massive respect to the author Paul Pitchford.
It contains a wealth of knowledge about the nutrition available from most wholefoods. It is certainly based on oriental systems with its frequent references to yin and yang and excess and deficiency, heat and cold, balance etc.
Anyone familiar with TCM will be at home with this book...and if not, thenanyone would also find it interesting and informative.
It also contains some healthy recipes.
I have referred to this book frequently.
Well researched and supported, the author argues with great persuasiveness and wisdom for the advantages of opting for a whole food diet. His care and conviction shine through in the text, which is written in a very readable and sincere style.
Along with a huge quantity of information on foods and herbs, there is much attention paid to problems with modern nutrition such as genetic modification, and the value of taking a moral, mindful and harmonious approach to diet and lifestyle choices.
In particular, the summary on a Sattvic lifestyle is potentially life-changing and thoroughly life-affirming.
This is a book that is very hard to put down once opened and contains treasures of wisdom on virtually every page. Very highly recommended.