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Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition [Paperback]

Paul Pitchford
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Nov. 5 2002

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 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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"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

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking, here's why: May 7 2007
A very valuable book, as it summarizes and mixes the Western calorie-counting, "5g of iron per serving" nutritional knowledge with a more broad-view traditional medicine (east and west) perspective. No system is perfect, of course. Pitchford makes good use of each one's strengths. There's even a little spirituality in the mix, but it isn't offensive, it's welcome. Healing needs a little spirit.

Paul Pitchford seems like a good doctor. He's very knowledgeable, and yet teaches a balanced natural approach to health like that of the of the great past physicians (ancient or modern, east or west). His view on global issues and how they relate to individual choices put the work of healing in proper perspective. Despite being a bit of a "melting pot", this book is, in a word, GROUNDBREAKING.

Later authors will surely build on Pitchford's work, hopefully addressing some of its shortcomings. The author's style is pretty "wordy", (I'm guilty of this too) I suppose this is necessary to describe such foreign concepts as "sheng" "deficiency" etc, but it makes for pretty dense reading. Also, the long lists of foods, syndromes etc could be better organized on the pages, maybe with more headers or pictures. Some of his advice, especially the "hot and cold" potency of foods can contradict other authors and systems. This is confusing and it does not inspire confidence in that particular method of prescribing healing foods.

But this is still an excellent book, good for those thirsty for a balanced approach in this age of extremes.

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-If you want to learn to be a healthy Vegan or Vegetarian, this book could help you very much.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE COMPLETE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!!!!! Oct. 26 2003
By Vanessa
If I could give this book 10,000 stars I would. This book is absolutely incredible! Some points:
- This book is HUGE!! 750 pages full of information (I was surprised I didn't have to pay much more for it -- for the amount of info this books contains, I would have easily expected to pay at least twice what it costs!)
- Amazingly well-written!
- Takes no sides, gives you the facts in a clear, concise way
- Complete with theories of Chinese Medicine and descriptions of disease patterns and how to cure them
- Very up-to-date -- this book is not just about old remedies -- it discusses all the issues of the "modern westerner"
- Very well organized with an incredible index that you can use to find absolutely anything
- Lists more foods than you probably know of, as well as the characteristics and therapeutic uses of each
- Provides numerous recipes (though it's not meant to be a cookbook, I was surprised to find that it not only describes the foods, it tells you how to *use* them, how to *prepare* them, and even how to store them!)
If you are looking for a guide to foods that is modern and up-to-date, yet helds to the traditional premises, this is it!
This book made me think about what I've been eating and drinking (and I don't mean alcohol -- you'll find some eye-opening truths here about the water you drink, as well as what the meat, poultry, and eggs go through before they get to your fridge.)
This book made me become a vegan.
This book made me purify my water before I drink it.
This book made me a conscious citizen of the planet!
But don't worry -- there is NO preaching! If you are intent on eating meat -- fine! All the suggestions in this book provide for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and everyone in between! It simply tells you te facts and allows you to think for yourself.
Thank you, Paul Pitchford, for putting together such an incredible book -- it's an immense achievment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for your body, mind, and spirit March 9 2007
I found this book in a health food store together with "Can We Live 150 Year?" Since then I have gradually incorporated more and more of the knowledge and principles presented in both books into my lifestyle. I have learned how to properly combine, prepare and cook foods in a healthy way. I have become aware of the numerous toxins that we are all exposed to on a daily basis. I have cleansed my body and I have cleaned my environment and I continue to make more improvements as time goes on. I have used this book to learn basic understanding of energetic balances between my diet, my psyche, and my spirit. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in taking charge of their own life, spirituality, and health. The other book, "Can We Live 150", is a very important addition to this book. I think everybody should by them together, as I did, as they very much complement each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Virtual Bible May 26 2003
I owned the first edition of this book for many years until a student "borrowed" it and never returned it. That's the problem with a valuable reference book such as Healing with Whole Foods. Six years ago I was in search of a greens product. Thinking that all greens products were similar, I perused Paul Pitchford's book with the notion that chlorophyll is chlorophyll. Wrong! Twenty-seven pages later, I learned that too much bitter flavor on a cold and deficient person could produce negative effects. Pitchford delineates general guidelines for determining the best greens products for one's own constitution, be it "excessive," "deficient," "cold," "heat," or "dampness." Pitchford has done the research from which I benefit on a daily basis. I could not be without this virtual Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had bought my own edition years ago and loved it.
I gave this is as a gift, the recipient was very impressed.
I had bought my own edition years ago and loved it.
Published 26 days ago by Carol Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information
Lots of great information connecting modern and Chinese concepts of nutrition. A great reference book to keep on the shelf for anyone interested in nutrition and health.
Published 4 months ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Bible
It was everything I thought it would be and more. I have learned so much about myself and am looking forward to healing with this book.
Published 5 months ago by Ashley Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Excellent book with very useful information. Everyone should keep one at home. It helps me to understand my body & organs to eat healthy & feel whole.
Published 5 months ago by Jannie Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars Best healing with whole food book ever
Bought it a couple of months ago and went through most chapters. Excellent exemples, recipes and not 'sanctimonious' (moralisateur in French). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marjolene Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Complete
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to go deeper into their nutrition research. This work of art create bridges between traditional and modern nutrition to help us demystify... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PermaBliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this book. It is so informative, to the point, clear, well sourced, I mean it's Paul Pitchford, you can't go wrong! ;)
Published 13 months ago by Sherry Akef
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Excellent book lots of information very informative, helpfull. If you are into herbal medication this is your reference bible. Would recommend to all
Published 21 months ago by johnb1
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing with Whole Foods
This is an amazing book!!! I find it very informative and refer to it often. If you are looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle...this book is a must for your library!!!
Published on June 16 2012 by Telle
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly useful
I reference this book all the time. I started using it to help treat various aliments I, or friends of mine were dealing with, and had great results. Read more
Published on March 11 2012 by wapes
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