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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 3 edition (Nov. 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556434308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556434303
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 4.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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A great and large resource with extensive detail into foods and their health benefits based around the Chinese 5 element system. Includes a chapter with a good number of recipes. I used this during a holistic health training - a great book for anyone's holistic health library
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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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So far this book has been one of the best resource books for nutrition and healing with food that I have read. Because he brings awareness to both Eastern and Western practices, it gives you a clear look at the whole picture regarding your body and health. Every time I randomly open a page, I read something pertinent to my health. This book will be my "Health Bible" for quite a while. One vitamin that is not written about enough however, is Vitamin K2. Magnesium is very important, I know, but the benefits of Vitamin K2 are just as important, from other books that I have read. This omission does not in any way take away the value of this book. It is fantastic!
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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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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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