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    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.

    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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    ISBN 9781556434303
    Genre HEALTH & FITNESS / Nutrition
    Format Paperback
    Pages 753
    Publisher Date 2002-12-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher North Atlantic Books
    Copyright Year 2002
    Height 10.0 in
    Wdth 7.75 in
    Thickness 2.0 in
    Unit weight 3.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
    Edition Number 3
    Edition Detail Revised, Expanded, Updated
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Pitchford, Paul

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      This is it. I have read and own a number of nutrition books and this is the one I keep referring to. Great information and thorough explanations. Explains nutrition from primarily an Eastern point of view and provides scientific explanations. It gives you the how to. Make good use of the index.

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      Great book. I will keep handy and refer to often, large book, but easy to read and understand the value of good nutrition. If I had cancer, I would use this book as a reference for dietary info rather than the brief nutrition education info you get as a patient.

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      I have Hodgkins Lymphoma and my sister told me about this book. I have begun reading it and have found the information incredibly useful not only for my cancer but for all aspects of my well-being. If you are looking for a desk reference of foods to eat for any particular condition this is the best I have found by far!

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