- Paperback: 750 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 3rd Revised edition edition (13 Jun. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556434308
- ISBN-13: 978-1556434303
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 4.6 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Paperback – 13 Jun 2002
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However, be careful... It is very hard for someone who has not had serious training in Eastern medicine to really grasp concepts as "dampness", "dryness", "heat" and "cold". So it can be dangerous in the sense that one may totally misunderstand one's own condition, and then start to act according to what Pitchford prescribes for this condition - and end up getting worse, because one doesn't have this condition but another one... This has happended to some degree to myself and my wife - nothing dramatic though, but still, a bit of a pity. So now we go to a practitioner in Chinese medicine (an acupuncturist), who diagnoses us, and only then we look up in Pitchford's book what is appropriate food for us, what to avoid and what to use more. In this way, it is a great help.
So to sum it all up: a real treasure; with lots of essential things that everyone should know about food and health; based on profound insight and experience; but I would recommend that <diagnosis> of your specific condition is made by an experienced practitioner of Chinese medicine, and not by yourself on the basis of this book - however tempting it may be...
(And for those interested in macrobiotics - see this as the full, original, authentic and extended version of what Kushi and others have popularized, simplified and somewhat twisted...)
Paul Pitchford is hugely respected in his field and there has been no skimping on research. A great deal of information is backed up by scientific research and evidence.
Well worth the purchase. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
This book covers the first par excellence and the second comes across in the gentle and enlightened manner of the author. It is a most detailed source book on planning and preparing an optimal diet, giving a really good understanding about the science, eastern and western, and beneficial life habits underlying healthy eating and lifestyle, and aside from that it is just plain fascinating. It is very large, you can dip into it and read the sections that most interest you (all of them) and it has recipes. The section on children's nutrition and upbringing is first rate as well as delightful - read the last sentence. This book will change the way you look at food forever even if you don't take up all of the suggestions.
Every doctor, healer and therapist should recommend it as part of their treatment
Eastern approach to nutrition breaks away from the western idea that one diet suits everyone. Follow the guide to your constitution and optimum health will follow. Uses the five element theory.
I could never understand why I was always so tired, lethargic and mucusy until I followed the advice in this book and cut out eating dairy and consumed more bitter flavoured foods recomended for "damp" bodies. My hair/ Skin/ fitness and general zest-for-life have all seen a vast improvement.
If i could i would give this book more that five stars, Still completely in awe of this book and the effect it has had on my life.
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This book has been a constant companion for many years, and has been instrumental in healing friends and family in the most subtle and beautiful ways. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ironheart
A very substantial book which i read from cover to cover. Apparently it is a set text for many naturopathic courses and one teacher told me it is rarely read! Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Pullinger
This is probably the best book ever written on food, health and spirituality.Published 6 months ago by Boogieshooz
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