Flu for Dummies, Including Doctors



The flu (influenza) is an acute, contagious virus-caused infection of the upper respiratory tract (lungs, throat, sinuses, nose). The virus has to be inhaled through the nose or the mouth in order to enter the lungs. It is an airborne virus that floats in the air, can settle on the hands, hair, food you eat, etc. It does not jump from your hands or dinner plate into your nose or mouth, so that that washing your hands doesn’t make any difference but just keeps you ignorant and sick. So listening to any doctor who promotes this practice is a waste of time and an insult to common sense and normal intelligence, because after you wash your hands for 20 seconds and faucet, recommended, instructed by Dr. Jen, does not eliminate much less prevent the billions of viruses, bacteria already in the air from entering your nose five seconds after washing your hands. The problem is not on the outside but on the inside, i.e. your lungs and immune system. Does your doctor ever tell, educate you on the inside, prevention, diet (food, herbs) or tell you to wash your hands and then wait for you to get sick so that he can prescribe drugs and charge you for both the drugs and appointment.


Bacteria, viruses and fungi prosper in stagnant fluids, excess water, mucus, phlegm) trapped in the lungs, sinuses, which are normally kept in check, prevented by excess heat, body temperature (98.6˚F), hot climate and diet, heats, dries, disperses body fluids. When the body gets colder, fluids collect and stagnant, which is what normally happens during the colder months, producing mucus (thick water), phlegm (thick mucus). Excess fluids, mucus and phlegm can also be produced via diet as every food has a hot cold, dry or moist nature. Soft dairy, fruit, juices, sugar and cold drinks increase excess fluids and mucus. So giving you child milk and cereal, cold drinks, fruit juices, sodas, ice water and ice cream in the winter time or when you have excess mucus, is foolish, will invite, house and prosper the common cold and flu. Just as health has a specific, but flexible diet so does disease.


The solution, prevention and cure is heat via hot foods: soups, stews, cooked vegetables (raw is cooling), protein, fat, spices and bitter herbs (cold, drying) until the cold, flu has passed. This works most of the time but there are always exceptions.


I (66) haven’t had a cold, much less a flu in the last forty years, despite living in a two-bedroom house (in the mountains, NC) that is not insulated except for the small bedroom, for the last eight years. Every winter I wake up and go into the main room and the temperature, depending on the outdoor temperature is in the low to high thirties and hopefully at end of the day, depending on the sun, rises up in the low fifties, but mostly stays in the forties. I usually sit by a heater with a jacket, sweatshirt and blanket that drapes over the heater. At night I turn on the heat in the bedroom, and get the temperature up to the mid-sixties and then turn it off. By morning it is a few degrees warmer than the living room. I also walk every day ½ hour to 45 minutes outdoor whatever the temperature, single digit, 20’s, 30’s, etc. and have hung around ion closed environment with people who already have colds. I would attempt to keep the house warmer, keep the heat on all the time, except it is too expensive, as the cold air quickly consumes the heat.


If this interests you then buy my book, Hot and Cold Health School of Natural Healing, East and West, based on Chinese, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine and forty plus years of counseling or just go wash your hands. The only person who can cure you is you.


Richard Heft


Arthritis, Miracle Cures



Arthritis is a generic term for inflammation (pain, swelling and redness) of the joint (where two or more bones join), stationary and mobile. Movable joints include the bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood.

Cartilage (gelatinous substance, shock absorber) caps, separates and cushions the ends of all movable bones. Ligaments hold the bones together. Tendons attach muscles to ligaments. Nerves provide electrical impulses. Blood (nutrients) stimulate, move, expand and contract the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which move the bones (range of motion). Poor circulation via deficient blood, anemia, clogged arteries, obesity, injury and sedentary lifestyle tends to cause arthritic pain.

There are three types of arthritis:

(1) Rheumatoid (autoimmune)

(2) Gout (excess uric acid)

(3) Osteo (bone on bone)

Protein and fat build, thicken, fuel, heat and moisten. Long-term low protein, low fat, caffeine and high carbohydrate diets tend to reduce, thin and weaken the blood. Chronic, low protein, low fat deficient, thin blood, thins, dries, inflames, weakens and pains the muscles, tendons, nerves, etc. in the arms, legs, hands and feet: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Artery Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). RLS is a condition in which the legs develop painful cramps, twitch, and jerk or kick involuntarily while lying in bed, day or night.

High animal protein, fat diets, in the extreme, thicken and the blood (clots, high cholesterol) and clog the arteries (plaque, atherosclerosis) stagnating and reducing circulation, especially to the extremities: head, arms and legs, which, dries, thins, inflames and pains the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves causing arthritic symptoms (rheumatoid and psoriatic). Pain, numbness, in the arms, legs, while sitting or lying down with arms or legs crossed generally indicates clogged arteries or poor, reduced circulation. High protein diets, in the extreme, also cause excessive uric acid (by-product of protein digestion) that can lodge in the joints (gout), in particular the big toe causing excruciating pain. Gout is more prevalent in men, western countries (high protein, high fat) than women (low protein, low fat diets) and Asia (low animal protein, fat, high carbohydrate).

Blood thinners can also cause arthritic symptoms, as they thin the blood; remove excess protein, fat (cholesterol), which eventually thins the bones, muscles, etc. Protein, fat builds, thickens the bones, as does exercise. My health food store was located in S. Fl. Many of my elderly customers who were taking blood thinners complained about subsequent bone deformities, melting, fusing of the bones in the hands and feet

Dietary treatment (food, herbs) for arthritis via blood deficiency and clogged arteries is relatively simple but time consuming, to rebuild and cleanse the body.

The hotter middle diet, more chicken, turkey, hard cheese, soups, cooked vegetables, spices (red pepper, turmeric) is recommended for “cold” arthritis caused by deficiency, low protein, and low fat, anemic thin blood. Turmeric helps stretch the ligaments.

The colder middle diet, turmeric, is recommended for excess heat, building, “hot” arthritis, clogged arteries. Increase vegetables (raw cabbage, celery) fruit (apples), juices (with pulp) spices (cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric) and peppermint tea. Vegetable and fruit juices with pulp and asparagus help dissolve calcium and uric acid deposits in the joints. Raw pineapple helps relieve, cure acute tendonitis. Glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg/ day) and bovine cartilage can help grow cartilage where there is cartilage. Check with your doctor first before using or have an allergy to shellfish (source of GS). Hot salves (contain hot herbs: camphor, capsicum/ cayenne pepper) used externally for reducing pain are also effective, especially when skin is wrapped, covered with plastic, which contains, drives heat down, into the skin, muscles, circulates blood. Reduce, avoid animal flesh, alcohol, sugar, cooked nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant); caffeine and flour, which are acidic, worsen arthritis

     Diet and herbs cannot cure osteoarthritis (bone on bone). You cannot grow cartilage where there is none.           

Case history #27 I used to suffer numbness and pain when I crossed my arms and legs while sitting or lying down. I also suffered pain in my back and knees. I changed my diet, increased hard cheese, nuts, seeds fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked) while decreasing, eliminating animal flesh (except occasional turkey and chicken) and grain. My diet used to be one-third grain. Within six months the pain, numbness, etc. with my arms and legs, crossed, raised, disappeared as long as I ate well. The pain would return if I did not eat well (excess animal protein, fat, grain, alcohol and coffee), and immediately disappear once I corrected my diet, indicating that my circulation back to normal, regardless of the fact that I was getting older, nearing my sixtieth birthday. Everything (plaque, clots, etc.) builds up and breaks down.

Case history #6: I played basketball most of my life, until the age of fifty-two. I sustained some damage to my ligaments, tendons and cartilage, arthritic pain in both knees. I started using MSM (sulfur) 4,000- 5,000mg and Vitamin C 3,000 to 5,000 mg two times per day, which vastly improved, lessened the pain. However, it was not until I added fresh fruit and vegetable juice (with pulp), 2x/ day that my pain, in my knees completely disappeared. Fruits and vegetables are highly alkaline which help helps dissolve calcium, fluoride and other mineral deposits in the bones, muscles, nerves, etc. Prior to these cures, I had consistent pain in my knees and legs, when walking, or sitting on the ground with my legs crossed. Now I could do both without pain. Check with your doctor, as sulfur may interfere with some prescription drugs.

     Arthritis, in its many forms can also have non- dietary causes (injury, trauma, drugs). Medical consultation and or treatment may be necessary.

Fallacy, Two Faces of of Miracle Cures


Beware when you hear about miracle cures that extend life, protect against brain damage, nervous degeneration,  inflammation,  etc., as their miracle, effect is only temporary combating any abuse you heap upon the body.  For example, circumin from turmeric (spice) is touted as a miracle cure, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, benefiting joint pain, nerve cells, longevity, etc. yes it does some of things, but for only certain people for a certain amount of time as if you do not stop the abuse.

(1) High animal  protein, fat diets, in the extreme, that thicken the  blood (clots, high cholesterol) that thicken and narrow the arteries (plaque), reducing blood flow, especially to the extremities, head, arms and legs, producing nerve degeneration, starvation, joint pain, inflammation (blood moistens, cools inflammation) and (2) too much processed grain, flour (bread, pretzels, cookies, chips, crackers) which paste the small intestine, villi, reducing nutrient absorption, blood, which also degenerates, dries, weakens and inflames the brain, bones, ligaments, tendons, muscle, joints, etc.(3) too much sugar,  soda, coffee drugs are acidic, also degenerate, inflame the brain, bones, etc. Using turmeric, concentrated cumin will do you little good, especially if you are dry, thin, it will make you worse, as turmeric is a cold, bitter herb that works best on overweight people, fat and water not the dry, thin, which it will worsen.

Turmeric (cold, bitter, astringent, drying)

  • Antibiotic, purifies, rebuilds the blood
  • Improves intestinal flora (digestion, absorption)
  • Increase metabolism, benefits deficiency
  • Regulates liver, gall bladder
  • Stretches the ligaments, cleanses the chakras
  • Usually combined with other bitters
  • Bitter herbs (cold, drying)
  • Cold, drying, cleanse, detoxify the blood
  • Digest protein, fat and cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-parasite
  • Decrease intestinal flora (digest, absorb nutrients), except turmeric (improves intestinal flora)
  • Too much dries the blood (anemia) tightens the chest (difficulty breathing), abdomen (cramping, nausea, vomiting) especially when taken on empty stomach, increases urination. Use more in the spring, summer. Avoid if cold, dry, thin, contracted or deficient.

Green tea is another bitter herbs, great fro fat digestion and little else., Buying super potency green tea may help some, but it will do no good unless you make overall changes in your diet.

Another miracle food: super greens, barley glass, wheat grass, spirulina, which are highly nutritious but cold, damp (moistening), good for someone that is dry (dry lips. mouth, skin), airy (insomnia, shaking) but not cold, damp (mucous, phlegm, edema, yeast infection, cellulite, etc.).

You can find out a lot more in my book, Hot and Cold Health, Biological, Energetic and Spiritual Guide to Natural Healing. Caution: the inside the book for the paperback http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Cold-Health-Biological-Energetic/dp/0974791709?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr= is old, outdated.  the new inside the book can be found on the kindle version: https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Cold-Health-Biological-Energetic-ebook/dp/B00AHH6T7Y?ie=UTF8&me=&ref_=mt_kindle

You cannot find this information on wiki, which may be “library” but not and education. People who are smart read books, not take bits and pieces. the whole is equal to and greater than the sum of its parts. Questions? rgheft@netzero.com


Respiration, Digestion and Dampness


The lungs, located in the chest, are composed of five lobes (rounded part of an organ separated from other parts of the organ by connective tissues): three in the right and two in the left. Lobes divide into lobules that connect to blood vessels, lymph. The lungs

  • Governs respiration (air), rules chi (energy)
  • Descends, distributes chi, food essence, body fluids
  • Controls exterior: skin, external immune system
  • Paired with large intestine
  • Opens into the nose, manifests in body hair

       Respiration controls air, exchange of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) between the body and the environment. Oxygen enters the body via the nose, throat → lungs bronchi (two large lung channels) → bronchioles (smaller) → alveoli (air sacs, where gas exchange occurs) → bloodstreampulmonary vein (carries oxygen-enriched blood from the lungs) → heart. The pulmonary artery carries CO2 and old blood from the heart to the lungs for cleansing, oxygenation.      Oxygen (pure chi) purifies and nourishes the body. The brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen content. No cell, tissue can live without it for more than a few minutes. Carbon dioxide (poisonous waste via protein, fat and starch) increases respiration, exhalation, stimulates the heart, restlessness.

       The lungs are naturally moist, which facilitates the exchange of water-soluble gases (O2 and CO2) between the body (blood) and environment. Too much or too little moisture within the lungs decreases the exchange of gases, amount of oxygen absorbed and carbon dioxide eliminated.      Body temperature, digestion, diet and climate regulate the amount of body fluids. Normal body temperature (98.6˚F) and digestion heats, dries and thins body fluids. Colder, lower body temperatures via “cold” diet and climate, weak digestion and chronic illness slow, thicken fluids into mucous, phlegm, in the same way, the colder temperatures of night and winter cool and harden water in the air or on the ground into the morning dew, rain (clear), snow (white flakes) and or ice.     

      The spleen is the origin of damp and the lungs (son) its receptacle. Spleen chi, digestive fire (acid, enzymes), three meals per day heats and dries the body, especially the lungs, which are located above the digestive organs, (stomach, spleen, liver, small intestine, etc.). Heat rises. All dairy is mucous forming. Too much creates excess mucous in the lungs, intestines and sex organs. Too many cold, damp foods (soft dairy, juices, smoothies, sodas, cold drinks, ice water and sugar) weakens, cools digestion, decrease nutrient absorption, blood, energy, body temperature, which thicken fluids in the lungs in the lungs, bronchi, alveoli, nasal passages, throat, sinuses, etc.

  • Coughing, expectoration: clear, white mucous, phlegm, runny nose, hacking, snoring, sleep apnea
  • Breathlessness, shortness of breath, asthma, dryness and inflammation in the sinuses (sinusitis), and bronchi (bronchitis)
  • Splashing sounds in throat, chest, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (severe bronchitis), pleurisy, pneumonia,
  • Bacteria, fungi and viruses growth (thrives in trapped, stagnant fluids: water, mucous, phlegm)
  • White mucous, phlegm overtime can heat (98.6˚F), dry, harden and turn yellow, green and is harder, more difficult to expectorate forcing the lungs to violently cough, bark, hack to dislodge

Radishes, turnips, wild cherry bark (decongestant) and spices help dissolve mucous, phlegm. Spices (cardamom, basil, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, etc.) are heating, drying and toxic to many bacteria, viruses, fungi and mosquitoes via their essential oil content (hot, aromatic, purifying). Elecampane (pungent, bitter) is one of the best rejuvenative herbs for the lungs, strengthening the muscles, while reducing damp, mucous (kapha).

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Oprah loves bread to her detriment


Oprah Winfrey has had health issues over the years one of them being obesity. Bread and other processed grains are the worst foods she can eat for many reasons aside from obesity. The following is an excerpt from Hot and Cold Health

The large intestine (5’) and urinary bladder, located in the lower abdomen (burner) are largely a function of diet as they receive, store and eliminate undigested food and fluids in the form of feces and urine. The small intestine connects to the large intestine. Food, nutrients and non-nutrients (includes fiber) not digested, absorbed in the small intestine becomes waste (ama) that passes into the large intestine → cecum (beginning sac, in lower right abdomen, contains appendix, offshoot of cecum) → ascending → transverse → descending colon → rectum. The large intestine is also connected, related to the lungs, and when clogged, full can cause shortness of breath.

The lungs are energetically active from 5- 7 A.M. It is common, healthy to move the bowels during this time. If you eat 2- 3 meals a day, you should move your bowels 2-3 times a day, especially in the A.M. Daily elimination is necessary, otherwise, bloating, gas, pain, retention of stools and re-absorption of poisons into the blood, lymph, and weakening of the immune system tends to occur. Sedentary lifestyle and sleeping late decreases elimination.

The stools are made from food (nutrients, non-nutrients, fiber) and bacteria. Protein and fat build thicken the stools. Flour (bread, noodles, cookies, pretzels, chips, etc.) paste the stools (sticky). Fruit, vegetables moisten, loosen. Normal, healthy stools are semi-firm, temporarily float and relatively odorless. Poorly formed, loose or stools that immediately sink indicate weak digestion as well as decreased nutrient absorption (malabsorption).

Too much protein, fat, oil and flour
• Narrows, clogs the large intestine
• Painful abdominal bloating, gas
• Dry, pasty stools, foul odor
• Constipation (difficult or infrequent elimination)
• Pain, pressure in rectum, anus (alternately contracting and relaxing the anal sphincter muscles helps relieve anal, rectal pain)
• Fever, perspiration, shortness of breath, insomnia that passes when stools pass
• Pockets (diverticulitis), polyps, tumors, cancer
• Ulcers (ulcerative colitis), blood in stools (tumors)

Treatment plan +/- medical consultation
• Colder middle diet, black fungus and bitter herbs, avoid dairy, beans, nuts
• 1TB of sesame or olive oil (1- 2X/ day with food)
• Black pepper stimulates digestion burns up toxins (Ama) and helps clear stagnation (waste, toxins)
• Smaller, earlier meals, less grain, except barley
• Drink cold water with ¼ tsp. salt upon rising
• 2 glasses: juice, water, aloe gel (1 oz) and colon cleanser (1-2 TB psyllium husks) 1- 2 X/ day
• Enemas, colonics, laxatives help but do not cure chronic. Long-term use increases constipation.
• Rhubarb (1- 3 grams, 3- 4 capsules,) during the late afternoon helps dissolves accumulations, hardness (ama) in the small intestines. Do not use if pregnant, lactating, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, gout and stones. May cause cramping (add 1 capsule each ginger and fennel to help relieve, prevent)

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Fertility, reproduction is dependent on jing, blood, hormones, diet and age. Protein and fat, especially animal build blood, testosterone, estrogen, testes, ovaries, etc. Sugar, caffeine, drugs and excessive sex weaken.

(1) Low protein, low fat diets and caffeine consume jing thin the blood, ovum decrease fertility, pregnancy, increase miscarriage, short-term pregnancy. The hotter middle diet, royal jelly, ashwagandha, is recommended. (2) Too many cold, damp foods, drinks (soft dairy sugar, juices, cold drinks) reduce digestion, nutrient absorption, blood, body temperature, → excess fluids, mucous in the fallopian tubes, inhibits, blocks conception. The hotter middle diet for cold, damp is recommended.

(3) Too much animal protein, fat diets tends to cause growths, tumors in, around the ovaries and fallopian tubes, which prevents the egg from descending into the uterus. The colder middle diet, for several months is recommended. Afterwards, add eggs, chicken, turkey, etc. Medical consultation for both wife and husband (low sperm) is also recommended.

Introduction to Hot and Cold Health, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Naturopathy


Hot and Cold Health: Biological, Energetic and Spiritual Guide to Natural Healing ISBN-13: 978-0974791708



Health and disease are neither mystery nor accident but instead positive and negative choices, actions, as the body (1) has its own design, exact biology, chemistry, maintenance plan, specific recommendations, balance of nutrients, foods, herbs, exercises, etc. that (2) build up, break down, thicken, thin, heat, cool, expand, contract, dry, moisten, stimulate, calm every structure function, healthy, diseased and (3) is not separate from the mind (brain, spine) or spirit (Spirit, God), which not only influence choices, actions, but also have plans, specific foods, herbs, exercises, thoughts for superior function, health, pleasure; the more you follow, the greater the health, joy; the lesser, the greater disease, pain, suffering. “To know is to do. To do is to know.”

While most disease can often have more than one cause, poor, non-recommended diet is often the major cause, and generally correctible via the recommended diet, foods, herbs, which is why others and I were able to reverse, build up, break down, thicken, thin, heat, cool, expand, contract, dry, moisten, stimulate or relax, cure the following thick, thin, hot, cold symptoms, diseases

  • High cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis
  • Arthritis, Plantar Fasciitis, neuralgia, lower back pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, obesity, dry cracked lips
  • Anemia, miscarriage, acne, psoriasis, eczema, edema
  • Breast cancer, cystitis, yeast infection, impotence
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, insomnia, anxiety, sinusitis
  • Gastro Intestinal Reflux Disorder, constipation

The introduction is divided into two parts. Part one is the basics, rules of biology and energy via traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, Naturopathy and case histories. Taking control of your health requires a certain level of skill, intelligence acquired solely via a medical, biological education. Part two is my story, journey, various vegetarian diets, books, acupuncture school, health food store owner, successes, mistakes, various illnesses, suffering and pain, in my zeal to discover, learn and master natural healing.

Part One. The body, every structure nerves, glands, organs, bones, muscles, nails, hormones, blood, urine, mucous function vision, hearing, sleeping, digestion, respiration, circulation, elimination, immunity, reproduction, locomotion does nothing more than

  • Build up thicken, heat, expand, activate
  • Break down thin, cool, contract, rest
  • Via diet, exercise, sex, environment and thought

The correct, recommended balance, amounts of building up and breaking down produces health, pleasure via normal structure (thick, thin, solid, liquid, etc.) function (active, strong, resting). The incorrect balance, greater or lesser amounts, in the extreme, produces disease, pain via abnormal structure (too thick, too thin) function (too much, too little, weak, etc.). Controlling building up and breaking down is the key to controlling, building up, breaking down the body, health and disease.

Building up (hot, yang) and breaking down (cold, yin) are the dual energetics of the body, all matter. Everything is a reflection, vibration of energy, which is always moving, changing, building up (+) and breaking down (-), which thickens, thins, heats, cools, expands, contracts, transforms → 5 elements, material densities →

  • Ether space →
  • Gas air, wind, oxygen, carbon dioxide, steam →
  • Fire star, acid, fever, inflammation, cancer →
  • Water rain, glands, organs, blood, mucous →
  • Solid ice, glands, organs, fat, minerals, bones, stones →

The body, all matter is a specific combination, balance of these two energetic opposites (antagonistic yet complimentary), with one energetic always in excess. There is nothing neutral, stagnant or the same. Everything has an overall hot (+) or cold (-) energetic.

Hot (yang) + Energy +/- Cold (yin) –
Gas, fire Elements Ether, water, solid
Day, spring, summer Sun, earth Night, fall, winter
Physiology (function) Biology Anatomy (structure)
Male (XY) > XX Gender Female (XX) > XY
Anabolism Metabolism Catabolism
Animal, beans, nuts Food Fruit, vegetables
Protein, fat, oil Nutrients Water, minerals
Acid (1- 6) pH 1- 14 Alkaline (7- 14)
Pungent, sour, salty Tastes Bitter, astringent
High blood pressure Clogged arteries

Tumors, cancer

Diseases Anemia, fatigue




Energetic opposites attract, combine and form anew is the creative (+), preservative (+) and destructive (-) force of all matter. Everything, including energetic opposites, changes, builds up and breaks down.

The body is constantly changing, building up (anabolism) and breaking down (catabolism) growing new cells, tissue to replace the old diseased, while eliminating poisons, toxins. It has an overall hot, building nature. 98.6˚F (normal body T˚), which is the required amount of energy, heat necessary to sustain normal, healthy, structure function. Energy production, temperatures, greater (>) or less (<) than 98.6˚F, in the extreme, produces disease, pain via abnormal structure function.

Controlling energy, energetics largely via diet (food, herbs) in addition to exercise and spiritual practice is the key to controlling, building up, breaking down, thickening, thinning, heating, cooling, expanding, contracting, stimulating, relaxing, increasing, decreasing the solid, liquid, gaseous, fiery, etc. nature of the body, every structure function healthy, diseased.

The body digests, separates food in the stomach and small intestine into nutrients and non-nutrients. Nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream, lymph, transported and transformed into all structure function. There are only two kinds of food, nutrients: building (hot) and cleansing (cold).

     Building nutrients protein, saturated fat, cholesterol (1-7), unsaturated fat (8) foods (1) red meat (2) chicken (3) turkey (4) fish (5) eggs (6) hard cheese (7) soft dairy (milk, yogurt, soft cheese) (8) beans, nuts, seeds

  • Build, thicken, fuel, heat, moisten (greasy), dry, acidify

Animal food (1- 6) is high in protein (thick), saturated fat (thick, greasy) and cholesterol (thick, greasy) that build, thicken, fuel, stimulate and moisten the body, especially the nerves, glands, bones and sex organs. Red meat (#1 blood builder in Chinese medicine) is more building, heating, acidic, toxic > chicken, turkey (white meat less heating) > fish (red> white) > eggs (not considered flesh) > hard cheese. Soft dairy (lesser protein, saturated fat, cholesterol) is colder, less building, heating, acidic and toxic. All animal food is mucous forming. Animal food, especially flesh creates toxic, poisonous wastes, in addition to stimulating sexual desire, both of which are counterproductive to spiritual practice (Ch. 29, 30). Beans (drying), nuts and seeds contain lesser protein, saturated fat, building, heating, moistening, but more polyunsaturated fat, essential fatty acids (EFA), also found in deep water fish and fish oil, which not only help build the brain, nervous system but also help break down, eliminate blood clots, saturated fat and cholesterol)

     Cleansing nutrients water, minerals (alkaline), sugar (acid), vitamins, enzymes, fiber (non-nutrient) foods (1) fruit (2) vegetables (3) grains

  • Reduce, cleanse, detoxify, cool, moisten, dry, alkalize

Fruits are mostly water, minerals (cold, alkaline), sugar (cold, mucous), enzymes, vitamins and fiber that cool, moisten, cleanse, dissolve, eliminate fat, cholesterol, waste, etc. from the blood, arteries, intestines, liver, spleen, skin, etc. Vegetables are less watery, sugary and more cleansing, fibrous and drying (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower Brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce, mushrooms and raw). Cooked root, round vegetables are more heating, grounding. Whole grains are less cleansing, more energizing, grounding (little protein, fat) and less pasty, drying acidic than flour (noodles, bread, pretzels, chips, crackers, etc.).

Herbs (Ch. 2) are concentrated food medicines (no protein, fat) defined energetically according to taste (major and minor). There are six tastes (1) bitter cold, dry (2) astringent cold, dry (3) sweet cold, damp (4) salty hot, softening (5) sour hot, damp (6) pungent hot, dry. While most herbs are safe to use, their use, with the possible exception of spices is temporary as abuse, overuse can cause one’s condition to become too hot, too cold, too dry, etc. Some herbs may conflict with prescription drugs.

Every meal, diet is a balance of opposites, building and cleansing foods, nutrients, with opposite, nutrient, energy always in excess. There are no neutral foods, meals, diets.

     Hot, building diets +/-

  • American high animal protein, fat, flour, alcohol, etc.
  • Atkins high animal protein, fat, low carbohydrate
  • Zone 1/3 protein, 1/3 grain 1/3 fruit, vegetables
  • Lacto ovo vegetarian dairy + eggs + vegan
  • Hot lacto vegetarian dairy + vegan, cooked > raw
  • Macrobiotic vegan, seaweed +/- fish

       Cold, cleansing diets +/-

  • Fruitarian fruit only
  • Sproutarian vegan + sprouts + juices + raw
  • Raw foods vegan uncooked, fermented
  • Vegan all plant, cooked, raw, no animal
  • Cold lacto vegetarian dairy + raw vegan

The recommended diet, middle diet meal plan (central theme plus two variations and herbs) is based on the body’s natural nutrient balance, composition, ratio 1:2

  • 1/3 Building animal, plant protein, fat 1-8
  • 2/3 Cleansing grain, vegetables (3-5), fruit

Any other diet, balance, in the extreme, tends to cause four dietary disease extremes (too much or too little building). The two variations (includes some of the aforementioned hot and cold, diets) and herbs treat the four dietary disease extremes in addition to climatic change, and are temporary until health, balance restores, at which time, the central theme resumes.

     Four dietary disease extremes

  1. Too much building, animal (1- 6)
  • Thick, hard, hot or oily (damp) symptoms, diseases
  • Blood clots, high cholesterol, plaque, atherosclerosis
  • Arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, angina, stroke
  • Gout, arthritis, tumors, cancer, stones, obesity
  • Diabetes, acne, warts, rashes, psoriasis, itching
  • Dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, infertility, insomnia

     Too much soft dairy, sugar, cold drinks

  • Thick, cold, hot, damp symptoms, diseases
  • Mucous, phlegm, cysts, stones, nocturia, cough
  • Shortness of breath, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Vaginal discharge, yeast infection, sour body odor
  • Treatment plan: colder middle diet

The colder middle diet is vegetarian, less building, more cleansing. Expand the diet (chicken, turkey, eggs, etc.) when necessary to slow cleansing, maintain energy, strength, warmth especially during the colder months.

     Colder middle diet #1 for excess heat, building

  • 30% Protein, fat beans, seeds, butter (unsalted), milk, soft > hard cheese (no salt > salt)
  • 20% Grain wheat, basmati rice, oats, barley, quinoa, granola, cous cous, bread, pasta
  • 50% Vegetables 3-5: more raw (celery, lettuce, parsley, sprouts) than cooked (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, squash, mushrooms, and fruit (all)
  • Beverages water (spring), black or green tea
  • Spices (mild) coriander, fennel, cumin, turmeric
  • Sweeteners raw sugar, maple syrup, fresh honey contraindicated (diabetes, bone loss, tooth decay)
  • Tastes, herbs sweet, bitter and astringent


     Colder middle diet #2 for cold, damp

  • 40% Protein, fat beans (adzuki, soy, lima lentils), ghee, buttermilk +/- nuts, seeds (oily)
  • 20% Grain barley, quinoa, popped grains
  • 40% Vegetables more cooked (broccoli, cabbage, celery, chilies, onions, radishes, lettuce, asparagus, carrots, beets, green beans, mushrooms than raw
  • Fruit minimal, cranberry, apple, dried (all),
  • Beverages dandelion and chicory tea
  • Sweeteners (no), spices (all)
  • Tastes, herbs pungent, bitter and astringent

     Bitter herbs (aloe vera, golden seal, dandelion root, burdock root, green tea, turmeric, senna, chocolate. etc.) are cold, drying, contracting, detoxifying, laxative, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasite, digest protein, fat, cholesterol and best taken at end of meal. Too much bitter can dry the blood (anemia), tighten the chest (difficulty breathing), and weaken digestion (bloating, burping, and nausea). Avoid if cold, dry, deficient, thin, tight, constricted. Take at end or between meals.

     Sweet herbs (elecampane, slippery elm, licorice) are cool, moistening, benefit deficiency and dryness Too much (licorice, slippery elm) inhibits calcium absorption causes excess fluids in the lungs, around the heart.

Astringent herbs (alfalfa, red raspberry, white willow) are cold, drying (stops bleeding sweating, diarrhea), sedating, anti-inflammatory, best taken at end of meal. Too much can cause constipation, fatigue, premature aging. Do not use if cold, dry and deficient. Take at end of meal.

     Pungent herbs, spices are hot, drying antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasite increase digestion, circulation, elimination. Too much in the extreme tends to causes excess heat; dryness, irritation Cumin, coriander and fennel are mild, less heating, drying.

The following case histories were treated with the colder middle diet. While many of these diseases can have non-dietary causes, poor diet is often the major cause.

Case history #1: Man (38) obese chronic psoriasis: dry, scaly, flaky and inflamed skin on head, face, back, constantly scratching since childhood. His long-term diet, red meat, pork, fried foods, chips, alcohol, sodas was too thick, fatty → blood, arteries → clots, cholesterol, plaque → skin (hard. dry, red, cracked, flaking), head to toe. I advised the colder middle diet, more cleansing, cooling, fruit, vegetables, less building, animal, fried foods, etc. Seven months later, his face, head and back completely cleared, cured. He looked 15 years younger. He also lost 60#. During the same time and for the next four years he began regularly suffering seizures, which until recently have started to lessen. He now cooks for his entire family.

Case history #2: Two women, age 60+ (past diet: high animal) I met were able to cure, break down and eliminate their breast tumors (thick, damp, fatty), cancer (hot, building) via a vegetarian low protein, low fat (6- 8), high vegetables, fruit, and bitter herbs (Essiac tea). Both refused surgery and chemotherapy. One started eating chicken after the cure, and the tumor came back. She eliminated the chicken and the tumor disappeared.

     Case history #3, 4 after many years of vegetarian diet, I stared eating red meat, chicken and turkey, which cured my impotence, increased energy, but a few years later developed high blood pressure (140/110), clogged arteries, insomnia, which got worse over the next 20 years until I reverted back to the colder middle diet. I now sleep better and by blood pressure is normal (100/60).

     Case history #5: I (54) developed excruciating pain in my heels, especially upon rising, after sitting or lying down. After 7- 8 months of continual pain, limping, dragging my feet, I saw a doctor who told me that I had Plantar Fasciitis caused by loose ligaments. The cause was clogged arteries (via past high animal protein, fat diet) which reduced blood, nutrient flow to my feet, ligaments → weak, loose. I ate the colder middle diet, fruit, vegetables (no nightshades: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant), spices (fennel) bitter herbs. It took 3 months to improve circulation, cure.

Case history #6: I suffered arthritis in my knees could not sit cross-legged or walk without intense pain until age 62, when I started eating colder: fresh vegetable and fruit juice + pulp in addition to cooked vegetables, grains, cheese, beans. 3 months later, my circulation, flexibility improved and no knee pain. I also lost 20#.

Case history #7: I met many women (diary, salads, fruit, and sugar) who cured their yeast infections via colder middle diet #2

  1. Too little building (1- 8), too much cleansing
  • Thin, dry, cold, weak or loose symptoms, diseases
  • Anemia, fatigue, pallor, coldness, numbness, pain
  • Inflammation, shaking, nervousness, low blood pressure
  • Arthritis, dry skin, lips, nails, cough, eczema, insomnia
  • Diarrhea, constipation, osteoporosis, autoimmune
  • IBS, amenorrhea, infertility, miscarriage, impotence
  • Treatment plan: hotter middle diet

The hotter middle diet is more building, heating, animal, cooked, spicy and hot. Too much animal causes excess heat, energy. Moderation is the key. Reduce sex (drains vital energy).  

     Hotter middle diet for deficiency, coldness

  • 40% Protein and fat beef, veal, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, buttermilk, ghee, nuts, seeds and tofu
  • 20% Grain brown       rice, basmati rice, wheat, oats
  • 40% Vegetables mostly cooked (onions, beets, parsley, carrots, radishes, avocados, green beans, squash) seaweed) + oil, salt, fermented foods
  • Fruit all (small amount), avoid dried fruit, melons
  • Beverages water (spring), raspberry leaf tea
  • Spices (hot), sweeteners (all except white sugar)
  • Tastes, herbs pungent, sour and salty

     Salty foods (salt, seaweed, fermented foods) high in minerals (laxative), stimulate digestion, heat, soften, dissolve (phlegm, tumors) and sedate. Too much in the extreme weakens the kidneys, gums, teeth, hair, wrinkles the skin decreases urination, increases swelling (edema), blood pressure, headaches and dizziness.

Pungent foods (horseradish, chili, and raw onions) and hot spices (cayenne, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, etc.) are heating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, increase digestion, circulation and perspiration

Fermented, sour foods (pickles, miso, soy sauce) and herbs (hawthorn berries, rose hips) are heating, moistening, strengthen, increase digestion, metabolism, salivation, appetite, circulation, help dissolve food masses, tumors in digestive tract. Too much increases thirst, edema, weakens the muscles, teeth, cause itching and dry cough.

The following case histories were treated with the hotter middle diet. While many of these diseases can have non-dietary causes, poor diet is often the major cause.

Case history #8: Woman (35) with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: abdominal bloating, gas, loose stools, constipation, headaches and swelling in the arms (twice their size). Her long-term diet (dairy, salads, fruits, juices, cold drinks) had cooled, weakened, slowed her digestion, elimination, circulation, etc. I recommended the hotter middle diet, more building, heating, animal (1- 6), cooked foods, spices, less cold, cleansing. Nine months later, all of her symptoms had disappeared. A year later, she went to see a nutritionist who took a stool sample, found excessive bacteria and recommended golden seal (9 caps/ day, extreme). Golden seal (cold, bitter) while eliminating bacteria (good and bad), in the extreme, cools, dries, weakens digestion and elimination. All her IBS symptoms started to come back. I explained why golden seal, in those amounts was bad, harmful (small amount ok).

Case history #9: A woman (35) had suffered four miscarriages. Her long-term macrobiotic diet (low protein, fat, vegan + fish) had thinned, weakened her blood, sexual organs, preventing her from carrying full term. I recommended the hotter middle diet, more building, animal (red meat, chicken and turkey), twice daily, cooked vegetables, in addition to Siberian ginseng, red raspberry leaf and Evening Primrose Oil to rebuild, restore her blood, digestion, sex organs. I also told her to wait four months (takes 120 days to rebuild blood) before trying to get pregnant. She now has two healthy boys.

Case history #10: A woman (26) was suffering from neuralgia (trouble walking standing), had blood work, x-rays, MRI, seen doctors, orthopedic surgeons, acupuncturists, chiropractors to no avail. Her diet was deficient, too little building, animal protein, fat, too much cleansing, grains, raw vegetables, and fruit, which had thinned, weakened her blood, bones. I recommended building, red meat, chicken, ginseng everyday. A year later, she was 80% better, able to walk, stand and skate without pain or fear. She cured fully when she decided, started eating red meat 2X/ day.

     Case history #11: A 12 year old girl was suffering from ADD. Her diet was anemic. I recommended animal food, especially hamburgers for breakfast. In six months, her attention span and grades improved (all A’s, 1 B/ math)

Case history #12: A woman (60 year’s old, vegetarian, Fl) who was having frequent anxiety attacks, would occasionally scream and yell. My initial impression was excess heat. She was extremely hot, agitated, out of control, although her diet was cold, low protein, fat, high raw vegetables, fruit. You cannot have excess heat without excess fuel (animal); but you can have temporary heat, uncontrollable emotions via blood, protein and fat deficiency. I first taught how to breathe abdominally, to calm her down. I then recommended the hotter middle diet, which was a problem. She would not eat red meat. I then asked her what she would do if it were a matter of life and death. She asked me if it was a matter of life and death. I said yes. She compromised, would eat veal and eggs. Three days later, she called to tell me all that her anxiety attacks had disappeared, was having great bowel movements and sleeping better. She was also teaching her employees how breathe abdominally.

   III. Too much cleansing (raw vegetables, sugar, cold drinks) especially in conjunction with low protein, low fat

  • Cold, damp, dry symptoms, diseases
  • Abdominal bloating, gas, loose stools, constipation
  • Polyuria, dry mouth, cracked lips, nails, sweet odor




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SECTION I. Natural Medicine, East and West  

  1. Western Biology, Diet and Nutrition
  2. Eastern and Western Herbs
  3. Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes
  4. Traditional Chinese Medicine
  5. Ayurvedic Medicine
  6. Blood and Body Fluids
  7. Spleen
  8. Stomach and Small Intestine
  9. Large Intestine and Urinary Bladder
  10. Liver and Gall Bladder
  11. Heart
  12. Lungs
  13. Kidneys
  14. Asian Diagnosis and Treatment

SECTION II. Diseases A- Z, Natural Cures

  1. “A” Diseases

Acne, AIDS, HIV, Aging, Alzheimer Disease, Anal fissure, Anemia, Anger, Anxiety, Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Arthritis, Asthma, Athlete’s foot, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autoimmune Illnesses

  1. “B” Diseases

Blood type, Blood Pressure, Body Odor, Bones, Breast lumps, Bronchitis

  1. “C” Diseases

Cancer, Candidiasis, Celiac Disease, Cellulite, Cholesterol, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Circulation, Cirrhosis, Cold hands, feet, Common cold, Flu, Constipation, Crohn’s

  1. “D” Diseases

Depression, Detoxification, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diuretics, Dizziness, Drugs, Dysmenorrhea

  1. “E- F” Diseases

Ear Infection, Eczema, Edema, Endometriosis, Eyes, Fear, Fever, Fibrocystic breasts, Fibroids, Fibromyalgia, Forgetfulness, Frigidity

  1. “G- H” Diseases

Gall Stones, GERD, GIRD, Gout, Gums, Hair, Hearing, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hernia, Herpes, High blood pressure, Hormones, Hot Flashes, Hysteria

  1. “I- J” Diseases

Impotence, Infertility, Inflammation, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Itching, Jaundice

  1. “K- O” Diseases

Kidney Stones, Menopause, Menorrhagia, Metrorrhagia, Miscarriage, Multiple Sclerosis, Nails, Nausea, Numbness, Obesity, Osteoporosis

  1. ”P- R” Diseases

Pediatric, Perspiration, Plantar Fasciitis, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Pre Menstrual Syndrome, Prostate, Psoriasis, Rashes, Reproduction, Restless Leg Syndrome, Rosace

  1. “S” Diseases

Seizures, Shaking, Shingles, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Sore throat, Sprains, Sweaty hands, fee

  1. “T- Z” Diseases

Teeth, abscess, Thyroid, Tinnitus, Tremors, Tumors, Urinary Tract Infection, Varicose veins, Weight loss, Worms, Yeast Infection, Zollinger-Elison Syndrome

SECTION III. Daily Practices

  1. Cooking Class
  2. The Way of Breathing
  3. Internal Exercise
  4. Spiritual Practice
  5. Meditation


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I have all of the authors previous books. I learn so much each time I read one. There are a lot of great things about this author. For one, it is rare that an author will get back to you when you email him. I had some health issues back in 2008 when I first contacted him. I began to read the first book I found by him and it truly helped me put things in perspective in terms of my health and it worked! He really expands upon health concerns that no other book in this genre touches upon which really sold me. I can’t wait to dive into this new book as well. This author’s work is delivered in a very simple but powerful way. His books are a “best kept secret’ as far as I’m concerned and should be on everyone’s shelf. I am so grateful for this body of work!!!


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This is a great book. Especially if you are female, and struggle with symptoms of cellulite, being over weight, sinusitis, and chronic fatique. Most female diets consist of diet cokes, energy bars, smoothies, and salads, not to mention ice cream, and other feel good foods.(at least mine did) Sooner or later,health problems with appear, and by switching to a hotter diet, one will begin to see the effects immediately. All of those symptoms were like connecting the dots, and I am now soooooooo relieved to have finally gotten a handle on what I should be eating, and getting rid of my chronic problems. This is a must read for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their own health!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D.L.

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To put it simply, this book literally changed the way I look at food, the way I eat it, and my perspective on true nutrition. The principles explained here should have been taught to all of us as children to promote a long healthy life. The physical changes that I have experienced as a result of practicing the lessons taught here are like nothing else that I have experienced. It is an absolute must read!


5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Chinese Health and Healing

By Robert T. Lewanski on June 27, 2013

Hot and Cold Health by Richard Gary Heft is essential reading if you are interested in superior health and healing. This book goes beyond all diet fads, such as the raw food diet, zone diet, paleo diet, sproutarian diet, wheat grass diet, fruitarian diet, Adkins diet, south beach diet–all of these diets are meaningless, unless you first understand the basic principles of Hot and Cold foods and Hot and Cold Body Types. If you want to follow the latest fad diet, have at it–but be forewarned–there is downsides to all of them. Hot and Cold instructs us as to the hot and cold qualities of foods, when and how to use them to optimize our health.

This is not a fad diet book, but these Yin and Yang principles have been around since the beginning of time–within the very nature of existence–hot and cold water, hot and cold weather, hot sun, cold moon, cool as a cucumber, hot burning chili peppers, which can create hot burning “Monazuma’s Revenge.” Hot foods like this, including ginger, black pepper, garlic, onions (all hot and pungent, affects the Lungs and Large Intestines, and will aggravate a hot yang body type. Cold raw foods will affect Cold Body types: cold foods are cukes, melons, pears, strawberries, and most raw uncooked fruits and vegetables. Too many Cold foods like this can easily adversely affect a Cold Body Type. Chicken is hot and pork is cooling.

Once you understand the basic principles of Yin and Yang, or Hot and Cold, and how they relate to your Five Internal Organ Elements and the Hot and Cold foods in nature, you will never understand anything about your own health and healing. Everything is left to chance with the latest diet fad book. Many of these diet fat authors die young of common diseases, so this shows that their diet fad theories remained just that–theories and conceptual constructs in the head only–not practical in the real every day world of health and nutrition.

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