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) +
||Cold (yin) –
||Ether, water, solid
|Day, spring, summer
||Night, fall, winter
|Male (XY) > XX
||Female (XX) > XY
|Animal, beans, nuts
|Protein, fat, oil
|Acid (1- 6)
||pH 1- 14
||Alkaline (7- 14)
|Pungent, sour, salty
|High blood pressure Clogged arteries
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
- 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
- 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