PAUL PITCHFORD AT THE INSTITUTE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN TORONTO:

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Paul Pitchford is a legend in traditional Chinese medicine. He is one of the few teachers whose training is pre-revolutionary. His 700 page book “Healing With Whole Foods” has sold over 500,000 copies. He practices what he preaches. He has been a vegan for 42 years.

s used to help clients with complex health problems.

The framework is yin and yang, dampness and dryness, fire, wood and earth. He combines elements of tai chi, meditation, buddhism and ayurvedic medicine. The impact on his clients is powerful.

intimate 30 attendee weekend seminar at Toronto’s Insitute Of Traditional Medicine on Queen St West.  It was excellent.

Paul ran through his slides with very in depth explanations of  what to avoid and what to eat. He capped off the presentation with a one pager on Pitchford’s Regenerative Health Plan (RHP). That is the focus of his next book.

Here is summary of Paul’s Regenerative Health Plan:

WHAT TO AVOID:

* damp-heat fostering foods- alcohol, fried foods, egg whites.  ( if you have eggs, then use tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper because the whites are like super glue)

* all sugars, maple syrup, grain milks

* poor quality feedlot meats

* excess carbohydrates in white rice and white flour

* oils and oily foods

WHAT TO INCLUDE:

* plenty of vegetables ( vegetables are the IN food)

* substantial protein ( beans, lentils, string beans)

* whole grains ( buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, teff)

* bread from sprouted organic whole grains with seeds

* nuts and seeds

* fruit options ( all berries, pomegranate, lemons, limes)

* chew 5 to 6 chlorella tabs at end of meals at least 2X per day

* mild spices – turmeric, dill, caraway, ginger, oregano

SIMPLE FOOD COMBINING:

* too much confusion with multiple foods leads to fermentation of foods in the gut ( not good)

ENHANCE YOUR LIFE:

* exercise is essential ( walk, swim, tai chi, yoga, pilates)

CLEANSE:

* aloe vera, mushrooms, cereal grasses, blue green algae, radishes and daikon radishes.

SUPPLEMENTS:

* take a day off each week when taking supplements

It is worthwhile buying Paul Pitchford’s latest revised edition of HEALING WITH WHOLE FOODS. He is the most knowledgeable person in this field.

Picture: Fava beans with sea veggies from Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen.

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Nina’s congees and other healthful recipes will make the Chinese philosophy of “food as medicine” a delicious reality for those buying and cooking from Nina’s excellent cook books.