Many traditional systems of healing which have been practiced throughout history — including Ayurvedic Medicine and Chinese Medicine (CM), for example — have taught for thousands of years that food is medicine and a healthy diet is a powerful tool for protecting one’s health. Considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine and healing, Hippocrates, like others, was way ahead of his time when, around the year 400 B.C, he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating a nutrient-dense diet.
Hippocrates, famous for the quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, has led the western medicine community to consider Hippocrates to be the founder of medicine as a “rational science.” It’s actually not about calories. It’s much more about what kind of calorie, the quality of the calorie and thew source of the calorie.
Foods provide us with energy (calories), but they do much more than that. The foods we eat play a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (blood in CM) (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), helping the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, regulate energy levels (Qi in CM), and more.
Many practitioners of Chinese medicine (CM) would agree that Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods is considered to be the authority in Chinese medicine nutrition. The book addresses seasonal and environmental connections according to Chinese medicine philosophy, organ systems, dis-ease manifestation, and recommendations for treating chronic imbalances, as well as great recipes incorporating foods that address particular health issues.
According to a 2007 report published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, a CM diet and nutrition include five tastes - spicy, sweet, sour, bitter and salty, plus bland. Each taste has specific properties. For example, bitter foods and herbs tend to be drying and cold in nature, which makes them ideal for treating Damp Heat (CM diagnosis) conditions. The bland flavor property is considered in addition to the basic five, and tends to aid areas unreachable by other flavors. Foods and herbs can have more than one taste or can incorporate all five.
Certain tastes are drawn to particular organ systems. As a basic and not absolute nutrition guide, salty tends toward the Kidneys and Bladder; sour to the Liver and Gall Bladder; bitter to the Heart and Small Intestine; spicy to the Lungs and Large Intestine; and sweet to the Spleen and Stomach.
The Chinese diet differentiates between six food groups:
The principles of yin and yang also apply to foods. Meats tend to be yang in energy, while vegetables are yin. As a very general nutrition guide, one can achieve balance by eating yang foods during winter (which is the most yin time of year-therefore eating yang foods keeps us warm) and yin foods in the summer (the most yang time of year-therefore eating yin foods keeps us cool).
A diet rich in grains and legumes and low in fats and refined sugars frees qi so it can move through the digestive system. This flow can cause temporary imbalances until it has a chance to become established (healing and balancing reaction). When choosing dietary therapy, people with chronic sinusitis, general fatigue or digestive problems should change their diet immediately. For others, the transition should be more gradual in order to ease into a new nutrient system.
Approaching any new way of eating should a gradual and a comfortable transition. To help the body purify itself, eat foods that cleanse the Liver, such as beets and carrots. Nutritional therapy works best when in conjunction with other aspects of healing, such as acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and herbs.
Stress can be managed by addressing nutrition and is a powerful tool for wellness. Certain foods boost serotonin, a calming brain chemical. Other foods can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that take a toll on the body over time. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure.
Utilizing proper nutrition, herbal supplements, acupuncture, homeopathy, exercise, and reducing stress all help control the body’s immune response and regulate hormones that protect the brain.
Trauma comes in many forms, including childhood abuse or neglect, growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home, environmental catastrophes, a serious accident, loss of a loved one, and violent attacks such as rape and sexual assault. What all of these experiences have in common is that they leave the individual feeling helpless and out of control.
Trauma is held in the body and often can not be resolved solely with intellectual processing. Somato Emotional Release (Energy Therapies) helps the patient to experience mind body linkage through imagery, as they work to recognize and regulate their feelings, due to the strong correlation between trauma and eating disorders. A number of studies have shown that people who struggle with eating disorders have a higher incidence of neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Individuals with a history of trauma may find they relapse into old patterns until they address the underlying root of the trauma. As part of an integrative approach to eating disorder treatment, patients may choose to participate in the following interventions: Nutritional Counseling, Morphogenic Field Technique, Homeopathic, Herbal and Essential Oil prescriptions, Somato Emotional Release, Acupuncture, and Psychotherapy. Patients may need to participate in a clinical setting outside of Ananda specifically geared to address a life-threatening eating disorder.
Perhaps more than anything else in our lives, the foods we regularly eat help determine whether or not we will become ill, or remain healthy throughout our lives. Whether vegetables, fruit, meat, oils or grains, foods contain influential substances including antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fiber and much more. A Chinese Medicine physician can determine nutritional balance based on your body type, deficiencies and excesses (differential diagnosis), as well as determine what foods not only align with CM, but align with our twenty first century food supply.
When we battle illness, we increase the body’s need for nutrients and very high-quality foods even more. As illnesses are highly influenced by our diet, “mal-nourishment” may be to blame for allergies, autoimmune disorders like arthritis, and thyroid disorders. Mal-nourishment is not only being underweight. Obesity is highly visual symptomology of mal-nourishment.
Low-quality foods have an effect on human gene expressions; each person is unique in terms of how much their genes/health are impacted by their diet; and a healthy but also personalized diet can be used to prevent, mitigate or cure chronic diseases.
Toxicity is tied to poor digestive health, hormonal changes and decreasing liver function. In modern society, we are bombarded by chemicals from our diet and environment that contribute to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, infertility, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and so on.
Many of today’s illnesses are due to nutritional deficiencies, high rates of free radical damage and environmental disruptors, such air pollutants, pesticide, herbicides, fungicides GMO foods. The majority of processed convenience foods are stripped of their natural nutrients or at least partly human made, packed with synthetic ingredients and preservatives but very low in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and enzymes. We must increase nutrient density and improve the absorption of those nutrients (Morphogenic Field Testing) in order to reach true vitality.
Nutrient Dense Foods
Decrease Inflammation – Inflammation is the root of most diseases. Inflammation is a response from the immune system when the body thinks it is being attacked. It affects nearly every tissue, hormone and cell in the body. Also, obesity has a strong inflammatory component (see above).
Balance Hormones − Hormones affect every part of health, from our energy and cognitive abilities to our body weight and libido. Abnormal hormonal changes contribute to accelerated aging, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, depression, low mental capacity, reproductive problems and an array of autoimmune diseases.
Food = Medicine
To help prevent deficiencies and lower the risk for illness, it’s crucial to make every calorie count. Here are six food groups that help protect us most:
1. Fresh/Raw Vegetables
Green vegetables (like kale, wheat grass and spinach, for example), sea vegetables and fresh vegetable juices. They help restore the body’s proper pH, prevent nutrient deficiencies, curb hunger and detoxify the blood. They are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, iodine and fiber.
Antioxidants found in vegetables, develop within plants to protect the plant from its damaging environment including ultraviolet radiation, predator pests, toxins and pollution. Phytonutrients have the purpose of shielding plants from predators and provide their color, flavor and smell, and… we obtain the same benefits when we eat them!
Nearly all diseases including infections, osteoporosis and even cancer thrive in an acidic environment, but by alkalizing the body naturally through eating more plant foods (fresh vegetables), it assists in preventing cellular damage. Vegetables lower free radical damage and control inflammation, plus many provide prebiotics (promote the activity of probiotic bacteria in the large intestine) and a high dose of fiber.
2. Organ Meats & Bone Broth
Organ meats, including beef or chicken liver, are some of the most nutrient-concentrated foods available to us. Liver is a true superfood and exceptionally high in zinc, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and more. It might not seem appealing, but consider that a “nose to tail” approach of eating animals has been practiced for thousands of years.
Consuming nutrient-packed organ meats and all edible parts of an animal, plus making bone broth with the remaining parts that are normally discarded (like bones, skin and ligaments), provides us with hard-to-find nutrients like collagen, glucosamine and an abundance of electrolytes and trace minerals. These nutrients help ward off and treat illnesses like irritable bowel disorders (IBD), arthritis and joint pains, chronic fatigue, leaky gut syndrome, anemia and allergies.
3. Probiotic Foods
Probiotics are not only critical for optimal digestion, but also for overall immune function and health. The digestive system is the second largest part of our neurological system and holds 80 percent of our entire immune system! Many illnesses develop begin, grow and develop due to poor gut health, including thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and food allergies.
The microbes that make up our gut flora are involved in weight control, appetite, inflammatory processes, cognitive functioning and neurotransmitter production. This means that everything from mood and energy levels to an ability to prevent common colds is tied to the gut.
Beneficial bacteria and other microbes living in the digestive tract thrive when we regularly replenish them by consuming both probiotic-rich foods (like non-dairy yogurt, kombucha, kefir and cultured vegetables) and also those with prebiotics (like asparagus and artichokes).
4. Omega-3 Foods
A diet high in “good fats” is essential for controlling inflammation, cognitive health, hormone production, cancer prevention, weight loss and cellular healing. Omega-3 fats are natural anti-inflammatories and help counteract the effects of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats, which are very high in modern-day diets. The best sources of omega-3s include wild-caught fish like salmon, sardines, halibut, tuna and mackerel. Other plant sources include walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds. Avoid hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, soybean oil, canola oil and other vegetable oils which are very high in omega-6s.
5. Healthy Fats
Not all fats are created equal (see above), but the certain good ones pack a lot of medicinal punch. From lowering bad cholesterol and helping shed excess weight to giving rendering shiny hair and healthy nails, your body will reap the benefits of healthy fats like avocado, grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and omega-3 fats.
There is no evidence that dietary saturated fat increases a person’s risk for coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, a seven-year study of more than 48,000 women showed that low-fat diets don’t lead to more weight loss or less disease. And yet another study found that, when subjects ate either a healthy high-fat diet, low-fat diet or low-carb diet, those following a high-fat and low-carb meal plan lost the most weight, and drastically reduced bad cholesterol levels.
6. High-Antioxidant Foods
Antioxidants slow the effects of aging by decreasing free radical damage. A good indication that a food has both a greater number and a higher level of antioxidants is when that food is brightly colored through nature (red, orange, yellow, green, etc.). Chances are the vegetable or fruit is rich in nutrients like beta carotene, resveratrol, flavonoids and more. Some of the best foods for obtaining antioxidants include: berries, red wine, raw cocoa, acai, spirulina, leafy greens, fresh herbs and spices, cruciferous vegetables and brightly colored root vegetables.
7. High Fiber Foods
Dietary fiber keeps the body “regular” and is also very important for heart health, the entire digestive system and gut, as well as the immune system.
Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, strengthens the colon walls, plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels, helps prevent insulin resistance, and promotes the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut, which influence immunity.
High-fiber diets are associated with better protection against obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, digestive disorders and menstrual problems. High-fiber foods include leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, avocado, coconut, starchy veggies, berries, nuts, seeds, sprouted legumes and ancient grains.
Eating a healing diet filled with medicinal foods that help prevent and treat diseases naturally has simple guidelines. Each person’s needs are different, and eating a variety of real foods is key:
Organic Vegetables (all kinds, raw and cooked): especially those that are high in fiber and low-glycemic including leafy greens, mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes, squash, sea vegetables, fresh herbs
Fresh Fruits: berries, citrus and melon, which are great sources of antioxidants
Grass-Fed/Pasture-Raised Meats and Eggs: grass-fed and free-range meats offer many fatty acids missing in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Turkey, beef, lamb, wild salmon, organ meats, and raw dairy products
Low-Glycemic Carbohydrates: in addition to fruits and veggies, this includes sprouted ancient grains (GF), soaked legumes and beans, nuts and seeds
Healthy Fats: wild seafood, coconut oil/cream, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds
Other Superfoods & Condiments: apple cider vinegar, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cocoa, sea salt, local raw honey (As is true with all foods, local honey, from the area where you live is more beneficial, as it contains the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its immediate environment.)
Healthy Drinks: free from added sugar, hydrating, high in antioxidants and low in natural occurring sugar. Plain water, herbal teas, fresh vegetables juices, bone broth, and coffee and red wine in moderation.
Genetics certainly play a role in the development of diseases like cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and more. Each individual is different in terms of how their genes react to certain foods, so for some people even if they eat a perfect diet they might still develop an illness. Regardless of whether or not someone’s disease or illness could have been prevented through a healthier lifestyle, eating a nutrient-dense diet is still one of the best ways to help manage symptoms and increase odds of recovery.
Morphogenic Field Testing for Nutrition
Health and vitality of the body can be restored naturally by providing it with the exact nutrients, herbal and homeopathic support that it requires. Specific information is constantly being emitted through the energy field of an individual. MFT matches the “signature” of a persons’ energy with that of the correct homeopathic botanical, sarcode, detoxifier, and drainage, and nutrition protocol.
Physics and science tells us that everything in the universe has its own unique energy signature. We have one around our bodies – oftentimes referred to as an aura. Because it begins at the cellular level, we have defined it as the “morph”(change)-o-”genic”(origin) field or M-field (Morphogenic Field Testing).
The energy of most objects, like a rock, is constant. However, the energy of living organisms—like humans, plants and animals—can be dynamic and impacted by environmental factors. For example, water or other nutrients that we consume daily impacts the M-Field, and that impact can be objectively measured.
Most patients consult a healthcare practitioner because they have a health concern.
M-field technique providers know that diet and nutrition is the core of total health. Putting the correct raw materials in the body in order to rebuild 30-70 billion cells per day is crucial, as well as detoxifying and removing any environmental disruptors from the energy field!
Each person has unique dietary needs. Based upon one’s own unique energy signature, participating in a nutrient rich diet by utilizing unadulterated and organic whole foods and supplements we can gauge the strength and quality of an individual’s energy field, and use that information to design a plan to amplify the M-field. As the body begins to come into vibrancy through creating new cells and healthy tissue via optimum nutrition and an enhanced cellular environment, improved overall health is restored naturally.