Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea Capitata) (Juǎn xīn cài 卷心菜)

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Sweet(Gan)  flavor and cool (yin energy) thermal nature. Acts on Large Intestine and Stomach meridians.

Active compounds:

Contains, protein, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and fluoride. Cabbage is considered the best vegetable for colon cancer prevention. Its vitamins enhance the protective action of mucous membrane on the stomach wall, and suppress gastric and duodenal ulcers

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Clears Heat, relaxes stools
  • Common cold with fever, dysphoria, thirst, dry stool or constipation. Best cooked with Sheng Jiang (ginger) and brown sugar, to moisten the intestines and clear heat
  • Moves Qi. Improving circulation, benefiting the joints
  • Clears the meridians removing toxins that might block the Qi and blood around the joints, strengthens the bones and loosens the joints
  • Detoxifying. Erysipelas. The stock can be used with Mung bean sprouts. Grind to a paste for topical use
  • Promotes digestion
  • Stomach and duodenal ulcers, preventing gastrointestinal diseases

Directions: Cabbage can be eaten raw, as salad, as juice (good for intestinal ulcers),  or cooked. However, with the symptoms mentioned above, it is best if eaten cooked or at room temperature for your salad, not cooled. Cabbage can be fried, boiled and steamed and used in many dishes that suit desires. Cabbage is a great vegetable in that it can be used with most other vegetables in a stir fry.

Heat for 5 to 7 minutes on low heat. You can add pepper to taste.

Preventions: Those suffering from thyroid gland problems, abdominal flatuance and excessive intestinal gas should not eat too much cabbage.

From Tao of Tummy © book

 

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Fighting Through Cancer: Carrot (Hú luó bo 胡萝卜)

 

aaSweet (Gan) flavor and neutral thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Liver, and Lung meridians.

Active compounds:

Among all vegetables, carrots contain the most ß-carotene, which is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin
E. Not only does it defy aging and promote gastrointestinal functions, ß-carotene also effectively fights against cancer. The potassium succinate in carrots reduces blood pressure while its dietary fibers ease constipation. Helps night blindness

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Strengthens spleen. Promotes digestion. Poor digestion with undigested food, fullness of epigastrium and abdomen, and irregular bowel movements: Cook with brown sugar making a soup or cook with radish to make a dish.
  • Protects against cancer, arthritis, and autoimmune disease
  • Tonifies liver improving eyesight. Blurred vision and night blindness due to liver deficiency. Cook with pork fat or with pork liver.
  • Descends Qi, stops cough. Cough due to Lung Heat and whooping-cough. Drink fresh carrot juice, decoct with Da Zao (black jujube)
  • Clears Heat, Inducing detoxification. Carrots are very good at cleansing internal heat. Measles or incomplete eruption of measles, and fever. Cook with Bai Ji Li (Fructose Tribuli Terrestris), Hu Sui (coriander). Make a tea to promote eruption of measles.
  • Experimental investigations indicate that carrot extract acts to lower blood sugar providing benefit to sufferers of diabetes

Directions: It is best to boil or stew them with oil because with the raw ones the vitamin A is not easily absorbable. Eat either raw or cooked. Pound to get juice.

Precaution: It is not recommended for those with Spleen or Stomach Deficient Cold. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene however excessive intake would make the skin yellow.

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Broccoli (Xī lán huā 西兰花)

broccoli Sweet (Gan) and pungent flavor, neutral thermal nature. Acts on Lungs, Liver and Large Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Broccoli contains ß-carotene and glutathione that fights against cancer. It adds brilliance to the skin and defies aging on cellular level. Its chlorophyll helps prevent arteriosclerosis. Broccoli also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K (enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower), and fiber. One cup of broccoli provides 150 percent of daily vitamin C and 20 percent of fiber required .Contains beneficial amounts of phytochemicals that repair the DNA, block the development of cancer cells and support the immune system due to their antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer properties. Broccoli has been proven to prevent the development of prostate cancer as well. It is one of the best brain foods for the high amount of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp broccoli. Broccoli is high in compounds called glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and our memories sharp. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Promotes purgation by moistening dryness and nourishing the intestines. Dry stool or constipation of weak constitution, old aged or due to Intestinal dryness. Blanch broccoli and eat around 250 g a day
  • Clears heat, relieving restlessness. Promotes reproduction of body fluids and stop thirst
  • Tonifies liver and promote eyesight. Dizziness, blurred vision due to Liver Heat or Liver Yin deficiency
  • Cools Blood and purifies it, on epistaxis and hemafecia take 250 g broccoli and make a soup. Cook only 2 – 3 minutes
  • Prevents anemia, and arteriosclerosis and osteoarthritis

Directions: Eat steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or raw. Do not overcook broccoli, though Sulforaphane (Sulforaphane is a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. It exhibits anticancer and antimicrobial properties in experimental models) is heat resistant, only one-third of its vitamin C is left when it is subject to strong heat.

Precautions: Hemophilia patients and those with blood clotting or bleeding disorders should not eat it broccoli.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

 

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Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

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After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try (try being the key word) to eliminate cancer, John Hopkins id finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way.

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  1. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  1. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  1. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  1. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  1. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
  1. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  1. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
  1. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
  1. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  1. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

*CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

  1. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
  2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy are starving milk cancer cells.
  3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
  4. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
  5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic avoid it.
  6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
  7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
  8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flour-essence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFA’s etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
  9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
  10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
  11. No plastic containers in micro.
  12. No water bottles in freezer.
  13. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper the dioxin problem are one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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Brazilian Feijoada

Feijoada

1 pound black beans

1/2 pound pork ribs

1/2 pound bacon

2 onions finely chopped

6 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 smoked sausages cut in big chunks

1 Tsp ground pepper

6 bay leaves

Soak the beans overnight first then cook with bay leaves for 45 minutes over a medium heat, add garlic, onions, pork ribs, bacon, and sausages. Simmer for about one hour or until the met fall of the bone. Serve with rice, slices of orange and finely chopped spring greens and onions.

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Beans, Kidney Bean, Black, Red (Chi Xiao Dou 红小豆,芸豆)

Beans

Sweet flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Beans are mainly composed of saccharides and proteins. They are rich in saponin which is an effective antioxidant. Contains fiber, iron, vitamin B9 (folate, magnesium, potassium (pinto beans), molybdenum and vitamin B1 (thiamin) (black beans), vitamin E and they are strong antioxidant.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Promotes body fluid and clean dampness, invigorating spleen. Used for edema, beriberi, dysuria due to spleen-deficiency. For diarrhea: mix with carp making a soup. To clear Damp-Heat: decoct with Bian Dou, Yi Yi Ren. Grind to powder. Make a tea
  • Tonifies kidneys helping when kidney is deficient. Lower back pain, knee pain, infertility, seminal emissions, blurry vision, ear problems: Combine it with rice to makeit a complete protein
  • Detoxifies expelling toxins, draining the pus. For appendicitis: Use with Pu Gong Ying, Yi Yi Ren, Gan Cao to making a tea. For dysentery, hemorrhoid bleeding, use with Ma Chi Xian (purlaine). Decoct to make a tea. Add a small amount of vinegar
  • Strengthens and nourishes blood, disperses Blood-Stagnation: If grounded into powder and rubbed on the body when one has a blood problem manifesting as itchy spots. Mix with water and put it on those places
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Red beans promote lactation among women after giving birth

Directions: In a bean salad, in scrambled eggs, in a burrito, with rice, in a soup, or just by itself. Place 50 grams of red beans, 50 grams of pearl barley and one liter of water into a pot, then let it cook over a low flame. In 50 minutes, drink the liquid soup and eat the beans. A bowl of this wonder gruel in the morning will help expel dampness from the body. Some onions (yángcōng) and garlic (da suan) can be added as well as salt to taste.

Precautions: Pregnancy. Do not use for long term.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Apple Cider Vinegar (Cu 苹果醋)

apple

Sour and bitter flavor, and warm thermal nature, acting on Liver, Stomach meridians.

Active compounds:

Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber similar to the fiber that is the oat bran. Apple cider is an acid, which assists in  the digestion of protein, which in turn is needed for the production of inulin. Insulin is necessary for converting glucose to energy – the energy required to maintain an active, fat burning metabolism. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar improves the absorption of iron from food, which is responsible for attracting the oxygen essential for burning energy in the body, increasing in this way, the energy consumption in the body making it a supportive food for weight loss.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Aids digestion, helping on gradual weight loss
  • Disperse Blood stagnation,
  • Arrests bleeding, hematemesis, epistaxis, anal bleeding,
  • Detoxifies, genital itching
  • Treats jaundice

Directions: incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily diet leads to gradual weight loss. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink before meals three times a day. Use in salad dressing as well.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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