Bringing Acupuncture Mainstream – One Talk at a Time
For your convenience, I’ve provided a round up of this week’s posts at the end of this commentary. We’re working on getting off the ground – One step at a time.
DIET like Acupuncture is not a one size fits all approach
Although Acupuncture is the most recognizable modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States, an Acupuncturists is trained and is apt to offer guidance to their patients in a number of areas, including diet.
One of the ancient precepts of Chinese medicine as documented by ancient Chinese physicians, is to treat with food before medicine.
This week’s thoughts regarding diet and nutrition, are not often heard in today’s “one size fits all” diet approaches that have been dictated by the government agencies and anyone promoting a particular diet of extremes.
Perhaps you are happy with your diet already, so here’s some food for thought.
As Dr. Michael A. Weiner point out in his book “The Way of the Skeptical Nutritionist” (1981), a person seeking the optimal diet may be well served to consider a diet based on their ethnic heritage which often include multigenerational habits adapted to over centuries that are fairly consistent, stable, simple, and including the necessary nutritional balance.
From this information, one can connect the dots that the DNA of people’s are geared up for not only the type of food but also the amount of food consumed. Therefore, when seeking a diet that may seem elusive in regards to improving your health or keeping you from blowing up, a look at your ancestral history may be what you need.
I think about this more often than before since my wife, who does most of the cooking in the house, tends to cook dishes the were common from her modest upbringing during the era of the Cultural Revolution in China. Fortunately, she had some benefit of fresh vegetables but overall, the diet was very simple due to the general poverty of most everyone.
Fresh produce was only available in farmer’s markets that were only open for a few hours in the early morning, meats were rare and rice was the center piece of any meal though still served in relatively meager portions. Physical labor was needed daily to just produce a fire to cook. One could surmise that although food was generally rationed, that which was available was reasonably fresh without any refinement, though some produce was preserved for long term storage without refrigeration.
In 2000, when I visited my Yee family village located in Tai-shan (Guangdong Province), I could see the very rural nature of the farming community. It’s kind of awesome to think that only in the one generation of my parents did our family “all of a sudden” breached centuries of frugal diet to explode (in more ways than one) into the convenience and extravagance of fast paced, celebratory nature of modern diet with all of its associated health issues.
We can try to adopt the best of both worlds.
THIS WEEK’s BLOGS – March 3-9
What factors led me, a guy who grew up in the United States, to study Traditional Chinese Medicine
No, it’s not a the frontier hero you’re never heard of, just some thoughts about how Acupuncturists are paid across the colorful landscape of Chinese Medicine in the United States.
So you don’t know an Acupuncturists but you’re thinking about having an acupuncture treatment – some spin off thoughts from some on-line advice.
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