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"Compared to Taoist concepts of balance,
the Western notion of a 'balanced diet' is simplistic and superficial.
Western physicians advise everyone to take 'a
little of everything at every meal', jumbling together such disparate ingredients as meat,
milk, starch, fat and sugar.
Such indiscriminate consumption of food is no
different than pouring a combination of gas, oil, alcohol and sugar into the gas tank of
your car. These blends will not burn efficiently, will provide little power and will
quickly clog up the engine so badly that the entire system grinds to a halt.
The following advice given to the founding
Emperor of the Ming Dynasty on the occasion of the authors 100th birthday, clearly
reflects the fact that the ancient Chinese were well aware of the importance of the
science of food combining.
'Food and drink are relied upon to nurture
life. But if one does not know that the nature of substances may be opposed to each other,
and one consumes them altogether indiscriminately, the vital organs will be thrown out of
harmony and disastrous consequences will soon arise. Therefore, those who wish to nurture
their lives must carefully avoid doing such damage to themselves.'
[Chia Ming, Essential Knowledge for Eating and
Drinking, 1368 AD].
In plain English, the Yin and Yang of diet
boils down to 'Trophology',
a term which you and no doubt your doctor, have probably never heard before.
Modern medical training in the West,
especially in America, is notoriously deficient in nutritional science, although there are
a few enlightened nutritional scientists in America and Europe today who, despite sneers
from their peers in the medical establishment, are making great medical strides through
the science of Trophology.
The Western scientific equivalent of Yin/Yang
balance in food combinations is something we all learned in elementary high school
chemistry: acid/alkaline balance, or 'pH'. We all know that if we did add a measure of
alkaline to an equal measure of acid, the resulting chemical solution is as neutral as
plain water. That's the principle behind reaching for bicarbonate (a strong alkaline) to
relieve 'acid indigestion'.
It is an established scientific fact in
Western medicine that, in order to initiate efficient digestion of any concentrated animal
protein, the stomach must secrete pepsin. But it is also a well-known fact that pepsin can
function only in a highly acidic medium, which must be maintained for several hours for
complete digestion of proteins.
It is equally a well established fact of
science that when we chew a piece of bread or potato or any other carbohydrate/starch,
ptyalin and other alkaline juices are immediately secreted into the food by saliva in the
mouth. When swallowed, the alkalized starches require an alkaline medium in the stomach in
order to complete their digestion.
Anyone should be able to figure out what
therefore happens when you ingest protein and starch together. Acid and alkaline juices
are secreted simultaneously in response to the incoming protein and starch, promptly
neutralizing one another and leaving a weak, watery solution in the stomach that digests
neither protein nor starch properly. Instead, the proteins putrefy and the starches
ferment owning to the constant presence of bacteria in the digestive tract.
This putrefaction and fermentation are the
primary cause of all sorts of digestive distress, including gas, heartburn, cramps,
bloating, constipation, foul stools, bleeding, piles, colitis, and so forth.
Many so-called 'allergies'
are also the direct result of improper food combinations: the bloodstream picks up the
toxins from the putrefied, fermented mess as it passes slowly through the intestines, and
these toxins in turn cause rashes, hives, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms commonly
branded as 'allergies'.
The same foods that cause allergic reactions
when improperly combined often have no ill-side effects whatsoever when consumed according
to the rules of Trophology.
The final fact of the matter is this: when you
immobilize your stomach and impair digestive functions by consuming foods in
indiscriminate combinations, the bacteria in your alimentary canal have a field day. They
get all the nutrients and thrive, while you get all the wastes and suffer."
Source: Daniel Reid.
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