Highlights of June/July
Issue of Yang-Sheng (Vol 3, No. 3)
[From The Editor] Welcome
to the June/July issue of Yang Sheng Magazine! Our theme this month is “Food as Medicine”, a topic which has
a broader range than might appear at first glance… (Read
[Food as Medicine] Herbs
and Qigong for Cheer, Mood, and Sleep! by Katrina Everhart, includes information
on healing food groups as well as individual foods and herbs. She also
discusses the need for movement, and how nutrition and movement complement each
other to provide excellent mental and physical health.
[Book Review] The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman; Commentary by
Fiona Tobler. The book includes real life cases of illness that were reversed
by diet, life style changes, and supplements. It includes various
“Ultra-Wellness Quizzes” that make you stop and think, and then recommends diet
changes and nutritional supplements. The chapters are concise, the case studies
are brief, the descriptions of supplements and food choices are very clear.
[Research Update] Recent Research Findings on Diet and Nutritional Therapy, compiled by Kevin Chen — includes reports
on dietary treatments for ADHD, nutritional interventions for people with HIV,
the relationship between fat intake and prostate cancer, dietary approaches to
the management of Type 2 Diabetes, and others.
[Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen] Recipe: Perilla Seed Congee by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir and Mika Ono. Congees (rice porridges) are a staple in
East Asia. This congee features perilla seeds (a.k.a. Beefsteak plant seeds or
“zi su zi” in Chinese), which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to ease
coughs and asthma. The leaves and stems of the perilla plant are also featured
in traditional Chinese medicine.
[From The Doctor] Raising Healthy Eaters – Part
III: Cooking in the Kitchen with Your Kids, Dr. Mark Hyman talks of the importance of
starting children off right by letting them help prepare those healthy,
nutritious meals. This appeals to me personally because Mark suggests letting
kids as young as age 3 help in the kitchen, and I have already started letting
our grandson, age 3, do just that! He loves to help!
[Meditation in Motion] Proprioception and Kinesthetic
Sense by Eric Borreson; He defines proprioception and
kinesthetic senses as inner and outer senses, and shows how taiji improves both
of these senses. Additionally, improvement to these inner and outer senses
thought the practice of taiji can be beneficial to you in your everyday
awareness and functionality.
[East-West Perspective] The Contribution of Daoist
Yangsheng Philosophy to the Modern Self-Care Movement by Anda
Pudule. This essay looks into the modern self-care movement
today, and at the ways Yang sheng philosophy can be of great help to those who
are looking to improve their lifestyle, those looking to achieve better health
and longer life, and most importantly those looking to achieve a level of
balance and harmony within themselves and the environment they live in.
[Book Review] Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei
Damo Mitchell, and reviewed by Martin Eisen, Ph.D. The title “Heavenly Streams” refers to the
Meridians which contain streams of heavenly energy. This is one of the few
books that gives a Qigong practice which allows you to feel or sense your own
Meridians and Acupoints. It also teaches you how to
inject Qi into Acupoints.
[Featured Article] Chopping Your Food While Using Tai Chi
Rooting, Alignment and Attentiveness, by Raven Cohan, offers a different and unique perspective to food as
medicine. Not only does your food have healing properties, but the spiritual
attention, mental attitude and physical posture of the cook also may bear an
important effect upon the ultimate wellness benefits you derive from your
[Daoist Internal Achemy] Internal Alchemy Q & A by Shawn Cartwright. In this month’s
article, Mr. Cartwright answers several common questions and clearly explains
exactly what is Internal Alchemy. He also offers suggestions on how
to begin your practice, and recommends self-study materials if you are unable
to find a teacher in your area.
[Qi Cultivation & Dao] A Consideration of “Transactional Energetics” for Qi Cultivators
and Healthcare Providers by Jill Gonet, and Guan-Cheng Sun, A fascinating
look at the possibility of the imbalance created when the mind does not
keep pace with the body. “In the case of martial arts practitioners and qigong
practitioners whose bodies are extremely advanced, there may be a discrepancy
between body and mind if the awareness is not advanced enough to keep the
practitioner balanced. This kind of unconscious dynamic energy exchange might be
termed “transactional energetics.”
[Book Review] The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai
Chi by Peter M. Wayne and Mark L. Fuerst, Review by Salvatore J. Casano. This is not a manual on tai chi forms, nor
does it promote any specific style of tai chi. Instead, it helps to bridge the
gap of how concepts from Eastern medicine can integrate with allopathic
medicine thereby helping to reduce medical costs.“A 2009 study by Harvard
Medical School faculty found that more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies
are due to medical costs , and in the majority of these cases, those claiming
bankruptcy were medically insured.”
[Method of Self-Healing] Tai
Chi Chuan Chang Chuan: The Mysterious TraditionalYang Family Fist Form by Rene J. Navarro tells readers about a
little-known form of taiji that may have been in danger of becoming a lost art!
Fortunately for the internal arts world, this form has been rescued from
obscurity and is being taught to new students once again.
[Media Review] FORKS OVER KNIVES – DVD Documentary. Reviewed by Fiona Tobler — Research
by Doctors T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, who independently came
to these conclusions, show us that degenerative diseases like heart disease,
type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be
Over Knives” show us that we can reverse or control diseases by eliminating
processed and animal based food AND that by eating whole foods and a
plant-based diet, we can dramatically improve our health.
[Scientific Qi Exploration] Part 3. Horary Cycle Qi Pathways from 3 p.m. to
3a.m. by Marty Eisen Ph.D is the next instalment in
this series on the Horary Cycle and the corresponding intensity of activity in
the bodily organs and energy meridians. As the title indicates, article
includes a breakdown of the 12 hours, 6 double-hours, between 3 pm and 3 am. A
link to the drawing showing the energy path and acupuncture points is included
with each organ.
[Seasonal Harmony] Food – It’s More Than
You Think by Ellesara Kling, teaches us about Diet Therapy which
is very nurturing to the body as well as harmonious with the environment, both
the energetic environment through the principles of Chinese Medicine, and the
food environment, choosing fresh, appropriate foods for true Seasonal Harmony
[A Comedy Moment] A joke a day keeps doctors away…
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