The New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition founded by Professor Drew DiVittorio, offers professional certification programs in Classical Chinese Herbology (The Art of Healing with Herbs), and Oriental Dietetics (The Art of Healing with Food). You can join the full programs or just take individual classes. We also offer an online herb shop, a student clinic, cooking classes, wellness retreats, individual and group wellness programs.
Subscribe to this blog
Follow by Email
Inflammation The Slient Killer
Professor Drew's Classroom - Inflammation The Silent Killer
Inflammation is a Secret
or Silent Killer. As we know from the research over the past several
years, there is a surprising link between Inflammation and heart disease,
cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases.
This was the cover of
Time Magazine back in February 2004. The article explains the link
between chronic illness and inflammation as follows:
Most of the time
inflammation is a life saving procedure that allows the body to fight off
infection from bacteria, virus and parasites. (Yes even in the industrial world
we are constantly being bombarded by pathogens). The instant any of these
potentially deadly microbes slip into the body, inflammation marshals a defense
attack that lays waste to both the invader and any tissue it may have
infected. Then just as quickly, the process subsides and healing
begins. Every once in a while, the whole feverish process doesn’t shut
down on cue. In any event, the inflammation becomes chronic rather that transitory.
Basically, this article
is informing us that the constant exposure to pathogens (bacteria, virus, and
parasites) will eventually lead to chronic inflammation, where the body cannot
shut down the inflammatory response. This leads to chronic illness such as
autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, inflammatory
bowel disease, etc.
However, it is not just
pathogens that we are being bombarded with. We are also bombarded by man
made pathogens which in most cases are more harmful. For example, every
time you breathe in a toxins from the air such as household cleaning products,
pesticides, chemicals used to keep our lawns and sidewalks free from weeds or
industrial generated air pollution, you are triggering inflammation.
Every time you eat a food with a preservative, a pesticide, a hormone, an
antibiotic or refined sugar, you are also triggering inflammation.
The most exciting part of
this research is that we now have one single healing strategy to help prevent
chronic illness and promote healthy aging…..reduce inflammation.
What Can We Do?
Four Basic Rules To
1.Reduce stress-stress can also promote inflammation (the fight or
2.Supplement your diet with natural anti-inflammatory and
antioxidants such as rosemary, green tea, and fish oil.
3.Use herbs to help you adapt to stress and also for foods that
can trigger inflammation.
4.Start The Anti-Inflammatory Diet -avoid or eliminate the foods
from the avoid list and replace them with those from the allowed food list.
red meat, cold cuts, hot
dogs, cured meats, shell fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, all
gluten grains (wheat, oats, spelt, rye, barley, processed soy, canned soups and
vegetables (unless they are from a health food store), citrus (orange and
grapefruits), coffee, alcohol, soda (especially diet), margarine, butter,
refined oils, peanuts, peanut butter, all refined sugar and refined oils.
(Trans fats are found mostly in processed foods)
Organic chicken, turkey,
fish, legumes, soy and rice cheese and milk, non-gluten grains (millet,
amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, brown and white rice), unlimited fresh or frozen
fruits and vegetables, canned soups without preservatives and high sodium
contents, grain coffee or tea, nut butters such as almond and sesame, good fats
from olive oil, fish oil, flax seed oil
Turmeric Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
Remember, you do not have
to give up the foods from the avoid list completely, you just have to reduce
them. You are allowed to eat 10 items from the avoid list per week…its easy.
The Role of the Spleen (Pi) in Traditional Chinese MedicineYin Organs Overview byBill SchoenbartandEllen Shefi
The spleen (pi), of all the organs in traditional Chinese medicine, bears the least resemblance to its Western counterpart. The latter deals primarily with production and destruction of red blood cells and storage of blood.
In traditional Chinese physiology, the spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi. Entire schools of medicine were formed around this organ; the premise