Showing posts with label chinese herbology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chinese herbology. Show all posts

Monday, June 2, 2014

Food as Medicine: Healing with Whole Foods, Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms



This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.; the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being; the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; and longevity-promoting foods and detoxification. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.
A WEEKLY COURSE
(3 sessions) Thursdays, July 24–August 7, 8–10pm
14SHN58T  
Members: $105 / Nonmembers: $115 
Early Bird rate $95/$105 by May 29

Friday, November 8, 2013

Over Medicated America!!





This is a short but powerful expose on how the corrupt US pharmaceutical industry tries to over medicate America from our friends at  GreenMedTV...





Wednesday, November 6, 2013

24 Best Benefits Of Spirulina For Skin, Hair And Health




24 Best Benefits Of Spirulina For Skin, Hair And Health (via Style Craze)
What is Spirulina? If you’re looking for a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of its protein requirements, can prevent allergies and reinforce your immune system, then spirulina is what you need. Spirulina is a natural algae (cyanobacteria…


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Gerson Program Saved My Mother's Life

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I am posting this blog in honor of my Mother who passed away 2 years ago. It would have been her 85th birthday.

In 1978 while I was still in high school my mother developed breast cancer.  I had no idea what detoxification was or how it worked.  The nutritional program that she decided to use to help her overcome her condition was the Gerson Program.  The main strategy of this program is detoxification which treats existing conditions and can prevent disease.  My mother taught me how to do a coffee enema when i was a freshmen in college.  I bet Sigmund Freud would have a field day with that one. Now in my 18th year of private practice detoxification as a healing strategy is the most important part of my practice.
Below is a brief video of Charlotte explaining the history of the Gerson Program.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Oh Look Honey There Are Egg Whites In The Candy Corn They Must Be Good For You!




I despise candy corn. No reason. They never made me sick.  I do not eat them but the sight of them makes me crazy. I think my level of Dante's Inferno would be stuck in a room with Rush Limbaugh, a big screen TV showing fox news and a bowl of candy corn.

According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds (or nine billion pieces) of candy corn will be produced this year.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Professor's Drew’s Workshops & Seminars


THE TAO OF HEALTHY LIVING
Introduction to Chinese Herbs and Healing Foods
The Tao’, translated as “The Way”, are the many tools used by the great masters of oriental medicine and modern nutritionists to promote health and longevity. In this class we will explore strategies of healthy living based on oriental medicine and modern nutrition. Healthy Living includes herbal medicine, a balanced diet, nutritional supplements and internal exercises for stress reduction.

4 WEEKS TO WELLNESS - THE FIVE ELEMENT WELLNESS PROGRAMS



Drew’s Coaching Programs consist of an Initial Consultation($225). In this consultation you will be assessed according to Oriental Medicine i.e., pulse, tongue, and two extensive health assessment forms. Based upon this information, Drew will create an individualized program for you which includes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WORKSHOP: THE ART of HEALING WITH FOOD - THE ASIAN HEALING DIET


Learn the Art of the Chinese Healing Diet.


Confucius (551-479 B.C.) once said...'the path to your friend's heart and love goes from your cooking.'

A Chinese proverb tells us that 'eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships.'


In 625AD,  the first Chinese Diet Classic was published by Sun Shu Mao a Chinese Physician, his book is entitled 'One Thousand Ounces of Gold Classics'. he created food cures for such conditions as thyroid issues, night blindness, liver diseases and much more. Many of these food cures and healing diets are still being used today. Macrobiotics and many of the modern healing diets that you are familiar with have all drawn from this ancient wisdom to heal disease in the modern clinic. 



Monday, October 7, 2013

Top Ten Ways To Prevent and Treat Colds & Flu



Hello Everyone.  It is that time of year again. Below are my top ten ways to treat colds and flu.

1. Eliminate Foods That Are Mucus Producing.  In the fall and winter months the climate is very damp which is can be conducive to breed germs.  Even if you are living in a dry climate you can still be damp internally which is why   we need to control our internal environment by avoiding foods that can create 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTAL DIAGNOSIS



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Oriental diagnosis is an ancient medical art of reading the body to determine health.  The condition of the internal organs are apparent by looking at external features, such as the face, tongue eyes and ears. This class will provides a step-by-step introduction to the  methods of assessment, and diagnosis Oriental medicine. 

When you are able to diagnose, you are able to help friends, family and customers with valuable advice as you will be able to recognize which organ(s) may be imbalanced (hopefully) before it causes a problem.

**Saturday & Sunday: October 25 & 26**
**10AM - 4PM**
**1133 Bway between 25 & 26**
**Room: 1023**
**$175.00** ($!5 material fee)


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Students will gain a working familiarity with meridians and diagnostic points during a full day hands-on workshop on Sunday. Yin/Yang is the Way of heaven and earth, The fundamental principle of the myriad things, The father and mother of change and transformation, The root of inception and destruction – Su Wen, Yellow Emperor’s Classic.

THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY HEALING PRACTICE

  1. Increase Clinic Outcomes
  2. Get a Better Understanding of Your Clients Imbalances
  3. Determine if Your Treatments Are Working
  4. Be Able to Choose the Right Herbs or Foods for Your Clients Based on Their Pulse and Tongue
Saturday & Sunday: October 25 & 26
10AM - 4PM
1133 Bway between 25 & 26
Room: 1023
$175.00 ($15.00 material fee)

To Your Health; 
Professor Drew












Monday, September 16, 2013

Food as Medicine: Healing with Whole Foods, Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms


Reishi Mushroom
This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.;the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being: the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; longevity-promoting foods; detoxification; and much more. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dr. Shen's Hair Tonic



He Shou Wu

Long ago, old Mr. He became lost in the forest. Years later, those who found him were astonished. The old man's hair had turned from white to black. In order to sustain himself, he lived on the root of the common wild vine Polygoni Multiflori. Today, the plant bears his name, He Shou Wu (Old Mr. He) . In the West this root is known as Shou Wu or FoTi.


Modern day doctors of Oriental Medicine use this herb to strengthen the Blood and the Jing in order to treat alopecia, prevent premature hair loss or greying, and to regulate excessive aging. Dr. Shen's Shou Wu Pill contains only five years old or older, export grade (the highest) He Shou Wu (90%). Small amounts (5%) of premium Poria are added to enhance digestability and absorbtion. Chuanxiong (5%) is added as a messenger herb, to invigorate the He Shou Wu and direct the action of the formula upward to the head.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress


1. Cordycepts are a therapeutic fungus found at the high altitudes in China and are one of the most valued medicinal fungi in Chinese medicine.  Research dating back to 1843 suggests the use of cordyceps to help strengthen and rebuilding the body after exhaustion or long term illness.  It is used by athletes to rebuild after a heavy workout. 

2. Ashwangandha known as a classic rejuvenating herb in Indian medicine, ashwagandha has been shown to enhance adaptability to both physical and chemical stress.  For instance, mice pretreated with ashwagandha and subjected to physical stress showed increased endurance, it can prevent stress induced ulcers.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tongue Diagnosis in Oriental Medicine


PROFESSOR DREW'S CLASSROOM


This is the first in a series of articles explaining the theories, the herbal formulas and diagnostic tools used in Oriental Medicine to heal. The medical application of tongue diagnosis is very old.  The earliest records are inscriptions on bones and tortoise shells unearthed during the Yi Dynasty; the first dynasty of the Bronze Age. Ancient Chinese physicians developed a special way of approaching the diagnosis of diseases through four types pf physical examination:  inspection, questioning, smelling, and listening.  In addition to taking the pulse, palpation of the abdomen, and tongue diagnosis an inspection of the features of the tongue to aid in disease diagnosis were very important.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Supplements to Help Detoxify Your Body



DETOXIFICATION IS NOT FASTING!




  1. Fiber supports fecal excretion of toxins and the integrity of the intestinal barrier which decreases toxins burden. In addition fiber can directly bind some toxins thereby removing them before they enter the body and cause damage.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Calming the Spirit: Stress Reduction with Chinese Herbs and Practices


Over the course of centuries traditional Chinese medicine developed the use of specific exercises, foods, herbal formulas, and meditation methods to address a wide range of ailments and to foster overall emotional and spiritual health.
In this class, we will draw from this rich tradition to learn some simple but powerfully effective techniques to reduce stress and “calm the spirit.” In each session we will practice ancient Taoist movement, breathing, and meditative exercises that have recently been scientifically proven to help control blood pressure, reduce weight, balance energy, and calm the nervous system.
Even minutes a day of practice can confer noticeable results. We will also explore herbs, foods and specific exercises that can help alleviate such conditions as depression, insomnia and anxiety as well as help us release negative emotions.
A WEEKLY COURSE
(3 sessions) Thursdays, June 13–27, 8–10pm
13SHC49T
Members: $90 / Nonmembers: $100
New York Open Center
212-219-2527
22 East 30th Street
REGISTER
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Drew DiVittorio, Dipl (NCCAOM), board-certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine, is currently an associate professor at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and maintains a private practice in NYC. He is a popular speaker on nutrition and Chinese herbalism at venues around the nation.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New York Herb School Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition - 5-Month Certification Program: The Art of Healing with Food -Oriental Dietetics




Confucius (551-479 B.C.) once said...'the path to your friend's heart and love goes from your cooking.'
A Chinese proverb tells us that 'eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships.'

In 625AD, the first Chinese Diet Classic was published by Sun Shu Mao a Chinese Physician, his book is entitled 'One Thousand Ounces of Gold Classics'. he created food cures for such conditions as thyroid issues, night blindness, liver diseases and much more. Many of these food cures and healing diets are still being used today. Macrobiotics and many of the modern healing diets that you are familiar with have all drawn from this ancient wisdom to heal disease in the modern clinic.

The 5 - Month program was created with an accessible format of classes meeting one weekend a month and includes both academic, online and clinical training in diagnosis, herbal and food protocols. The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to the health of the body and less attention to the treatment of disease.

CLASSES BEGIN in January 2017

Cooking Classes

Off-Campus Field Trips

Herbal Medicine Making Classes

30 Clinic Hours - Hands on practical.

Learn to Create Personalized Food Programs for seasonal eating, specific health condition, chronic illness, and detoxification programs.

Learn the latest diets; Macrobiotics, the Gerson Program, Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Free, Vegan, Juicing, and Sports Performance.

Led by Drew DiVittorio (Primary Instructor)


This program meets in New York City one weekend a month.





Module 1: 1 Saturday (10 - 5)
INTRODUCTION TO THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE Chinese herbal medicine is governed by the universal principles of balance and harmony expressed in The Tao. This weekend includes an overview of the history of Chinese Medicine and begins to familiarize students with the basic terms and concepts: Five Element Theory, “Qi “ (pronounced chee) and the immune system, six divisions of Yin and Yang, 4 causes of disease, TCM terminology, energetic imbalances, and meridians. Also, discussion of Classical Chinese

Module 2: Saturday & Sunday (10 - 5)
DIAGNOSIS IN ORIENTAL MEDICINE Herbology is the core of treatment in Chinese medicine and energetically, practitioners look beyond the symptoms of the disease to alleviate the underlying imbalance that caused the disease. Imbalances are determined by a non-invasive diagnostic system that includes tongue reading, pulse reading, facial observations, and health history evaluation. Students will gain a working familiarity with meridians and diagnostic points during a full day hands-on workshop on Sunday.

Module 3: Saturday, Sunday (10 - 5)
THE FIVE ELEMENT DIET: FOOD AS MEDICINE Balance in a diet is unique for each person and there is no one diet for everyone. Learn how to use whole foods “as medicine” to balance and regenerate internal organs and strengthen the immune system to help prevent disease. The Taoist way and the healing properties of whole foods, essentials of nutrition, food energetics, dietary guidelines, elimination diets, five phase cooking and specific foods for organ imbalances. How to create personalized food prescription from the general diet to congee, medicinal soups, salads and food cures.

Module 4: Saturday & Sunday (10 - 5)
Cooking Class Saturday: Learn to cook congee’s, ferment food, cook miso soup, steam root vegetables, etc.
Comparative Diet Study: Sunday: In this class, we will discuss all of the current diets that are available on the market today.

Module 5: Saturday & Sunday (10 - 5)
ROUNDS: CASE STUDIES AND STUDENT CLINIC Theory will be applied in the hands-on application of Chinese diagnostics. Practice, under supervision, differential diagnosis to assess health conditions, case taking and making practical herbal recommendations. Small group discussion of case studies. Resources and opportunities for continued studies.


  • Upon completion of this training program, you will receive a diploma from the Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition.

Class of 2014





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Healing With Whole Foods/ Paul Pitchford
Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Online Learning Courses:
1. Safety in the Organic Food and Herb Market.
2. Safe and Healthy Detoxification
3. Digestive Health
4. Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar-Free Living




The price of the program: $ 950 plus a $15 material fee per weekend.


If you pay in full you will receive a 10% discount. Total payment $855.

Other wise a payment of $140 ($15 material fee) per module will be due after the deposit.

The first payment - the deposit to hold your seat is $250 - non-refundable. 




(917-582-3730)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Organic Grape Seed Flour - Gluten Free


Uses and Benefits of Grape Seed Flour

From cooks to health fanatics, adding grape seed flour to your diet will not only bring some great taste and excitement, but will supplement your life with an enrichment of antioxidants far beyond that of some of the most healthy fruits. Grape seed flour is known for its great taste, being part of a gluten-free diet, and can be added to almost every meal of the day including desert! Straight from the best vineyards of Europe, Nature's Approved is adding grape seed flour to its list of foods it considers essential to a healthy way of living.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC table measures a foods antioxidant capacity.
Grape Seed Flour contains specific antioxidants that are the up and coming rave of health fanatics everywhere - OPC's. With the reported ability to increase energy, brain activity, and aid in the healing of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and a slew of other benefits, OPC's could potentially be the key to a long and healthy life.
Grape Seed Flour 100 grams 55,000
Raw unprocessed Cocoa bean 100 grams 28,000
Chokeberry 100 grams 16,062
Small Red Bean 100 grams dried beans 12,148
Red kidney bean 100 grams dried beans 11,733
Prune 100 grams 6,416
Wild blueberry 100 grams 5,941
Raspberry 100 grams 5.331
Strawberry 100 grams 5,225
Black plum 100 grams 4,844
Plum 100 grams 4,118
Blueberry 100 grams (cultivated berries) 3,968
Cranberry 100 grams (whole berries) 3,952
Blackberry 100 grams (cultivated berries) 3,388
Red Delicious apple 100 grams 3,245
Pomegranate 100 grams 2,860
Granny Smith apple 100 grams 2,832
Gala apple 100 grams 2,146
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Try the BEST Pancakes You Will Ever Eat in Your Life!

Take your oun favorite or pre-perpared pancale recipe.
Divide some of the mix into two batches.
Add 4% (one in 25) of the weight to one batch in Nature's Approved Grape Seed Flour
Mix Thoroughly
Prepare pancakes from each batch
You'll find the Nature's Approved Grape Seed Flour pancakes vastly better tasting, more satisfying and healthier
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If you're looking for a healthy and gluten free flour
Nature's Apprived Organic Grape Seed Flour is the answer;
55,000 ORAC value - 23x higher than blueberries
It is certified gluten-free and organic.
Loaded with antioxidants
High in calicum, iron and fiber


Monday, January 7, 2013

Top Bio Markers for Heart Disease

Top Bio-Markers For Heart Disease
 Homocystine,  Theoretically, an elevated level of homocysteine in the blood (hyperhomocysteinemia) is believed to cause narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This narrowing and hardening of the vessels is thought to occur through a variety of ways involving elevated homocysteine. The blood vessel narrowing in turn leads to diminished blood flow through the affected arteries. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood may also increase the tendency to excessive blood clotting. Blood clots inside the arteries can further diminish the flow of blood. The resultant lack of blood supply to the heart muscles may cause heart attacks, and the lack of blood supply to the brain causes strokes. Elevated homocysteine levels also have been shown to be associated with formation of blood clots in veins (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism).


 

 Blood Sugar; Lowering blood sugar levels could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in both diabetics and non-diabetics, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions. The researchers found that Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)-a measure of long-term blood glucose level-predicts heart disease risk in both diabetics and non-diabetics. An elevated blood glucose level is the defining feature of diabetes, but until now it was unclear whether elevated glucose levels contributed independently to increasing heart-disease risk. The study is published in the September 12, 2005, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

 C-Reactive Protein; The elevation of CRP has also been recently linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease. Atherosclerosis, or cholesterol plaquing of the arteries, is known to have an inflammatory component that is thought to cause the rise in CRP levels in the blood. Atherosclerosis is also felt to be affected by age and other cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cigarette smoking. In atherosclerosis, the blood vessel wall becomes injured. This injury acts as focus of inflammation and leads to the formation of plaques in the blood vessel walls. The plaques typically contain blood cells of inflammation, cholesterol deposits, and debris from the injured cells in the blood vessel lining. The accumulation of these elements leads to narrowing of the wall of the blood vessel.

Fibrinogen has been identified as a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Fibrinogen has also been associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors, suggesting that elevation of fibrinogen may be a pathway by which these risk factors exert their effect. There are several mechanisms by which fibrinogen may increase cardiovascular risk. First, it binds specifically to activated platelets via glycoprotein IIb/IIIa, contributing to platelet aggregation. Second, increased fibrinogen levels promote fibrin formation. Third, it is a major contributor to plasma viscosity. Finally, it is an acute-phase reactant that is increased in inflammatory states.

 Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] has been considered a cardiovascular risk factor for many year Owing to incomplete scientific evidence, screening for and treatment of high Lp(a) levels have to date been performed principally by lipid specialists. However, during the last few years, major advances have been achieved in understanding the causal role of elevated Lp(a) in premature cardiovascular disease These new findings have prompted the present critical appraisal of the evidence base in the form of a Consensus Paper.
Lipoprotein(a) is a plasma lipoprotein consisting of a cholesterol-rich LDL particle with one molecule of apolipoprotein B100 and an additional protein, apolipoprotein(a), attached via a disulfide bond (Figure 1 Elevated Lp(a) levels can potentially increase the risk of CVD (i) via prothrombotic/anti-fibrinolytic effects as apolipoprotein(a) possesses structural homology with plasminogen and plasmin but has no fibrinolytic activity and (ii) via accelerated atherogenesis as a result of intimal deposition of Lp(a) cholesterol, or both.

If you have any question please contact Professor Drew