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Food as Medicine,

Table of Contents
Dharma Singh Khalsa M.D.,

Table of Contents:


  • The Cutting Edge of Medicine -
  • Spiritual Nutrition 3 -
  • What Signals Are You Sending
  • to Your Body? 12 -
  • Phytonutrients: How Vegetables and Fruits Act as Medicine 22 -
  • Vegetables as Medicine 27 -
  • Fruit as Medicine 39 -
  • Beyond the Rainbow of Vegetables and Fruit 50 -
  • From Pyramids to Principles 63 -
  • The First Principle: Detoxify Your Body with Colon Therapy and Fasting 70 -
  • The Second Principle: Go Organic 83 -
  • The Third Principle: Limit or Eliminate -
  • Genetically Engineered Foods 87 -
  • The Fourth Principle: Eat Clean Protein 95 -
  • The Fifth Principle: Discover Juicing and Supplements 108 -
  • The Sixth Principle: Cook Consciously and Eat Mindfully 124 -
  • The Seventh Principle: Make the Transition 128 -
  • Basic Yoga Nutritional Therapy Recipes 140

  • Eat This for That -
  • Addictions 157 -
  • Allergies 162 -
  • Anti-Aging 166 -
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 180 -
  • Brain:
  • Age- Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's Disease 184 -
  • Cancer Prevention and Treatment 190 -
  • Children's Health 196 -
  • Chronic Fatigue 200 - Chronic Pain: Arthritis,
  • Backache or Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, and Headache 204 -
  • Cleansing and Detoxification 214 -
  • Depression 217 -
  • Diabetes 221 -
  • Digestive Health: Gallbladder, Stomach (Acid and Ulcers), Liver, and Colon (Inflammation,
  • Constipation, and Hemorrhoids) 225 -
  • Heart Disease, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol 232 -
  • HIV and AIDS 243 -
  • Immune Health 247 -
  • Kidney Disease 250 -
  • Lung Disease: Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease,
  • including Emphysema and Bronchitis 253 -
  • Men's Health: Impotence and Prostate Problems 256 -
  • Skin Disorders: Acne and Aging 261 -
  • Spiritual Growth 265 -
  • Stress and Anxiety 268 -
  • Thyroid 272 -
  • Weight Loss 275 -
  • Women's Health: Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Menopause, Osteoporosis,
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), and Uterine Fibroids 279
  • Appendix A The Phytonutrient Effects of Common Foods 287
  • Appendix B Portion Sizes of Foods by Categories 289
  • Appendix C Samples of Vegetarian Sources of Protein and Other Products,
  • Listed by Manufacturer 301
  • Appendix D Equipment and Utensils 305
  • Appendix E Resources 307
  • Notes and References 315

Amazon Review:
FOOD AS MEDICINE is a must-read for all, particularly those who dislike fruits and/or vegetables but want to be healthy and prevent diseases because the doctor explains clearly and succinctly what each food can do for your body.

He also has a chapter about each common illness and what he recommends eating to overcome the illness. He reminds us that by cutting down on total calories consumed while eating nutritionally dense food, we can increase our life span by as much as thirty percent.

Dr. Khalsa writes a chapter about each of his seven principles of yoga nutritional therapy to help you restore balance to your body, mind and soul.

They are:

  1. Detoxify your body. (If fasting isn't for you, you can take two 450 mg aloe vera tablets at night or go on a monodiet.)

  2. Go organic. ("The switch to organic food is vital if we are to save our environment.")

  3. Limit or eliminate genetically
    engineered foods
    . (Examples include: aspartame, canola, corn, cotton, crook-necked yellow squash, dairy products, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, and tomatoes.)

  4. Eat clean protine. (Buffalo, rabbit, ostrich, and venison are some non-traditional sources. I personally enjoy the latter very much. Choose chicken and fish--preferably wild salmon or other oily fish. Shark, swordfish and tuna also have potential problems with contamination--mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic. Also soy protein and definitely beans and legumes are great--they have almost no fat and are rich in fiber and good carbohydrates.)

  5. Discover juicing and supplements. (I don't do this one because there is more fiber in the fruit than the juice and that is good if you want to avoid getting type 2 diabetes down the road.)

  6. Cook consciously and eat mindfully. (Chew slowly, savor your food, sit down and relax and "remember that everything we eat comes from God, as do our health and healing.")

  7. Make the transition to the yoga nutritional therapy diet. ("By following a plant-based diet, you will find that you have improved focus and higher productivity in your daily life.")

My favorite part is the valuable information about each food (chapter 5) as well as the anti-aging in chapter 18.

I've eaten blueberries every day since I've read this book because "blueberrries contain the highest antioxidant capability...comes from a class of flavonoids called anthocyanins...blueberries protect against brain aging, heart disease and cancer. The most astounding aspect of research on blueberries has been in the area of brain longevity."

Soar into healthy eating! Just adding one fruit or vegetable a day is a good habit to start. Do it!

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