April 2020

April 2020

The Office: The Truth about Thought and Thinking

  • Thoughts are not the process of a conscious thinking entity. They are produced unconsciously ½ second by the cortex of the brain before a thought is recognized by the conscious mind.
  • The early works of Hans Kornhuber, Luder Deecke, and later, Benjamin Libet in the 1970’s clearly show that this is the case. Dr. Libet’s studies have since been reproduced with the same results by other researchers.
  • As someone who has spent considerable time in silence, meditating, I can also attest to the fact that thought cannot be controlled. One cannot even choose what they think. Thought occurs unconsciously as a physiological process of the body-brain. It is first an impulse in the body-brain before it becomes a conscious thought. An advanced meditator can reduce the ½ second delay to almost instantaneousness but still with no control over what thought patterns are being generated.
  • Chinese Medicine teaches us to treat aberrated thought processes such as anxiety and anger through their respective organ generators. Anxiety through the Heart and anger through the Liver.
  • Thought is generated through unconscious physical activity in the body-brain. The way to improve thought is to improve the overall functioning of the body-brain.
  • Chinese Medicine is a very viable approach in treating what could be labeled ‘psychological disorders.’
  • Learn about the work of Dr. Libet and about brain research that has been going on for years. It is quite fascinating.
  • Somehow the Chinese intuited that emotions and thought itself can be improved upon significantly by treating the Zang Fu organ system.

The Office: The Best Way to Lose Weight

  • There is no magic way to lose weight other than changing how and what you eat.
  • Neither Chinese herbal medicine nor acupuncture provides the magic bullet for weight loss.
  • Caloric control works in the short run but never in the long run.
  • What about a vegetarian approach?
    • Eating lentils, beans and rice might look like a protein in a laboratory but in the body, it actually, metabolizes as a carbohydrate.
    • Carbohydrates cause an insulin reaction in the body and thus weight gain.
    • Vegetarianism can give the feeling of lightness and clarity for about 6 months.
    • After that protein deficiency kicks in and the body becomes weaker and weaker.
    • It is very rare to see a long-term vegetarian with a normal pulse.
    • Their pulses are usually indicative of Blood, Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiency.
  • Hormonal Dietary Approach
    • Out of all dietary approaches the hormonal approach works the best.
    • What is the hormonal approach? Choosing foods which force the pancreas to produce
      • glucagon rather than insulin.
      • The only food group which encourages the pancreas to produce glucagon is animal protein.
  • When drawing blood after eating you will find:
    • After eating simple carbohydrates, insulin levels will go up. Insulin causes the body to manufacture fat.
    • Simple carbohydrates cause an insulin reaction and thus weight gain.
    • After eating protein, glucagon levels will go up. Glucagon causes the body to burn fat.
    • Fat has a neutral effect on the body causing no increase in insulin or glucagon. Consequently, fat does not make one fat. Sugar or glucose in the blood makes one fat.
  • Our Dietary Approach:
    • Remove foods that break down into sugar such as simple carbohydrates and to add animal protein.
    • Add animal protein.
    • For each meal, the protein portion has to be visually larger than the vegetable portion.
    • The vegetables have to be green because green vegetables are complex carbohydrates and break down into sugar slowly in the blood stream thus having only a mild insulin reaction.
      • (Cauliflower is fine.)
    • The patient is instructed not to eat: potatoes, grains, breakfast cereals, fruit, smoothies, dairy products (except butter and cottage cheese), nuts, nut butters, beans (except green beans), bread. No cheese, because it is too fatty and slows down the weight loss.
  • The China Study, which promotes a vegetarian diet, has some flaws.
    •  Not all the collected data was considered.
  • Don’t blend the vegetable in a blender, because they turn into sugar faster. Blending breaks down the cellulose.
  • Once the desired weight is reached, the animal protein on the plate becomes visually smaller that everything else added together. All vegetables are re-introduced along with fruit and natural, whole grains.
  • Going forward the patient is encouraged to never eat a meal without animal protein to avoid gaining the weight back.

The Office: Treating Viral and Bacterial Disorders of the Lung

  • Two major types of lung infection in Chinese Medicine
    • The virus has gone past the initial protection and defenses of the body. It is no longer Wind Heat or Wind Cold.
  • Phlegm Cold
    • Symptoms: gurgling phlegm in the lungs, productive cough, copious amounts of phlegm, Ren 22 is cold to the touch.
    • Pulse: Right Yang Wei is wiry, tight and too deep.
    • Herbs:
      • Base formula: Xiao Qing Long Tang
      • If cough add:
        • Zi Wan -15
        • Bai Bu -15
        • If wheezing add:
        • Xing Ren
        • Xuan Fu Hua
        • Su Zi
    • This condition is not very common in the USA.
  • Phlegm Heat/Fire
    • Symptoms: dry, sticky phlegm that is difficult to cough up, shortness of breath, chest tightness, fever, Ren 22 is warm or hot to the touch.
    • Western diagnosis: Viral or bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia.
    • Pulse: Right Yang Wei is pounding and convex at any or all depths.
    • Herbs:
      • Base formula: Lung PH (Lung Phlegm Heat; proprietary formula) or Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang
      • If there is a lot of heat and unproductive dry cough, moist herbs need to be added:
        • Shi Gao (It is already in Lung PH and in Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang. Increase the dosage of Shi Gao.)
        • Lu Gan
        • Sha Shen
        • (These 3 herbs will moisten and loosen the cough. It is very important to moisten the situation.)
      • If there is a lot of cough with this inflammatory condition in the lung:
        • Sang Bai Pi
        • Ting Li Zi,
        • Zhe Bei Mu
        • Cuan Bei Mu (More moistening than Zhe Bei Mu)
        • Gua Lou Ren
      • If there is wheezing:
        • She Gan
        • Ting Li Zi
        • Shi Gao (increase the amount that is already in the base formula.)
        • Di Long
      • If the phlegm is thick, yellow, profuse but easy to cough up, add a little:
        • Er Chen Tang (Phlegm has to be profuse. Can be used for hot type phlegm and cold type phlegm. Do not use for dry cough.)