An article released by a group of top scientists from
around the world presents "convincing" evidence that excess
body fat along with alcohol and red and processed meat
consumption lead to an increased risk for many types of
cancer, including those affecting the breast, bowel and
The article also stated that a "diet's relationship to
cancer risk is complex and not well understood." While
that may be true from the western mechanistic view, the
Chinese view, which is simpler but at the same time far
more exact and clear, makes it plain that it's an excess
of "fire" energy in the body which leads to cancer,
premature aging, fatigue, weakness, lack of concentration
and many other symptoms and Illnesses as well.
While such terminology and language is very foreign to
the average westerner, once these concepts are understood,
many people are easily able to diagnose themselves with
these simple yet powerful tools of understanding and can
help themselves to rebalance their own internal energies.
When this happens, symptoms simply disappear. This is
often confusing and "not acceptable" to the western allopathic
mindset which doesn't accept anything as "valid" until
it can be explained in very minute detail right down to
the 'how and why' of every process in the healing stage.
This is a mentality that stops learning
and growth since, as the Chinese proverb states, "some
things cannot be explained, only sensed".
Red meat is known to keep you warmer than white meats,
again that would be an increase in "fire" energy. Same
which is one reason that people in colder climates often
drink more: such as people residing Russia, certain homeless
people, and other groups. Excess body weight also causes
the body to hold in more heat than people who are thinner.
This is not only because of the fact that the excess body
fat is holding in existing heat, but also because the
person is physically working harder to simply have that
weight on their bodies. Even if a person with excess body
fat is at rest, the heart and other organs are working
much harder than a person of normal body fat, so more
heat is being generated. This, again, follows the same
"Fire/Water" or "Kan/Li" principle of Chinese
Let's take a simple headache for example. A headache is
caused by "Fire chi (energy) ascending", up to the head
in particular. Dizziness, nausea and vomiting are also
all caused by the same "Fire chi ascending". A simple
visualization technique to use for the mind is to bring
the "Fire" energy down to the abdomen area where Chi begins
and resides in the human body. Many headaches can be controlled
with this technique. This is a simple example of how powerful
the Chinese chi theories and yin/yang principles are.
This is not some esoteric, metaphysical theory as many
think, but a solid scientific principle dealing with the
balance of universal energies that are at work in the
human body, the earth and the universe itself.
This is why in Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered
organ, as they regulate water metabolism throughout the
body. Most Chi-gung research has focused on dozens of
ways to strengthen the kidney energies as it has subjective
control over the heart (fire) and helps balance the liver
and spleen as well. Any Chronic disease of sufficient
acuity is going to involve the kidneys to some degree.
In Chinese medicine, practitioners will almost always
give herbs or prescribe exercise both physical and mental
to strengthen these organs and help effect healing.
One reason why drinking sufficient amounts of water is
so important is that the easier we make things on our
kidneys, the easier they'll make things on us. Avoiding
polluted, toxic foods and foods that make our digestion
work much harder: anything packaged and processed, red
meat and "unclean" meats such as pork, most shellfish
and such (bottom feeders) are keys to keeping the fire
energies in the body down and in balance and preventing
our cells from either mutating or not dying as they should.
This helps us to avoid many types of cancer and scores
of other illness and "dis-eases".
This is why more fruits and veggies, drinking more water,
eating less red meats, getting extra sleep and keeping
the mind calm and relaxed are all things that cancer patients
must do to avoid relapse. It's not coincidence many of
these same basic guidelines also apply to heart patients
as well, since heart troubles are often caused by the
same excess of "fire" energy in the body. Autopsies of
people who have died from heart
disease often demonstrate that the heart appears as
if it was "burned up from the inside/out". This is very
telling and gives strong validation to the Fire/Water
understanding of Chinese Medicine.
A more western way to understand this is the "Acid/Alkaline"
balance in the body. Using this analogy, the Fire or Yang
state would be equivalent to the "Acid" state where as
the Water or Yin state would be equivalent to the "Alkaline"
state. It's known that people with heart disease, cancer,
and numerous other degenerative diseases have too much
acid in their blood. This is most often from a combination
of an acidic diet: "soda, red meats, processed
foods high in refined sugars" and an acidic mind.
What's an acidic mind? One that is in a constant state
of worry, fear, anger, bitterness, hatred. These emotions
can literally turn the blood and body in to an acidic
(Fire/Yang) state in a matter of seconds. They over-activate
the parasympathetic nervous system which is the "Flight
or Fight" response of the body. This causes the body to
waste large amounts of adrenaline, other hormones, and
neurotransmitters and wears down our own reserves of energy,
which further weakens immunity and leaves us more vulnerable
to dis-ease in the short and long term.
Since exercise strengthens all organs of the body, including
the heart and kidneys, it helps the body to self regulate
those energies, as well as helping to flush out toxins
and poisons in the system. Doing this increases water
energies. It also helps keep our weight down by reducing
the amount of body fat, which in turn allows greater cooling
of our organs and prevents excess fire energies from building
up in the system. Exercise also helps the body to burn
off excess stress and allows it to switch over from the
parasympathetic nervous state to the healing sympathetic
state which allows for greater relaxation, the release
of stress and nervous energies. This allows the body to
switch into the healing state so conducive to spiritual
and physical regeneration.
Western medicine is always looking for the super complex
explanations to physiological processes with their fancy
words, terminology and "theories". But that whole system
of medical terminology was invented for the precise reason
of keeping people confused; making them feel ignorant
so that they would no longer try to help and "cure" themselves.
Since only the doctor could explain your symptoms, only
he could effect a "cure".
Chinese medicine is just the opposite and employs simple
language to explain what's truly going on in the body
in a way that everyone can easily understand and use to
self diagnose their own problems and effect relief. It
does this in a way that does not diminish it's incredible
accuracy and effectiveness in understanding the cause
of our illnesses and helping us to rid ourselves of it.
The bottom line is to avoid excessive amounts of alcohol
or eliminate it altogether, drink more water, keep red
meat consumption down to a few times per week at best,
preferably once a week and make sure to purchase organic
meats as much as possible. Try to eat an overall diet
where at least 50% of your calories are from raw, unprocessed
foods, again organic is best. Drink more water if you
tend to get most of your liquids from soda
or other processed sugary drinks. Exercise every day to
keep the organs and the body chi stronger and more abundant
while also helping the body to flush itself of toxins
and pollutants that, over time, drag the system down and
invite disease into our bodies and lives.
Deep breathing exercises such as the "Eight pieces of
Brocade", "Tai Chi", and many other chi-gung sets use
the breath and movements of the body to draw in cooling
energy from the air to increase, rebalance and cool the
excess fire energies of the body. This is one of the ways
in which illness is prevented and relieved. Western medicine
is only now learning that breathing involves much more
then the simple exchange of gases and that it has strong
metabolic regulating effects, helps to detox the body,
boosts immunity and much more. So get outside in the fresh
air every day and take at least ten good deep breaths,
inhale to about 70% of full lung capacity, then slowly
exhale. You'll notice that your mind is calmer, clearer,
more focused and overall you'll feel good. Make this a
daily practice to increase lung capacity, boost immunity,
strengthen the heart and very importantly - to cool down
the excess fire "heat energy" of the body. It works!.
For a solid introduction to these principles, ideas and
much more, try Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming's book "The Root of
Chinese Qigong" and these fantastic works by Daniel Reid
"The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity" and "The Complete
Book of Chinese Health and Healing". These two pretty
much go together and the second expands more upon the
principles of the first, but either can be read alone.