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The Kidneys

The Kidneys-Body and Diagnosis  These Delicate Organs Are Vital to Our Overall Drive It's wintertime again, and like other macrobiotic counselors I expect many people will be coming to see me with kidney and urinary problems as they have for the past five years. Recently, I read that some 67 percent of all heart attacks in the U.S. occur during the summer months and that some 47 percent of all gallbladder attacks take place during April and May. These statistics may sound a bit strange to anyone unfamiliar with the traditional diagnostic techniques of Oriental medicine; however, its practitioners commonly use the season or time of day in which a particular symptom or illness recurs to help them determine which of the internal organs is troubled. Unlike modern...

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The Small Intestines – Diagnosis

The Intestines-Diagnosis  Our Mouth Speaks Eloquently of the Small Intestine Most of us don't spend much time thinking about our small intestine-you might say it’s another one of our body’s unsung heroes. Yet, heroic it is, for our overall health and mental clarity depend upon the proper functioning of this amazing yet often unappreciated organ. According to modern medicine, the function of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste from the body. However, according to the late Japanese scientist Dr. Morashu Chishima, the small intestine is also the primary site for the production of blood. After years of experiments, Chishima concluded that the small intestine, through some as yet unknown chemical process, produces white blood cells directly from the absorbed food particles, out of which...

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The Large Intestines – Diagnosis

The Intestines-Diagnosis  How to Know When Your Large Intestine Is Overworked The traditional art of physiognomy can be used to understand the constitution and condition of the large intestine. The two major functions of the large intestine are to absorb water, vitamins, and minerals through its mucus-lined tissue to be transported to the liver for distribution and use by the body; and the excretion of excessive nutrients and wastes such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphates. When the large intestine becomes overworked, or there is a lack of physical exercise in one’s life, various symptoms begin to arise which have reached an almost epidemic proportion in our modern-day society. These include diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, colitis, hemorrhoids, hernias, abdominal swelling and cramping, cancer of the colon, and obesity. These...

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The Intestines

The Intestines The Site of Digestion's Last Chance Is a Barometer of Health The large intestine or colon is the last part of the body that food comes in contact with, the final digestive organ. As with everything in our universe, the colon can be the source of pleasure and pain. No one can deny the pleasure of a smooth visit to the toilet. On the other hand, the discomfort and disruption of diarrhea need not be described. The digestion of our food actually begins in our kitchens, since the first digestive organ is the pot in which our food is cooked. During cooking food reacts with the water, salt, or other ingredients and is physically broken down, chemically altered, and energized. The process is repeated three more...

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The Heart – Diagnosis

The Heart-Diagnosis Learn to Recognize Three Basic Body Types When diagnosing a person's tendency to heart disease we look for one of three basic body types. These three basic groups will also have related personality traits that are generally consistent for each group. Of course, human nature is never as clear-cut as writers would like it to be, and characteristics from one group will sometimes overlap the characteristics of another. However, using these suggestions as a basic guideline, you should be able to make quite a few interesting diagnoses the next time you're in a crowded bus or subway. The first group of people susceptible to heart disease are those who suffer from high blood pressure and are prone to heart attacks of a sudden, violent nature which...

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The Heart

The Heart-Body The Road to a Billion Beats Walk onto any busy street corner in America and look at the people passing by. Many of them are likely to have one big thing in common: heart disease. The symptoms will be as obvious as the noses on their faces. Ironically, most of those who have heart disease probably don't know it. Heart disease sneaks up on a person. The illness often begins to creep into a child's heart and vascular system before he or she is ten years old; for the next 440 or 50 years, it slowly and insidiously becomes worse, until at the age of 55 or 65 the person is killed by a heart attack. Then the relatives lament that he or she wasn't sick...

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The Gallbladder

The Gallbladder: Don't Underestimate the Importance of the Smallest Major Organ by Rob Allanson Hundreds of Thousands of Americans every year become more aware of their gallbladder when they are cut out in hospital operating rooms. Especially for Americans over 40, the gallbladder is the site of much pain and distress. If you'd like to introduce yourself to your own gallbladder, first lean forward and breathe out. Now, take the four fingers of your right hand and push them firmly (but gently) up under the right side of your rib cage. If you feel pain when you do this, you know two things: 1) that you have lots of company, and 2) that your liver and gallbladder are in less than ideal shape. Also, if you can't fit your fingers...

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