Research is now backing up oriental and alternative medicine. Sixty percent of MD’s practice some form of alternative medicine, whether meditation, nutrition, acupuncture, etc. Doctors are now prescribing vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin c and other supplements and herbs for prevention or to help patients recover from chronic illnesses.
Different foods promote positive or negative reactions in your body. One such example is Sulforaphane, a compound that was identified in broccoli sprouts by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD
This compound helps the liver metabolizes bad estrogen. Watch a short preview of Drew teaching one of his classes where he speaks about the latest research on broccoli and sulforaphane.
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Herbal medicine is a major component of traditional Oriental medicine, a comprehensive health care system used for over 3,000 years in China and throughout the world today that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and spiritual exercises. It is the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine in the world. It is estimated that there are between 30-40,000 books on Chinese medicine written before the turn of the century. Since then, thousands more books and articles in professional journals have been written and published.
Chinese medicine views the body as a dynamic, interrelated whole possessing a vital energy or life force called Qi (pronounced chee) Health depends on the free flow of this energy and the interplay of the body, mind and spirit. When disease occurs, specific herbs are chosen to rebalance the energy and allow the body to heal itself.
The Crane Exercise
The Crane Exercise is designed to strengthen the organs within the trunk of the body. Even though these organs are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, the Crane Exercise enables us to balance the energy and thereby promote a smoother functioning of these organs.
This exercise may be done standing, sitting or lying down on your back.
1. Rub the palms of your hands together vigorously. This creates heat in your hands and brings the energy of your body into your palms and fingers.
2. Place your hands, palm down, on your lower abdomen so that they lie on either side of your navel.
4. Begin to exhale slowly, pressing your hands down lightly so that your abdomen forms a hollow cavity. This gently forces the air out of your lower lungs. Imagine that every drop of air is leaving your lungs. (See figure 2)
5. After you have exhaled completely, slowly begin to inhale, extending your abdomen outward so it becomes like a balloon. Try not to allow your chest to expand – use only the muscles in your lower abdomen. (see figure 3)
6. One complete exhalation, followed by an inhalation constitutes one round of breathing. At first you will only be able to do two or three rounds of breathing at one sitting. Gradually increase the number until you have reached twelve rounds.
i. It is not necessary to force either the inhalation or the exhalation. With continued practice you will be able to extend and contract your abdomen quite easily while breathing slowly. In the beginning your hands act as guides to help you learn the exercise. Once you have learned the breathing, it is not necessary to continue using your hands.
ii. Once you have mastered the Crane Exercise, you may combine the anal lock as described in the Deer Exercise with the Crane breathing. This will increase the strength of the exercise.
iii. The best time to do the Crane Exercise is in the morning, if possible while facing the sun. Imagine that as you inhale you bring the energy of the sun into your body and that as you exhale all toxins and wastes are leaving your body.
iv. When done before retiring at night, the Crane Exercise gives a gently massage it the inner organs which helps calm the body, relaxing us for proper sleep.
Women should not perform the Crane Exercise during pregnancy as the in and out motions of the abdomen may create unpleasant feelings within the abdomen.
Eckhart Tolle is one of the most prominent spiritual teachers on enlightenment. World-renowned, he is the author of "The Power of Now," "Practicing the Power of Now," "Stillness Speaks," and "A New Earth."
Oprah and Eckhart Tolle are teaching an exclusive online ‘free’ class by LIVE webcast starting March 3. Check for details.
Tolle says in "A New Earth" on page 75:
Fighting disease will not eradicate it. Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists. Whenever I hear, "the war against" this or that, I know it is condemned to failure as in the war against cancer. According to the Journal Of the American Medical Association, medical treatment is the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States.
Homeopathy and Chinese Medicine are two examples of possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat the illness as an enemy and therefore do not create new diseases.
Drew on Detoxification:
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. Now in my 14th year of private practice detoxification as a healing strategy is the most important part of my practice.
How does detoxification work and why is it so important?
A few years ago I was interviewed along with Warren Levin and Leo Galland for a book on Asthma, titled, Breathe Again Naturally and Reclaim Your Life. The author, Mimi Weisberg, presents many different points of view on the causes and treatment of Asthma according to Oriental Medicine and Nutritional Biochemistry.
My interview for the book focused on the theories and treatment of Asthma according to Oriental Medicine. The theory I discuss in the book dates back to the Hun dynasty (220AD). It is a classical text, the Shang Hun Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Disorders), written by one the Great Masters and Physicians of Oriental Medicine, Chang Chong Ching.