Guest : Effie Chow, PhD, from the East-West Academy of Healing Arts.
Original airdate: July 20th, 2010
Dr. Effie Chow is a PhD acupuncturist and health practitioner who specializes in the integration of Western and traditional Chinese medicine. Her background is in nursing and she is a former member of the US Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has been combining Western and Chinese medicine for over 40 years.
Her special emphasis is the importance of water to health. Humans are 70% water and without it, they would die within a day or two. The percentage of water is the same as the percentage of water covering the Earth’s surface.
A basis for Dr. Chow’s healing arts is the “Law of Five Elements” in Wu Xing philosophy. The five elements are wood, fire, water, metal and earth. Each represents a body part, mood or aspect of the universe. The relationships between elements are used to study or model the relationships between natural phenomena. Dr. Chow believes that every part of every human represents a part of the universe and that their totality represents the universe in microcosm.
Furthermore, each human body cell is a microcosm of the individual. Cells, too, are 70% water. In this system, emotions, climate, season and time of day are all interrelated.
Dr. Chow believes that for the most part, we have the power to make ourselves well or sick. Health is within us.
Regarding water, that is what we should drink, and plenty of it. She does not recommend chlorinated, sugared, caffeinated or carbonated water. Tea should be kept to a minimum. “If you wouldn’t bathe in it, don’t drink it,” she says!
The brain is 75% to 80% water and requires even more water to process stress. Sleep and proper breathing are also important to stress management.
Dr. Chow recommends a method called “Quigong” to maximize circulation and utilize oxygen. She notes that without oxygen, you will die in 4 to 6 minutes.
How to Breathe: Use diaphragm, not shoulders (tension in the neck is a sign of poor breathing). Move diaphragm out, sit up straight. Breathe in via nose out via mouth. This will also strengthen abs.
The objective is to be united with the universe and to live in harmony with nature. Unnatural foods and additives are counter-Tao and block the flow of energy in the body. Seek a unification of body, mind and spirit.
Regarding the gulf oil spill, part of the blame is the imbalance of human activity with the natural environment. She participated in a prayer and meditation even with Deepak Chopra, Dr. Enoto and others in Louisiana. She’s not sure it worked but the leak was resolved the next day.
The point is that collective consciousness can affect physical matter and that the square root of one percent of the people can have this effect if they do it right.
Regarding death, Dr. Chow believes it is not an end and that all things are interconnected. It is a change of form, a moving on to another mission.
Macular degeneration can be caused by not enough water, poor attitude, imbalances, etc. And your attitudes affect everyone around you.
Final words: Be open minded, proactive and show concern for others. And give 8 hugs and 3 laughs a day!