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Food Healing: Reversing Disease & Weight Loss: An interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack

Jul 24, 2012 12:08PM

This interview was conducted by Diana E. Vargas, M.D. She has practiced medicine for 25 years and was recently certified to teach food healing. Jeff Primack is a qigong teacher who has studied with many naturopathic healers from all over the world and taught more than 30,000 people in live seminars.

Dr. Vargas: Medical weight loss with HCG was very popular in 2011. People lose weight, but many contest it is a starvation diet. What are your feelings?

Primack: HCG is a homeopathic formula for suppressing appetite. I have seen dozens of my students lose very hard-to-burn fat with HCG when high-phytochemical smoothies are the main part of the diet, but I disagree with the diet most people are using along with the HCG. Most people are advised to eat only lean meat and vegetables for 30 days! This will make anyone lose weight, however this creates a very acidic condition for the body. My weight-loss protocol can be combined with HCG. However, drinking high-phytochemical smoothies automatically suppresses the appetite because the body is getting the nutrients it needs. People stay hungry on most diets when they eat a diet low in minerals and phytochemicals. High-phytochemical smoothies and a combination of thermogenic fat-burning foods works better for weight loss than a crash diet.

Dr. Vargas: Why is it common for people eating healthy to have difficulty getting enough phytochemicals?

Primack: Most phytochemicals (active plant medicine) hide in the cellulose fibers of seeds, stems, skins and rinds of common foods. Many people eat the right foods, but throw away the parts with all the medicine! Smoothies from a three-horsepower blender have helped many people to reverse cancer. We need to cleave out, or “micronize,” phytochemicals from the seeds, stems, skins and rinds. Juicing fruits and vegetables is a waste of time. It throws fiber away that God intended us to eat and is where phytochemicals dwell! Most people simply don’t know where the phytochemicals are.

Dr. Vargas: It amazes me that more doctors are not educated about food healing, especially considering America has seen a 500 percent increase in diabetes in 10 years. How can people naturally balance their blood sugar?

Primack: People often balance blood sugar after a few weeks on a high-phytochemical diet. It is very inexpensive and does not require much of anything outside of the produce department. Certain foods, like the bitter melon, contain an insulin-like substance that when eaten, naturally lowers blood sugar. Bitter melon helps the body naturally balance its sugar. Many with diabetes have “missing information” and eat foods they think are healthy, but in reality are not. To begin with, nobody has told the diabetes community that the disease is completely reversible. Monitoring blood sugar proves food works. The first step is to increase the amount of phytochemicals eaten, and the second is removing certain problem foods. Oddly enough, the foods I recommend avoiding are many of the same ones the diabetic community thinks are good to eat.

Dr. Vargas: Let’s talk about asthma and its connection to vitamin C deficiency. What nutrients and foods can help people to breathe easier?

Primack: I became asthma-free 14 years ago and have helped hundreds of people do the same. People’s wheezing and asthma symptoms often vanish in as little as a few days. Inhalers may work to stop an asthma attack, but contain harmful steroids that wreak havoc on the endocrine system. I’ve recommend kiwi for years, because of its superior bioavailable vitamin C content. The white center of kiwi holds a treasure trove of phytochemicals and is particularly effective in helping to reverse symptoms of asthma! Asthma is often caused by deficiency of vitamin C; however, tablets of vitamin C will not reverse someone’s asthma; only food-based vitamin C does this. There are many foods that, when eaten, help to keep asthmatics out of the emergency room.

Dr. Vargas: After I studied your food healing protocols, I discovered the most unique aspect of your program is that you blend many parts of the food that most people throw away. I love that you talk about soluble fiber and the use of medicinal mushrooms to fight heart disease. Can you tell us more about this?

Primack: Most nutritionists are surprised to see me blend a fruit and vegetable smoothie by adding avocado, along with with the big seed. When a knowledgeable nutritionist hears that the avocado seed has tons of phytochemicals for detoxification and more soluble fiber for cleaning plaque out of arteries than any food, we usually have their attention.

Some of what I say is controversial, but real-life people have tested these protocols. Reishi mushroom is clinically shown to help heart disease patients with chest pain and is backed by research from the University of Tokyo. My grandfather had chest pains every day for years, and the same day he began supplementing Reishi into his diet, the chest pains stopped. Along with ingesting the high-soluble-fiber foods like avocado (and its big seed), my grandfather extended his life, astonishing the doctors with his lipid panel.

Cholesterol can be safely lowered with special foods and inexpensive mushrooms. We make a tea out of eggplant and other powerful foods that can significantly lower the LDL bad cholesterol. Some foods like eggplant are so effective that simply drinking the tea can be very beneficial. I combine several foods that have similar effects and add foods to balance the taste, making it delicious. Don’t assume that medicine has to come from a pill or inside a bottle; often, it’s just sitting in the produce department.

Qi Revolution comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, Aug. 18-21. Primack and 35 instructors will teach four days of qigong training for $99. For tickets and information, call 1-800-298-8970 or visit