by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© August 2012, The Center For Development
Yin disease is a term to describe a constellation of symptoms that often appear together and are related to an extremely yin condition of the body. This condition is reaching extreme proportions today and is therefore worth recognizing and discussing in this article. It is not recognized as a medical diagnosis at this time, however.
WHAT IS MEANT BY YIN AND YANG?
The words come from ancient Chinese medical terminology. Yin, and its complementary opposite, yang, are essential qualities of all physical matter in the universe. The human body is physical, so the words yin and yang apply to the human body as well.
Yang refers to the quality of matter that is warmer, more compact or condensed, more integrated, moving in a centripetal direction (toward the center), and more often moving downward. It is considered more male, more forceful, more direct, less watery and more dry, and harder.
Yin refers to a quality of matter that tends to be colder, more expanded or disintegrated, centrifugal in nature (which means moving outwardly and sometimes upward), often more feminine in nature, tending to be damp or more watery, more flaccid and softer.
The simple analogy of a hard, erect penis (yang) compared to an open, moist vagina may help one recall some of the major qualities of yang and yin.
WHAT IS YIN DISEASE?
Physical symptoms. Medically, yin is often colder, less energetic, with slower metabolism, more prone to yeast, fungal disease, and some viruses rather than bacteria, and prone to parasitic organisms as well such as Lyme disease, intestinal parasites and others. Headaches, premenstrual tension, acne, tendon and ligament problems, yeast infections and other symptoms of copper overload are common. Cancer is also common. Adrenal insufficiency and adrenal burnout is very common.
Medically, yin also means the tissues are loose and often disintegrating or in disarray, the structure is weak, osteoporotic or tending to become this way, and the person tends to be weak, tired, depressed, anxious, cold, with low thyroid activity, low adrenal activity and often low hormone levels in general. One may also be anemic.
The person also is older than his or her age in terms of health, and more prone to all diseases for this reason. This is not quite the same as lower in vitality, although it often works out that way. Their bodies tend to be more delicate and sickly.
Full of older female minerals. Those who are too yin are often loaded with the older female minerals such as mercury and copper, primarily. Others may include boron, chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and some forms of biounavailable iron.
Their bodies desperately need the balance of the newer female elements such as iodine from kelp. This will tend to cause the elimination of the older female elements such as chlorine, bromine, fluorides, and boron. They also need better types of copper found in some animal quality foods, in general, and the gentle newer male elements – zinc, selenium and silicon.
Oxidation rate. Those with yin disease are always slow oxidizers, or in a four lows pattern. When in a four lows pattern, one might be a fast or a slow oxidizer.
Psychological aspects. Yin mental qualities include confusion, fear, sometimes unwarranted guilt, spaciness, and perhaps schizoid or even schizophrenic. If they are dishonest, it is often hidden and due to some confusion, rather than obvious. They are usually not able to be confrontative and direct, which is a more yang trait.
Among criminals, they are often the sociopaths, rather than the psychopaths. This means they look fine on the outside and are well-spoken, but they lie and cheat in a deceptive manner.
Resentment. Those with yin disease are generally quite angry underneath, no matter how they may appear. This quality is called resentment or perhaps hostility. One reason is that that resentment is a type of toxic yang quality that helps balance them. Another way of describing it is that they have little natural energy, and many use anger and resentment to get going and to function. It is a kind of reactive energy that is not exactly natural, but it keeps them functioning.
Brain fog. The brain definitely does not function properly. Memory is usually impaired, and many suffer from what is called brain fog. This is a lack of mental clarity that is a mild form of dementia. It is due to biochemical imbalances, and perhaps also due to years of persistent indulgence in wrong attitudes and improper thinking.
They can be quite seductive and charming, as this is one of the primary qualities of yin. They do not like to use force themselves, but secretly they love power and force, rather than preferring real love and persuasion. They draw people to themselves, rather than being extremely aggressive or assertive. They are often underhanded and have many hidden agendas.
Politically, yin disease manifests as the “entitlement mentality”, support for the welfare state, support for large, intrusive government to “even the playing field”, “fairness”, “social justice”, communism and socialism.
In part, this is because they don’t have the energy or drive to work hard and achieve and compete in the business world and in other ways. They prefer to sit back and rest or do nothing. Some prefer analysis to action. So they write many academic and scholarly books, and today they rule academia in America, and even more so in Europe. They are often quite erudite and intellectual, but not practical at all, and do not practice what they preach, in many cases.
Several of their psychological themes are 1) a desire for more control over people and society (because they feel out of control, 2) thus opposition to freedom, capitalism (economic freedom) and even opposition to real political freedom. They favor “moral freedom” because they often enjoy drugs and loose sex, as they do not feel well, otherwise.
They also oppose rugged individualism, perhaps because they do not feel rugged at all. Instead, they are collectivists, believing in collective ideologies like communism, socialism, collective salvation, Black liberation theology, group rights and other collectivist concepts. They oppose individual rights, private property rights, capitalism, and real democracy – all of which favor individuals at the expense of the state.
They also believe in plenty of government control over the economy, health care, welfare, child-raising, education, and most other functions. The opposite of this is individual freedom and personal control over one’s life, family, money and health care. Those who are too yin do not trust individuals to control their own lives, certainly in part because they do not trust themselves, do not feel well, and some have difficulty controlling their own lower urges and desires.
Social justice or economic justice versus equal justice. Social justice and economic justice are among their buzz words or slogans. Of course, it is not justice at all. It is selective treatment of different people based on superficial criteria like skin color or sexual behavior. Social justice is a term that means they want to rearrange society to their liking and ignore the concept of equal rights for all under the rule of laws that everyone must obey.
In fact, those who are too yin often have nothing but disdain for the idea of law and government, and they do not hesitate to abuse and twist the laws if they can get away with it. The often hate the US federal and state constitutions, which they say are just old outdated pieces of paper.
Their approach to justice - emphasizing not the seriousness of a crime a person committed, but rather a person’s sex, age, and sexual orientation - is actually quite materialistic and anti-spiritual. Yet they view themselves as the spiritual ones. Meanwhile, they view the conservatives who favor equal justice for all as materialistic capitalistic pigs, as they are wont to call them.
The concept of equal justice for all stems from the British common law and the American Declaration of Independence. It states that all are created equal in the eyes of God, and therefore all deserve equal protection under the law. This colorblind doctrine made America great, but has been decimated by yin disease among judges, juries and attorneys trained in faulty legal concepts. Equal justice is a true legal concept because all people are souls under one God, regardless of skin color, race, national origin or sexual behavior, or anything else.
All people must be treated equally. The very yin, however, cannot handle this concept, perhaps because they feel oppressed to such a degree that they do not think they should be held to the same standards of conduct as all others. They are elitists who want special privileges and special “group rights”. This is an older doctrine of law that is outdated and was always incorrect. It is a throwback to the old class warfare and class society based on arbitrary rules, rather than social classes based upon one’s effort and intelligence.
Capitalism opposed. Those who are too yin tend not to like capitalism, which they see as dog-eat-dog, destructive, too rough, and exploitive of the poor worker. They don’t want to see the obvious, that capitalism is the best engine of worldwide development, while socialism and communism fail miserably at taking care of people’s needs. In other words, capitalism is the real savior, while communism and socialism are failing badly wherever they have been tried, such as present-day Europe, Russia, and even America today.
America is no longer a capitalist nation, though she still spouts the rhetoric. Capitalist nations do not have large, powerful governments and welfare states. Instead, they allow the private sector to fill these needs. Also, in capitalist nations the government does not favor some companies over others, does not bail out the large banks, and so on. America has fallen from her position as a leader of the capitalist world, and is paying the price.
Capitalism is really nothing but economic freedom. It is the concept that the best way to grow an economy is to allow private wealth accumulation instead of the government confiscating most of it with high taxes. Then let the individuals build businesses with this wealth of their own choosing. If they fail, let them fail and the individual is the loser. If they succeed, everyone wins with more jobs and a larger economy.
Union supporters. Those that are very yin tend to favor unions over corporations, and they side with the poor and downtrodden. This is very compassionate, which is a yin quality, when it is controlled and balanced. However, those who are too yin do not understand that the poor should be lifted up, not given welfare.
Abraham Lincoln once remarked – make the poor into capitalists so they will get rich. However, the more yin people often cannot stomach richness, although many of them are wealthy, a conflict they live with easily because they are basically elitists. I believe they side with the poor, at least in their rhetoric, because they are literally poor inside. They are poor in nutrients, poor in health, and poor in vitality.
Victimhood. People who are very yin often feel like victims. They may twist the meaning of situations around so they seem to be the victim, even when it is not so. They feel oppressed by everyone and everything because their bodies are so depleted and yin. As a result, they see oppression everywhere, even among the wealthy minorities, for example. This leads them to favor doctrines such as affirmative action, group rights, social justice and hate crime legislation, all of which subtly undermine the main principles of true and equal justice that made America and Europe advanced civilizations.
Moral relativism. The doctrines above are really just other names for moral relativism. This is the concept that there is really no truth and no right or wrong answers. When one is too yin, things are confused and truth is difficult to recognize. Everything just appears to be someone’s opinion.
By this wy of thinking, for example, a crime is only a crime if we say it is. For example, if a murder is committed by a woman or a gay man, it may be fine because these are oppressed minorities. However, if a white male does the same thing, then it is horrible and he should be put to death or punished severely because he is an oppressor in their mind, even if he is a poor, simple man. Too often, this is as deep as their thinking goes. They are often not capable of deeper thinking, which requires more mental clarity than they have, even with their PhD degrees and other academic credentials.
Energy centers. Those who are too yin tend to be ungrounded, and often the first energy center is poorly developed. There is often overdevelopment of the second energy center as a stop gap compensatory mechanism. The energy centers are usually undeveloped, except for the seventh and maybe one or two others. This indicates a low degree of spiritual development, relatively speaking.
The energy centers often spin “upside down”. This means they are facing strange directions and do not spin evenly at all.
Love. Those who are very yin talk about love endlessly, and indeed they may be more tolerant than those who are too yang. However, they also do not hesitate to use force to implement their own agendas, and their hidden agendas are often not loving at all. In other words, underneath they are not tolerant or very open-minded at all, but rather confused. Many secretly want to kill those who oppose their plans. Most of the rhetoric of hatred comes from them, although they say it comes from the conservatives and others who oppose their agenda. The ones they most hate usually include the religious Christian community, and often groups such as patriots, tea party activists in America, and other so-called right wing groups. This is a label they plaster on anyone who disagrees with them.
Also, while claiming to be loving, they do not hesitate to use character assassination and total lies and fabrications to humiliate and defeat their opponents in politics and other areas. They are masters at blaming others for these tactics, when they use them much more often than the conservatives, religious people and the Republicans in America, whom they hate.
Sexual behavior. They are often sexually loose, bisexual, or homosexual. Some are celibate or monogamous, but they all usually oppose any restrictions or even discipline in this area. For example, they often favor the legalization of gay marriage out of “fairness”, not understanding any deeper aspects of this issue.
They may encourage sex at an early age in their children and in those whom they teach in high school, middle school and colleges. They do not seem to worry about sexually transmitted diseases and other problems of early and casual sexual behavior.
Many are somewhat impotent or have erectile dysfunction because they are ill. Many of the women have sexual fluid craving, which is an interesting condition discussed in a separate article. It is basically a strong craving for male semen which can make a woman selfish and even cruel or devilish.
Drug use. Those who are too yin tend to favor drug legalization, and some use drugs themselves. This helps them feel less depressed and ill, at least temporarily. It may also numb their sick minds further, thus relieving their confusion and conflicts for a few hours. Many love “medical marijuana” and coffee – both containing cadmium. Cadmium is a more yang, older male element. It gives them some strength and courage which they need, as these are more yang qualities that they often lack.
Some are less attracted to alcohol, which they find makes them more depressed. Also, it is a sloppy, sort of dirty drug that makes some people throw up, for example. They prefer “cleaner”, simpler drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy, and most use these or have done so in the past. Some also like the psychedelic mushrooms, and many enjoy “experimenting” with drugs and getting high, which offsets their victim status and their depression. Sex is used this way as well – for experimental purposes and to offset depression. Many are promiscuous and rather uncaring in the sexual area, moving from partner to partner in a sort of free love belief system. Many are old hippies who have never grown up from the 1960s or so.
Religious leanings. Those who are too yin are often not Christians, and do not like the bible. They are offended by the strict rules and prohibitions of the Ten Commandments and even the Golden Rule. They particularly do not like the prohibitions against homosexuality and abortion. They also do not like the Commandment against adultery, and may be willing to “experiment” and to teach even young children how to experiment and enjoy sex at a young age. Doing what feels good is a “religious doctrine” that is often more to their liking.
Among organized religious systems, they gravitate away from Christianity and prefer the relativistic Oriental religions such as Buddhism, yoga, marital arts, Vedanta, vegetarianism and others. Their understanding is very limited, however, and they pick and choose the doctrines they like.
Most consider themselves very “spiritual”. Among Western spiritual themes, they overwhelmingly prefer the older so-called “earth religions” and women’s religions such as Wicca and witchcraft, which are also older styles of magical religions. Among the newer religions they like New Age, Gala and environmentalism as a religions. This means they do not challenge the premises or doctrines of environmentalism and they take what their often false leaders say as God’s truth, without challenging it much.
They believe that capitalism just rapes the earth, stealing her resources like oil and coal that is wasted on large cars and other capitalist luxury items. They drive little hybrid cars that are unsafe, but it makes them feel very superior that they are saving the earth. They believe that the capitalists are literally “killing the earth”. They would kill all the capitalists if they could, but that would not be nice, so they put up with them and use legal and more subtle means to destroy their wicked modern wasteful society. This is all quite twisted but it is how many who are too yin think today.
Their goal is often the de-industrialization of society. This is a twisted agrarian fantasy in which we will all just live peacefully on the land when, in fact, this was never the case before industrialization occurred.
They have a very mother-centered religious orientation, rather than a Father-centered orientation, as Jesus and the Jewish religions spoke about. This can be a rebellion against fathers, and rebelliousness is another of their primary doctrines. Many are still rebellious teens in grown up bodies.
In psychology, this would be called oppositional defiant, a term that describes many, but not all of them. The rest are simply schizoid and mercury toxic and do not think clearly. The leaders are often the defiant ones, while the followers are often the brain fogged, copper and mercury toxic ones. Sadly, the latter are extremely easy to manipulate for “the cause”.
Another religious concept some embrace is called collective salvation. The Western religions such as Judaism and Christianity, along with Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, believe in individual salvation. This means that you are “saved” or will prosper depending on your individual actions or lack thereof.
Collective salvation is the idea that it is not what you do as a person, but what your groups does, or your nation. While there is a little truth to this idea, my understanding is this is entirely wrong. Each of us is judged by our own actions, not that of the group, whatever the group may be.
Believing in group salvation is another excuse, justification or rationale for controlling everyone in society through oppressive laws and a large, powerful government.
Direction of energy flow and health. The Mother Earth orientation many very yin people have means that they take their energy from the earth, primarily, and move it upwards through their bodies. This is in contrast to the Jews and even more so the Christians, who move energy downward from the “Father in Heaven” toward the earth.
The concept of directionality of the movement of energy is extremely important. Moving energy upward is toward death, while moving it downward promotes life. This is discussed in the article entitled Downward Motion of Energy And Healing.
Natural healing vs. drug medicine. Those with yin disease are found often among those promoting natural methods of healing, in most cases. They are intelligent enough to understand the principles of natural healing, and they distrust big corporations, which certainly include the drug companies, large hospital corporations, etc.
However, they may end up supporting and patronizing the allopaths for at least two reasons: First, they are so ill and depressed that they have difficult medical problems to solve.
Secondly, they often opt for a quick fix and they are often basically authoritarian. The medical profession caters to this type of person with its large, fancy, well-funded hospitals and labs, weekly pronouncements on television of the latest breakthroughs, multitudes of licenses and PhD scientists, and other trappings. In other words, those who are too yin are easily impressed by the medical “establishment” which gives them a sense of safety even though it is mainly false, wasteful and destructive.
The military. Those who are very yin almost all dislike and distrust the military. They usually vote democratic in America and liberal in Europe. They vote to cut defense spending, because they believe falsely that it is a waste of money. They believe that if we will be nice and disarm, our enemies will be nice and disarm, too, and the world will be peaceful, so why waste money on the military?
They also don’t like the military “culture”, with its strict discipline and many rules. They fear a powerful army, and the whole idea of power is somehow distasteful, unless, of course, they wield it. They imagine a world without guns and warplanes, perhaps because they feel powerless themselves due to their poor health at deep levels.
Those with yin disease overwhelmingly favor gun control over freedom to defend oneself, even though gun control fails to control crime wherever it is tried. The criminals find ways to get guns, and the people are left defenseless. Those too yin do not trust “the common people” with a gun, but guns are fine in the hands of their own type of people.
Vegetarians. Those who are very yin often cannot eat much red meat, as their digestion is weak. They often become what Dr. paul Eck called “obligatory vegetarians”. That is, they can’t eat meat due to poor health, so they are obligated to become more vegetarian. Then many decide that meat must be a bad food, since it makes them feel heavy or ill when they eat it. Sadly, they spread this untruth in books and elsewhere, teaching that vegetarianism is best.
They also often dislike killing anything, perhaps because they are almost dead themselves. So they favor vegetarian diets for this reason, as well, and often consider anyone who eats a lot of meat as cruel and cold-hearted.
A few even favor animal rights legislation, a very bizarre doctrine that is totally counter to Judeo-Christian principles that mankind was given dominion over the animals and plants. Given a choice, some of these people (and more than one may think) would save a beached whale before they would save a drowning person, for example. Animals such as wolves are innocent creatures, though they may kill a child, but humans are somehow depraved and deserve to die.
Misanthropic. In fact, most of those who are very yin see the mass of humanity as bad, while the earth, the animals and the plants are good. This causes a severe conflict, since they, themselves, are humans. They may hate themselves in their loathing of all humanity, and the supposed harm humanity commits against others, and against mother earth and her creatures.
Guilty and hopeless. Those who are too yin thus blame themselves, as rotten human beings, for their ills and those of planet earth. They also see little hope for planet earth and some believe and teach that “the earth is dying”. This is not true, of course, but it corresponds to what they feel living inside their sick bodies. Their guilt and hopelessness are important parts of the personality of many who are too yin, though not all.
Closet elitists. One way to deal with their guilt and hopelessness is to twist it around and believe that they can save the earth from the scourge of the great unwashed masses and evil ones who drive large vehicles and burn too much oil and rape the poor nations. This turns them into sublime elitists, though they always deny it in public. Only they have the insight, wisdom and character to run the government, decide what people must eat and do, and make the laws.
This makes them sublime authoritarians, monarchists, and quite anti-democratic, even though they spout democratic rhetoric. In fact, they often oppose democratic-leaning measures such as equal taxation, equal rights, and equal justice for all.
CAUSES FOR YIN DISEASE
The reasons that our bodies become too yin are many, ranging from widespread ionizing radiation toxicity to the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Even vitamin and mineral supplements, if one takes a lot of certain ones, are very yin such as vitamin C and MSM or methylsulfonylmethane. Most herbs are also very yin. Old age is a more yin time of life.
Other reasons are yin foods in the diet (explained below), general nutritional depletion, certain infections such as yeasts, fungus and parasites, and excessive amounts of toxic metals and toxic chemicals in the body. Less common reasons include excessive air travel, drinking alkaline water or even drinking too much reverse osmosis water or distilled water. Too much bathing or swimming, or even living along the coastal areas near large bodies of water will have some yin effect on the body. This can explain some political and other tendencies of people who live on the coasts of the United States, for example. The Midwest of the United States is a more yang area, by contrast.
Congenital yin. Some people have a genetic predilection for yin. The reasons for this are complex. Many people today are born more yin due to higher levels of toxic metals and toxic chemicals in their bodies, or perhaps due to infections acquired from their mothers. This is called a congenital cause, but is not a genetic condition.
Attitudes can make one very yin. Even one’s mental attitude, emotional tendencies, and blood type may be factors. For example, victim thinking, sadness, guilt and grief have a very yin effect on the body. Socialist political thinking is very yin, while a belief in the Judeo-Christian Father God, freedom, liberty and capitalism are more yang.
Age and gender. Babies and children are far more yang than older people. Women are always more yin than men. This has to do with various factors, among which are the mineral levels in their body. Copper is yin, while zinc, which is more plentiful in men, is more yang.
The most important factors. Please read over the list of factors that contribute to yin disease above. Any or all of them may be important for you, dear reader. Some of these, such as your gender, cannot be easily changed. Many, however, are easily changed.
Now I would like to focus on what I believe are the most serious causes of yin disease so you can avoid them or change them if they describe you:
1. Fruit-eating. The foods and beverages one consumes has a direct and powerful effect upon yin and yang forces in the body. I don’t know exactly why this is so, but it appears to hold true. Perhaps it is because on a physical level, we are literally what we eat to a large extent.
Certain common foods seem to have a very yin effect on the body. These are not necessarily in agreement with the Chinese system of yin and yang foods, but are more aligned with the macrobiotic concept of yin and yang foods. I do not know why the macrobiotic classifications seem to fit better with my experience, but it is so.
The most yin food items include all sugars and sweets. This includes all fruits, fruit juices, juices in general, and all artificial sweeteners as well. It also includes items such as rice milk, soy milk, almond milk and even cow’s milk.
Fruits include some vegetables that are botanically really fruits. Examples are the nightshade vegetables – tomatoes, white, blue and red potatoes, all peppers, and eggplant. Others are cucumbers, all squashes but especially the summer squashes such as zucchini, okra and perhaps one or two others.
Other fruits or similar foods include all nuts and all seeds. The cereal grains, however, such as rice, corn and others are much less yin for complex reasons. Some toasted almond butter, however, is usually fine.
Eating a lot of fruit is a common habit today that is encouraged by many health authorities. Unfortunately, it has a very yin effect on the body, no matter how nutritious or delicious the food. In my experience, fruit-eating is decidedly harmful for almost everyone, so I strongly discourage it.
One reason for this is that today’s fruits are even more yin than those raised 100 years ago thanks to hybridization, use of superphosphate fertilizers that make all our foods much more yin, and the use of pesticides that are common on fruit, even organically grown fruit. Even natural pesticides are often very yin as they are made from yin plants and herbs. For more information, read Fruit-Eating on this website.
2. Diets with a lot of raw food. Diets of mainly raw food are significantly more yin than eating more cooked food. Adding heat to a food such as by cooking makes it much more yang. Many health authorities urge us to eat more salads, fermented foods, raw fruit, raw nuts, seeds, and granola (uncooked or just soaked grains). No matter how nutritious these are, these raw foods are far more yin and thus harmful for health in subtle ways.
This is the main reason I do not suggest eating salads, fruits, and most nuts and seeds. Once again, some toasted nuts or seeds in the form of almond butter, for example are a little better, for some reason. However, they must be fresh or they also become much more yin.
I have worked with many people who were following mainly raw food diets and they all became extremely yin. In a rare case when the body is too yang, this is helpful. In most every case, however, it was harmful in the long run since most people are extremely yin to begin with. If an adult is more yang today, it is usually a temporary situation caused by the presence of certain toxic metals in the body. Therefore, to avoid and correct yin disease, eat mostly cooked food and avoid all raw food diets.
Herbs are raw foods. Unfortunately, most herbal products are raw foods. If they are prepared with either alcohol or glycerin, they are even more yin.
3. Fermented foods and foods composed of fungi such as mushrooms and a few others. Some health authorities recommend eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, relishes, soaked grains that ferment, wine, natto, tofu, tempeh, and others. Once again, no matter what health advantages these products provide, their yin nature and quality more than offsets any benefits in our experience. Fermented foods are also toxic in most cases with aldehydes and other chemicals that give taste and are produced by fermenting bacteria and yeasts.
The only exception is that cheese, yogurt and kefir without any fruit or sugar added are okay in moderation. A little miso, tofu or tempeh once in a while are also fine. The others are best avoided. For more on this topic, read Fermented Foods on this website.
Also avoid most mushrooms, another very yin food, and avoid kombucha tea and other products made from ferments and fungi. Vegetable enzymes, as they are called, are also made from aspergillus and other molds, and are best avoided as they are also too yin.
4. Vegetarian or mostly vegetarian diets. Vegetarian diets tend to be much more yin than diets that contain more animal foods. In the macrobiotic classification of foods, meats of all kinds, along with eggs, are the most yang foods. Leaving these out of your diet therefore will make the body far more yin.
Most people who eat vegetarian-style diets also love raw salads and fruit, which are very yin foods. Many also drink smoothies and green drinks, which are very yin. As a result, these people become yin in the extreme, and very ill. Once again, it does not matter what the nutritional benefits are. If the food is yin, it is not helpful although a little may be fine.
To prevent and correct yin disease, stay away from all types of vegetarian diets. The worst of these are vegan diets that contain no eggs or dairy products. One reason that I theorize that some nations are very poor is they live on vegetarian food. As a nation grows in prosperity and power, usually the people want to eat more meat. There is a good reason for this, as the meat is far more yang and balances their bodies in subtle ways.
Near-vegetarian diets. Many Americans and others eat meat and eggs, but do so only once or twice a week, for example. I call them near-vegetarians or semi-vegetarians. Dr. Paul Eck just called them vegetarians. This type of diet is almost as bad as being a total vegetarian. Please avoid this type of diet as well. Most people need to eat animal protein every day, and even better, eat some twice daily, at least. You will not die of toxicity and the animals are here to assist us in this way, among many others, so you should not feel guilty, but rather grateful for them and to them.
NOTE: Some people report feeling much better on a total vegetarian diet. In my experience, this is because:
1. Their digestion is too weak to digest meat, dairy and eggs, especially in poor food combinations. So they feel better removing these foods. However, this is only a partial solution that eventually leads to nutritional deficiencies in all cases.
2. They have some E. coli or other aberrant bacteria in their intestines that flares up when they eat animal products. They need to change the flora in their intestines and then they will be able to eat meat and eggs with no problem.
3. They are iron-toxic. Eliminating red meat, especially, and perhaps eggs does indeed make them feel better. However, the answer is to remove the excess iron, not stop all meat and eggs.
3. Vegetarian diets numb them so they feel less pain. Copper toxicity, which set in with all vegetarian regimens, causes spaciness that is easily confused with becoming more “spiritual” and relaxed. This is not the same as becoming healthy, however.
5. Eating sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, rice syrup, corn syrup, Rice Dream, ice cream, sherbet, gelato, soda pop, sweet sauces, sweetened teas or coffees, sweet desserts, or most any other sugary or sweetened foods.
This is another habit that is guaranteed to make a person much more yin. It also causes hypoglycemia and diabetes, which are yin diseases. Sugars of all kinds are among the most yin foods in existence. It does not matter if they are all-natural or organic. If you wish to avoid or correct yin disease, stay away from all of them. You may miss them for a while, but you can substitute better foods and your health will often improve dramatically in a short time.
6. Drinking a lot of milk is another habit that is guaranteed to make a person yin. One reason is that milk is high in lactose, a sugar. Please limit milk intake to 6 ounces of either raw or organic milk daily, and no more. Children can drink this much as well, or perhaps a little less for young children. Do not fill yourself up or your children with lots of milk. Children, however, are much less prone to yin disease if they limit fruit and all sweets, and eat meat and eggs daily.
7. Drinking alkaline, distilled or especially reverse osmosis water for more than a few months. The source of the alkaline water can be an alkaline water machine like the Kaagen, Jupiter or other, or it might come from a water store that makes the water. Alkaline water can make one feel better by alkalinizing the body a little, but it is extremely yin as well, especially if one sets the pH high. Other problems with this and other types of water are discussed in the article entitled Water For Drinking on this website.
Reverse osmosis water is also horrendously yin because it is devoid of minerals. It also does not hydrate the body as well and should be completely avoided. BEWARE of specialty waters that are really just reverse osmosis water with a few minerals or other things added. Stay away from them all. Distilled water will also eventually make one very yin, so I only recommend it at first for up to about three months and no more.
The only types of water I recommend are spring water or carbon-only-filtered tap water as second best in most cases. Some well water is fine, but most is contaminated and one must exercise care with it.
Distilled water, and perhaps an alkaline water may be used for one to three months for detoxification, but that is all. Spring water, by the way, is often naturally somewhat alkaline, and that is fine. The problem arises when one makes the water much more alkaline using a machine or adding something to the water.
8. Taking many food supplement or using most herbs on a long-term basis. This is an important cause of yin disease for some people. The worst vitamin/mineral products are synthetic vitamins including vitamin C and MSM, for example. These are extremely yin. However, all supplements tend to broken up and often raw, and are quite yin. Taking piles of supplements therefore tends to make people more yin. We are careful to give as few supplements as a person needs, and no more. Supplement products made from animals, and synthesized minerals such as chelates, tend to be more yang and are much less harmful.
All herbs are quite yin. The more that one takes, the more yin the body becomes. This is unfortunate but true. Many herbs today are also toxic especially all brands of Chinese and Ayurvedic or East Indian herbs. I am not sure why this is so, but it is our experience, even with the best brands.
9. Drinking alcohol in any form can make one more yin. Alcohol, according to the macrobiotic classification of foods, is one of the most yin of all the food items. The higher the alcohol content, the more yin the beverage. To avoid or correct yin disease, avoid all alcoholic beverages. One reason for the yin quality of alcohol may be that it tends to deplete zinc, B-complex vitamins and other more yang minerals and vitamins in the body.
10. Any use of marijuana, heroine, crack cocaine, Ecstacy, LSD, methamphetamines. Marijuana, by the way, is one of the worst or most yin herbs or drugs. Synthetic drugs like Ecstasy and LSD are also extremely yin. This is one reason they and other drugs provide the type of experience they do.
The only “drug” that is more yang is coffee, which is why nutritional balancing tends to allow a cup of coffee for most people if it does not irritate the digestive tract too much. It is also one reason coffee is used in enemas, and not other substances that other doctors use in enemas.
11. Almost all medical drugs and many over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, body care products, etc. are very yin. This includes aspirin, Tylenol, Excedrin and most other simple drugs. All of these are very yin, to varying degrees, depending on how much one uses, and the chemistry of the drug or body care product. Not only are most of these toxic for the body, but they also make the body far more yin. Avoid them all if you desire optimum health.
12. The presence of silver-mercury amalgam dental fillings and root-canal filled teeth. Mercury used in dental fillings is quite yin and has no place in our bodies. Also, root-canal filled teeth, also called root canals, are most often infected and are best removed. I know this causes problems chewing for some people, but it is a lot better than having hidden infections in the body that are mainly very yin in nature.
13. Almost all infections are yin today. Some infections of children that cause fever are yang in nature, but most are very yin today. This inciudes all fungal infections such as candida albicans, and many others that are common. Viral infections are also sometimes very yin in nature. This includes herpes, human papilloma virus and many others. Some bacterial disease like gonorrhea and syphilis are also yin.
However, the drugs for infections – antibiotics and others – are even more yin. This is why we never, or very rarely, ever recommend or need them. There are better ways to eliminate all infections. For more on this, read Boosting Your Immunity on this website.
14. Toxin exposure almost always make one more yin. This is because most toxic metals and toxic chemicals are extremely yin. Certain occupations and lifestyles such as smoking anything, for example, expose one to more toxins.
Also, refined food diets containing chemical additives are far more yin for this reason. Almost all refined foods such as white flour, white rice, white sugar and hundreds of other prepared and refined food products tend to be far more yin. The reasons are at least 1) fewer minerals because the minerals have been refined out, 2) poorer quality food in general, 3) less fresh, 4) the additives are yin. Also, synthetic ingredients are more yin, and anything that is ground up or separated out and isolated tends to be more yin than a whole food.
15. Smoothies, shakes and all juices tend to be very yin. Many people live on smoothies, I have learned. Not only are they very poor food combinations. They usually contain too much water and sugars. However, they are cold, broken up, often contain refined powders and fruits so they are extremely yin. Avoid them all. We recommend only 10-12 ounces of carrot juice with perhaps some greens in it daily. You may alternatively have an ounce or two of wheat grass juice once or twice weekly. Although these two products are very yin, they contain excellent nutrients most people need such as calcium, so they are acceptable, but only this amount.
16. Air travel and excessive bathing. These two causes for yin disease are less common. However, I encounter them at times. For unknown reasons, frequent traveling on airplanes makes the body much more yin. Air is yin and moving away from the earth is yin, but that is the only understanding I have of why this occurs. Limit air travel, and travel in general to become more yang. Read more about this in the article entitled Frequent Traveler Syndrome.
Water is yin and some people take one or two baths per day. Others like to sit in hot tubs for hours. This will make the body quite a bit more yin in some cases. Cool water is more yin than hotter water, but all of it is yin. There is no hygienic reason to take baths more than about once a week, or never if one prefers showers. These are much more yang as the body is not submerged in the water.
17. A focus on sex, even joking about it, is much more yin. This is an interesting topic. However, having sex, talking about it, masturbating, joking about it and so on, is more yin. Sex is best limited to once a week and never any more for any reason. Do not focus on sexual matters, ideally. Do not stare at women, and women, to do not stare at, provoke, and talk about men and sex very much. Instead, focus on healing and health and talk about intellectual and spiritual matters. These are far more yang and healthful.
18. Electromagnetic fields or EMFs, and electromagnetic stress tends to very yin. While stress can be either yin or yang, most electromagnetic fields make one far more yin. To avoid and correct yin disease, activities to avoid are using a computer all day if you can help it, sitting close to computer screens, talking on cell phones or portable phones, carrying around devices that emit EMFs, and limit travel, which tends to expose one to many more EMFs.
Also, far infrared saunas usually generate harmful EMFs to a slight degree, as do infrared heating pads and other infrared devices. The near infrared light sauna does not do this, however.
19. Stop yin attitudes and beliefs like believing in victimhood, oppression, class warfare, social justice, groups rights, moral relativism and the benefits of socialism and perhaps communism. These beliefs and attitudes make one far more yin. If you want to become more yang, give them up.
I know this is easier said than done, but I did it and so can you. Realize they are wrong, they do not work, and more yang concepts such as freedom, God, the Ten Commandments of Moses, capitalism, and absolute truths work better.
20. Move energy downward, not upward through the body. The best way to do this is to practice daily the Roy Masters meditation, but not others. It works even better with the emphasis on moving energy down from the head to the hand and later into your feet.
At the same time, stay away from yoga and from most acupuncture. These older methods sadly tend to move energy upward through the body in almost all cases. Yoga twists are okay, but not other poses.
OTHER EXTREMELY HELPFUL MEASURES FOR YIN DISEASE
A nutritional balancing program based on a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair mineral analysis. This unique approach to healing will make the body much more yang. In addition to the diet and lifestyle suggestions above, it includes a set of individualized, targeted nutritional supplements and a diet for one’s oxidation type.
The program make a person more yang for at least six reasons including:
Š Removing over two dozen toxic metals from the body.
Š Removing hundreds, if not thousands of toxic chemicals, drugs and other substances from the body, most of which are yin.
Š Getting rid of chronic candida albicans and other fungal infections that are very yin.
Š Removing dozens of other chronic and often hidden infections that are mainly yin.
Š Correcting a yin or slow oxidation rate, and a yin or low sodium/potassium ratio in the tissues.
Š In many cases, improving mental and emotional functioning and allowing a person to process mental and other traumas that are having an extremely yin effect on the body.
As part of every nutritional balancing program, I also recommend several other detoxification and healing procedures that have a very yang effect. These are:
Near infrared lamp sauna therapy. Part of every nutritional balancing program is the suggestion that one should use a near infrared sauna at least once daily. Many people should use it twice daily. One of the great benefits of this therapy, as compared to all other detoxification procedures, is it is extremely yang in some ways.
Types of saunas. Other saunas are not as yang in their effects. Far infrared saunas are definitely more yin.
The near infrared lamp sauna is by far the most yang of all three types of saunas (traditional, far infrared and near infrared). This may be one reason that many people report regularly that the near infrared lamp type of sauna gives them the most benefit. The other two types can often easily be converted to a near infrared type by adding a few heat lamps on one wall. Never shine the lamp on the head, as some suggest, for more than 5-10 minutes at a time, however.
Coffee enemas. While an enema involves the use of water, coffee is one of very few plants that is somewhat yang. Roasting the coffee makes it even more yang. Using it in an enema form seems to make it even more yang for some unknown reason. Its yang effect on the body is one of the reasons I recommend this procedure for almost everyone, and it is likely that it is one reason clients rave about its effects on their health and mental state.
The Roy Masters style of meditation. This particular mental exercise has a decidedly yang effect. Most meditations and even most prayer can have a yin effect. The reasons are probably multiple.
I have modified the exercise a bit to make it far more yang. This modification is to powerfully move energy downward from one’s head to one’s hand. I have added this emphasis. Mr. Masters discusses it but does not focus on it too much. The exercise, done this way, is very grounding and centering, which are yang qualities.
Changing one’s attitudes and controlling one’s emotions. These are also part of nutritional balancing science, although I do not stress them in the beginning, as they are more difficult for some clients. I recommend reading the articles on this website that strongly encourage one to take full responsibility for one’s entire life, forgive everyone, let go of victim thinking, release all guilt, fear, anger and other negative emotions, and turn to God or spirit for guidance. This will have a powerful yang effect on the body.
DIFFICULTIES AS ONE EMERGES FROM YIN DISEASE
Everyone experiences some anxiety, at times, as the body becomes more yang. Here are two possible causes for this:
1. Increased awareness and mental sharpness. As one becomes more yang and balanced, many people become more assertive, perhaps more aggressive, more perceptive and sharper mentally. This is an unfamiliar feeling and one can feel guilty about it, upset about it, or have other feelings.
Women, in particular, may feel guilty that they are not as “sweet and kind” as they used to be. This is because they have become more balanced and stronger inside. Men, and some women as well, may feel too aggressive or “angry”, when it is really not anger. Anger is a weak yang response of the adrenal glands.
As the body becomes much more yang, one develops simply a greater awareness of the truth about a situation. This can arouse emotions like anger, which need to be controlled. However, at times it just means one does not need to waste time with silly explanations and analysis, which tends to be yin. One is ready to move on and act on one’s insights, rather than think about things for too long.
2. Retracing occurs faster. As one overcomes yin disease, the body heals old illnesses and injuries much faster. Also, the brain processes emotional traumas far better. As a result, healing crises may occur that are vigorous and upsetting, or rarely are even frightening. One can feel one is on a rollercoaster – up one day and down the next. This is upsetting, and in rare cases we recommend slowing the program down a little by taking fewer supplements to lessen the pace of healing.
Some slow oxidizers are simply not used to such a vigorous metabolism. However, some ups and downs need to be tolerated, and these issues will generally resolve themselves quickly, often in a matter of hours or days. This is really just part of retracing and healing. However, it can scare some people away from their new, more yang style of eating and living.
3. More anxiety at times. The angst and anxiety that occurs as one becomes more yang is intense, at times. It is usually caused by copper elimination, and perhaps the elimination of other toxic metals such as cadmium, lead or mercury.
It may also be due to waking up to your issues such as anger that you were not aware of. It may also be due to having a more robust body that just reacts more forcefully to many things. Very slow oxidizers, in particular, are not accustomed to this feeling. It is like trading in your old broken down car for a powerful sports car that easily hits 150 miles per hour if you are not careful.
However, these feelings of anxiety, mainly, can derail the healing of yin disease. Women, in particular, may be drawn back to eating sweets and fruit, as it “just feels better”. Sweets make them more yin again, so they seem to be sweeter, gentler, kinder, and so on. However, in reality it just puts them back on a path to yin illness and early death.
HAIR ANALYSIS AND YIN DISEASE
Almost all people with yin disease have either:
1. A very slow oxidation rate.
2. A four lows pattern.
3. A calcium shell.
4. A low sodium/potassium ratio, or a double low ratio pattern (low Na/K and low Ca/Mg).
5. Less commonly, a fast oxidation rate with a very low sodium/potassium ratio.
6. Less commonly, a three highs/four highs pattern.
7. A Beam Me Up, Scottie pattern. (see below)
The Beam Me Up Scottie Pattern. An unusual pattern occurs in people who eat a lot of fruit. They can be very fast oxidizers and perhaps might have a three highs/four highs pattern. A number of them have a very high sodium and potassium level. This appears to be an unusual result of eating a lot of fruit. The fruit sugars and acids may irritate the kidneys or other organs or body systems.
Symptoms or conditions associated with the pattern may include:
Š Serious illness and early death.
Š Out of touch with feelings.
Š Depression and a desire to be “beamed out of here”, meaning not wanting to be on earth.
Š An attitude of wanting to run away or “climbing the walls”
Š Too much upward moving energy, which is very unhealthful.
Š A negative view of life.
Reducing or preferably eliminating all fruit in the diet is necessary to help these people recover their health.
I would like to contrast this with what may be called yang disease, which is uncommon today.
YANG AND YANG DISEASE
As an example of a very yang culture and yang disease, think of the latter days of the Roman empire. Rome started out as a beautiful ideal, but became more and more brutal, and a slave society ruled by a ruthless, corrupt, militaristic male emperor.
Yang in Chinese medicine and Taoist thought is the quality of more massive, more solid, harder, hotter, more contracted, more masculine, more intense, more dense, and moving downward and inward toward the earth, generally. In the musical scale, yang is the lower musical notes and the minor chords.
Older yang minerals that are toxic include lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and others. They are associated with making people hard, cold, cruel and violent. Somewhat newer or more modern yang minerals include iron and manganese. These are better, but still associated with anger, rage, rigidity and other obvious yang traits. The newer more yang minerals are zinc, selenium, chromium and others that are more compatible with human physiology and badly needed today. This is a curious property about yang, that it is more concerned with health than is yin. However, one can be too yang, as explained below.
EXCESSIVE YANG DISEASE
Just for contrast, the following paragraphs describe the opposite condition, which is much less common today, though it was more common in past centuries. It is an extreme excess of yang energy in the body.
Medically. Those who are too yang often have high levels of adrenal and sex hormones, and perhaps higher thyroid hormone levels as well. Most are fast oxidizers who love eating raw or rare meat or just a lot of meat, and don’t like vegetables, fruits and other ‘sissy foods’.
Their bodies may tend to be the adrenal types – shorter, stockier, with a larger belly and thinner arms and legs. They are “men and women of action” and usually not fearful or afraid. Indeed, they are often risk takers and quite fearless warriors.
Diseases that are more yang include inflammations, heart disease and other “hot” diseases. These can include high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, tachycardia, angina, “hot” infections like fevers, some tumors though not most of them today, some headaches due to inflammation of the veins of the head, hyperthyroidism in a few cases, and other inflammatory conditions of many kinds such as inflammatory arthritis, liver diseases, and some kidney diseases.
Psychologically. Those who are yang tend to be logical, unemotional, not fearful and these are more associated with men, than with women. When excess yang is present, they have short tempers, can be violent, brutal, ruthless, totally self-centered and heartless, cruel to the extreme, and totally uncaring and unloving except to their local tribe or group. Think of a serial killer or someone like Saddam Hussein or other Middle Eastern dictators of the modern era. They tend to be dictatorial, totally anti-democratic, bombastic, pompous jerks, usually male, but not all of them.
The personality tends to be overheated, paranoid to some extent but very smart, overtly angry, intimidating, threatening, vampirish to the extreme, and quite ‘macho’ in character. They are powerbrokers, killers, murderers, rapists and thieves. Saddam Hussein felt no compunction about spraying thousands of his own people with deadly chemicals or callously mowing down thousands of his own people with machine guns. Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Adolf Hitler and other dictators were similar in their yang illness.
Sexual behavior. Some are very sexual, but usually not homosexual, which they might consider ‘sissy’ behavior. They often desire more than one partner or lover, and don’t care much for the wellbeing of the partner. Sex is used to calm down their overheated metabolism, and perhaps as a symbol of their power and control, or simply as a way to relax or have fun. It is simple sex, unlike the yin types who like “experimenting” with kinky sex and homosexual sex in some cases.
Tribal. Those who are very yang tend to be very tribal, “us versus them”, black and white, and quite racist like Adolf Hitler.
Intellect. They are single-minded, logical and often mentally sharp. They are not cloudy or foggy. This is the opposite of the excessively yin person who is muddle-headed or mushy-headed, and often foggy and confused.
Military. Those who are too yang are often very cunning and clever, and totally focused on their survival against all others. They are oppressors, in other words. They turn the Golden Rule on its head, and believe they must “Do unto others before they do unto you”. As a result, they can be obsessed with weapons, military power and control. Their brutality is what keeps them in power, whether it be in a family or in a nation. They like guns and ammunition, whether it be on the battlefield or at home. This, of course, is also the opposite of those who are too yin and who are afraid of weapons and raw power.
Most love the military discipline and show of force, and they love military parades and impressing the world with their might and fanfare.
Drugs. They can become addicted to alcohol and drugs as a way to relax, but usually not for pure enjoyment or experimentation the way those who are too yin use them. Drugs and sex are used to reinforce their power, in other words, and pleasure and experimentation are not prominent concepts for them. This, by the way, can defeat them in wars. They like the old methods of fighting and are often less creative and less willing to adopt newer tactics than their opposition.
Energy centers. Those who are too yang have very well developed lower energy centers, as a general rule. They spin well and are wide open. This makes them very well-grounded and centered. It also makes them less interested in real love and creativity (the fourth and fifth energy centers), or in wisdom or true spirituality (the sixth and seventh energy centers).
As a result, they are glorified apes and animals who live totally from the lower energy centers that are quite healthy, in fact. From the fourth energy center upward, however, they are shut down tightly. This used to be the standard on earth, but this is no longer true, even among the modern dictators of the 21st century. They simply cannot ignore the realities today, which favor the fourth and fifth energy center development. So these may be open a little, but not much.
However, the lower energy centers are so unbalanced by not having the upper one that these men, mostly, do not function well and usually live shorter lives unless they are adept at vampirism, which can extend their lives and beefs up their lower energy centers as well.
Religion. Oddly, they also may favor the old earth religions like paganism, hero worship, idol worship and to a degree Islam.
Many are anti-religious themselves, though they will gladly use religion to control their people, so they may outwardly embrace Judaism, Christianity or Islam to make an impression on the people, but they secretly hate all authority outside of themselves, so they are not religious men or women at all.
Foods. They often live on meat, eggs and fatty foods, and like their meat and eggs rare in many cases. They have powerful digestion and can handle it easily. They often love bread, which is enriched with iron today that makes them worse. They all have too much iron, manganese and aluminum, and often too much cadmium and lead in their bodies.
Loaded with older male minerals. Those that are too yang often have too much of the older minerals such as iron, lead, cadmium and nickel in them. They need zinc and selenium, which are the “newer” or more spiritual male elements in nutritional balancing science.
They are almost all fast oxidizers. This is a less stable metabolic type characterized by a constant readiness to fight or run, and an inability to calm down and relax. It is very hard on the body, and on those around oneself as well. Adult fast oxidizers are generally vampire types who are adept at stealing energy from others by upsetting them through brutality, oppressing laws, starving them, raping them, and also using psychological warfare tactics like lying, brainwashing and propaganda.
Yin disease is real, and its incidence is growing fast around the world. It is causing more and more problems for women, in particular, such as infertility, depression, moodiness, chronic fatigue and others.
The main causes seem to be eating less meat, eating more fruit and raw foods, vegetarian diets, and at times the use of drugs, too much bathing, too much air travel, or other reasons. Children are also being born that are more yin, and this is feeding the problem. Refined food diets are also making it worse.
Changing one’s eating and living habits can go a long way toward alleviating and preventing this debilitating condition. For the most powerful correction, follow a nutritional balancing program. In addition to the basic program, daily use of a near infrared sauna and coffee enemas daily, along with doing the Roy Masters meditation exercise daily, will enhance the yang effect a lot and speed healing tremendously in most cases. Additionally, altering one’s attitudes and controlling the emotions are also particularly helpful to overcome yin disease.