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The Chef As The Highest Form of Doctor

Re-visioning the role that chefs (and restaurants) can play in restoring health in the community.

In a number of traditional cultures throughout the world the chef has been regarded as the doctor of choice. He was the one with special knowledge about foods-as-medicine. In some restaurants in China each item on the menu would list what conditions that dish would be beneficial for.[1]

A new group has recently been formed for “bridging” between farmers and physicians.[2] IMO – Chefs have a role to play right in the very center of this midway between the farmer and the practitioner! It’s a role that I wish to encourage for most chefs and it is deep in the heart of the Cheeta vision[3].

Naturally chefs will need training and Cheeta will offer the training!

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The “Essence” of the following linked-article has impressed me to the point that I bookmarked it in eleven different folders!

“… In Ayurveda, foods such as Ghee, Almonds, Coconut Meat and Dates, herbs such as Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Amalaki, Haritaki and the mineral substance Shilajit all build Ojas (the deepest regenerative energy in the body).

Other foods and herbs from around the world that build and support this energy are Pastured Egg Yolks, Oysters, Spirulina, Chlorella, Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Nettles, Maca, Organ Meats and all the Bee Products.”[4]

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“Medicine, which sought to balance the bodily humours and ultimately the basic qualities of hot and cold, wet and dry, was itself a sort of alchemy, and cooking was its principal instrument.”:

Introduction in “Cooking as Sacred Alchemy”

Also: “Cooking is not just about the pursuit of pleasure, though it is also that. It is about our connection with the natural world, with the vital, creative principle of the universe and with other human beings, with community. Cooking has, in other words, historically been a deeply spiritual act and is becoming so once again for those engaged in the culinary counter-revolution.”[5]

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According to the Human Design System the biology of the Solar Plexus Center includes the nervous system, kidneys, pancreas, solar plexus neuron network and the lungs.

According to Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov there are “four pairs of lumbar ganglia – located in the region of the kidneys which are related to Libra, the symbol of equilibrium – (that) are connected to the digestive organs (stomach, liver, intestines, etc). When someone does not eat wisely, the balance is upset, the two pans of the scales are no longer level and the resulting problems show that justice has had to intervene to restore order.”[6]

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I’ve mentioned Reiki in my Cheeta vision a number of times before. I have third degree Reiki and practice every day. The initial Reiki activation/attunement is primarily focused on the hands. It’s a “no-brainer” in my thinking that Reiki belongs in every kitchen and therefore every chef deserves to have at least first degree Reiki – ideally provided to them by the community or the business that the kitchen serves.

“Reiki treatment is offered in prestigious cancer centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York City), Dana Farber/Harvard (Boston), and M.D. Anderson (Houston).”[7]

I would love to see the day when I can post here that chefs at these fine hotels, restaurants, resorts, etc. Reiki their food! In the meanwhile I’m one chef who gives Reiki to all my food!
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Notes:

[1]http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/ancient-chinese-herbs-in-northern-california.aspx?PageId=2#ArticleContent

Also: The Rise and Fall of The “Restaurant” –
“… certain soups … were known as restaurants — literally ‘restoratives’

http://www.curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2198840

[2]http://www.curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2190642

[3] C.h.e.e.t.a. is an acrornym for Cultural Healing ~ Enlightened Ecology ~ Transforming Art and is most applicable to the “Culinary Arts”! I envision the day when the medicinal qualities of foods prepared by chefs merits the most value thus taking the culinary arts to a new heights where health and wellness are most celebrated!

[4] http://www.enlightenedmag.com/got-jing.html

[5]
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/162281020/Cooking-is_-without-question_-the-most—-Seeking-Wisdom

[6] http://with-omraam.com/the-solar-plexus-part-2/

[7] http://reikiinmedicine.org/healthful-lifestyle/reiki-prevention/

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Keywords:
traditional culture, chef, doctor, food as medicine, restaurant, Cheeta, chef training, restoratives, Healing, Culinary Arts, medicinal foods, health, wellness, Essence, Ayurveda, Ghee, Almonds, Coconut Meat, Pastured Egg Yolks, Oysters, Organ Meats, Bee Products, alchemist’s kitchen, biology, reiki

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