Demographic specificity

Our environment and dietary habits have shifted. In 2009 during Jin Zhao’s doctoral thesis China was going through the greatest economic boom the world has ever seen. Meat consumption skyrocketed along with beer consumption. Public campaigns for kids to drink fresh Russian milk were on street corners offering kids free samples of milk.

The diet of his middle class patients was shifting rapidly and this was even starting to influence the older people in the countryside. His clinical experience and historic background caused him to regard the emerging Chinese middle class through the eyes of Yuan dynasty physicians who treated wealthier people.

He began to question some of the base assumptions common to doctors around him. Was a fat tongue always spleen deficiency? How could we ignore the cultural dietary shifts without considering whether they had happened before in Chinese history?

Patients with textbook symptoms were no longer improving. In fact they were getting a lot worse.

By deeply understanding the reasoning behind Yuan dynasty doctors he could apply their methodology flexibly. If the population at large was adopting a more pastoral diet with colder foods, higher meat consumption, and dairy, then he knew that dampness and mucus would be there even if it was not obviously apparent. The more his demographic diverged from a plant based diet, where every vegetable dish is cooked with herbs like garlic, ginger, and Sichuan peppercorns, the more he knew that cold and damp would be accumulating.

To make matters worse, even though many people weren’t eating raw foods, they were eating foods with more pesticides and GMO vegetables were starting to become introduced. These were much colder on the micrbiomes of the body and created conditions for hidden cold and fire which produced mucus.

His clinical experience was showing him that this was true. He made a point to find the hidden dampness and mucus. By pinpointing it he was able to get a strong reputation for obtaining extraordinary results using simple, but high quality herbal formulas.

Like the great doctors of Chinese history he was not copying the formulas like a fundamentalist, he was taking the central ideas from previous generations and adapting them to the challenges in front of him in the present day.

By focussing in on the hidden damp and mucus which was blocking organ function he was able to get very good at it.

Pretty soon he was able to tell patients what to expect in the next few days, at the one week mark, and at the two week mark. It was getting predictable, but not boring.

People began referring and the lines outside his practice grew until they were stretched down the street. People flew in for treatment and would drive up to 17 hrs from remote Tibetan villages to see him.

Rare, strange, and mysterious illnesses became simple because he was narrowing his scope of vision to the climate and the people. These were the yin and yang aspects to his current reality.

When are we?

Walking 20k steps vs 2k


Sugar rich vegetables

Gluten free corn dogs



Nutrient dense


Ice: Americas former export

Air conditioning


Less social

Walking on warm surfaces or cold

 Vaccines- They do have an effect on the microbiome. Yes. How? We don’t know.

Medication side effects: 5 billion otc drug purchases per year in US:Dextromethorphan, pseudoephedrine, ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, laxatives, diphenhydramine, dimenhydrinate, diet pills, caffeine


NSAID and leaky gut

Despite recovery from small-intestinal mucosal damage, the increased permeability in both groups resulted in sustained high levels of lactulose (0.50% to 1.06% in the placebo group and 0.33% to 1.12% in the rebamipide group) through the 4-week washout period.

Diclofenac administration induced enteropathy and hyperpermeability of the small intestine. The sustained hyperpermeability during the washout period may indicate the presence of invisible fragility.

Pastoral Yuan Dyansty Diet

epidemic of loneliness

Environmental Pollution: Continued in Environmental Pollution Module