Pulse of Oriental Medicine: Alternative Medicine That Works for Regular Folks
Alternative Medicine That Works for Regular Folks


with Prime Enzyme Nutrition
Part II
By David J. Nickel, O.M.D., L.Ac

Dr. Nickel is the founder of PrimeZyme International

Top Ten with PEN
Organ and Herbal Hunters
2500 BC to 1899 AD

The New Zealand Maori on Prime Enzyme Nutrition

Their Quality of Life

  • "Finest bodies, excellent figures to old age."
  • "Finest teeth" Cavities: 1 per 2000 teeth.
  • "Maori men have great physical endurance and good minds."
  • "Many fine lawyers and government executives."(1a)
  • No need for optometrists, eye doctors, drugs, doctors, or hospitals
  • Their diet
    • Shellfish, seaweeds, roots and grubs etc.
    • Ate organ meats from fish.
    • 6X more calcium, 7X more phosphorus, 23X more more magnesium, 58X more ion, 10X more fat soluble vitamins A & D than European diet (1b)

"Those who aspire to success in science would be well advised to learn the history of their field."
David W. Cugell, MD in JAMA (2)

The Organ and Herbal Hunters: 2500 BC to 1899 AD

We will begin to trace the beneficial use of Prime Enzyme Nutrition (PEN) for the Top Ten conditions beginning in 2500 BC to 1899 AD. In the first section of Part II of this 6 Part Series we will focus on the number one condition of the Top Ten: How to improve your vision with diet.

For over 4400 years medical practitioners - especially chinese- have searched for the key organs and herbs that could benefit their patients. Our emphasis here is to focus on the prime enzyme foods - mainly Heart, Liver, Kidney, Spleen and Stomach - that were recommended by these doctors for various conditions. In addition we have added some healthy (and I hope you will find them tasty) recipes for you to use or pass on.

"Only those applying diet for treatment are superb physicians." (3)
Sun Si Mao 590-682 A.D.

Top Ten with PEN

1. Poor Vision

  • About 280 million Americans have "acute eye conditions medically
    attended" to each year.(4)
  • 172 million Americans have defective vision
  • 16 million Americans have glaucoma (5)
  • 2.5 million American men are color blind (5)
  • 270 thousand American women are color blind (5)

Remedy and Recipes to follow

  • 2500 BC Egyptian Doctors Use Liver for Nightblindness
    In Ancient Egyptian medicine they "used raw ox liver for treating night blindness- unwittingly supplying Vitamin A, a lack of which is associated with this problem." (6)
  • 1900 BC "Assyrians and Babylonians saw the liver as the 'seat of life.' The liver was considered the seat of the blood and hence the seat of life itself." (6b)
  • 1800 BC "Organotherapy stated in Hindustan Ayurveda."(7)
  • 1500 BC "Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman Medicine include practices and beliefs that recognize the internal secretions." (7)
  • 460 BC Hippocrates used liver to treat night blindness.

Don't Know Hippocrates?

  • "Regarded as the Father of Western medicine."(6b)
  • "Diseases a result of various 'humours' and,
  • Used corresponding healthy organs of animals for relief." (7)
  • Creator of Hippocratic Oath sworn to by doctors:

'I swear... I will apply dietetic measure for the benefit
of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from
harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug
to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a
suggestion to this effect." (8)

  • 20 AD Celsius recommends Organotherapy. "Celsius, a Roman medical writer recommends healthy animal organs for relief of diseases of corresponding organs in man." (7)
  • 60 AD Dioscorides advises Organotherapy. "Dioscorides, an army surgeon in the service of Nero and originator of material medica, advises use of healthy animal organs for relief of disease of corresponding organs in man." (7)
  • 200 AD Chang Chung-Ching (aka Zhang Ji or Zhong-Jing) prescribes Organotherapy. "The World's First Medical Specialist in the 2nd Century." as described in Chen's History of Chinese Medical Science (10). Zhang Ji:
    • "Established the Chinese formula therapy"
    • Wrote "two immortal books Shang Han Lun and "Summaries on Household Remedies" (10)
    • In this later book Dr. Zhang Ji says "it is good to supplement the liver with liver" (11) and recommends what is the best season(s) to take liver and the other visceral organs. He is shown here treating a patient. (10b) Chang Chung Ching is calculated to have lived to age 78 and his book "On Typhoid" (10) is shown here.
  • 450 AD Tao Hung Ching prescribes Organotherapy "The first Pharmacologist in the 5th century"(10c) wrote The Book on Herbs by Shen Nong with one of the seven categories being animal.Drs. Flaws and Wolfe report in their book Prince Wen Hui's Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy that Doctor "Hung-Ching recommended using many animal organs and by-products."(12)
  • 652 AD Sun Simiao, the Chinese 'medical king' "In his Valuable Prescriptions for Emergency, Sun Simiao, the 'medical king' in Chinese medical history, devoted a separate chapter to dietotherapy...including 40 animals, each with a detailed description of its nature, flavor, actions, channel-tropism, indications and contraindications and method of administration. Only those applying diet for treatment are superb physicians." As a a physician, one must first probe its etiology to search out what is wrong. Then, dietotherapy is recommended first, with drugs to follow, provided dietotherapy is applied to no avail." (3)
As a a physician, one must first probe its etiology to search out what is wrong. Then, dietotherapy is recommended first, with drugs to follow, provided dietotherapy is applied to no avail."
Sun Simiao
  • "Early in the 7th century, Sun Szu Mo proposed effective therapies thereof: the livers of oxen and sheep sheep for nightblindness..." (10c)

Remedy for Poor Vision is Liver

Dr. Flaws and Wolfe say in their book Prince Wen Hui's Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy that liver is "Commonly used in treatment of optic nerve atrophy and night blindness." (12b)

From the book Eating Your Way to Health -Dietotherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Cai states: "The liver

  • improves eyesight and
  • relieves night blindness and dizziness."(3b)

Dr. Lu in his book, The Chinese System Of Using Foods to Stay Young, says cook sheep or goat's liver to

  • sharpen vision and
  • "cure nearsightedness"
  • "cure hot sensations in the eyes with pain and
  • blurred vision."

He quotes from a Chinese Food Classic written in 493 AD. "'When a person suffers night blindness he can not see at night like a bird. It should be treated by eating beef liver, because beef liver can sharpen the vision.'" (13) Why? Dr. Lu explains "One hundred grams of beef liver contains 18,300 I.U. of vitamin A, which accounts for its effectiveness in sharpening vision and treating night blindness." (13) In the same book Dr. Lu states beef liver is also good

  • for "spots in front of eyes" and
  • "optic atrophy" (13) plus
  • to "relieve glaucoma" (14)

as stated in his other book, Chinese System of Food Cures:Prevention and Remedies.

For more information about the benefits and use of liver visit liver info.

Remedy Recipes for Poor Vision

Liver Congee (porridge): Drs Flaws and Wolfe tell us how to make Congee- "Place one part rice per five to six parts water in a heavy, lidded pot. The amount of water will determine how thick the porridge will be. Place the pot on Warm if using an electric stove or hot plate, or on the lowest flame possible if using a gas range. Let simmer four to six hours. If the Congee is to be eaten for breakfast, start it just before retiring for bed the night before. Upon rising be sure to stir the pot so the Congee will not burn on the bottom. It can be reheated during the day. Crockpots are very useful for cooking Congee. Leftover Congee can be added to bread dough. The yeast will quicken it so it should not be regarded as wrecked." (12c) From Drs Flaws and Wolfe's book Prince Wen Hui's Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy.

Liver and Green Onion: "cut up a sheep or goat's liver and fry with green onion seeds until until dry. Boil and strain it to cook with rice to eat at meals." (13b) From Dr. Lu's book, The Chinese System Of Using Foods to Stay Young.

Liver Egg Soup: "Boil 200 ml water, add a little salt and oil. Place 2 rabbit livers sliced into thin sheets into boiling water. Pour in a thoroughly stirred hen's egg. When liver well done, consume the whole soup." From Dr. Cai's book Eat Your Way to Health-Dietotherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. (3c)

Tasty Recipes from Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon and Dr. Enig's book Nourishing Traditions emphasizes the importance of organ meats in the daily diet because "organs, particularly the
livers of animals, are the storage depots of the vitamins" (15)

Substitute any of these liver meat recipes for the ones listed above.

Their Popular Liver Dish: Liver and Onions - Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds sliced liver
juice of 2-3 lemons
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons clarified butter or lard
4 cups onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Marinate liver slices in lemon juice for several hours. Pat slices dry and dredge in a mixture of flour, salt and pepper. In a heavy skillet and over a high flame, saute the slices, two at a time, in clarified butter or lard. Transfer to a heated platter and keep warm in the oven. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, saute the onions in butter and olive oil over medium heat for about 1/2 hour or until golden brown. Strew over liver and serve." (15)

Other great liver recipes in their book:

  • Liver and Mushrooms page 307
  • Breaded Liver page 308
  • Liver with Balsamic Vinegar Sauce page 308-9
  • Sauteed Chicken Livers page 312
  • Chicken Liver with Hazelnuts page 313
  • Mazalika (Variety Meat Medley) page 314

My patients love Sally's book.

Her well-referenced Introduction on

  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Enzymes
  • And More

is a must read for any serious student desiring to understand the science
and what works in the field of nutrition. Her two page Preface to Nourishing Traditions is probably the most important one ever written to any book on Nutrition in the last 13 years. Don't miss it.

To learn more about the effectivness of taking liver visit liver benefits.

Are organ meats safe?

There are some that do not eat or take organ meats like liver because of the following considerations.

  • Acidity
  • Cholesterol
  • Cow nerve disease (BSE)
  • Liver damage
  • Toxicity

Let's take a look at the facts.

Top Five Myths About Organ Meats

Myth #1: Organ meats make you very acid. False

While all organ meats do make you more acid they are relatively low on the acid index according to Dr. Robert and Shelly Young in their book The pH Miracle.(16) Sorted by approximate relative potential of most alkaline (+) to most acid (-) in one ounce of food.

  • +2.0 Human milk (17)
  • +1.0 Spleen (17)
  • -1.0 Milk, homogenized
  • -3.0 Organ meats (liver etc.)
  • -5.0 Oysters
  • -10.0 Rice, brown
  • -10.1 Wheat
  • -11.8 Fish, fresh water
  • -12.8 Peanuts
  • -18.1 Cheese, hard
  • -20.0 Chicken
  • -20.0 Fish, ocean
  • -20.0 Eggs
  • -34.5. Beef
  • -35.0 Veal
  • -38.0 Pork

Myth #2: Liver raises cholesterol levels. False

I have found no evidence in the medical literature that taking liver raises cholesterol. The opposite seems true. The Journal of American Medical Association reports that taking liver lowers cholesterol levels. "The authors gave injections of liver extract to six patients with involution melancholia. They found that the injections resulted in a reduction of the previously increased cholesterol content of the blood..." (18)

Myth #3 Organ meats are the cause of cow nerve disease. False

There has been a concern that consumption of organ meat like brain may cause a rare degeneration of nerve brain tissue called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or Mad Cow disease.

"The theory is that this disease can be transmitted to humans from cattle that are infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) due to feeding cattle animal parts in their feed lot rations. However, the evidence indicates that the true cause of CJD is mineral deficiencies combined with toxic effects of organophosphate insecticides." (15) plus (19) (20)

Myth #4 Organ meats damage the liver. False

Organ damage is much more likely from taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Even large amounts of liver over 1/2 lb "(200+ Gm. cooked weight a day)" has been foundnot only safe but very effective according
to Nobel Prize winners Minot and Murphy. (21) If the urine and blood pH is constantly too acid excess protein could stress both liver and kidney. However, organ meats seem to heal rather than hurt reports The Journal of American Medical Association.

  • Dying infants taking stomach daily."All the patients recovered."
  • While Dying infants were taking vitamins, "every one terminated fatally" (22)
  • In other medical clinical studies taking liver has shown to be effective fordiabetes (23), hepatitis (23a) etc., and kidney for high blood pressure (23b) uremia and toxemia (23c).

Myth #5 Organ meats are more toxic. False

Organs like the liver and the kidney work more as filters of the chemicals
and toxins and what is not excreted by the liver and kidneys go
back into the blood circulation or are apparently deposited like
pesticides mainly in the fat tissue. Since organs of cattle are generally
low in fat especially grass fed cattlethey are low in toxicity. Even if they were toxic the benefit out weighs the risk according to Dr. Bob Flaws.

"It is my feeling that the beneficial effects of organ meats, used infrequently and in small, medicinal amounts outweigh any presumed danger of accumulated toxins." (12d) Even large medicinal amounts of 1 1/2 lbs of spleen per day for over a year for paralysis has been shown to be safe and effective. (24)

What if I have no appetite for organ meats?

Top Ten reasons why you may have lost your instinct to eat prime enzyme nutrition

  • Low digestive enzymes
  • Weak organs
  • Excess eating of sweets and fruits
  • Excess chemicals: coffee, drugs, fats, mercury fillings, minerals (calcium), smoking, tea and vitamins
  • Excess water
  • Excess exercise
  • Emotional: worry, anger, fear, sadness
  • Too Acid; urine pH under 6.4, blood pH under 7.4
  • Too Alkaline; urine pH over 7, blood pH over 7.4
  • Belief system
  • Bad experience, not tasty

How Can I Best Benefit From Prime Enzyme Nutrition?

Top Five Recommendations

1. Use in deficiency states of organ weakness like-

  • Lack of red blood cells (Liver)
    More info on liver visit
  • Low energy (Kidney)
    More info on kidney visit
  • Poor circulation (Heart)
    More info on heart visit
  • Weak digestion (Stomach)
    More info on stomach visit
  • Weak immune system (Spleen)
    More info on spleen visit

2. If you have an excess or hot condition

  • Feeling hot
  • Irritable
  • Red skin, rash
  • Inflammation, infection
  • Crave cold food or drinks

Take the following:

  • Beef spleen
  • Beef liver

Avoid or have rarely

  • Chicken liver
  • Pig stomach
  • Lamb liver, kidney and stomach
  • These are contraindicated because
    they are warm in nature and they
    could aggravate your hot condition.

3. Most effective and safe organ supplements have these Top Ten qualities.

  • 100% organic whole foods
  • Fresh freeze dried
  • From Bovine or Beef cattle
  • From New Zealand high mineral farms
  • Cattle's diet is fresh green grass
  • Farms never used pesticides or herbicides
  • No hormones or antibiotics ever used
  • No toxic chemicals like hexane used to defat the meat
  • Animals treated humanly
  • Encapsulated in vegetable capsule without any fillers or additives.

4. You are invited take a Better Health Self Test to determine what prime enzyme nutritional supplements would benefit you the most now. If you are interested click here.

5. If you or someone you care about has a chronic condition I recommend exploring Chinese medicine and other safe tests and treatments that can include prime enzyme nutrition at click

Discover in the next Article: How to Better Your Digestion

  • 55% of Americans have heartburn weekly-rare in native cultures on PEN
  • Better Digestion with the Top 2 prime enzyme whole foods
  • Recipes and tips for better digestion

P.S. If any of you have any tasty recipes that include heart, liver, kidney, spleen or stomach please send them to drnickel@primezyme.com. Please include the name, author, date, page number of the book, newspaper, magazine or source of the recipe. If it is your tasty recipe or that of a friend please write down why you love it and any benefits you feel or receive after eating your special dish.

If your recipe is accepted by PrimeZyme International it is eligible to be published in the Top Ten with PEN Part II, III, IV, V or VI at The Pulse of Oriental Medicine, at www.pulsemed.com and in other articles to be published. Your recipe has the possibility of appearing in a new book on the benefits of prime enzyme nutrition scheduled to be available on July 2, 2003 and I will be honored to acknowledge your name and contribution. Most important your tasty recipe could benefit the lives of many children and adults around the world.

Thanks for your consideration and hope to hear from you soon.


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b-p. 310. http://www.WestonAPrice.org
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Your Health. 2002. Warner Books.
17. Aihara, Herman. Acid Alkaline. 1986. George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation. Estimation of +1 for
human milk based on just Calcium Phosphorus ratio page 43; b- Spleen ratio is 1.29 considered weak
alkaline forming based also just on Calcium Phosphorus ratio page 43.
18. J. A. T. Ligterink, C. Simons and N. Speijer. Influence of Liver Extract on Cholesterolemia and Psychotic
Aspects of Involutional Melancholia. Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, Haarlem. 81:749-856
(Feb. 20) 1937. p. 768. Abstract in Journal of American Medical Association. April 17, 1937. p. 1382.
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communication from England, Courtesy Ivan Fraser of Lifting the Veil. Well Being Journal V. #10, #3
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1927. page 764.
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Vitamin, Liver And Dried Stomach Therapy As Determined By Repeated Liver Biopsies. Sept. 1, 1945,
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23. http://www.primezyme.com/wt/flash.html slide 44, b-slide 45, c-slide 47, c-slide 48.
24. http://www.primezyme.com/lp/tuberculosis_treatment.html

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