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Traditional Chinese medicine provides natural environmental recycling model reports Dr. Effie Chow

Traditional Chinese healer Effie Chow, PhD interviewed on radio show by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne

Hear the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunesp

Does traditional Chinese medicine offer a solution to the world's environmental and fresh water recycling problems? Traditional healer Effie Chow, PhD, and fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, believe it does. Their recent interpretation of the traditional Chinese "Five Elements" suggests a natural recycling model that applies not only to healing the human body but to maintaining the health of the Earth.

Traditional Chinese medicine provides natural environmental recycling model reports Dr. Effie Chow

The Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio interview with Dr. Chow took place on January 19, 2015. For a podcast of the show, go to

Effie Chow, PhD. was born in China and grew up in a traditional family. A leading Qigong healer, Chow is founder of San Francisco's East-West Academy of Healing Arts. Chow has authored several books, and in 2000, served on President Clinton's White House Conference on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature product for dry and dehydrated eyes.

The Five Elements of traditional Chinese medicine are: Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood. Each represents a function of the body and a related emotion. The healer's objective is to bring the Five Elements into equilibrium.

Chow and Kleyne's interpretation views the Five Elements as a metaphor for the natural processes that keep the planet in equilibrium and enable life to survive. Every aspect involves recycling.

The element of fire, according to Chow and Kleyne, is a metaphor for the fire without - the sun - and the fire within - Earth's molten core, magma chambers and volcanoes. Fire provides heat energy that powers the system. Fire requires the consumption of fuels, which must be constantly supplied, recycled and replenished.

Every process of the human body requires heat or chemical energy, says Chow, mostly powered by sugar. Spent fuel is expelled as waste and new fuel must be taken in.

The element of Earth, Kleyne explains, is the container in which the interactions between elements take place. To contain and sustain life, Earth must maintain its orbit, distance from the sun, rotation, magnetic field and atmosphere. This too requires recycling and constant adjusting. .

In medicine, Earth is a metaphor for the body, the bowl where all the elements are mixed together.

Water is the most important element, according to Chow. Water moves, changes its structure, cleanses and enables chemical reactions. Water covers 70 percent of Earth's surface, collects upon and runs off of the land and infuses the soil. Water atmospheric water vapor, fed by surface evaporation, moderates the climate, cleanses dirty water and naturally recycles itself from mud into rainfall. .

Water is the basis of life and death is the ultimate dehydration, say Kleyne. The human body is a water recycling machine that constantly takes in new water and expels used water. Ninety-nine percent of the body's molecules are water. Since water molecules are small, however, they only constitute about 65 percent of the body's volume.

Metal is a metaphor for minerals, says Kleyne, the chemical building blocks that make up the sun, stars and planets. They are the source of diversity and differentiation. Minerals, too, constantly recycle and reform. Mountain ranges erode away and are deposited as sediment, which eventually forms new mountain ranges. The human body must constantly take in minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and oxygen, which are used, expelled and recycled.

Wood is a metaphor for plants, animals, insects, microbes and non-living organic matter, according to Chow and Kleyne. The creation of a living organism requires fire, water, Earth and metal. When the organism dies, natural processes cause it to break down into its basic components which are then recycled, providing the raw material to grow new life.

The Earth, and the elements that sustain life on Earth, are recycling experts. Chow and Kleyne conclude. If humans desire to learn to accomplish these things, they need only observe the Earth's recycling model. This is true of fuels, water, the atmosphere, the Earth environment, minerals and all organic life.

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