By Santokh Singh Khalsa, D. C.
In my last post, I covered some of the recent research about the long term negative effects of animal protein on health. In this blog I will focus on what I have found to be the more immediate effects of animal protein on the energetic body and meditative mind.
First, a little of my history: I was born into a medical family. My grandfather and my father were medical doctors. My mother was a nurse and both of my sisters became nurses. I grew up with the expectation that I would also become a medical doctor. But instead I dropped out of college and became a carpenter. As a result of having chronic headaches, I started going to a chiropractor and found it to be very beneficial. At that time I had no desire or intention to become a chiropractor.
In 1974 I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga and went to my first Summer Solstice Celebration. I already knew that Kundalini Yoga had changed my life and at Solstice I saw a demonstration of muscle-testing by a chiropractor. This was a life changing moment for me. The elegant simplicity of being able to communicate with a person’s inner healer was so profound that I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. So I enrolled in Chiropractic College and became a wellness-oriented, muscle-testing chiropractor.
One of the techniques that I learned was checking for food intolerances with muscle testing. For those who are not familiar with this, you put a specific food in a person’s mouth and then test their arm strength. If the arm weakens, it is a sign that the person has a negative reaction to this food. Common foods that were found to cause weakness were sugar, wheat, dairy products, soy, corn, chocolate, and coffee.
When I learned this, I could not wait to show people how bad animal protein was. So I got some meat and had someone put this in their mouth to test it. To my great surprise, their arm did not weaken. Their body did not have a negative reaction to animal protein. I found this to be true for all types of flesh like poultry, fish, and eggs.
With further study this made sense to me. We have lived and evolved for hundreds of thousands of years eating primarily fruits, vegetables, and the occasional animal that we could catch. We are very well genetically adapted to eating these foods. Other foods are relatively new to our diet such as grains and dairy. As hunters and gatherers we never ate the milk of another mammal or large quantities of the seeds of grasses that grew wild.
Years later I learned a refinement of how to test a food with muscle-testing. When I was testing a food in the past, I was in essence asking the whole body if it had a problem with the food. I learned that by touching the reflex point for a specific organ at the same time that I tested the muscle, I could zero in on the effect that the food had on that specific organ. So once again, I got some meat and started testing people, but this time I tested it against all of their individual organs. I found that there were two organ reflexes that caused people to test weak to meat over and over. Those two organs were the pituitary and the pineal gland.
As you may know, these two glands are associated with the 6th and 7th chakras. The sixth chakra is associated with our intuition and the projection of our mind. The seventh chakra is the seat of our soul and our connection to our infinite self. WOW! So while flesh did not seem to have an immediate negative effect on the body as a whole, it did seem to have a weakening effect on the two organs associated with our two highest chakras!
This led me to postulate that animal flesh has a dampening effect on our higher chakras and our higher consciousness. This is why it affects the consciousness so powerfully for people who completely stop eating animal protein. There is something about consuming the flesh of another animal that causes us to shut down the higher levels of spiritual awareness that are so important for yogis and other spiritual practitioners.
I also heard Yogi Bhajan talk about how bad fish was specifically for the large intestine. I found in my muscle-testing that fish weakened 3 organs: pituitary, pineal and large intestine.
This weakening of muscles does not happen when dairy products are tested. The pituitary and pineal are not specifically affected by dairy products. That is why the 3HO diet is lacto-vegetarian and not vegan. It is only the flesh foods like beef, lamb, poultry, fish, shellfish, and eggs that create this block to the 6th and 7th chakras.
So to bring it all together, the China Study teaches us that the more you reduce the amount of animal protein in your diet, the less you are at risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. This means that if you only ate animal protein a few times a week, your risk would be pretty low. But based on my own research with muscle testing, ANY time that you eat animal flesh, you shut down your 6th and 7th chakras, so even a few times a week will have a significant effect on your consciousness. And fish, instead of being less of a problem, also affects your lower digestion.
If you are not dairy intolerant, you can eat dairy occasionally without this dampening effect on your chakras and without significantly raising your risk to these chronic diseases, but it is clear for those of us who are working hard through yoga and meditation to open up our higher centers and experience our divine essence, that meat, flesh, and eggs are working in the opposite direction.
Santokh Singh Khalsa, D.C., chiropractor, healer, yogi, and master yoga teacher, has been teaching beginners how to start and maintain a regular daily yoga practice for over 30 years. He founded the Awareness Center in Pasadena, CA in 1975 and is a master teacher for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level I and II. http://www.khalsachiropracticpasadena.com/