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September 29th, 2010
“Excellent- For the first time, I really feel I have found somewhere that looked at the whole picture and which has given me some very useful tools to take away and look after myself better”
” I couldn’t have asked for more during my stay here. There is an excellent balance of treatments, classes & free time.You both have an amazing knowledge of your field”
“I think I possibly forgot to say on my feedback form that my time with you was also great fun.”

Feed First you crawl, then you walk, then you run, then you chase the moon.

September 16th, 2010
First you crawl, then you walk, then you run, then you chase the moon.
Just saw the programme “The Young Ones”  on BBC1, about a group of celebrities in their seventies with ill health entering an experiment where by various activities, their biological age and range of activities improved dramatically.
The general consensus was that once their minds were activated, their bodies responded, even to the degree where Sylvia Simms said even her pain had lessen.The verdict of the presenters were that of “Mind over matter”.
In Chinese Tail Chi Chuan,we talk about the concept of “Yi”.  Yi means mind or intention or focus or direction; for without intention or focus or direction we are not going anywhere. Maybe that is why the elderly can have such problems, as once we get old we are not supposed to be going anywhere!
I have a problem with this old chestnut of “Mind over matter”. It is always given in explanation by someone for an event that they can’t explain, a typical example of arrogance and ignorance. I believe it more a case of “Mind and matter”. Once we have intention-Yi, we can then mobilise our vital energy- Qi and start healing the body. All improvements can and must be explained scientifically in terms of anatomy and physiology, in a way that anyone can understand. A very striking example is a chap called Bill Horlicks who came to see me in clinic with a very bad back at the age of 85, who ended up not just independent but doing yoga and Qigong classes with me .
There is a lovely saying in Internal Chinese Martial Arts: ” First you crawl, then you walk, then you run, and then you chase the moon”. Whether you are eighteen or eighty, it is the same journey, as long as you have the intention, you will chase the moon.
At Shining Tree we can show you how.

Feed The scary thing is that this is what a lot of people believe!!

September 10th, 2010

Q: Doctor,  I’ve heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?   A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it…don’t waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?   A: You must grasp logistical efficiency.  What does cow eat?   Hay and corn.    And what are these?   Vegetables.  So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism  of delivering vegetables to your system.  Need grain?  Eat chicken.  Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?        A:  No, not at all.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!
Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat ratio?   A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.
Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?   A: Can’t think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No pain…good!             Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?        A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food are fried these day in vegetable oil.  In fact, they permeated by it.  How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?
Q :   Will  sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?   A: Definitely not!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?     A:  Are you crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!
Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?       A:  If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..
Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?     A:  Hey!  ‘Round’ a shape!     Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.     And  remember:  Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a  ride!!”

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