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Breaking Research: Qigong and Meditation May Be Cures to Prevent the Common Cold
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, only 4 Months Away!
Why a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day? You have the ability to be a healing force in this world!

Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters, 
This week's Medical Research Article is a very exciting one. You'll want to forward this email to all your contacts and loved ones. Finally, a cure for the common cold science has been seeking all our lives. What is it? Qigong and Meditation. See article.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, by educating millions worldwide about Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits, could save untold suffering and trillions of dollars in future health costs. We have our work cut out for us. See below:
In our Newsletters, we talk alot about numbers, percentages, and figures when talking about Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits to society. But, the heart is much more motivating than the mind is.
When I was in my mid-twenties I lost both of my parents to heart disease (stress disease). I had tried to teach them Tai Chi and Qigong, but it was too odd of a concept for them. Now, had their doctor told them about it, or if Reader's Digest had, they may have had a chance to live long enough to know my children, their grandchildren.
Bill's Parents and Children   
Through working with all of you to organize World Tai Chi & Qigong Day around the planet for the last 15 years, we have gotten information about these health arts into Reader's Digest, too late for my parents, but not for others. In the four editions of me and Angela's tai chi & qigong book, we have published an appendix A that enables readers of our book to find your local school or groups classes, so they can start their own tai chi and qigong life journey.
However, despite all our efforts, we were recently stunned to learn that according to a National Health Interview Survey, far less than 1% of US residents were practicing Tai Chi. Now, that survey was done in 2007, however it is still a national scandal. Here's why! interviewed Dr. David Sobel of Kaiser Permenente, after Kaiser released a 20 year study on stress as a cause of illness. According to Dr. Sobel, the study's results showed that as high as 85% of all illness sending patients to their doctors was caused by stress, not aggravated by, but CAUSED by unmanaged stress.
Study after study shows that Tai Chi and Qigong profoundly lessen stress damage, and enable people to function more effectively with less stress damage. This has been shown in DNA research, in cellular research, and in psychological studies as well.
As teachers we all know this is the case. Just this week a woman in one of my classes for people with chronic health issues, stopped me after class, and with tears streaming from her eyes, confided to me that "I could not have gone through the stress of this last year and my battle with cancer, if not for these classes."
There are 300 million Americans, and 7 billion plus people on this planet, and only the tiniest fraction of them know about Tai Chi and Qigong. And it is a crying shame. The United States spends over 2 TRILLION DOLLARS per year on healthcare.
As Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners we have the ability to educate millions worldwide, and in fact, in past World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events, together, we have reached millions with information that could change their lives, by creating this global mass media event together that has become known as World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.

"Alone we can do so little ... together ... so much."
-- Helen Keller
At we help coordinate this global event by providing a Events/Classes Directory, a free service used by teachers, groups and schools worldwide to help our visitors find local classes. trains individuals, groups and schools worldwide how to partner with media, to expand their local communities knowledge of Tai Chi and Qigong. has created a Tai Chi Medical Research link, where anyone can search 100 common health issues, to find Tai Chi or Qigong medical research showing how they can help that condition, so that when local groups gain media's ear, they can help the media do what its here to do, to educate the public about things that can help them.
Do you belong to a regional or national Tai Chi or Qigong organization? If so, let them know that organizations like the World Congress on Qigong have worked as part of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day global educational sisterhood, and they are invited to as well. If you are a member of the Tai Chi Chih society, or the National Qigong Association, or the European or Canadian Tai Chi Federations, or any such organizations that have formed around the world, please invite and encourage your organization to be a part of organizing mass teach-ins and exhibitions in conjunction with the world family of Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners worldwide who come together on the last Saturday of April each year.
When I met the 5 grandmasters of the Chen, Wu, Yang, Wu Hao, Sun styles of Tai Chi, they all agreed that all styles offer similar benefits, and they did not contend against one another. We are all part of the global Tai Chi and Qigong family, and this annual event gives us an opportunity to come together as a family, to come together across style or school, or even national or international organizational divisions, across global, geopolitical, religious, and ethnic boundaries, to join together as "one world... one breath." It is so easy to divide ourselves, but the rewards of coming together are immense and powerful. We can be a healing force in this world.
In all 4 editions of our globally published Tai Chi and Qigong book, Angela and I have promoted every Tai Chi and Qigong school, group, publication, and institution we knew of. In our latest 4th edition of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong," we provide links to all the national and international organizations we are aware of. Our goal is to grow tai chi and qigong worldwide for the physical and financial health and wellness of humanity. Angela and I do not benefit financially from promoting all of these groups, schools, institutions, and publications in our book. We do it because its good for our nation and our world. We hope everyone will take it upon themselves to spread the word about World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013, the last Saturday of April, for the same reason ... because its good for your community, nation, and world to be part of a mass global health & healing educational event like this.
View the "Tai Chi and Qigong Yellow Pages" Appendix in our popular tai chi and qigong book's 4th edition, to see how we have worked for 15 years to promote everyone and every group advancing awareness of tai chi & qigong.
"Alone we can do so little ... together ... so much."
-- Helen Keller
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"The best of men are like water. Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them."

-- Lao Tzu

Warmest regards,
Bill Douglas and Angela Wong-Douglas
Co-Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
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Breaking Medical Research: Finally, a Cure for the Common Cold?



A 2012 University of Wisconsin, Madison, study found that mindful meditation can cut your chances of catching a cold by 40 to 50%. Fifty-one people using mindfulness techniques logged 13 fewer illnesses and 51 fewer sick days than a control group during one cold and flu season.
A University of Virginia study found that their varsity swim team swimmers got 70% fewer respiratory infections when practicing Qigong at least once a week, compared to swimmers who used it less.
-- Prevention Magazine's Winter/2012 Issue


For more research reports on boosting immune system function w/ tai chi and qigong, visit:




FIND LINKS TO OTHER BREAKING RESEARCH at's world renowned Tai Chi (Qigong) Medical Research site, where you can look up 100 common health issues, to find reports on medical research showing how tai chi or qigong may help those conditions. Our Medical Research Library is used by individuals, government, healthcare, and media worldwide.

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD)
 WTCQD Organizing Kits  
WTCQD 2013 is on April 27, 2013




Here at we have created step-by-step guides to help you organize your own World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event, and to get the most of it. Visit the above page to utilize all the myriad free features we've created for you to use.

After reading the page's overview, view the menu on the right. You'll find a link where you or your group or school can list your local contact information and your plans for WTCQD 2013. If you have a listing, you can click on and sign in, to make sure your listing and plans are up to date.

You'll also see Community Organizing, Media (Pre-Event) Organizing, and Event Organizing guides to help you maximize attendence for your event, and to gain maximum media interest, and optimum coverage, to help inform your community about Tai Chi & Qigong's benefits and about your local work.

Our Past Event Photos link provides you with thousands of beautiful and spectacular photos of past WTCQD events worldwide, that you can use as part of your press releases, or other outreach materials. These are free services, we only ask that you utilize them solely for WTCQD organizing purposes and that you credit when using them in your material. 

The Official Proclamations link lists (with printable jpeg copies) past Official Proclamations of WTCQD events worldwide, that you can use to help gain public interest in the promotion of your event, to reach out to media to cover your event, or to approach public officials to officially proclaim your local event as part of the global happening. In fact, when you click on the Official Proclamations link you'll see a menu link giving tips on how to approach local officials for proclamations of your event.

Past Media is provided to help you get local Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners excited about participating in your local event. The past media coverage from major media worldwide will show the breadth and scope of this unprecedented global health & healing event you are inviting local residents to become involved in. Past media resources may also be used to interest local media, local institutions, or government to support your event.

Our Medical Research section is the culmination of nearly 15 years of work here at, designed to put the world's medical research breakthroughs on Tai Chi and Qigong's myriad benefits at your finger tips, enabling you to more effectively educate your community and world of how these ancient mind-body and fitness tools can improve quality of life for all citizens.


St. Augustine, Florida's beautiful World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event shows how our Organizing Kits can help you and your local organizer(s) get
the most from your event.


World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day in Saint Augustine, Florida
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD)
CLASSES/EVENTS LISTINGS cannot do what we do without your support, via the Official WTCQD T-Shirts - Please, organize your local group to pre-order Official T-Shirts at the discounted pre-order price (bottom of email).
WTCQD 2013 is Less than 4 Months Away!


WTCQD Events Classes's Events/Classes Directory has connected over 1-million of our visitors to local school and group contact information for Tai Chi and Qigong schools and groups in hundreds of cities in over 70 nations.

This is a FREE service we provide at so that when people visit this hub site for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events and information, they can find local schools and teachers in their areas.

We created World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's global annual happening by working with local groups and schools, in order to partner with media worldwide covering these events, to educate the public about the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as connecting them with local groups and schools.

By organizing a WTCQD event you help create a healtheir calmer world, but you also can help your local group or school gain valuable publicity to expand their good works in your community.

If you plan to organize a WTCQD 2013 event, you'll want to list it in the directory at:

If you have an event/school already listed, you'll want to sign in and make sure the info is current. If you haven't signed into your account for some time, you may need to click "forgot password" and set up a new one, as we upgraded the directory and the passwords wouldn't carry over into the new system. Try signing in and then if you have a problem click "forgot password."




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