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BREAKING MEDICAL RESEARCH:
World's #1 read magazine, Parade Magazine, extolls Tai Chi as much more effective for arhthritic knees than glucosamine and shark cartilage!
Qigong Shows Great Promise in Breast Cancer Study!
Tai Chi Improves Brain Function, says Harvard!
Tai Chi - Pain Relief Outside the Pill Bottle!
-- Harvard Health Publications, June, 2012
Beyond Aspirin: How to Ease Your Pain
When You Have Arthritis (Tai Chi)
-- iVillage News, June 2012
15th ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS ON QIGONG and TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE on 3 CONTINENTS!
2013 will be the 15th annual World Congress on Qigong, and will be held in San Francisco; Chengdu, China; and in Tokyo, Japan
ACTION: White House Petition to cover acupuncture under the Social Security Act for Medicare Patients
How Tai Chi and Qigong are Like Dental-Flossing ...
-- WorldTaiChiDay.org Magazine Commentary
Prevention Magazine, the world's #1 popular health publication, directs readers to WorldTaiChiDay.org 's Events/Classes
Directory to find local Tai Chi and Qigong classes in their area!
WorldTaiChiDay.org Note: Make sure your local group or school's listing
Tai Chi: The No-Sweat Way to Boost Immunity
Prevent colds and flu with this easy 20-minute workout
To keep sick days at bay, trade your vitamin C in for a dose of tai chi. It's cheaper, more effective (revving up your body's disease-fighting defenses by as much as 47%), and even triples the protection you get from a flu shot. The secret to tai chi's elixir-like quality, scientists suspect, lies in its slow movements and controlled breathing. Tai chi then marshals the power of both to fight germs. It also zaps stress and helps you to sleep better--both key to a healthy immune system. Get started today with our no-sweat 20-minute routine--you don't even need to change!
Bill Douglas, a Kansas-based tai chi instructor [founder of World Tai Chi Day]
and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong,
designed this workout.
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The White House Petition to Cover Acupuncture for Medicare Patients EXPIRES 2/10.
IF YOU WANT TO SIGN IT, IT MUST BE TODAY!
WorldTaiChiDay.org just received this request to sign the White House Petition to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients.
We advocate this for one simple reason: acupuncture works. Medical research proves that acupuncture can be a cost effective therapy for a host of health issues. It is unfair to deny its coverage to Medicare recipients who could benefit from acupuncture, and it ends up costing the nation more in health costs, when acupuncture it not covered.
By not covering acupuncture, patients are pushed to rely on more expensive and invasive and risky pharmaceutical or surgical solutions that acupuncture may help them avoid.
Here is the message we received asking us to sign the petition, with the link to the petition.
The petition, started one month ago,
needs 25,000 signatures by February 10to get a response from the White House regarding the inclusion of acupuncturists in the Social Security Act. Currently, we have over 10,000 signatures. If you have not yet signed this important petition, please do so now by visiting the following link by February 10:
Please immediately spread the word and forward this petition to your friends and family as every signature counts !
Thank you for your support and fast action !
15th Annual World Congress on Qigong
San Francisco! China! Japan!
15th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, May 17 to 20, 2013in San Francisco. The World Congress is partnering with the Asian Heritage Street Celebration which draws 100,000 people annually - an exciting opportunity to educate a major population on the healing power of Qigong/TCM for Self, Community and the Planet.
Our prestigious 15th World Congress has greatly expanded and will convene on 3 continents in 2013:
* San Francisco USA May 17 to 20
* Chengdu China, June 21 to 25
* Tokyo Japan, September 21 to 23
Learn more about the coming World Congress on Qigong and TCM at:
T: 415-285-9401 /
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a proud supporting sponsor of the World Congress on Qigong
How Tai Chi and Qigong are Like Dental Flossing ... mental flossing?
An article I saw in Everyday Health Ezine (The Link Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis), quoting Dr. Scott Zashin of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, explained that a lack of dental flossing can lead to mouth inflammation and infection, "setting off a cascade of events where inflammation develops at the sit of the joints or arthritis."
I had also read years ago that poor flossing habits could lead to heart disease, because fighting infection is hard on the heart, so a chronic dental infection puts constant strain on the heart.
So, what does this have to do with Tai Chi and Qigong, you might be asking yourself? Everything!
In the newly released fourth edition of my Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, I mention various medical studies reported worldwide have found that Tai Chi can boost your immune system foundational defense of Helper T-Cells by anywhere from 50% to 100%. Helper T-Cells are your body's main defense against infection, they actually eat bacteria, virus, and even tumor cells.
The Western student is often disspointed to learn that they must do Tai Chi or Qigong for the rest of their lives in order to enjoy these benefits. They've been conditioned to turn over their health to a physician to "cut out bad things" or to "give them a pill" that will "fix" or "kill" bad things. But, Tai Chi and Qigong are really akin to dental floss in this way. You need to floss everyday.
The difference, really, between flossing and Tai Chi and Qigong, is that Tai Chi and Qigong can be very enjoyable, whereas flossing ... not so much. A huge hurdle for me in sticking with Tai Chi and Qigong was getting over a lifetime of conditioning that had taught me that exercise had to hurt. I tell my students, when I was in Jr. High football in West Texas, at the end of practice the coach would make us all run until one of the kids threw up. It was the only time in my life that I actually wanted to see someone throw up. This left me hating exercise, until I discovered Tai Chi and Qigong.
Tai Chi and Qigong are about learning how to move effortlessly, and to learn how to savor and enjoy the sensation of movement. In my book's first chapter, I teach what's known as "the unbendable arm." The subject uses all their muscular strength to try to keep their arm from being bent, and then I teach them how to relax and let qi, or life energy flow down through their body, shoulder and arm, and then they find that their arm will not bend, even though it seems much easier than when they were using their muscles, with a relaxed arm and energy flowing through it, it simply will not bend. This is a profound life lesson. Life does not have to be hard. Tai Chi and Qigong do not have to be hard. They can be easy, fun, loose, and enjoyable.
That attitude is what keeps us coming back to these arts. By enjoying them, we make them a daily practice, and in doing so, we floss the mental strain from our mind, heart, and body.
The Chinese talk about the "3 - dan tiens," in this short video from my book's web-video support videos, I explain how we are made of energy, something Chinese researchers learned thousands of years ago, but western science has only discovered in our lifetime through quantum physics research.
We are an energy field, and this energy field can "magnetize" or "squeeze onto" old stresses, or it can breath, loosen, and visualize those old pressure and tensions being exhaled and massaged away by Tai Chi and Qigong's gentle flowing movements.
Tai Chi and Qigong are like flossing the accumulated stress out of our mind, heart, and body, so that all of the body's functions are clearer and more effective. By doing it daily, we not only cleanse the stress tartar and plaque that we've collected that day off, but we begin to get deeper down into old collected stresses that we may have buried deeply inside us from years or even decades before.
TCM, Tai Chi and Qigong, are really forms of "energy medicine" when you boil them down to their essence, and less about "making" things happen, and more about surrendering to the radiant power of our effortless nature. A famed Taoist line sums it up, "In doing nothing all things are done."
Force, effort, strain ... these are all masculine or yang approaches to life. Contemplation, surrender, yielding, receiving ... all feminine or yin traits. The great Taoist poet, Lao Tzu wrote, "Know the masculine, but keep to the feminine." He also wrote that that quiet still yin part of the world is by far the most powerful.
Practicing these yin, internal arts, of surrender, yielding, and "letting go" help us cleanse the accumulated stress loads, just the same way dental floss cleanses accumulated bacteria. Just as dental hygene helps promote heart and immune system health, so do Tai Chi and Qigong support all aspcts of our mind, body, and emotional health.
Tai Chi and Qigong are a highly evolved form of "mental floss." it is wise to floss daily :-)
Below are a couple of video excerpts from the web-video support in my newly released fourth edition of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong."
Bill Douglas, Editor of WorldTaiChiDay.org Ezine
Author of the widely acclaimed "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong"
Recipient of the Media Excellence Award from the World Congress on Qigong
|E=mc2 - You Are Made of Energy - What Ancient Chinese Medicine Understood Thousands of Years Ago|
|How Do Tai Chi and Qigong Help Heal or Prevent Illness According to TCM Theory?|
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BREAKING Medical Research:
* Tai Chi more effective than glucosomine and shark cartilage!
* Qigong Shows Promise in Breast Cancer Study,
* ALSO Improves Heart Health, Bone Health, & Balance!
* Tai Chi Improves Brain Function, says Harvard!
* Tai Chi is Pain Solution Beyond the Pill Bottle!
* Korean Study Shows Tai Chi for Knee Arthritis!
Researchers from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas found that practicing qi gong was linked with decreased depression and increased quality of life in women who were undergoing radiotherapy for their breast cancer.
The findings are important because past research has shown an association between depression and worse outcomes for cancer patients.
The new study, published in the journal Cancer, included 96 Chinese women who had stage 1, 2 or 3 breast cancer and were going to the Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center in China. ...
Researchers found that women who did qi gong experienced a decrease in depressive symptoms by the end of the study, while women who were in the control group didn't experience any decrease in symptoms. They also noted that the women who had the highest scores on the depression scale were the ones who experienced the greatest benefit -- both in decreased depressive symptoms and improved quality of life -- from qi gong.
Read entire article ...
-- Huffington Post, January 28, 2013
In controlled experiments, glucosomine and shark cartilage have failed to reliably relieve knee pain, but a 2011 review of multiple studies of Tai Chi ... concluded that it is generally effective at controlling pain and improving physical function.
-- Parade Magazine (the world's #1 most read magazine), January 27, 2013
A recent Harvard study has even found that tai chi can improve your brain functions. According to Harvard Medical Instructor, Catherine Kerr, "Tai chi is a very interesting form of training because it combines a low-intensity aerobic exercise with a complex, learned, motor sequence. Meditation, motor learning, and attentional focus have all been shown in numerous studies to be associated with training-related changes-including, in some cases, changes in actual brain structure-in specific cortical regions."
Read entire article ...
-- Yahoo News, July 2012
Another non-drug strategy that may be useful for relieving several kinds of pain is Tai Chi. This exercise regimen consists of a series of postures that are performed in a set sequence. You move in a flowing motion from one posture to the next while centering your mind by focusing on an area just below the navel, described by practitioners as the body's storage point for chi (energy). On the physical side, practice enhances balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and stamina. On the mental side, tai chi helps to relieve stress, improves body awareness, and reduces social isolation when done in a group setting. Emerging research shows that tai chi has many positive attributes for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tension headache, and other painful conditions.
Read entire Harvard Health article ...
-- Pain Relief Outside the Pill Bottle, Harvard Health Publication, June, 2012
Mind-body. You can soothe achy joints and improve mobility with mind-body techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, meditation, tai chi and guided imagery. A recent study from Korea found that tai chi is significantly beneficial for controlling pain and improving physical function in people who have osteoarthritis in the knee. For details about various options, consult the Arthritis Foundation's guide to alternative and natural therapies.
Read entire iVillage article ...
-- iVillage, June, 2012 - Beyond Aspirin: How to Ease Pain When You Have Arthritis
"By linking my site to WorldTaiChiDay.org's comprehensive
and easy to use listing of health research, I help prospective
students with health concerns learn that Tai Chi will be both
safe and beneficial for them. Rather than reinventing the wheel,
I just link to this health benefits page on World Tai Chi Day's
website, and provide this service without all the work. Thank you."
-- Master Teacher Vincent J. Lasorso, Jr.
White Willow School of Tai Chi
Cincinnati, Ohio www.whitewillowtaichi.com
where I add information including [medical research info] you send
through your WorldTaiChiDay.org Newsletters."
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Organizing & Media Kits
WTCQD 2013 is on Saturday, April 27, 2013
Here at WorldTaiChiDay.org 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. http://www.worldtaichiday.org/OrganizingKits.html
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 www.WorldTaiChiDay.org 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 www.WorldTaiChiDay.org, 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.).
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