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Imagine a dragon breathing its inferno, and then watch it engulf
everything in its path. Chronic pain acts like that; it is a raging fire
that devours logical thinking. It incinerates comfort, companionship,
dreams and goals. When pain dominates, it's a force that must
by Jeffrey Miller, PhD. [Jeff is a Tai Chi Long Form
practitioner and a psychologist specializing in Chronic
Pain conditions, who advocates Tai Chi. His book & practice
have helped many people dealing with these challenges.]
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2016 report from
BEAUTIFUL GRENADA ...
Grenada's WTCQD event was supported by the following GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & DEPARTMENTS
* The Embassy of the People's Republic of China -
* Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Grenada
* Foreign Affairs, Government of Grenada
Quotes of the Day ...
"Do not criticize any other martial arts or speak ill of others,
as it will surely come back to you. The mountain does not
laugh at the river because it is lowly, nor does the river speak
ill of the mountain because it can not move."
-- Koichi Tohei, founder of Aikido (Tai Chi's little sister)
"The world is in dire need of Tai Chi and Qigong at this critical point in human history. However, these Internal Arts are not spreading through the world nearly fast enough, and here is why:
The biggest thing holding Tai Chi back from being the preeminent health practice worldwide is the jealousy and infighting between different Tai Chi teachers, groups, and schools--who waste precious energy tearing one another down and spreading suspicion about their brother and sister teachers. This practice is the OPPOSITE of Tai Chi's essence. When Internal Arts come together, we can change the world in a gentle, open hearted way that Internal Arts can unfold in the world. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's global media coverage educating millions about Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits is a powerful example of what is possible, when we work together."
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
2009 Inductee to the world Internal Arts Hall of Fame
"Let us have a Universal Mind that loves and protects all creation
and helps all things grow and develop. To unify mind and body
and become one with the Universe is the ultimate purpose of our study."
-- Koichi Tohei
TAI CHI TREATS TYPE 2 DIABETES !
World Tai Chi/Qigong Day's vision is NOT a "spectator sport" ...
"It is a crying shame that everyone with Type 2 Diabetes, does not know this!
THIS is EXACTLY why we created World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Please share
these newsletters widely--YOU can change people's lives. We help you help.
The day that Tai Chi and Qigong, the Internal Arts, come together to focus their energy on expanding awareness of the Internal Art's profound contribution it offers the world ... Tai Chi and Qigong will spread across this planet like a wild fire, and our world will be profoundly better off after this happens.
If you think, "Well doctors will take care of telling their patients: my parents,
my friends, loved ones, and co-workers that Tai Chi Meditation can treat
their Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, COPD, Chronic Pain, etc. ... it's
doctors' jobs to take care of that, its not my job to use WorldTaiChiDay.org's
Medical Research Library to educate my students, loved ones, and
community!" ... Well, if you think that, you are wrong.
Most doctors are not doing their job on this, and its
not all the doctor's fault--we have a broken system.
If Tai Chi and Qigong teachers, groups, schools
could put aside their bickering, and come together
as a brother and sisterhood, we could have a
beautiful impact in this world.
If you sit and watch television for a few hours on any day, you will see endless
drug treatments for Type 2 Diabetes, all with significant negative side-effects.
BUT, YOU WON'T SEE Tai Chi Meditation advertised hour after hour, day
after day, week after week, month after month ... even though Tai Chi
Meditation can not only treat Type 2 Diabetes, but all its
side-effects are fantastically GOOD. While on the other hand ...
Potential side effects of common diabetes drugs*
- Sulfonylureas: low blood sugar, upset stomach, skin rash or itching, weight gain
- Biguanides/Metformin: sickness with alcohol, kidney complications, upset stomach, tiredness or dizziness, metal taste
- Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors: gas, bloating and diarrhoea
- Thiazolidinediones: weight gain, risk of liver disease, anaemia risk, swelling of legs or ankles,
- Meglitinides: weight gain, low blood sugar
A list of the newer classes of Type 2 diabetes drugs reads like alphabet soup: GLP-1, DPP-4, SLGT2.
But the list of possible side effects carries a much more somber tone: pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, urinary infections, thyroid cancer, gastrointestinal issues, and renal and gallbladder problems.
Why is that? Why is it that television viewers never see the research
on Tai Chi Meditation for Type 2 Diabetes, even though Tai Chi
Meditation has only GOOD side-effects? No one makes trillions of dollars
off of Tai Chi and Qigong. Therefore, even though Tai Chi and Qigong
could save society trillions of dollars in avoided health costs ... very
few people know about Tai Chi and Qigong or the mounting medical
research on Tai Chi and Qigong, which in itself is a scandal and a wonder.
The scandal, you see, is that ONLY less than "1/2 of 1%" of NIH spending
goes to researching mind-body complimentary health practices like Tai Chi
and Qigong, meaning that Yoga, Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy,
Reiki, etc. etc., have to share that little tiny sliver of less than "1/2 of 1%" of
NIH research dollars. The WONDER is that in spite of that we now
know that Tai Chi Meditation can treat Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes,
Chronic Pain, Arthritis, COPD, etc. etc. YES, WE (THOSE OF US
WHO READ THESE WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG NEWSLETTERS)
KNOW THIS ... BUT THE MASS PUBLIC, THE MILLIONS
SUFFERING FROM TYPE 2 DIABETES, OR HEART DISEASE,
ETC. ETC. ... DO NOT KNOW THIS ... AND IT IS A CRYING SHAME.
"If might is right, then the world
will tear itself apart.
We must strive to create a world
in which right is might."
What is even more of a crying shame is that so many Tai Chi and Qigong teachers spend much more time putting down other teachers than they do educating themselves about emerging medical research on Tai Chi and Qigong, and figuring out ways to work with their fellow teachers to educate the public about this science.
This was why World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was created, to provide a vehicle to teachers worldwide to "come together," to join forces for the public good, it is the way of the Tao, it is the way of Tai Chi. Our goal is to support ALL teachers, of ALL styles, and we work year round to do so, providing voluminous FREE resources.
You can change people's lives by utilizing all the free resources at WorldTaiChiDay.org to educate friends, family, and your community.
Forward these emails and post their links on your social media
pages, urging your friends to forward them as well.
WE MUST BECOME THE MEDIA! You see, the media is
only about profits, not the social good. Even though Tai Chi
and Qigong offer massive savings and quality of life to
society, they do not make massive profits, and therefore
cannot afford advertising spots, and therefore are
rarely mentioned on the air waves. Even when very
important research on Tai Chi and Qigong for treating
this or that major health issue, it is only spit on the
griddle and the report is gone from the public eye
overnight, barely reported if at all, and then the
public only sees endless hours of drug commercials.
You can organize mass WTCQD events each year, collaborating with
other Tai Chi and Qigong teachers and groups to make mass
events the media cannot ignore, so you can partner with media
to educate the public. That is being a good citizen, while also
Why is this such a big deal to us? In 1983 Angela and I sat
come out of heart surgery. She died. After we collapsed into each
in a hospital waiting room for my mother (Angela's mother-in-law) to
other's arms weeping, my sisters went to collect Mom's things.
One thing was the Tao te Ching book I had loaned Mom that night
before her surgery. In it was a note to me, she had had a premonition
she would not survive the next day. Her note said she regretted not
taking the time to learn the Tai Chi and Qigong I was trying to teach
her, because she would have so loved to see her grand children grow up.
Now, here's the deal. IF my mother's doctor and cardiologist had
PRESCRIBED Tai Chi Meditation to her, there is a vastly increased
chance that Mom would have learned Tai Chi Meditation, and that she
would have seen her grandchildren (our children) grow up, and it breaks
our hearts to know that our children never had the pleasure of feeling
that absolute love that only grand parents can share in their way. You may
think, well that was too bad about Bill's Mom, but that's "water under the
bridge." Not really, we all have mothers and fathers and loved ones
and friends and co-workers we care about who HAVE NO CLUE
that Tai Chi Meditation and Qigong could profoundly improve their
lives and actually TREAT THEIR HEALTH CONDITIONS without
all the negative side-effects of drug and surgical therapies.
Below left are WTCQD Founders Bill & Angela Wong Douglas with Bill's mother
about 17 hours before she would die in surgery from heart disease. Bill's
mother is holding Bill & Angela's son, a child who would grow up without grandparents as Bill's father would die of heart disease shortly
after his wife did. Tai Chi treats heart disease, yet most people
with heart disease have no idea of that.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is fun, it is a celebration, and global happening we
all play at and enjoy. But, make no mistake, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day and the resources we provide for free at WorldTaiChiDay.org are no joke, this is serious, and it can change people's lives--and have a profoundly positive economic effect..
In our hospital classes at the University of Kansas Hospital's Turning Point we see people getting off drugs, avoiding surgery, regaining balance and mobility and losing chronic pain ... and we see in the medical research we've collected from worldwide for 17 years (to share with you, so you can share it) ... we know that our classes are not the only place this is happening, people all over the world are getting such benefits from Tai Chi and Qigong ... YET, MOST PEOPLE SUFFERING THESE ILLNESSESS ... DO NOT KNOW ABOUT TAI CHI,
QIGONG, AND THE RESEARCH WE work so hard to collect and
to SHARE with you and the public ... that is where YOU come in."
-- Bill & Angela Wong Douglas, Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Also, see "social share links" above, to post this newsletter on your FB, Twitter, etc.
VIEW TESTIMONIALS ON HOW TAI CHI MEDITATION CHANGED THE LIVES
OF PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES, BELOW:
WTCQD Founders, Bill Douglas and Angela Douglas, pioneered getting Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation into healthcare institutions
, corporate wellness
, and special education
, senior care and senior program
facilities, and even prisons and drug and penal rehabilitation
facilities, etc., and now PROVIDE FOR FREE to Tai Chi and Qigong teachers worldwide, tips on how to do this in their communities. Another FREE public service from WorldTaiChiDay.org.
Scroll down for more WTCQD 2016 reports coming in ...
HUGE COMING EVENTS:
World Congress on Qigong, San Francisco
September 2-5 2016, the 17th World Congress on Qigong/TaiChi/TCM
Call out for speakers, presenters, and more. Click here
National Qigong Association Annual National Conference
July 29 through July 31st. Click here
TAI CHI SCIENCE ...
|"Tai Chi Therapy - |
The Science of Metarobics"
presents groundbreaking research with deep implications for chronic disease and therapeutic aspects for health. The theory of Metarobics is based on observations that slow moving exercises such as Tai Chi, being neither aerobic nor anaerobic, must utilize a unique mechanism of action. Research is presented supporting that the wide range of benefits for chronic disease is related to unique effects on enhanced blood oxygen saturation and diffusion. Evidence is presented which supports benefits for hypoxia (oxygen deficiency), which is implicated in a surprisingly wide variety of chronic conditions (including cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic pain and immunity).
"Tai Chi Therapy - The Science of Metarobics" presents a new component which could supply the missing element in total health and immunity, to make a person as free from illness, degenerative disease and cancer as it is possible to get. Forty-five years ago running was almost the sole domain of track and field. This book has the potential to do for Tai Chi what Dr. Ken Cooper's book "Aerobics" did for running and the aerobic industry, by bringing wider awareness to a group of exercises with unique physiological effects on the body. Case stories are presented throughout the book, including three of the author's students who felt that Tai Chi had a large impact in their battle against cancer. Over 120 scientific studies are presented, as well as over 50 case stories which highlight sometimes startling and dramatic benefits from a personal perspective. Implications are also presented for forms of Yoga, Qi Gong, and walking which focus on relaxation and the breath.
TAI CHI TREATS TYPE 2 DIABETES!
"Tai Chi Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes"
LONDON: Tai Chi Chuan, the traditional Chinese martial arts exercises, could help curb symptoms of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
The study suggested that Tai Chi might prompt a fall in blood glucose levels, or improve blood glucose metabolism, triggering a drop in the inflammatory response, reports the British Medical Journal.
The findings of the study indicate that regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production.
T cells are a vital constituent of the body's immune system, which generate powerful chemicals, including interleukins (ILs), which alter the immune response.
Diabetes. A Louisiana State University study found that people who had plantar peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes, after 24 weeks of Tai Chi classes enjoyed an increased sensitivity of the soles of the feet, greater balance, and faster walking speed. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 118.)
Diabetes. A few studies, including one randomized trial, have reported improvements in blood sugar control following Tai Chi training. However, most of the more rigorous RCTs have not reported any apparent benefit of Tai Ch on glucose metabolism. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 158.)
Read more at Harvard Health Publications ...
NOTE FROM University of Kansas Hospital's TAI CHI & QIGONG
for Type 2 Diabetes INSTRUCTOR:
"Harvard's Guide to Tai Chi emphasizes the importance of incorporating visualization/meditative experience with Tai Chi movement. If you teach Tai Chi you might consider incorporating this beneficial element of Tai Chi / Qigong (see below video for one example of Sitting Qigong).
In my current classes two of my students have reported on how their blood sugar levels have changed since beginning my classes. One student was on insulin when she started my classes, and is now off insulin (note, I do not make any medical recommendations, only suggesting that students let their physicians know they are practicing Tai Chi, in case it may affect their blood sugar levels.) Another of my students was poised to go on insulin, two years ago, when he had maxed out on three pre-diabetic medications, including daily injections. In recent months, his physician took him off two of those medications, including the injections, because his blood sugar levels were normalizing, and he is now closely observing to see if his patient will need to discontinue the third remaining medication.)"
-- Bill Douglas, Tai Chi Meditation Instructor for the University of Kansas Hospital's Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing
* Bill Douglas has taught Tai Chi Meditation for the Midwest Diabetes Conference, National Parkinson's Foundation, the American Heart Association, the ALS Association, Catholic Hospice Staff, for healthcare professionals dealing with Fibroymalgia, for Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Research Medical Center, Independence Medical Center, St. Luke's Medical Center, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Kansas University Hospital's Spine Center, Neurology Department and Cardiac Rehab. Center, the Veteran Administration Hospital (Spine and Psychiatric), and through major health centers all across the United States. A Tai Chi Meditation DVD Bill was commissioned to create for a major health industry has been provided to patients all across the United States by physicians and neurologists.
Example of a Sitting Qigong Meditation:
Regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production
Results: Fasting glucose and HbA1c levels in the patients with type 2 DM were significantly higher than in age-matched controls before exercise. After TCC exercise, HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 DM significantly decreased and blood levels of IL-12 increased significantly. To study the molecular Th1/Th2/Treg reaction, patients with type 2 DM were found to have lower T-bet but not GATA-3 or FoxP3 expression than normal controls before TCC exercise. After the 12-week TCC exercise T-bet expression significantly increased in patients with type 2 DM.
Conclusions: A 12-week TCC exercise programme decreases HbA1c levels along with an increase in the Th1 reaction. A combination of TCC with medication may provide an even better improvement in both metabolism and immunity of patients with type 2 DM.
Researchers in Taiwan carried out a case-control study of 30 pairs of type 2 diabetics to investigate the effects of a 12-week course in tai chi exercise on T cell helper reaction in type 2 diabetics. After 12-weeks of tai chi the tai chi group had decrease HbA1c levels and increased T cell helper reaction. This indicates that a combination of tai chi along with medication may be beneficial both to metabolism and immunity in type 2 diabetics.
Fasting glucose and HbA1c levels in the patients with type 2 DM were significantly higher than in age-matched controls before exercise. After TCC exercise, HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 DM significantly decreased and blood levels of IL-12 increased significantly. To study the molecular Th1/Th2/Treg reaction, patients with type 2 DM were found to have lower T-bet but not GATA-3 or FoxP3 expression than normal controls before TCC exercise. After the 12-week TCC exercise T-bet expression significantly increased in patients with type 2 DM.
A 12-week TCC exercise programme decreases HbA1c levels along with an increase in the Th1 reaction. A combination of TCC with medication may provide an even better improvement in both metabolism and immunity of patients with type 2 DM.
See Gorgeous Belgian WTCQD event video - Tai Chi Flashmob ...
WTCQD NOTE to ALL WTCQD Videographers:
Dear organizers/videographers, the quality of photography and cinematography of your event coverage is stunning, way beyond what we all started with years ago. We wish we could headline
every one of your videos coming in, and we will post them
and run them, but it will take time. DO NOT LOSE your high-resolution video files.
We are certain that one day a feature length documentary of WTCQD will be done
, and we'll do a call out for quality video files of past events from around the world when that happens. We are only waiting for a cinematographer with vision to embrace this and start a Kickstarter, etc. campaign to get it going. Our hope is the documentary will be titled "One World ... One Breath: A Global Tai Chi & Qigong Evolutionary Movement." Any accomplished, visionary documentarians out there? WTCQD is a gift to any documentarian with the vision to take advantage of it, documentarians/funders of documentaries read more.
Yours in Qi,
Bill & Angela Wong Douglas, Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Behold, the Human Poetry of the worldwide family of Tai Chi and Qigong ...
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Reports
"In all my decades of Tai Chi, I have never
seen a human being doing Tai Chi who
was not ... beautiful."
-- David Dorian Ross, host of "24 Hours of World Peace Livestream" and Tai Chi champion.
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2016
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TAOIST FILMS ... "The Tao of Physics"
"The Tao of Physics" by Fritjof Capra
Fritjof Capra was a theoretical physicist who had a profound experience, and it led him to spend his life studying the commonality between quantum physics and Eastern mystics visions of reality.
QUOTES FROM AIKIDO'S FOUNDER
Tai Chi's little sister, Aikido, is the closest martial art to Tai Chi in nature and philosophy. Aikido means "the way of the Qi, or energy."
It, like Tai Chi is a benevolant art, not meant for attack, only to ward off attacks, and this philosophy of love is prevelant in aikido's founder's message, just as it is in Tai Chi's Taoist traditions and poetry.
"Pour some water into a tub and stir it up. Now try as hard
as you can to calm the water with your hands; you will
succeed in agitating it further. Let it stand undisturbed
a while, and it will calm down by itself. The human
brain works much the same way."
-- Koichi Tohei
"Power of mind is infinite while brawn is limited."
WORLD MUSIC ...
One of the most beautiful things about observing World Tai Chi & Qigong Day celebrations, is seeing how Tai Chi and Qigong are influenced by cultures worldwide. In that spirit, we share this fun new feature, we call "World Music" where cultural music is blended in the most extraordinary ways.
This week's feature is a stunningly beautiful piece from NHK JAPAN Television:
TURN UP THE VOLUME ON THIS, AND ALLOW YOUR MIND TO BE BLOWN :-)
TAI CHI & QIGONG TAOIST TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES ...
Master Feng ... click below for more info ...
Mingtong Gu ... click below for more info ...