During my various medical practices, I’ve tirelessly advised my patients that if they want to be healthy they must have healthy life habits. However, I confess I had rarely followed my own advice; I exercised very little, ate fatty food, devoured candies, and stayed up all night to watch movies. In addition, I was ignorant of the heavy toll caused by the daily stress from work. When I reached my fifties, I had an episode of fainting. At the emergency department, I was astonished at the poor state of my health. After an extensive self examination, I was worse off than many of the 80 year old elderly women and men who came to seek my care. I had frequent colds, fevers, and attacks of weakness. Walking briskly for twenty minutes would bring on short of breath. A flight of stairs would leave me covered in sweat. My shoulders, neck, hips all ached terribly. My illness came one after another. Eventually I suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, acid reflux, anxiety, hypertension and abnormally low blood counts. Then I realized my health had declined so much only because for years I had ignored taking care of myself. I regretted how I treated myself. I fervently wished time was reverse and correct my poor life habits in the past.
But I told myself it wasn’t too late. From then on, I set up strict rules about my life and held myself accountable for them. It took time, but gradually my health improved. I used the natural methods and successfully treated my health conditions. Now I am 63 and the state of my health has never been better and I feel energetic and full of life. The doctor said my laboratory values looked like that of a 20 year old!
The reason I am starting a blog now is because my experience of the terror and uncertainty at my nightmarish decline in health and the final recovery has filled me with empathy and understanding for people who are undergoing the same thing. Everyday, when I faced patients who are tormented by their illness, I thought that while a minority, who like me, had developed diseases because they continued the bad habits of life that gradually eroded their health despite knowing what’s right, for the majority of patients their diseases were borne of ignorance of how their lifestyle was contributing to their suffering. On many occasions, my discovered the roots of their problems and solved them in just a few sentences.
Normally, people tend to be afraid of unfamiliar things. One day, when they are confronted with the unfamiliar and are threatened with life and death, they feel powerless and fearful. So they blindly obey what others determine about their life and fate. Whatever pills offered is swallowed without protest, whatever surgery offered is accepted without question.
Actually, many times people over-estimated the immediate threat of the disease, and under-estimated the self-healing abilities of the human body. If our bodies are the soil, and our organs –brain, heart, lung, kidney, liver, etc – are the flowers growing out of the soil, then disease is the parasites that live in the soil and feed upon the flowers. The general approach of western medicine is akin to pouring chemical pesticides into the soil to kill off the parasites. But at the same time the pesticides could hurt the flowers and degrade the quality of the soil. Also, if used too many times, the pesticides could breed resistance in the parasites. The approach of self-healing and natural medicine is different; they use various methods to improve soil’s natural resistance and ensure long-lasting and through protection.
In many religions there is the inspirational idea that extraordinary strength added to people weakened by disasters can give them courage and will power and let them shoulder the heavy burdens to walk through their valley of misery. The reason I am starting this blog is to help those who lack the knowledge, and teach them how to prevent illness and continue healthy living. It is also to help those who is already sick to use their own strength to battle their illness. I aim to use the most simple and clear language to illuminate the complex Chinese and Western medical concepts and turn them into something familiar and easy to understand.
Come on, friends, come on this journey with me! Let us explore a life full vigor and joy!