|World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's
Issue #43 - August 12, 2007
|Subject: TAI CHI - Mayo Clinic's TOP 10 - Depression, Immune System -World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Newsletter
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Newsletter
in this issue
:: TAI CHI makes Mayo Clinic's TOP 10 Complimentary Therapies
:: FITNESS MANUFACTURER'S ASSOCIATION REPORT SAYS TAI CHI A #1 GROWTH INDUSTRY IN FITNESS IN US -- PT Magazine, the Professional Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association to Mention World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Coming Issue!
:: New "Featured Article" Section at WTCQD Home Page!
:: Taiji & Qigong May Increase Flu Vaccine's Efficacy!
:: Qigong Exercise May be GOOD NEWS for those w/ DEPRESSION ?
:: NIH forms Complimentary Medicine Advisory Staff
:: More WTCQD 2007 Event Photos are Up!
:: Croatian National TV Mentions World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
In the past, Fitness Manufacturers Association's report showing Tai Chi has become a #1 fitness growth industry in the US, has shown a couple of things. One, that Tai Chi & Qigong are powerful health and fitness programs, and TWO that the public has been learning very rapidly that they are.
In the past ten years World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, with your help, has spread emerging medical research through media, Professional Journals, and our popular website.
Plus, when media reports on WTCQD, they report on your local work, thru our "School Directory - 60 Nations" under "Everyone's Resources" at www.worldtaichiday.org.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's ongoing efforts to help support the health & healing work of Tai Chi & Qigong teachers, enthusiasts, and organizations worldwide, is making even greater strides forward this summer, including mention in a major national and international health journal.
Last month we broke new ground into mainstream medicine by presenting at the National Parkinson's Foundation National Annual Conference in Chicago, and THIS WEEK at the ALS "Lou Gehrig's Disease" conference.
Much more is happening very quickly, that all who know Tai Chi & Qigong's benefits, should be excited to hear.
TAI CHI included in Mayo Clinic's "top 10 Complimentary Medical Treatments."
Philadelphia's The Bulletin Newspaper Reports
Top 10 Complementary Medical Treatments From Mayo Clinic
By: Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin
9. Tai chi. This is a gentle exercise that is derived from Chinese martial arts. It involves a series of postures and movements performed slowly and gracefully. It is recommended to improve balance in older people to prevent their falling.
A study conducted in the Netherlands found those who practiced tai chi had 50 percent fewer falls and fewer injury-causing falls than those who did not.
10. Yoga. This involves stretching and breathing exercises derived from India.
Major National Health Professional Magazine to Mention World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Why Should Anyone Care if WTCQD gets Mentioned?
If you have benefited from Tai Chi & Qigong's multitudinous health benefits, and therefore want others to as well, this should be good news on those grounds.
Although, for teachers, groups and organizations, there's more to be happy and excited about.
We get wonderful letters of encouragement from time to time from Tai Chi & Qigong enthusiasts and groups worldwide for our media work, including the 2005 "Media Excellence Award" from the World Qigong Federation.
Yet, beyond these supportive accolades and congrats when we announce a new media coup, like this upcoming national article, we also get the occasional flurry of letters from teachers who still seem to think we are a "competitor" or alien to their interests, needs to be addressed.
If those groups or teachers have influenced you, it is good to remind them that, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is one of the only top rated tai chi websites on Google, that has a "by location" directory where schools can list their contact information. In this way when WTCQD is mentioned in a national magazine, or newspaper . . . that is like an ad for your school.
In the past years, WTCQD has been mentioned by BBC Radio, USA Weekend (the most widely read newspaper in America), The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine (the most widely read magazine in the world), etc. etc.
When readers of these articles go to www.worldtaichiday.org, they see "Everyone's Resources" with a "School Directory" that sends them to YOUR local group or school.
Imagine how many millions of dollars a school would have to spend to get such publicity. This fall, due to the enormous amount of work WTCQD has put into creating a highly informative site on Tai Chi & Qigong, including our unparalleled "Medical Research-Search by Malady" feature, PT Magazine, the Professional Journal for the American Physical Therapy Association will be mentioning World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's educational features.
When readers get to www.worldtaichiday.org they'll be referred to "Everyone's Resources" and see the "School Directory" where your local group or school has been listed, if you filled out the form to have it listed.
We all can win together, when we see ourselves as a Tai Chi & Qigong family, rather than as competitors. Just as Tai Chi shows the mind and body that all the parts work best, when they relax and work "together," so does out global Tai Chi & Qigong community's body.
Thanks to all those who continue to post www.worldtaichiday.org in articles, and mention our work and free resources in interviews, and on your websites, etc.
WTCQD to Present at National ALS Event for Health Professionals
Why Should Anyone Care?
On the heels of last weeks invitation to present at The National Parkinson's Foundation National Annual Conference in Chicago, we got a call from the National ALS organization to present for health professionals specializing in Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). The event was a BIG success, and ALS care givers are fired up about sharing info on Tai Chi & Qigong including the "School Directory" at www.worldtaichiday.org with their clients.
But, why should you care?
When WTCQD, presents at National Health events like the National Parkinson's Foundation Annual Conference last month, I went to promote ALL Tai Chi & Qigong, ALL styles, and ALL local groups. We explain the medical research, and give them a "taster" experience, and advocate all the listed schools, groups at www.worldtaichiday.org for them to search when they get back home.
How does that work? It works because at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org in the "Everyone's Resources" section, we built the "School Directory - 60 Nations" that leads people to your local group or schools.
At these conferences, the attendees, whether people with a condition, or healthcare providers specializing in those conditions, are from all over the nation and world.
When we do these presentations, we encourage participants to go to www.worldtaichiday.org to locate groups and schools in their areas.
This mirrors what our website does, advocating Tai Chi & Qigong to the world through thousands of hours of information collection and presentation, and then directing tens of thousands of visitors and viewers to the "School Directory" to find your local groups and schools.
In the past, when we've mentioned this, a few teachers have immediately responded, "We've never gotten a referral from anything you've done!"
My answer is "How can you be so sure?"
FITNESS MANUFACTURER'S ASSOCIATION'S REPORT SAID "TAI CHI IS A #1 GROWTH FITNESS INDUSTRY IN THE US"
Yes, it is possible that ten years of mass Tai Chi & Qigong exhibitions held in hundreds of cities across 50 US states, and over 60 nations, and covered by the largest media in the world . . . has had no effect at all in this happening.
I ask them to consider this. When we constantly provide voluminous Tai Chi & Qigong medical research to media and the world, and through popular media constantly play a role in popularizing Tai Chi & Qigong, and educate health care professionals worldwide, who go home and talk to other health professionals, and patients and patients families . . . is it possible that all this work, may have led to an event that led to an event, that increased interest in your local classes?
Of course maybe your right. Maybe none of the work we've done is of any consequence at all, and the Tai Chi & Qigong world and global health has been completely unaffected.
But, if we believed that, we'd give up. We'd assume that the fact that in the US alone close to $1 trillion dollars of health spending is going to treat illnesses that were caused by stress, IS UNCHANGEABLE, AND THE WORLD MUST CONTINUE TO WASTE TRILLIONS IN UNNECESSARY HEALTH COSTS AND SUFFERING.
We'd have to believe that nothing we do would change that. We'd have to believe that . . . well, we'd have to STOP BELIEVING in your good works around the world.
However, we choose to believe in you. That is why we've done what we do. Thank you to all those out there working for a healthier calmer world . . . thank you for "believing" in yourselves, and in our work globally to support your work locally, regionally, and nationally.
When we did the very first mass Tai Chi & Qigong Public Exhibition, that would become World Tai Chi Day, the following year, we got many new student contacts through the media exposure we got.
So, we put the "Organizing Kits" together, and later the "Media Kits," to enable each local group to have the tools we used to get local publicity, which is "FREE ADVERTISING" for your local health & healing works. In this way you wouldn't have to go through all the work we did, but could still get the results. We wanted to help you work with your local media to inform your community about your good works.
THEN, by creating the national and global event, that is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, which you could be a part of locally, we gave local groups yet another powerful advantage of getting local media attention, by being part of a global health & healing movement to perk the ears of local media to what you are doing, by giving it a spectacular national and international twist.
These are powerful tools we've created. They haven't appeared on the website by magic, many thousands of hours of work have created them. We did it because we believed in you, and your work, just like we believed in our own. We saw a chance to help play a role in creating a more healthy healing global society.
Thank you all for your good works.
"Alone we can do so little . . . together,
-- Helen Keller
Taiji & Qigong May Increase Flu Vaccine's Efficacy!!
A team of University of Illinois researchers suggests older adults who adopt an exercise regimen combining Taiji and Qigong might receive an extra boost from their annual flu vaccine
"We have found that 20 weeks of Taiji can increase the antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults," said the study's lead author, Adjunct Professor Yang Yang, a Taiji master.
Read entire article at:
Qigong Institute's Brilliant Research PLUS Recent UPI Article May be GOOD NEWS for those w/ DEPRESSION
Blood Flow to the Brain Linked to Depression!
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression strikes about 17 million American adults each year--more than cancer, AIDS, or coronary heart disease. An estimated 15 percent of chronic depression cases end in suicide. Women are twice as likely as men to be affected.
Does a recent UPI article on depression research by Israeli researchers, citing decreased cerebral blood flow in observing depressed emotional states in patients, coupled with a past Qigong Institute article by Ken Sancier, mean GOOD NEWS for those suffering from depression?
'Individuals in a depressed emotional state have impaired cerebral blood flow,' said Associate Professor Omer Bonne at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. 'Clinical improvement in depression is accompanied by diverse changes in cerebral blood flow, according to whether patients are treated with medication or electroconvulsive treatment.'
Read entire article at:
Blood flow to the brain
Qigong exercise has been shown by rheoencephalography to increase blood flow to the brain. For 158 subjects with cerebral arteriosclerosis who practiced qigong for 1 to 6 months . . .
Read entire article at:
Integrative Medicine Consult Service Established at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Clinical Center
This Service will provide physicians, nurses, and other members . . . the ability to discuss complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies with knowledgeable medical staff . . .
This service will provide physicians, nurses, and other members of the Clinical Cnete health care team the ability to discuss complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies with knowledgeable medical staff from the consult service and learn how various CAM practices might complement or interact with a patient's care as a research participant at the Clinical Center.
. . .
In 2001, Dr. Mansky joined NCCAM as a staff clinician and clinical investigator leading the Oncology Program in NCCAM's Division of Intramural Research. He conducts research on the application of CAM interventions in the care and treatment of cancer patients and survivors, such as electroacupuncture for nausea from chemotherapy, use of mistletoe in combination with gemcitabine for treating advanced cancers, and effects of tai chi and exercise in cancer survivors.
. . . more at:
www.WorldTaiChiDay.org now has New Features
Featured Article, Announcements & More:
First of all, thank you to Milano Italy for this beautiful WTCQD 2007 photo.
At WTCQD's homepage, we now have new "features" that we'll rotate.
This week's "Featured Article" is
T'ai Chi in the Information Age -
Ancient Cure for Modern Problems
One of the many generic Tai Chi & Qigong articles you can use for your website to add invitations to the public to explore the many uses of Tai Chi & Qigong. Or you can print them out and use them in information packets, or proposals for local healthcare, education or business to integrate Tai Chi into their wellness offerings.
This week's featured article above, explains how US business loses $7,500 per employee per year due to stress. It shows how Tai Chi is perhaps the perfect solution to "modern digital age stress issues" we all face.
"The likelihood of being attacked by another human being is miniscule, however we will be attacked by internal stress every day of our lives. And statistically, it is that stress that will get us, not an external attacker :-)
Albert Einstein said the most important question we can ask ourselves is this, 'is the universe a friendly place?'
If we are always preparing for attack, the answer would be obviously "no," if we are letting go of all our fears, troubles, and grudges, through mind/body transcendental techniques, the answer would be "yes.""
-- Bill Douglas, WTCQD Co-Founder
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is again mentioned on Croatian National Television
Thank you Croatian Tai Chi Teacher, Nikolas Maricic - Wolf
You can view this video of Nikolas' television interview on Croatian national TV, at youtube:
Nikolas will be representing Croatia in upcoming Chinese Tai Chi events, and has offered to inform all contestents of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's global efforts and to invite them all to participate in the upcoming 10th anniversary of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in 2008.
"Will You bee in Jiaozuo China, I will bring with me something about www.worldtaichiday.org. Any suggestions. I will do my best with 42 and 24 forms and maybe get some results with me home and that way TaiChi will be popular here more quickly (in Croatia)"
Nikolas Maricic - Wolf
In answer to Nikolas and any other WTCQD supporter who'd like to share information about World Tai Chi & Qigong Day at any regional, national, or international events you may attend.
You'll find 2008 WTCQD Press Releases, in 18 languages. You can use these as flyers to pass out at any national or international event, in multiple languages.
Thank you Nikolas and others like Roger Jahnke, Dr. Paul Lam, Mantak Chia, and others who have informed Tai Chi practitioners of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and invited enthusiasts worldwide to join our global celebration to advance global cooperation, health & healing.
Many have asked us, "How Can I Support
WTCQD's Global Health & Healing Efforts?"
Thanks to Those Who've Supported Our Work in the Past
In the past some supporters have simply sent donations, while others
have ordered Official WTCQD T-Shirts.
Yet, others have referred students, members, friends or family to www.WorldTaiChiDay.org's sponsoring:
"Market Place" :
-Zen Alarm Clocks
-Gongs / Chimes for Feng Shui & Home Decor
-Tai Chi Fans
-Tai Chi Swords
-Asian Home Decor
-Personalized Original Chinese Calligraphy
by a lifelong Tai Chi master & artist
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your ongoing support of our global health & healing efforts at World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
We also want to thank the teachers, groups, and associations like The National Qigong Association, The European Taiji & Qigong Federation, The Canadian Taijiquan Federation, and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, for your ongoing global health & healing efforts, in supporting all styles of Tai Chi & Qigong in your nation or continent.
Please see links to the above national and international organizations under the "School Resources" menu at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org.
We are proud to be a part of the global efforts of a Tai Chi & Qigong international family working to advance a healthier, calmer, more rational world, through advancing natural mind/body technologies like Tai Chi & Qigong.
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