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Daniel P. Reid
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6 Aug 2001
People are increasingly looking to alternatives to Western medicine and here is a practical self-help guide to a balanced and positive lifestyle. Tao, the most ancient and fundamental element in the world's oldest civilisation, is as relevant to today's world as to classical China. For the contemporary reader, this accessible book is the first to explore, in the light of the findings of modern Western science, the balanced and holistic system of health care used by Chinese physicians, martial artists and meditators for over 5,000 years. Exploring the ancient teachings of characters such as The Yellow Emperor and The Plain Girl, Daniel Reid lights the path to sexual fulfilment. The instructions of the Way of Yin and Yang 'serve as signposts along the winding road to a woman's orgasm, and' - says the author - 'every man should learn to read them.' In THE TAO OF HEALTH, SEX AND LONGEVITY, Daniel Reid has combined his personal experience with original research and in an accessible, informed and often anecdotal style he presents the issues and answers of practical concern to a Western audience. The book covers every aspect of health with concise information on diet and nutrition, fasting, breathing and exercise, medicine, meditation and sexual yoga.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (6 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743409078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743409070
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and educated in America, DANIEL REID has lived in Taiwan, where he studied under numerous Tao masters. He has practised all the techniques he writes about, and has made his own translations from Chinese sources. He is the author of numerous books including the bestselling TAO OF HEALTH SEX LONGEVITY, GUARDING THE THREE TREASURES, CHI-GUNG and CHINESE HEALING HERBS.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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It often happens that the original precepts of a taoist concept are lost in translation -- these ideas are difficult for Chinese, even before introducing the myriad difficulties of translating between two very different languages (Chinese and English). Sometimes when this happens, the gentle spirit is preserved, if still diluted. Meaning is lost, or mixed into a debased and generalized new age concept of Eastern religion/philosophies. This is harmless enough. But sometimes what gets lost in the translation is the vigilant care and gentleness that is central to the taoist practices. The yin gets lost, superceded by the Buddhist yang, which can transform many of the healthful practices of the taoist tradition into dangerous and degenerative practices. I must say, with some regret, that the author of this book finds himself in this position. Much of the information in this book is extremely valuable, particularly that which is concerned with diet and digestive health, if one is careful to know where the author strays from the path. Where he strays, especially in regards to sexual practices and colon cleansing, his advice becomes unhealthful. The obsessive fixation on the sexual organs and lower bowels, and skimpy material on physical exercises, betrays a lack of dedication to the true tao. If you are really interested in practicing tao, I suggest you start with tai chi chuan or chi gung. Chi gung is the most fundamental part of following tao. Find a teacher that is well-versed in an authentic taoist chi gung tradition. It may take a little effort to find one, but they are around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a beginner's, COMPLETE book of "the way". 26 Jun 1999
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I believe I was like everyone else in thought, that I could try to be healthier, but that I wouldn't feel THAT much better. But I did, and I did. So much so that I took Reid's suggestions (ancient Chinese wisdom) to extreme, my life so much better for it. It's amazing how much improvement can be made from diet alone. Acupuncture and herbs can tweek your condition, but the most substancial improvements are made with diet as described in this book. I found great improvements with every aspect tried - including colonics. Areas of possible improvements are endless. With true effort following this book, I have cured my allergies, improved my vision, controlled Reynaud's phenomenon, and have been sick only twice in the past two years (both just a head cold. My most prized improvement has been clarity of mind, best described as level of awareness.
I also recommend Reid's, "The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing", as an important compliment. Although this second one is repetishous of "The Tao ...", it has some sound info on food profiles (p.108) and some important material (not in "The Tao ...") on replenishing or building up your lactobacteria colony, especially following any colonic irrigations.
If you have interest in taoist philosophy and practice, "The Tao ..." is a great place to start, covering most every aspect "the way" can be applied and reaped in ones life.
Happiness and Wholeness.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that should be in everyone's health section. 20 April 2002
Daniel Reid's work in this book should be widely applauded by western readers seeker an excellent guide to all aspects of taoism. In particular, the chapters on diet, fasting and excretion could change so many people's lives in the west for the better and even save people from the grave.

I myself have personally followed Reid's diet/fasting/colon programmes and have been amazed at how good it feels to cleanse yourself internally. In fact, anyone who doubts such cures should complete a seven day fast with three times daily colonic irrigations and you will be amazed/horrified and relieved by the disgusting mess that comes out of you. This in itself should be enough to convince anyone of the truth of some methods.

Daniel Reid sould be applauded for his work on taoist health regimes; all the reader needs to do to regain glowing health, is to summond their own will power and follow his programmes. Best wishes and luck to all those that do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life changing book! 1 Oct 2000
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Content:packed with very useful information (5*s) on diet, exercises, sex. Relevance:especially for the 'sedentary workers' or the 'workers of mind' (5's) There is a common thread penetrating the book, of a need to keep in check a miriad of delicate balances hall-marked by yin-yang symbolic. This shows "Tao" as the ancient precursor of the dialectic mentality that swept the West intelectual world only with Hegel. At the same time there is a rather refreshing 'common sense' materialistic view of the body-mind relations with a down-to-earth explanations and recommandations. However the author seems to get carried away some times forgetting the very different settings of the contemporary life as compared to the life of ancient chinese emperors. This notwithstanding, the author's intentions are comrehensible enough as to not spoil the celebration of a very liberatory piece of work.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Daniel Reid has been based in Taiwan for some time now, and his study of Taosim and its application to health, diet and energy is both practical and yet rooted in the rich spiritual and cultural history of this great philosophy. As a Westerner with a very generalist appreciation of chinese thought and religious history, I felt he was able to introduce Taoism in a respectful and interesting way, the practical advice about diet etc. was argued convincingly and there are lots of pointers to pick up. A good starting point for anyone with an interest in this area.
One last thing, the section about sex is not so much titillating as a guide to preserving energy and therefore increasing longevity. However, women by far get to have the most fun if you follow the precepts, so that can't be bad!!!
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A true bible of how to live your life. I cannot tell you how much I refer to this book. Great exercises for breathing and the body. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and very practical
The author is extremely knowledgeable about The Taoist's approach to health. All the theories and instructions I believe are valuable but need to be implemented carefully and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Canh Linh Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for every man
Ancient wisdom, as important todayas when the chinese discovered these priciples, thousands of years ago. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Harmen Broersma
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiny print
I have owned this book for over 20 years but my copy is a little weathered. When this book arrived I found the print to be so small it is difficult to read.
Published 15 months ago by Hart1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful flight through tao concepts
In my opinion this book gives a great introduction to the Taoistic view on all facets of life: eating, drinking, excercising, relaxing and having sex. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gb
5.0 out of 5 stars Much ancient wisdom + a pinch of salt!
I would have my reservations about eating this way forever as it made me so hungry. However: when I first read this book I had been discharged from hospital weighing around 60... Read more
Published 21 months ago by paddie1958
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have ever read, If I could rate it minus 100 is wouldn't...
I bought this book based on the good reviews on Amazon and I want something that covered the practical aspect of modern Daoism other than simply meditation and qigong. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by Queequeg
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I used the information in this book to successfully lower my blood pressure and cholestrol readings. Read more
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