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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a beginner's, COMPLETE book of "the way".
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,...
Published on 26 Jun 1999

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars inauthentic, sometimes harmful, interpretation of tao.
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...
Published on 18 Feb 1999


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars inauthentic, sometimes harmful, interpretation of tao., 18 Feb 1999
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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 The yin gets lost, superceded by the Buddhist yang, which can transform many of the healthful practices of the taoist tradition into dangerous and degenerative practices.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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6 of 6 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
This review is from: The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive approach to everyday taoist lifestyle, 5 Oct 2001
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This review is from: The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity (Paperback)
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange how good the other reviews are, 1 July 2008
This review is from: The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity (Paperback)
The fundamental problem I find with this book is the author, who according to his own writing is an expert on taoism, actually misses out on what taoism is about. Taoism is freedom - learning to get in touch with the pure spirit in us and be at peace with the world, loving every moment and accepting that people, the world, life is the way it is. Its harmony.

What the author has produced is an early version of "You are what you eat," with utter nonsense written about consuming milk for example, wrapped up in faux scientific research which is no doubt disgraced now. People are not as fragile as he makes out, the human body is amazing and we don't have to live on this diet of dullness to reach a ripe old age. For more nonsense like this read his "Tao of detox." Pretty much all doomed if you go with his take on things.

Not to say that there aren't problems with modern diet/enviroment etc, just that his approach will do more harm as he raises paranoia and fear. In the section on sex he basically says that homosexuality is agains't nature (well for men anyway, oddly enough from a male author he has no problems with lesbianism!)

There are better and wiser taoist sages out there. Barefoot Doctor is outstanding, as is Mantak Chia - who incidently dedicates a section of his book to the yin and yang of male gay sex in one of his books. Please don't waste your time or money on this authors work, despite the few nuggets amoung the nonsense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Chinese Medicine, 3 Nov 1998
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The book was good, and informative; however, it does not really reflect the position of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The author is a big fan of raw food diets, colon cleansing and drastically cleansing diets and fasting. In TCM this treatment may be appropriate for some individuals suffering from "Damp Stagnation" such as cancer, obesity, etc, and maybe "Damp Heat" (i.e. inflamatory diseases) but IS NOT usually recommended for everyone, and NEVER recommended for anyone on a long term basis. The TCM maintenance diet prefers food that is lightly cooked, and avoidance of extreme food such as juices.
I give the book a low rating because it's title implies that it is a book about Chinese health philosophy, when it is not.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity by Daniel Reid, 13 Aug 2005
This review is from: The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity (Paperback)
I can honestly say that since I found this book it has become my bible. Western Medicine is so out of sync with nature as the author so aptly points out. I would advise anybody looking for an easy to understand Taoism to read this book. Its a joy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Daniel Reid's book on Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity., 18 Nov 2010
I used the information in this book to successfully lower my blood pressure and cholestrol readings. I found the book to be extremely informative with very detailed explanations of the different processes undertaken by the body when advising for or against different food and drinks. Following the logical reasoning behind each prohibition made choosing or avoiding certain foods very easy.

This book would be invaluable for anyone with health problems of any sort. I intend to use the information Daniel Reid provides to keep myself healthy in mind body and spirit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you value your health and want a long life, then read...., 15 Sep 2000
I'm amazed by this book and have found it to be insightful and enlightening. The research that Daniel has conducted, can only show that the Chinese people are truly in touch with nature and the human body. The sections on diet and nutrition have shown me the benefits when you follow his advise and look after yourself. I can only advise others to try the exercises an suggestions contained within the pages of this book. I myself constantly refer to this book and have highighted specific passages that have a profound impact to sustaining a healthy and fruitful life. I also recommend reading Chi-Gung by Daniel Reid, a great book indeed.
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