The Tao of Long Life: Chinese Art of Chang Ming Paperback – 19 Aug 1982
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From the Publisher
This re-print is an exact reproduction of Chee Soo's original work with some minor corrections and updates and a new cover. We have published this book on high quality brilliant white paper with a laminated cover suitable for use as a handbook which will withstand regular use.
This book is part of the series 'Taoist Arts of the Lee Style' and is designed to be used in conjunction with the other books in the series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Chee Soo often remarked that each aspect of the Taoist Arts is like the fingers on your hand. All of them are needed to get a firm grasp on the subject, and this book is a companion book to the others in the series which many will be already familiar with, the books on T'ai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung and so forth. However this book is of equal importance because good health and strong energy are fundamental to proper development in the other Taoist Arts and without doubt diet is key in this area of development.
Although this book contains vital information about the Taoist Macrobiotic diet which cannot be found elsewhere it shjould also be noted that it contains important elements which are related to the other areas of training in the Taoist Arts. Chee Soo scattered many of his secrets throughout his many works and it is really only by digesting each one in turn, and then returning to each book again with a new perspective that the true secrets of Chee Soo's style of Taoist development and cultivation exercises can be fully revealed.
Don't waste any more time, but this book immediately, you will never look back. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Chinese medicine is at its worst when it tries to compete with Western on its own ground; it claims to be scientific, but when pushed will tell you that its information came from mysterious aliens or was revealed in visions! It's not scientific in the narrow, lab-tested sense, and it probably never could be. Whereas Western science, by definition, isolates one factor, Chinese medicine by definition looks at everything together. It would be difficult to reconcile the two approaches.
So I would use these ideas warily, but I wouldn't ignore them; just because it isn't scientific doesn't mean it doesn't work. How often have you been to your doctor and, because your symptoms don't match some stereotyped checklist, they don't have a clue what to tell you? They have a phrase in the profession, 'the worried well', with which they dismiss everybody who is not actually dying. Eventually you fall seriously ill, and then they get out their pills and scalpels. Whatever you think about all the meridians, pulses etc, the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, and the emphasis on maintaining health rather than 'fixing' problems, is something we could learn a lot from.
Chee Soo died in his mid-70s - only halfway to the 150 years of the legendary Taoist sage. I don't think that necessarily undermines what he has to say, but it probably shows that environment and pure chance have a bigger part to play than anything we can do for ourselves.
*If, as he insists, eating animal products like milk makes you an animal - surely eating vegetables makes you, er, a vegetable?
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