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Live Well Live Long by Peter Deadman

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Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition

Live Well Live Long explores the wonderful Chinese tradition of nourishing life (yangsheng) and applies it to modern life. As well as the traditional topics covered in yangsheng teachings - which mostly concern personal health care - concern for social, global and planetary health in the modern age demands the application of the wise principles of the yangsheng tradition to issues as varied as social justice, education, modern childbirth, climate change and environmental degradation, agricultural sustainability and so on. These are all covered in this meticulously researched book

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Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition

 Live Well Live Long explores the wonderful Chinese tradition of nourishing life (yangsheng) and applies it to modern life. As well as the traditional topics covered in yangsheng teachings - which mostly concern personal health care - concern for social, global and planetary health in the modern age demands the application of the wise principles of the yangsheng tradition to issues as varied as social justice, education, modern childbirth, climate change and environmental degradation, agricultural sustainability and so on. These are all covered in this meticulously researched book.

Author: Peter Deadman

Publisher: The Journal of Chinese Medicine

Number of Pages: 440

Book Format: Hardcover


Content:

Chapter 1: What is yangsheng - nourishment of life?

Keeping it simple

What is yangsheng?

The four legs of the chair

Where does modern health and lifestyle research come from?

Longevity in Chinese culture

Chapter 2: Health - the challenge and the opportunity

One life

The limits of medicine

Chronic disease – facts and warnings

What can we do about it?

Chapter 3: What determines how long we live and how healthy we are?

Constitution

The Chinese explanation of constitution – inherited essence

Acquired - post-heaven essence

Constitutional strength - a throw of the dice?

Constitution and longevity – the evidence

Luck

Chapter 4: Why we get ill

The causes of disease

The external causes of disease – climatic factors

The internal causes of disease – the emotions

Neither internal nor external (miscellaneous) causes

Irregular diet

Overwork and overstrain

Sitting

Standing

Insufficient rest

Night work

Lack of exercise

Traumatic injury

Excessive sex

Parasites and poisons

Wrong medical treatment

Ignorance54The teachings of Dr. John HF Shen

 Chapter 5: Cultivating the mind and emotions

Moderating our emotions

The harmful effect of unregulated emotions

Anger

Free expression versus repression

Joy (Excitement)

Grief

Thinking and preoccupation

Worry and anxiety

Fear and fright

Other emotions - stress

How to manage the emotions and cultivate the mind

Mindfulness and meditation

Positive emotions

Intimacy

Happiness

Generosity

Laughter

Nature, music and art

Gratitude

Chapter 6: Diet – how to eat

Diet – the challenges

How to eat - quantity

How to eat – regular eating

On dieting, diets and weight loss

Chapter 7: Diet – what to eat

The decline of modern food

The qing dan diet

Adjusting our diet to our needs

Eat real food

What to eat – an overview

What to eat – the detail

Whole cereal grains

Breakfast

Bread

Vegetables

Mushrooms

Pulses

Sea vegetables

Fruit

Nuts and seeds

Fermented foods

Salt

Fresh foods

Fats

Sugar

Vitamins and supplements

Vegetarian – to be or not to be?

Organically-grown foods

Balancing the five temperatures and the five tastes

Chapter 8: Alcohol

Alcohol – the harm

Alcohol – the benefits

What is moderate drinking?

Making sense of alcohol research

A Chinese medicine perspective

Chapter 9: Tea

Tea and health

Principal varieties of tea

Making tea

Drinking tea

A brief history of tea

Chapter 10: Exercise

Ancient wisdom, modern forgetting

What is exercise?

The evidence for exercise and health

Exercise and the mind

Exercise, but how much?

More is not necessarily better

Exercise addiction

Exercise during pregnancy

Walking

A broader view of exercise

Chapter 11: Traditional Chinese exercise

The evidence base

Principles of the Chinese exercise tradition

Integration of body, breath and mind

Internal and external, hard and soft

Free flow

The elastic body – the fascia

Rootedness and balance

Breathing

Internal exercises – the spiritual dimension

A word about practice

Afterword - Chinese sports

Chapter 12: Sleep

The effects of insufficient sleep

Chinese sleep advice

Preparing the mind

Avoiding eating before bedtime

Sleeping position

Washing the feet

Pillows

How much should we sleep?

Siesta

Exercise and sleep

Meditation and sleep

A brief explanation of sleep disturbance in Chinese medicine

Chapter 13: Affairs of the bedroom

Sex as pleasure and joy

Sex is healthy for both partners

Sex is also dangerous

A different perspective on male ejaculation

Females as sources of nourishment

The female perspective

Dual cultivation

About libido and constitution

Erectile dysfunction and male health

Research into sex and health 

Aphrodisiacs

Pornography

Homosexuality

Chapter 14: Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, breastfeeding

Foetal education (taijiao)

Emotions

Diet

Exercise

Rest

Modern taijiao

Childbirth

Modern childbirth

Early and preterm birth

The case for a ‘follow nature’ approach to birth

Postnatal depression and anxiety

So what’s the alternative?

A calm birthing environment

Acupressure

Postpartum care

Zuoyezi, or ‘doing the month’

Breastfeeding – the optimum diet for babies

Infant formula

Pregnancy as a ‘gateway’

Chapter 15: Care of children

Causes of disease in children

Diet

Improper feeding - overfeeding

Improper feeding - wrong ‘temperature’ food

Improper feeding – excessively sweet food

Improper feeding - whole foods

Improper feeding - dairy foods

Improper feeding - junk food

Improper feeding - soya

Breakfast

Exercise

Stress

Body image disorders

Wrong treatment

Education

Chapter 16: Nature

Human beings, health and nature – the evidence

Sunshine

Nature in Chinese culture

Nature and Chinese medicine 

Attuning life to the ebb and flow of yin and yang

The internal landscape – the neijing tu

The internal landscape - acupuncture

The internal landscape - climate

Five phase theory (wu xing)

Nature and herbal medicine

Nature in the self-cultivation tradition

Feng shui

The dark shadow over the natural world

Chapter 17. Music and dance

Music and healing

Music and the natural order in the Chinese tradition

A brief history of Chinese music

Ritual – music and dance

Dance

Chapter 18. Old age

Ageing and expectation

Healthy ageing

Ageing and free flow

Ageing and exercise

Ageing and diet

Ageing and the mind

Contentment

The ageing brain

Wisdom

Chapter 19. Death

Embracing death

Dealing with advanced ageing

The medicalisation of death

The fixer mindset

Dying

Finding meaning in death

Chinese philosophy and death

Buddhism

Confucianism

Daoism

Appendix A: The extraordinary story of our microbial friends

What is the microbiota

The development of the microbiota - birth and early feeding

The development of the microbiota - diet

The microbiota and calorie restriction

The microbiota and the appendix

The microbiota and antibiotics

The microbiota and the immune system

The microbiota and obesity

The microbiota and the mind

The microbiota and the skin

Faecal (microbiota) transplants

Appendix B: Smoking

Appendix C: Detoxing

Cultural and historical background

Auto-intoxication

Bloodletting

Purging

Diet

Religion

Detoxing - the Chinese medicine perspective

Appendix D: Chinese science

The validity of traditional knowledge

Chinese science and technology

Why was Chinese science so advanced?

Some examples from Chinese medical history

Appendix E: A brief history of Chinese health exercise

Appendix F: A final word - spirituality

Glossary of key terms

Further reading

Index

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