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Issue #45 - October 11, 2007




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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM ALERT !!!!! Tai Chi School Internet Scam Alert.

Sleeplessness Biggest Threat to Health?

Canada's British Columbia to Cover Acupuncture

Nursing Homes Now Offering Tai Chi - (Good Ones Do)

Meditation May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Parkinson's Disease & TAI CHI THERAPY

THANKS TO THOSE WHO'VE PERUSED OUR SPONSORING "MARKET PLACE"

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SCAM ALERT !!!!!


There has been an internet scam on the web, aimed at Tai Chi teachers.


It involves someone asking for Tai Chi lessons for his/her son or daughter and paying by check.


THEN, they change their minds and ask for a refund. BUT, after you refund some money, then they cancel their check.


THIS WAS REPORTED TO US BY A TAI CHI SCHOOL THAT WAS APPROACHED, SO WE PASSED IT ON TO YOU.



Issue: # October/2007


Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters,


Tai Chi teachers all over Belgium are linking up to hold a mass national World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2008 event. Their hope is that by bringing together Tai Chi & Qigong groups and schools all over Belgium together . . . they'll be able to capture the attention of national media in a bigger way.


See below for other exciting Tai Chi & Qigong News !!!


Warmest regards,


Bill & Angela Wong Douglas, WTCQD Founders

Sleeplessness Biggest Threat to Health?



Article - Shanghai Daily Oct. 9, 2007


Ancient Chinese believed sleep is the best way to nourish the organs and internal energy.

As the old saying goes: "Nourishing by medicines is not as good as nourishing by foods, while nourishing by foods is not as good as nourishing by sleep."


Read entire article at:

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2007/200710/20071009/article_333674.htm


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Tai Chi Effects on Chronic Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors: Immune Mechanisms

Preliminary studies show that TCC, a slow moving meditation, contributes to improvements in subjective sleep quality, sleep amounts and sleep efficiency. .

Read entire abstract at:

http://www.cancerportfolio.org/abstract.jsp?SID=160833&ProjectID=347763



Canada's British Columbia to Cover Acupuncture


(Visit World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's "Tai Chi & Acupuncture" to Learn How Tai Chi & Acupuncture are related. Helpful information for Teachers and Enthusiasts. One of the many public services from World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.)



Article Vancouver Sun, Oct. 11, 2007

B.C. Health to cover acupuncture

Treatments will be an option for low-income people

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, October 06, 2007

Low-income British Columbians will soon have the option of seeing a registered acupuncturist under changes to the Medical Services Plan premium-assistance program.

A total of 930,000 British Columbians living in households earning $28,000 or less a year, including welfare recipients, students, the disabled, and seniors, are covered by the program.

"It's definitively a milestone," Chris Vallee, immediate past president of B.C.'s Qualified Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese medicine Association, said in an interview Friday. "We're more accepted, part of the medical system. Our medicine is proven and more recognized.".


Read entire article at:

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9f3a2747-46fd-4104-9fd5-dd0c8e6a3cb8

Nursing Homes Now Offering Tai Chi - Good Ones





Article - The Tennessean, Oct. 5, 2007

Jemison said living in a nursing home means he doesn't have the freedoms other people have. Jemison said he is only allowed to spend the night out 10 times a year and there's nothing there for the younger residents to do.

"When they have activities, it's always bingo," Jemison said. "Younger people don't like bingo."

Moffat said that's beginning to change. She said she's aware of a nursing home that offers tai chi, a traditional Chinese mind-body exercise, to patients.

"That's not something you would think a nursing home would offer," she said..

Read entire article at:

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071005/NEWS07/710050397/1024/NEWS

Meditation May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers





Article - Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2007


For rheumatoid arthritis sufferers whose painful illness prompts depression, relief may come from the practice of an age-old technique already embraced by millions around the world: meditation . . .

In addition to meditation, the organization acknowledges the potential of electronic monitoring techniques such as biofeedback; the mental health benefits of guided imagery and hypnosis; and the ability of physical activities such as yoga and tai chi to both calm and energize patients . . .

Read entire article at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/28/AR2007092801051.html


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DEPRESSION & MOOD DISTURBANCE. Regular (daily) T'ai Chi practitioners usually find less incidence of depression and overall mood disturbance.

Relative to measurement beforehand, practice of T'ai Chi raised heart rate, increased nonadrenaline excretion in urine, and decreased salivary cortisol concentration. Relative to baseline levels, [Test Subjects] reported less tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion and state-anxiety; they felt more vigorous, and in general they had less total mood disturbance.


(American Psychological Association) Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1989 Vol 33 (2) 197-206

MORE MEDICAL RESEARCH - BY MALADY AT:

http://worldtaichiday.org/WTCQDHlthBenft.html


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ARTHRITIS. T'ai Chi's low impact causes no joint damage (unlike other higher impact exercises), while its weight-bearing aspect may encourage development of bone mass and connective tissue. Note: Those with arthritic knees may want to do modified T'ai Chi forms sharing weight on both legs rather than fully centering the weight over one knee.


BELOW IS PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH ON T'AI CHI AND ARTHRITIS:


1. Kirsteins, A.E., Dietz, F., & Hwang, S.M. (1991). Evaluating the safety and potential use of a weight-bearing exercise, Tai-Chi Chuan, for rheumatoid arthritis patients. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 70(3), 136-141.



2. Hartman, C.A., Manos, T.M., Winter, C., Hartman, D.M., Li, B., & Smith, J.C. (2000). Effects of T'ai Chi training on function and quality of life indicators in older adults with osteoarthritis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 48(12):1553-9, 2000 Dec, 48(39 ref), 1553-1559.



3. Van Deusen, J., & Harlowe, D. (1987). The efficacy of the ROM Dance Program for adults with rheumatoid arthritis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 41(2), 90-95.



4. Hartman, C.A. (US). Effects of T'ai Chi training on function and quality of life indicators in older adults with osteoarthritis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 48(12), Dec-1559

MORE MEDICAL RESEARCH - BY MALADY AT:

http://worldtaichiday.org/WTCQDHlthBenft.html


OVER 3,500 ABSTRACTS OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, are available on the QIGONG DATABASE from The Qigong Institute. A MUST for Tai Chi & Qigong teachers, writers, health professionals, etc.

Parkinson's Disease & TAI CHI THERAPY




World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Health Article Library


In a special to CNN, the Mayo Clinic's mayoclinic.com reported that, "Parkinson's disease is progressive, meaning the signs and symptoms become worse over time. But although Parkinson's may eventually be disabling, the disease often progresses gradually, and most people have many years of productive living after a diagnosis." This would indicate that there may be effective interventions that could perhaps slow the progress of the disease. When we get such a diagnosis, our first reaction might be to withdraw and give up. However, the old adage "use it or lose it" tells us that just the opposite is true. If you have Parkinson's, you'd likely be best off to use everything your body is, every which way, on a regular basis.

Tai Chi movement's gentle balance enhancing motions can obviously help the Parkinson's patient by helping to reduce the gradual lose of balance that Parkinson's sufferers often experience. However, there may be much more it offers. For example, Tai Chi movements rotate the human body in about 95% of the ways the body can move, when a long form is practiced. This is far beyond what other exercise offers, and in fact the closest would be several swimming strokes, which together would only rotate the body in about 65% of the ways it can move. For Parkinson's sufferers, or anyone for that matter, this would indicate that by "using" 95% of the body's possible motion several times a week, the possibility of "losing" the ability to do so diminishes accordingly. This isn't rocket science, but simple common sense. Yet, perhaps Parkinson's patients have even more to gain from Tai Chi.


A few years ago I taught several classes at local medical centers. I was continually frustrated because although I'd seen emerging reports that Tai Chi was beneficial to people with Parkinson's Disease, or arthritis, or chronic hypertension, etc., even though the departments that specialized in those conditions were often just down the hall from my Tai Chi class . . . they might as well have been a million miles away. Because the physicians who ran those departments were either ignorant of or unwilling to refer their patients to the possibilities that Tai Chi offered their lives.

Read more Tai Chi Health Articles from WTCQD at:

http://worldtaichiday.org/LIBRARYArticles/LIBRARYTaiChiArticlesMenu.html

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