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Issue #9 - June 5, 2006


World Tai Chi Day Italian Embassy Beijing, China
Subject: Medical Research on Tai Chi & QG -World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

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Medical Research on Tai Chi & QG - World Tai Chi & Qigong Day ACTION Alert

Growing a Global Health & Healing Movement

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in this issue

-- OPRAH on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (?)

-- SCHOOL DIRECTORY in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (Penguin Putnam, 3rd ed., 2005)

-- BREAKING "MEDICAL RESEARCH" NEWS on Tai Chi & QG !!

-- GLOBAL HEALTH - Fair Trade, Global Warming

-- More BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS of WTCQD 2006 Events! VIEW / SHARE THEM

-- TIPS FOR BEGINNING STUDENTS (Teachers, refer your students to these)!!

-- Ways to Support WTCQD, and find some "COOL STUFF"!!

Greetings World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters !

THE "INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE" Newspaper, available at newstands worldwide, HAILS WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY !!

"Maybe we should have World Tai Chi & Qigong Day every week!" - International Herald Tribune, June 5, 2006

[See Headline News at www.worldtaichiday.org.]

CONGRATULATIONS to all Tai Chi & Qigong advocates and enthusiasts for creating wonderful events throughout the world for WTCQD 2006. The photos are breathtaking at ww.worldtaichiday.org . . . "One World . . . One Breath."

In this Action Alert you'll find easy actions you, and your email contact friends can take to expand this health & healing effort we have all created together.

ALSO, MANY RESOURCES TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TAI CHI / QIGONG CLASSES, whether you are a "teacher" or a "student."

Please read on . . . and "please" forward this email to all your contacts.



OPRAH on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (?)

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A WTCQD participant recently suggested approaching the Oprah show to inform her of the global health & healing phenomenon of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.

This could inform millions worldwide of the medical research on Tai Chi & Qigong benefits, AND of the schools listed at www.worldtaichiday.org

http://www.oprah.com/email/reach/email_showideas.j html

The supporter who recommended this idea informed us that you can send "show ideas" to Oprah's producer at:

http://www.oprah.com/email/reach/email_showideas.j html

[NOTE: if there is any empty spaces in the above url, you'll need to remove them when you paste it in your browser window.]

If you contact Oprah's producer to pitch a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day program, think of what World Tai Chi & Qigong Day means to you, or to the millions worldwide that learn about Tai Chi & Qigong's benefits because of this global media event, etc.

Write from the heart, and you'll need to be succinct, as the form doesn't allow long messages.

Read on...



SCHOOL DIRECTORY in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (Penguin Putnam, 3rd ed., 2005)

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Many of you are aware, we worked hard to list all the Tai Chi & Qigong schools in nations where the new 3rd edition of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" was to be distributed.

Some have noticed that there were no email or phone number contacts as we had gathered. This was an editorial necessity we had to comply with, as there was simply not enough room in the book. Other parts of the book were cut to enable us to have a "Schools Directory," because we think it is so important to acknowledge your local teaching, and direct new Tai Chi & Qigong enthusiasts to your local classes, in essence CREATING A BROCHURE THAT SITS ON YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE'S BOOKSHELVES DAY AFTER DAY, LEADING NEW STUDENTS TO YOUR LOCAL CLASSES, as a public service.

In order to save the "School's Directory" we had to make it smaller, so we listed your schools, and referred readers to your listing contact information at www.worldtaichiday.org, where they can find your "latest" and most accurate information.

But, again, we have listed your schools in the book's School Directory.

For schools outside the countries where "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (3rd edition) is distributed, you are still represented, as the book refers readers in other nations not listed to your contact information at www.worldtaichiday.org

Thanks for referring your students to this generic (useful for ALL styles) Tai Chi & Qigong, health benefits, and tips for getting the most from your classes, book.

Find this and many other great tai chi & qigong books in the Marketplace section at www.worldtaichiday.org

Do you have a tai chi or qigong book on amazon.com that we haven't listed yet in the Marketplace section? If so, let us know, and we'll add an amazon.com link to it, there.

Read on...



BREAKING "MEDICAL RESEARCH" NEWS on Tai Chi & QG !!

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Emerging media on "Medical Research" on Tai Chi & Qigong, appears to be on the upswing since World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2006.

A few new articles are mentioned below. Please share this email and the link to www.worldtaichiday.org "Medical Research" section with everyone you know, including local officials, media, and health institutions.

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/photos/2006WTCQD/2 006Photos/2006mediasampler.html

[IF THERE ARE BLANK SPACES IN THE ABOVE OR BELOW URLs, you must remove them after pasting these urls into your internet browser window.]

BREAKING MEDIA ON TAI CHI & QIGONG:



AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- What is the evidence? Researchers have focused on studying the benefits of relaxation and exercise that result from practicing tai chi. Clinical trials suggest that tai chi improves posture, balance, flexibility, muscle mass and tone, stamina, and strength in older adults and may help prevent falls and fractures. A recent randomized clinical trial of people over age 69 compared tai chi to a stretching exercise class. After 6 months, the tai chi group had better balance and fewer falls than the stretching group. . . . benefits have also been noted for older people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and peripheral artery disease. Research has found that tai chi can reduce stress and provide the same cardiovascular benefits as moderate exercise, such as reduced heart rate and blood pressure. In one randomized study, older adults with sleep problems who practiced tai chi were able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer than those who did low impact aerobics. . . . Though there is no scientific evidence that tai chi cures cancer or any other disease, it may be useful as a complementary therapy to conventional treatment. . . . http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_ 3X_Tai_Chi.asp?sitearea=ETO

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER -- Tai chi improves overall fitness, coordination, and agility. People who practice tai chi on a regular basis tend to have good posture, flexibility, and range of motion, are more mentally alert, and sleep more soundly at night. . . . Tai chi is both a preventive and a complementary therapy for a wide range of conditions. Specifically, it is beneficial for chronic pain, gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, headaches, and sleep disorders. Tai chi is also beneficial for the immune system and the central nervous system, which makes it especially good for people with a chronic illness, anxiety, depression, or any stress-related conditions. The deep breathing of tai chi regulates the respiratory system, helping to treat respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. It also stimulates the abdomen, which aids digestion and helps relieve constipation and gastrointestinal conditions. Many studies indicate that elderly people who practice tai chi are much less prone to falls, a serious health risk to people in that age group. . . . http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsModalities/TaiChicm .html

MAYO CLINIC -- Constant stress can increase your cholesterol, suppress your immune system and make your stomach ache. Why not avoid it altogether? Unfortunately, it's not that simple. . . . If you have persistent trouble relaxing, consider taking up meditation or studying yoga or tai chi, Eastern disciplines said to focus your mind, calm your anxieties and release your physical tension. Therapeutic massage may also loosen taut muscles and calm frazzled nerves. . . . http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/SR00001

THE SCOTSMAN -- 22, May, 2006

MS is not hereditary, although there is a much greater chance of developing it if there is family link. In my case, the doctors thought it resulted because of a slow-acting virus. . . . I have taken the exercise bike out of the wardrobe and use weights to try to rebuild my legs and arms which had succumbed to muscle wastage. I have also taken up the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, which helps tremendously with my balance. . . . Scotland has the highest rate of MS in the world. About 10,500 Scots - one in 500 of the population - have MS.

http://living.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=760302006

SLEEP DISORDERS CAN BE TREATED WITH TAI CHI

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/HEADLINE% 20NEWS/Sleep%20Disorders.html [IF there are any blank spaces in this url, you must remove them after pasting in your browser window.


TAI CHI PROVIDES SAME CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFITS AS AEROBIC EXERCISE, WITH LESS HEART RATE ELEVATION:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3225/is_3 _60/ai_56959076

Each group consisted of 31 participants, most of whom (93 percent) had a body mass index of more than 25. Ninety-seven percent of participants completed the study and the follow-up visits. Both groups showed significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels. Most of the decreases in blood pressure occurred during the initial stages of the intervention, but less marked decreases continued to occur over the course of the 12-week study. Average heart rate during the exercise activity for the aerobic exercise group was 112 beats per minute, compared with 75 beats per minute for those in the t'ai chi group.


FIND A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF "MEDICAL RESEARCH" ON TAI CHI & QIGONG at: http://www.worldtaichiday.org/WTCQDHlthBenft.html

[Please forward this great resource to friends, and place links to it on your websites.]

Read on...



GLOBAL HEALTH - Fair Trade, Global Warming

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Tai Chi & Qigong helps us become more attuned to our internal health signals. In the same way it can help us become more attuned to the web of life that sustains all life on the planet.

To cultivate personal health & ignore global health isn't very practical, as all personal health depends on a vibrant global ecosystem.

Global Warming "non-partison" Issue Campaign

http://www.smartaichi.com/LINKSEnviroFriendlyOrgs.h tml

[NOTE: if there are any empty spaces in the above url, remove them when you paste it into your internet browser.]

Also, you can learn about FAIR TRADE, and what it means to global economic health. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day also features intesting FAIR TRADE items in our Marketplace.

Learn about Fair Trade, and view Fair Trade items, at:

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/FairTradeHOME.html [IF there are any blank spaces in the preceding url, be sure to remove them after placing the url in your browser window.

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Given that 70 to 85% of all illness in the industrialized world is caused by stress, globally we could save trillions annually in lost health dollars, if our people were massively offered Tai Chi & Qigong through government, education, healthcare, business, etc.

What could be done with such annual savings? . . . ending world hunger? . . . create a cheap, renewable, non-polluting global energy economy? One that could dramatically reduce international tensions and conflict as resources dwindle.

Time to imagine "image-in" the future we dream of.

Read on...



More BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS of WTCQD 2006 Events! VIEW / SHARE THEM

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Many more BEAUTIFUL World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events have been added recently, please view them and share them widely.

Welcome BULGARIA !! Welcome BOLIVIA !! THANK YOU Governor of Oklahoma !! THANK YOU Nobel Peace Center (Oslo, Norway), and THANK YOU Italian Embassy (Beijing, China). These and many more wonderful photos of WTCQD 2006 activities at:

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/photos/2006WTCQD/2 006Photos/WTCQDPHOTO2006.html

SENT IN "YOUR" WTCQD 2006 PHOTOS YET?? If not, email them as jpeg attachments to wtcqd2000@aol.com with any brief comments on your local aspect of the global event, and we'll get them right up !! [NOTE: if any blank spaces appear in the above url, remove them when you paste it in your web browser.]

Read on...



TIPS FOR BEGINNING STUDENTS (Teachers, refer your students to these)!!

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day HAS REFERRED "26,000 new students" to tai chi & qigong schools and teachers in the last 5 months. BELOW ARE GREAT TIPS FOR BEGINNERS NEW TO TAI CHI & QIGONG.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day also offers helpful tips to help your new students get the MOST from classes, no matter what style you teach.

TIPS ABOUT YOUR FIRST CLASS (Getting the MOST from it, and NOT blaming your teacher for challenges):

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/LessonTaiChiC.html

[if there are any spaces in the above url, remove them after you paste it into your internet browser window.]

HORSE STANCE, SINKING YOUR QI, POSTURE:

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/LessonTaiChiB.html

[if there are any spaces in the above url, remove them after you paste it into your internet browser window.]

UNDERSTANDING TAI CHI & QIGONG'S CONNECTION TO "TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE":

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/LessonTaiChiD.html

[if there are any spaces in the above url, remove them after you paste it into your internet browser window.]

EXPLANATION OF "QI", "LIFE ENERGY" and FREE SITTING QIGONG AUDIO LESSON:

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/LESSONQigong.html

[if there are any spaces in the above url, remove them after you paste it into your internet browser window.]

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Ways to Support WTCQD, and find some "COOL STUFF"!!

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Would you like to support World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's ongoing health & healing efforts? Efforts that gain world media attention for tai chi & qigong medical research, and provide free platforms for teachers and associations worldwide to share their knowledge with the world? Efforts that connect tens of thousands of new students to teachers worldwide?

YOU CAN !!

By perusing the "Marketplace" sections at www.worldtaichiday.org, and recommending it to your email contacts, you support our global health & healing efforts. Portions of those sales go to support our efforts for global health.

You'll find the "Marketplace" a unique experience that features organic and fair trade items, when possible, and a wide range of lifestyle, home decor, and natural health items.

Thank you all for making this global educational effort for global health & healing possible.

Read on...




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