Recently published books on drugless and nonsurgical methods for health and treating many medical conditions

  1. Breathing for Health

Recently published Kindle EBook and Paperback – see

Easy to learn and practice breathing exercises for helping many medical problems, such as: enlarged prostate, arrhythmias cancer high blood pressure or memory loss, These can work when western medicine is ineffective or has undesirable side effects.

  1. What Every Qigong Teacher and Student Should Know

Recently published Kindle EBook and Paperback  – see

Nearly every Qigong course does not give the Chinese medical theory behind the subject or scientific studies that justify the methods. This book does.
It also many drug less and nonsurgical methods for improving your health and their justification.


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Exercise Tips for Health Based on Science

The information presented to the public by gyms, personal trainers, Yoga instructors, Tai Chi teachers is not based on scientific facts, but is propaganda to make money.  Simple activities, requiring little training can keep you healthy. 

1.  A new study from Loma Linda University in California finds that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory. The research team recently presented their findings at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego.  Study co-author Dr. Lee Burk says “these findings suggest that the less stress a person has, the better their memory performance, and humor may be the key to reducing stress levels.” (1). 

The act of laughter – or simply enjoying some humor – increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, which provides a sense of pleasure and reward.

The investigators found that elderly individuals who watched a humorous video showed a significant reduction in cortisol levels, compared with those that did not view the video. The group that watched the funny video also showed greater improvement in memory recall, learning ability and sight recognition, compared with those who did not watch the video.   

Laughter is turning out to be not only a good medicine, but also a memory enhancer adding to our quality of life.  If you want to reduce stress and improve your memory try watching a funny movie and enjoy a good laugh. 

2.  Simple activities like walking and house work are sufficient for health.  Walking for three 10 minute intervals is just as good as walking for 30 minutes.  Regular walking can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. 

3.  Studies show that walking is just as good as running for your cardiovascular system. 

4.  Endurance training can eventually harm your cardiovascular system and lead to osteoarthritis, 

5.  The main factor in losing weight is diet not exercise. 

6.  Yoga was originally a method of enlightenment and not for health.  It had other paths than just breathing and stretching exercises (asanas).  In fact, your Guru prescribed the proper path to follow, which might not include any exercise.  You could not pay for lessons and only received more instructions when your Guru thought you had made sufficient spiritual progress. 

Contrary to the common belief Yoga is dangerous for seniors and many injuries have been documented. 

Be careful in following the recommendation of Yoga teachers for treating physical problems.  Most of them have little training in anatomy and physiology.  Consult a doctor and/or a  physical therapist. 

7.  Original forms of Tai Chi were martial arts, both armed and unarmed.  They also served to improve health and to treat some illnesses, since there were few doctors in remote areas in China.  There were also methods for treating injuries suffered in training.  It took years to master. 

Many modern Tai Chi classes teach shortened, made-up, chop-suey forms devised for profit.  It is just common sense that you cannot get as much benefit from doing a few moves as from an original long form, with more than 100 moves.  Also may teachers don’t know the self-defense aspects and teach other techniques derived from other arts like Karate or Jujitsu. 

8.  Dr. Oz, a heart surgeon and the star of the Dr. Oz Show stated if you want to live to be 100, study Qigong.  Qigong (pronounced Chee Kung) is an ancient Chinese mind/body/breath coordination exercise.  It has been shown to help treat about 200 diseases, ranging from the common cold to cancer.  Qigong for health can be done lying, sitting or standing,  Thus, it is ideal for the physically challenged.  It is easy to learn and especially recommended to seniors who want an interesting activity with movements which can be changed to avoid boredom. 

9.  Normal systolic pressure, measured as the heart contracts, is below 120; normal diastolic pressure, measured as the heart rests, is below 80.  When you lift a heavy weight, your blood pressure can rise from 120 over 80 to 400 over 200.  This can cause an aortic dissection, which requires immediate emergency surgery to prevent death.   In upper body weight training, above half your body weight will get you into the high pressure zone.  

If you have a dilation or aneurysm of the thoracic aorta or a connective tissue disorder or a family history of premature aortic complications, do not lift weights.  Serious weight lifters should have an echocardiogram.   

For more information see the Kindle or hard copy book “Healthy Exercises for Seniors and Non-Athletes”  (2).


1.  The Effect of Humor on Short-term Memory in Older Adults: A New Component for Whole-Person Wellness.  Adv Mind Body Med. 2014 Spring;28(2):16-24.

Bains GS, Berk LS, Daher N, Lohman E, Schwab E, Petrofsky J, Deshpande P.


Context • For older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory. Objectives • The primary goal of this study was to determine whether watching a humorous video had an effect on short-term memory in an older population. Design • The research team designed a randomized, controlled trial. Setting • The study took place at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Participants • The research team recruited 20 normal, healthy, older adults, 11 males and 9 females. Intervention • The humor group (n = 10, mean = 69.3 ± 3.7 y) self-selected 1 of 2 humorous videos-a Red Skelton comedy or a montage of America’s Funniest Home Videos-and watched it for 20 min. A control group (n = 10, mean = 68.7 ± 5.5 y) sat calmly for 20 min and were not allowed to read, sleep, or talk on a cell phone. Outcome Measures • The Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test was used to assess short-term memory-learning ability, delayed recall, and visual recognition. Salivary cortisol levels were measured at predetermined times. Results • Learning ability improved by 38.5% and 24.0% in the humor and control groups, respectively (P = .014). Delayed recall improved by 43.6% and 20.3% in the humor and control groups, respectively (P =.029). Within the humor group, delayed recall (43.6%) was significant compared with learning ability (38.5%) (P = .002). At 3 predetermined time points, significant decreases in salivary cortisol were observed in the humor group (P = .047, P = .046, and P = .062, respectively). Conclusion • The study’s findings suggest that humor can have clinical benefits and rehabilitative implications and can be implemented in programs that support whole person wellness for older adults. Learning ability and delayed recall are important to these individuals for a better quality of life-considering mind, body, spirit, social, and economic aspects. Older adults may have age associated memory deficiencies. However, medical practitioners now can offer positive, enjoyable, and beneficial humor therapies to improve these deficiencies.

  1. Eisen, M.  Healthy Exercises for Seniors and Non-Athletes.  2013,




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Healthy Exercise for Seniors and Non-Athletes

Learn about gyms, exercise, exercise equipment, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong & not the advertised propaganda.  Strenuous or endurance exercises can be dangerous!  Scientific studies show that mild activities are beneficial for your mental and physical health.

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Can Exercise be Dangerous, Healthy or Help Lose Weight?

Excellent physical condition is not equivalent to good health. Arnold Schwarzenegger needed to have a heart valve replaced. Jean-Claude Van Damme, a famous martial arts actor, suffers from a hearing loss.

Chronic training for and competing in extreme endurance events such as marathons, ultra-marathons, ironman distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races, can cause transient acute volume overload of the atria and right ventricle, with transient reductions in right ventricular ejection fraction and elevations of cardiac biomarkers, all of which return to normal within 1 week. Over months to years of repetitive injury, this process, in some individuals, may lead to patchy myocardial fibrosis, particularly in the atria, interventricular septum, and right ventricle, creating a substrate for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Additionally, long-term excessive sustained exercise may be associated with coronary artery calcification, diastolic dysfunction, and large-artery wall stiffening (1).

Any type of exercise that requires a movement to be repeated many times can also lead to repetitive strain injuries and eventually arthritis.

Lifting more than half your body weight can raise your systolic pressure to 370 millimeters mercury. (Normal systolic pressure is below 120 and normal diastolic pressure, measured as the heart rests between beats, is below 80.). Recent research indicates that the increased pressure may cause an aortic dissection, in which the heart’s main artery tears. This requires immediate surgical intervention to stem blood loss resulting in death (2).
Yoga is another popular exercise, frequently recommended to seniors. Today, there are few classical Yoga teachers. Originally, Yoga was a spiritual discipline for enlightenment. It had no connection to health and there were other paths to enlightenment, in addition to the postures or asanas. You could not pay for lessons and only received more instructions if the Guru thought you had made sufficient progress. The common belief is that modern Yoga is safe, especially for seniors. Many injuries resulting from its practice have been documented (3).

Tai Chi has increased in popularity in the western world. It often appears in the background of advertisements of unrelated products. It is recommended for seniors and by the American Arthritis Society, which has its own simplified version. Many health clubs and martial arts studios offer Tai Chi classes.
Unfortunately, Tai Chi has been simplified and distorted just like Yoga. Originally, Tai Chi was a martial art, designed for self-defense with some health benefits. The original form consisted of more than 100 moves. Many shortened versions have been devised. Some do not obey the principals of classical Tai Chi and you would probably obtain the same benefits by walking slowly and waving your arms. Tai Chi is very difficult to learn. Most people don’t have the perseverance and patience to even learn a short form that is taught with the correct postures and principals. More details can be found in (4).

The Nov. 14, 2012, online issue of the J. of the Amer. College of Cardiology, contains a paper about the effects of moderate exercise. Certain biomarkers, which were tied to heart injury that was otherwise undetectable but was associated with a higher risk of death by cardiovascular disease, were used. The study consisted of 2900 subjects over the age of 65. They were tracked for their biomarkers along with their levels of physical activity.
The researchers concluded that not only did the biomarkers lower as physical activity went up, but even moderate amounts of exercise in seniors, dramatically lowered the risk of death by heart attack.

The above research on the effects of moderate exercise lends credence to the remarks of Dr. Oz, M.D., heart surgeon and star of the Doc Oz Show, “If you want to be healthy and live to be 100, practice Qigong.” Qigong (pronounced Chee Kung) is a body/mind/breath coordination discipline, which has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Clinical trials have verified that Qigong is helpful in about 200 diseases, ranging from the common cold to cancer (5).

Dr. Oz was not just making wild speculations. Recent research has found a way to predict and increase your life span. Tips of chromosomes are called telomeres. These protective caps, made of repetitive chunks of DNA, keep the rest of the gene-laden chromosomes from disastrously unraveling. Telomeres length has been linked to life span. Longer telomeres have been associated with longer lives and vice versa. A cell’s telomeres shorten a bit each time that the cell divides. Telomeres length is decreased by stress and can be increased by reducing stress! Clinical trials have shown that Qigong reduces stress.
Qigong for health is not strenuous requires little coordination and flexibility. It is easier to learn and practice than Tai Chi or Yoga. Qigong can be done lying, sitting or standing. It can be done anywhere, at any time, and requires no special clothing or equipment. Qigong is practiced by millions of people worldwide. It is the recommended exercise for non-athletes, seniors and the physically challenged (5).

Whether we gain, lose or maintain body weight is dependent upon three things: the number of calories: required to maintain life (our metabolism), burned through activity, and consumed.

According to Macdonald’s calorie chart the calories in the following foods are: Big Mac 570, Large French Fries 540, Coca-Cola Classic 410, Salad 35 and Dressing 160. The total calories in such a meal are 1715. Two such similar meals would contain 3,430 calories.

A 150 lb. person sitting for 15 hours (eating, driving, studying, watching television, etc) burns an average of about 130 calories an hour. Hence 15 hours of sitting would burn 1,950 calories. If you sleep for 8 hours, you would burn about 552 calories. Exercising by vigorous cycling (14- 15.9 mph) for an hour would burn about 704 calories. The total calories burned in a day would be 3,104.

Thus, diet and not exercise is the primary factor in losing weight.

Obese people can lose weight, probably due to the increased rate of metabolism, by practicing Senobi breathing. This is a Qigong breathing technique, which is simple to learn and only requires 1 minute of practice before each meal (7).

1. O’Keefe, J.H. et al. Potential Adverse Cardiovascular Effects from Excessive Endurance Exercise. Mayo Clinic Proceedings,
June 2012,
2. Intense Weight Lifting Linked to Fatal Heart Trouble.
3. Eisen, M. What is Yoga? Yoga Therapy.
4. Eisen, M. Are You Really Studying Tai Chi and Is It Effective for Stress?
5. Liu, T. and Chen, K. eds. Chinese Medical Qigong, Singing Dragon, London, 2010. 6. Eisen, M. Should You Learn Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong?
7. Eisen, M. Senobi Breathing Method for Weight Loss and Asthma.

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Does Tai Chi Fight Diseases And Is It Because of Chi (Qi)?

Some people don’t attend school, some only finish grade school; other students finish high school and attend university or obtain a graduate degree.  You can find successful and happy people who have stopped learning at different levels.  Few people, even after obtaining an advanced degree, must by their nature continue learning, studying and researching for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, Tai Chi has become commercialized like Yoga – see

Even grade school teachers know that there is more advanced mathematics than what they teach.  Tai Chi teachers, even if they are happy with their level of knowledge, should know the original purpose and content of Tai Chi and inform their students that there is much more to learn.

If you are really interested in Tai Chi for health you must learn advanced biological sciences and math. to be able to judge correctly whether a clinical study is valid.  If you have worked in a research laboratory, you probably know that data are altered to obtain more grants and for financial gain.  Two recent examples are the faked results by well-known scientists to prove that there is global warming and also promoting the health benefits of red wine.

Even if the scientists are honest, most know very little about Tai Chi and the person that they chose to teach the research subjects might not know much either.  The experiments are difficult to replicate because even 2 “experts” in Tai Chi teach different forms.  In many of the trials there are not enough subjects and there are no control groups.  A control group of people walking slowly and waving their arms might have produced the same result.  The length of the trials is too short and they should really be entitled “Effects produced in learning Tai Chi”.  It takes many months to learn even a shortened form correctly.  There are no trials yet that have lasted for many years to establish longevity claims.

Clinical trials that suggest positive results should be repeated with a larger number of subjects, over a longer period of time and with a control group.

To use Tai Chi to treat a particular disease a diagnosis is required, since Tai Chi is a form of Qigong.  Using Qigong properly requires years of study – for example, see or read the Qigong books by Jerry Johnson at

or Chinese Medical Qigong, Eds. T. Liu & K. Chen, Singing Dragon, 2010.  However, for serious diseases it is better to use Qigong, because the patient will die before they learn even a simplified form of Tai Chi properly.

Qi is a basic concept used in Chinese medicine and Tai Chi.  The health effects are explained in terms of Qi flow.  Deadly strikes to acupoints (Dim Mak) are hidden in the main form and 2-person forms.  The effects of striking these points and treating the resulting injury are also explained in terms of Qi.  Although Qi cannot be explained scientifically, there is recent research which is getter close to explaining it – see

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Should You Learn Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong?

Yoga and Tai Chi have become popular worldwide.  They appear in commercials and are taught in many fitness and community centers.  Seniors and the sedentary are persuaded that Yoga and Tai Chi are ideal for their health.  In addition, Tai Chi is described as being very easy to learn and practice.  Not as many people are familiar with Qigong, a mind, body, breathing discipline which originated in China thousands of years ago.

These arts have become westernized, commercialized and altered from their original purposes and forms.  The following information will encourage you to study, learn and research about the history, theory, safety and true purposes of these arts before choosing one of these disciplines to study.

There are hardly any Yoga teachers that teach Yoga for its originally intended purpose. Yoga had no connection with health, but was just a spiritual discipline; you could not pay for true Yoga lessons – see “What is Yoga? Yoga therapy?”  at

Be careful in practicing Yoga poses, especially seniors and the sedentary; don’t believe the so-called experts.  See its dangers at

Unfortunately, Tai Chi is following the same path as Yoga.  Originally Tai Chi was a martial art and had over 100 postures.  This main, solo long form required about 5 to six years of dedicated practice to learn correctly.  In addition, there were 2- men forms for self-defense.

Nowadays, there are very few teachers that know the 2-men, self-defense forms.  Even those that teach Tai Chi for health don’t rigorously follow the principles and claim that the form they teach ( 1- 37 postures or more, but usually less than the long form) has the same benefits as the long form.  Logic tells you that 37 postures will not give the same exercise and energy flow as over a hundred.– see “Are You Really Practicing Tai Chi and Is It Effective for Stress?” at

Even teaching the Chen Man Ching short form for health correctly is difficult.  The student must have the dedication of a ballet dancer and realize constant daily practice is required.  After teaching 100’s of students, less than 1% can even learn this short form.

Prospective Tai Chi students should be informed of the true scope of this art.  Most don’t have any idea of the complexities of Tai Chi and are just interested in improving their health.  These should be persuaded to study a simple form of Qigong for health.  My experience is that nearly 100% of students can learn the Six Healing Sounds.  See “Which Should Study Tai Chi or Qigong? at

Seniors and the sedentary, especially if only interested in improving or maintaining their health, should learn and practice Qigong for health rather than Yoga or Tai Chi.  Qigong is non-strenuous and easier to learn and practice than Yoga or Tai Chi.  Qigong has the added advantage that it is effective in helping about 200 diseases.

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Weight Loss: No Exercise Diet Pills or Cost!

The title sounds too good to be true. However, it is. You can learn a recently discovered method to lose weight that requires no exercise, diet, pills or cost in about 5 minutes. The difficult part is to have the discipline to practice for one minute before every meal.
This method is a form of Qigong (pronounced chee kung), a Chinese therapy thousands of years old. It consists of mental as well as physical maneuvering which simultaneously adjust body posture, breathing, and the mind. Other Qigong methods can prevent disease, increase longevity, help retain your ability to work and treat diseases. They are also easy to learn.
Qigong for health is not strenuous, requires little coordination or flexibility and can be done lying, sitting or standing. It can be practiced anywhere, at any time, and requires no special clothing or equipment. Thus, it is ideal for seniors and the physically challenged. Qigong is easier to learn and practice than Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates or Zomba.
Dr. Oz, a heart surgeon and the star of the TV show “The Doctor Oz Show” stated, “If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.” Dr. Oz was not just making wild speculations. Recent research has found a way to predict and increase your life span. Tips of chromosomes are called telomeres. These protective caps, made of repetitive chunks of DNA, keep the rest of the gene-laden chromosomes from disastrously unraveling. Telomeres length has been linked to life span. Longer telomeres have been associated with longer lives and vice versa. A cell’s telomeres shorten a bit each time that the cell divides. Telomeres length is decreased by stress and can be increased by reducing stress! Qigong not only reduces stress has been shown to help about 200 diseases.
Conferences on the scientific study of Qigong have been held in the U.S. and China. Qigong has been shown to improve respiration, induce the relaxation response, cause favorable changes in blood chemistry, and produce changes in EEG indicating improved mental states. Clinical trials have shown the efficacy of Qigong in reducing stress, delaying aging effects, prolonging life, preventing illness and curing many chronic diseases including paralysis and cancer.
One scientific survey of aged practitioners revealed that they were in good health and appeared younger than a second group of non-practitioners. Their average blood pressure was normal and 93% had normal hearing and good memories. The non-practicing elders had a higher average blood pressure, 25% had hypertension, 50% had vision problems, 76% had hearing problems and 35% had lost their ability to work. After doing Qigong for 5 months, 52% of them could work & made significant physiological improvements.
Some scientific articles showing the physical and mental benefits of Qigong appear at

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