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The Tao of Health

The Tao of Health

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The Tao of Health and Longevity decribes the exercises and techniques necesssary for a long life that is healty and happy. Tai Chi Chu,an and other ancient Chinese exercises are all described.
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The Tao of Health and Longevity decribes the exercises and techniques necesssary for a long life that is healty and happy. Tai Chi Chu,an and other ancient Chinese exercises are all described.
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Our dwelling places are like strongholds: We look to
them for both physical and mental security, as well as for
rest and socializing. The rooms should be clean, quiet, dry,
and protected from extremes of weather so that we can
avoid diseases.

In modern times, conveniences like air conditioning and
central heating promise increased comfort but can promote
disease instead, due to human carelessness and neglect.
Although people enjoy the comforts of air conditioning dur-
ing the day and early evening, they can catch cold if they
leave the air conditioner on too high before going to bed.
When the body is asleep, it has less strength to combat
cold; meanwhile, chilly air continually lowers the room
temperature. Since night air is usually cooler than that of
the daytime, the air conditioner should be turned down at
night or turned off completely.
In contrast, a heated home is comfortable in the winter-
time. If the rooms are too warm in the evening, however,
members of a family—especially children—may neglect to
cover themselves adequately when they go to bed. In com-
munity buildings, the heat is turned off or lowered after
midnight. The chill of dawn leaves the unblanketed sleeper
susceptible to colds, flu, or pneumonia. Thus it is wise to
lower the temperature an hour or so before retiring and to
dress warmly for bed. If living in a community building
where the rooms are too hot, briefly open the windows to
adjust the temperature. With more care, moderate and
healthy temperatures can be achieved.
Comfort and health require a clean and quiet environ-
ment. House plants provide not only decoration but a ben-
efit to health. Both plants and cross-ventilation freshen the
air with added oxygen. Rooms should be clean and sparsely

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furnished. If possible, keep cats, dogs, birds, and similar
domestic pets out of the living quarters. They spoil the air,
disturb a restful atmosphere with their noise, and shed fur
or feathers on furniture and food.
Safety is another concern. Keep vulnerable doors and
windows locked for protection.
When the environment is too hot, the body soon feels
discomfort. The appetite is dampened, as is the perspiring
skin. Although the body feels more exhausted, sleeping is
difficult. This physical fatigue brought on by intensive heat
weakens the body's defenses against disease.
Modern technology has provided the means to escape
such heat or at least make the situation more bearable.
Fans and air conditioners lower the temperature in a room.
But take care not to make the room too cold too fast, espe-
cially if you have been in the heat for a long time. Nor
should an electric fan's path of air blow directly on the
body, for it can stiffen the muscles and make you catch cold.
The evening is usually cooler and provides air that is at
least as fresh as that filtered through an air conditioner.
A too cold environment also impairs the health. Chilled
air can induce harsh coughs, nasal congestion, fever, runny
eyes, body aches, phlegm in the lungs, plain physical dis-
comfort, and more severe forms of the common cold such as
influenza and pneumonia.
Again, modern heating systems make it easier than in
the past to control room temperature and thereby avoid
chills. Another good measure is to wear warmer clothing.
But be careful not to perspire too much under sweaters or
thermal underwear, lest the conditions be present for a cold
or even frostbite.
Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to
coughs and colds caused by strong winds, because their
physical resistance is not too strong. Respiratory diseases
can result from exposure to winds, as can aching muscles

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and menstrual cramps. The best protection is to stop up all
drafts within a house and to cover the nose and mouth when
outside. Do not breathe directly against the wind, since this
increases the risk of harm to internal organs. The wind also
carries particles of dirt, insects, pollution, and small ob-
jects, which may blow into the eye at high speed. To shield
the eyes, wear wind goggles or sun glasses.
Humidity occurs when the air is heavy with moisture.
Muggy weather brings about sneezing, itchy eyes, and la-
bored breathing. In China, we used to heat damp air with
coal fires. Nowadays, machines called "dehumidifiers" can
pull the wetness out of the air by turning it into water.
Air that is too dry is unhealthy, too. It affects the eyes
and throat unpleasantly, parches the skin and the interiors
of the nostrils, and cracks or chaps the lips. Predictably,
technology has invented the "humidifier" to add moisture
to an arid room in the form of steam.
Being outside in too much water—in rain, snow, and so
on—is harmful. Indoors, the threat of dampness is present
in dank, poorly ventilated rooms or basements. And re-
member the previous warning about the unhealthy condi-
tions caused by excessive perspiration, especially when
combined with extreme cold or wind. Extreme wetness
results in skin irritation, coughs and colds, rheumatism,
and even tuberculosis. If you get stuck in a storm, towel
yourself dry and change your clothes immediately.
As we have seen, technology has offered us many ways
to shield ourselves from the extremes of weather. But
people still suffer from illnesses brought on by these exter-
nal forces and thus cannot easily relax the mind. Most of-
ten, such illnesses are due to human carelessness and ne-
glect. For example, I went out into a heavy downpour to
visit a teacher friend. When he saw that I had gotten
drenched by the rain, he advised me to change out of my
wet clothes immediately. I refused, assuring him that I
would be all right. Within a month, I had rheumatism.

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