When I qualified as a Doctor at twenty-six years old, I thought I knew everything there was to know about health and medicine. By the age of thirty, I realized my medical training was limited and I didn’t really know much about health and wellness. So I went on a journey of discovery to expand my horizons and studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Functional medicine, nutrition, yoga, and Buddhism. By fifty, I realized my life training was limited too, as my daughter (a teenager at the time) was pointing out “how stupid” I was. And now that I am fifty-seven, I realize I have amassed a lot of knowledge but have so much more to learn.
As I get older and hopefully wiser with every year, certain insights become clearer. Here are some of them gleaned from the wisdom I have gained from thirty-two years of marriage to my beautiful wife, Janice; having a wonderful twenty-four-year-old daughter, Alison; and thirty-two years of practicing medicine and being a perpetual student of life.
- More Real Food, Less Food-like Substances
- More Fruit and Vegetables, Less Sugar, Gluten and Dairy
- More Plant Foods, Less Animal Products
- More Organic, Less Chemicals
- More Clean Products, Less Toxic Products
- More Chewing, Less Eating
- More Water, Less Alcohol
- More Walking, Less Driving
- More Exercising, Less Sitting at the Computer
- More Music, Less Noise
- More Recycling, Less Waste
- More Outdoors, Less Indoors
- More Meditation, Less Worry
- More Slow, Less Hurry
- More Smiles, Less Anger
- More Love, Less Hatred
- More Fun, Less Serious
- More Letting Go, Less Holding On
- More Being, Less Doing
- More Presence, Less Absence
- More Generosity, Less Greed
- More Forgiving, Less Blaming
- More Inclusion, Less Exclusion
- More Health Care, Less Disease Care
- More Ubuntu, Less Me
As Archbishop Desmond Tutu says:
“Ubuntu is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. And therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in belonging.”
Dr. Frank Lipman is an acclaimed Integrative Physician and the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. For over 20 years his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life. Focused on sustainable wellness—instead of quick fixes—he offers patients a customized blend of Western medicine with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, vitamins and herbs, relaxation techniques, physical therapy, and bodywork. In 2010 he developed Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a line of leading-edge supplements and health programs. He is the author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again and Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health.
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