MEDICAL REFERALS AND S.M.A.R.T.
I had the privilege of studying T'ai Chi with this
book's author, Bill Douglas. As a practicing physician, there
are certainly times where stress can seem to be the norm. I found
T'ai Chi to be profoundly beneficial in reducing stress, increasing
mental clarity, and improving my emotional as well as physical
health. Where else can you find such a highly effective tool to
achieve these worthwhile goals without fancy equipment or complicated
I was an emergency room physician when I began studying T'ai
Chi with this book's author, Bill Douglas. My first indication
of T'ai Chi's powerful stress management benefits came from the
ER nurses I worked with, who remarked on my level of serenity
If T'ai Chi can help with stress in an ER room where lives often
hang in the balance, imagine what it can do for everyone else!
John D.Hernandez, M.D.
Because of my practice of T'ai
Chi and QiGong, my barometer for detecting "disease" within myself
earlier, allows me to prevent serious infection and speed up healing.
I feel T'ai Chi is a wonderful part of a revolution in health
care, whereby each of us takes much more responsibility for our
own health and healing.
This book can introduce people to the rich esoteric science of
T'ai Chi's mind/body fitness in a humorous, easy, and fun way.
Susan Norman, C.I.M.T.
From the perspective of a health
psychologist serving patients who are coping with chronic illness
and stressful life events, I see the gentle mindfulness exercises
of T'ai Chi and QiGong relaxation therapy as potentially useful
for a broad spectrum of people. The author of this book, Bill
Douglas, explains the complexities of T'ai Chi and QiGong in the
form of an invitation, easing his students into a greater understanding
of the usefulness and purpose of this ancient form of meditative
Kristy Straits-Troster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Primary Care Medicine
Dizziness is one of the more common
reasons for a doctor visit, particularly in patients over the
age of fifty. Because the causes of dizziness can range from benign
self-limiting conditions to potentially life threatening ones,
a thorough medical evaluation is essential before embarking on
any form of therapy. Persistent dizziness certainly has a distinct
impact on the quality of life and emotional well being of the
patient. Falls, hip fractures and lack of confidence in public
often create a feeling of helplessness.
In over twenty years of experience as a clinical neurologist,
I find that extensive and expensive medical evaluation including
CAT scans, MRI scans and vascular imaging studies as well as prescription
medications add little to alleviating the problem. I have found
vestibular rehabilitation exercises in the form of T'ai Chi classes
to be a cost-effective mode of therapy. Many of my patients have
opted for this non-medication approach to treatment and have developed
a sense of self-confidence through this form of exercise. In short,
as a traditional medical practitioner, I frequently recommend
T'ai Chi for my patients with dizziness and dysequilibrium.
Charles D. Donohoe, M.D.
It has been a year since I began
practicing T'ai Chi under the teaching of the author of this book,
Bill Douglas and his associate instructor Erik Feagans. This span
of time certainly allows me to evaluate the result of this gentle
"martial art", not only as stress management therapy but, more
impressively, with regard to its effect on my physical health.
Suffering for years from chronic neck pain consequent to a whiplash
injury, and also suffering from a limited motion of the right
shoulder, I approached with some skepticism the T'ai Chi course.
The course was initiated after unsuccessful sessions of physical
therapy, including mobilization, ultrasounds, heat application
etc. After two months of T'ai Chi the pain in the cervical region
disappeared while the range of motion of my right shoulder returned
completely to the normal. This achievement remained unchanged
during the past winter up to now.
I would not hesitate to recommend T'ai Chi to individuals suffering
from my same ailments as well as to mature persons who are seeking
to maintain or improve their health and to remain free of chronic
pain due to the aging process.
Loredana Brizio-Molteni, M.D., F.A.C.S.
I have been, since many years, interested in the oriental arts
and philosophy, including the "martial arts." It took however
my wife's persistence to persuade me to enlist in your T'ai Chi
courses, which I am taking since July 1997.
My attitude, since the first few lessons, changed, due to your
effectiveness and to your ability to teach this gentle "martial
art." I was suffering for symptoms related to osteoarthritis of
the left coxofemoral joint, and, in addition, I was suffering
from neck pain with limited motion. This symptomology disappeared
with the T'ai Chi exercises.
My physician's recommendation is to continue with the practice
of T'ai Chi. I would pass the same recommendation to individuals
with similar sedentary life style as well as to people involved
in activity, which requires exertion of the musculo-skeletal system.
Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D.