My name is Joan Foo Mahony. I was a successful jet-setting corporate lawyer having worked for over 26 years in Japan, Hong Kong, USA, and lived in the West much of my working life. My life was centered on my demanding job, and I was always on the go, living life on the fast lane. I traveled around the world, not only because my job required for it, but just that - I love traveling! I've always been a vivacious, active person - jumping head-on into any activity that gives me an opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. My all time favorite sport activities have been ice-skating, mountain climbing and sailing.
But in 1992, when I was just 43, my world came crumbling down. A doctor who was examining my broken wrist, the result of an ice skating accident, told me a devastating news:
"You have the bones of a 90-year-old!"
Puzzled and shocked by what he said, I asked him to elaborate. The doctor looked at my x-rays and even thought I was lying about my age. He reiterated that the x-rays and my bone density test showed that I had lost almost 40% of my bone mass, and at the rate my bones were thinning, I would be bedridden before long.
I was dumb-founded by the diagnosis. Only then did I realize that I have been suffering from chronic osteoporosis although I looked absolutely fine on the outside. After many complicated tests, x-rays, checkups, and visits from one hospital to another, the doctors eventually found out that my bone loss was due to a hormonal imbalance. No matter how much calcium I took orally, my brain kept telling my blood that I did not have enough calcium. Hence my blood would 'steal' calcium from my bones and expel through my urine because it regarded it as unnecessary.
(By the way, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease is a debilitating bone disease where the deterioration of bone and its increasing fragility result in fractures. Osteoporosis often affects women, and Asian women have a higher risk because they tend to have smaller bones).
My sister, who is a medical doctor herself, called up every major medical expert in the US and Europe for help, but all gave the same standard answer.
They all said that the disease couldn't be cured..
..because no matter how much calcium I took, my body couldn't absorb it. One even said that,
"The best-case scenario is that you would end up in a wheelchair; the worst, you would die from complications."
I have always been an active person. So when the doctors told me to stop everything and lead 'a quiet life,' it was the worst prognosis for me. I started to walk slowly and even talk slowly. It got so bad later that I couldn't even walk up stairs. I gave up sports and dancing - activities that I enjoyed very much. When you have osteoporosis, and in such a severe case like mine, it takes a longer time to heal a simple broken bone. My broken wrist was in plaster for almost a year.
"I can't live my life this way!" After more than a year, I got tired of leading a quiet life as my doctors advised. I examined my treatment options with my doctors and decided that Western medicines were not for me due to its limitation. Weight bearing exercise helps to stop bone deterioration but it does not build mass. The option of hormone replacement therapy or HRT was a no-no for me since there is a history of cancer in my family. I was at my wits' end and the future certainly looked bleak.
Not one to slow down, and tired of the sedentary life that I have adopted, I soon packed my bags and flew from USA to Hong Kong to visit my friends, and if possible to find an alternative cure for my ailment. By chance or as fate would have it, one day I accompanied a friend to a Qigong class conducted by Mak Chung Man, a Chinese herbalist and Qigong master who is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on both these traditional practices.
I soon became a student of Master Mak or more fondly known as the 'man from the mountains,' and decided to study the 3,000-year-old ancient exercise under him. Not long after I started classes, my husband was transferred from Boston to Hong Kong. So I was able to see Master Mak everyday. Someone up there was certainly watching over me. I had never met a master like Master Mak. He taught me the basics and sent me off to do it myself. But I kept going back to learn more from him and he never held back his knowledge.
Qigong reversed my condition.
After a year of practice, I went back to my American doctors for tests. They were, as I expected, flabbergasted.
Not only had I arrested the disease, I managed to reverse it too.
In my humble opinion, I feel I had rebalanced my qi so my brain could give my body the right messages and my bones had been able to grow back. After three years of practicing Qigong, the signs were even more positive - my bones did not deteriorate further, and in fact, I found that my bones have strengthened.
Recent tests showed my bone loss was only about 5% instead of 40%.
When you are 55 years old, a bone loss of 5 to 10% is considered normal. The US doctors cannot believe the reversal in my condition, especially when I tell them it's due to Qigong.
Well, that was almost 13 years ago. Today I am a picture of excellent health and I am simply radiating with energy. Now I am back active again; traveling, mountain climbing, sailing, and teaching Qigong for free to children. I have since given up my corporate law practice but am still active as a businesswoman, publisher and a writer.
As I grew more familiar with Qigong, I started to adapt the various exercises for use while I was out and about, developing them to fit my busy lifestyle.
I know all of us would like to practice Qigong but we don't have the time to set aside a couple of hours a day, which is what some masters insist on.
They make a big deal about the breathing, about the mystique of it, about having to come to them at a particular time¡that's nonsense.
Master Mak believes Qigong isn't a secret art and that you shouldn't be reliant on your master. He taught me specifically so I could go away and exercise myself. Best of all, Master Mak taught me I can do Qigong anytime, anywhere.
What makes Indispensable QI GONG For People On The Go! so unique?
The Qigong exercises and results are proven - I am living proof and speak from my own experience.
The no-nonsense Qigong exercises are those that Master Mak (who had studied and taught Qigong for the last 30 years) taught me.
The Qigong exercises can be done almost anywhere - in the bus, in the car, on a plane (to get rid of jet lag), while watching TV, when you are in love (yes, you heard it right) or even while playing golf.
You choose which movement to practice, just as you can also choose which movement is suited to your needs at any particular point in time.
It is written to provide novice as well as veteran practitioners ease of reading.
Each exercise is laid out in step-by-step instructions shown by Master Mak using the simplest terms and all are accompanied by pictures and illustrations for easy visualization.
Handy tips and bite-size information are inserted to widen the scope of knowledge on Qigong for newcomers.
It does not deal with the origins of Qigong, nor does it attempt to explain the scientific theories surrounding Qigong. You only need to know how and why Qigong works. It thus allows you to concentrate on the exercises to get maximum benefit.
Best of all, you don't require a master to teach you personally.
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"For the past 10 years I have been suffering from insomnia, high blood pressure, migraine and many other health problems. I've tried many a remedy and medicines but to no avail. I didn't have much confidence with Qigong when I first started. Slowly but surely the simple steps that you showed in the video helped me overcome my insomnia without me realizing it. Imagine sleeping like a baby again after years of suffering. I consider myself truly lucky for having discovered Qigong."
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My challenge to you!
By integrating simple Qigong stances in Indispensable QI GONG For People On The Go! whenever you have a spare moment (as little as 5 to 10 minutes), you will notice a discernible improvement in your health, strength and energy, in addition to feeling more positive and calm. Use Qigong to strengthen your mind and body, to prevent and even cure illness, and as a result, enjoy a fruitful, long and healthy life.
Don't just take my word for it, try this exercise (from my ebook) at the next office meeting. Click play on the video below.
Qigong At Meeting
a) Sit upright with your feet shoulder width apart on the ground.
b) Rest your arms on the chair handles (if there are any) or place your hands on the table, fingers spread, palms downward - keep arms away from body.
You will soon find this exercise increases your mental alertness and prevents mental fatigue. Just try it and see the difference.
By the way, did You Know that Chinese Emperors in the past used to sit in thrones in this particular position to make them more alert to their surroundings and their subjects?
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The Perfect Remedy for Busy Executives Like Me
"As a busy corporate figure, I wanted some simple guide book on managing stress which I suffer constantly from (I am one of the so-called 'Type A' personalities). Joining a class is also out of question as I constantly travel every few days in a week due to my work commitments). Your Qigong ebook (which I've printed in hard copy) and video lessons (which I've downloaded to my mobile phone) gave me the opportunity to learn Qigong on the go and practice them even for a few minutes whenever I can find the time and place. I never fail to do my 'Qigong in the Plane, pg. 28' when I travel. Your bite-size Qigong lessons are a refresher for people like me to reduce stress on the go. "
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New York, USA
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