16 years of sharing tai chi with Newsletter, and nearly 10 million YouTube views!

Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Newsletter 
- Issue Number 200, April 2018


In this issue:

Hello <<First Name>>,

This is my 200th Monthly Newsletter, more than 16 years of sharing tai chi with you. A huge thank you to all contributors, editors, the Tai Chi for Health Institute and, most importantly, the readers. A very special thanks to Dr Bob whose humour has lightened our hearts for most of these years! A great achievement for the Tai Chi for Health vision!

Another milestone achievement is my YouTube videos hitting 9,518,764 views!  A few more and we will reach the 10 million mark! Most of the views are on my free lessons, the two Tai Chi for Beginners introduction and free lessons hit over 6 million views. Millions of people spend 20-50 minutes online. This is very unusual for internet videos – most people only stay for a few seconds. This means that there is a great deal of interest for Tai Chi for Health programs. I am heartened by so many people wanting to empower themselves for health and wellness – and your appreciation of the quality of my Tai Chi for Health programs.

As part of the celebration for the 20 year anniversary of the Sydney tai chi workshop, the Tai Chi for Health Institute is producing a documentary entitled “Anyone Can Learn Tai Chi”. It is a story that can help people understand why anyone can learn and enjoy a Tai Chi for Health program. I am going to release it soon. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a race with the YouTube views? Let us see if I can release it before YouTube views hit 10 million. 

On the Tuesday evening of the 20th annual workshop, Professors Rhayun Song, Raymond Lau and Sang Myeong Cheon, with Rani Hughes and Linda Arksey, conducted a seminar on tai chi for people with special conditions. Here is Professor Rhayun Song’s introduction. Professor Cheon is a neurologist specialising in Parkinson’s disease, his discussion will be featured here over two issues.

The outstanding interview with participants of the workshop, Lesley, who turns having pneumonia into positive action, and Katherine, integrating fitness training with tai chi energy.

I am leaving for my global workshop tour on the 2nd of April, looking forward to seeing you in one of the workshops.

Yours in Tai Chi,

Paul Lam, MD

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Introduction to Special Seminar on Tai Chi

Professor Rhayun Song, Master Trainer, Korea

Tai Chi for health program has been officially confirmed for its scientific evidence on fall prevention by Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since this point, Tai Chi becomes science. As Tai Chi practitioners, we need to explore the effective teaching strategies by underlying scientific mechanism of Tai Chi. We noticed various population, including elderly, those with stroke, those with Parkinson's disease, and even those with dementia or cognitive impairment doing Tai Chi in the regular classes.

The biggest strength of Tai Chi for health program with its very unique feature of progressive stepwise teaching methods enables us to teach Tai Chi even to this challenged population. This is the purpose of today's evening seminar; we welcome you who show interest in expanding Tai Chi for health program to various populations.

Four experts will discuss the scientific mechanisms of teaching Tai Chi each to those with stroke (Dr Lau), Parkinson's disease (Dr Cheon), Dementia (Rani), and Children (Linda), followed by small group discussion to share our experience of teaching this challenged population to explore effective teaching strategies.

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Parkinson's Disease and Tai Chi, Part One of Three

Professor Sang-Myeong Cheon, Neurologist and Master Trainer, Korea

General aspects of Parkinson’s disease will be briefly discussed and then followed by several comments for the instructors to practice Tai Chi with patients with Parkinson’s disease.
  1. Parkinson’s disease
    1. Under the umbrella of parkinsonism – If we find someone who are slow and obtuse, we can say he has parkinsonism. In this case, however, there are various diseases, such as cerebrovascular damage, hydrocephalus, inflammatory diseases of brain, all these can show parkinsonism due to damage of brain. And there also are primary degenerative disease of brain, other than Parkinson’s disease, such as dementia with Lewy body, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy, which all show treatment-resistant parkinsonism with other features including dementia, postural instability, autonomic dysfunction. So, there are lots of conditions, which can be said as parkinsonism, but all these conditions can show different disease course and different features in detail. It is not meaningful the compare each other cause all these conditions are different.
    2. Under the umbrella of Parkinson’s disease – Even if someone had Parkinson’s disease, which we can expect good response to dopaminergic medication and benign course of disease, features and course of disease are different between each other. Tremor, most prominent symptom of PD, is found only in 50-60% of patients and usually do not interfere much in their living because it disappears when they use their hands. The severity of tremor is not related to severity of Parkinson’s disease, instead tremor appears severe when patients are anxious or exhausted. So tremor can be said as a cosmetic problem, not a functionally important. Gait disturbance, most important factor for autonomy of certain patient in daily living, is really diverse between patients depending on the status of disease. We can found Parkinson’s disease patients easily due to their tremor, but patients with tremor shows benign disease course compared to patients with rigidity and gait disturbance. So once again, we cannot compare patients each other and we do not need to focus on presenting feature. The principle in management of Parkinson’s disease patients is to improve daily living based on each patient’s need.
    3. Stage of disease – Parkinson’s disease is slowly progressive disease of elderly. Symptoms and burdens of the disease becomes severe and heavier even with or without treatment. And one of most important factor influencing the disease is age. It is definitely different to see the patient with disease of 5 years duration, which started in their age of 50 or 70. It is very important to set appropriate goal and share it with patients and their family depending on the condition of patients. For example, in the early and mild stage of disease, there is almost no obstacle in activity, so the goal could be set as more challenging and aggressive. In the midst stage with some postural instability, the goal is to reach safe walking and not fall in the daily living. In the advanced stage needed help in most daily life, the goal could be maintaining physical activity and improving most disabling symptoms. At any stage of disease, exercise is necessary and could have role in each patients. Set appropriate/realistic goal and share it with them through exercise, and review it and reset it depending on the changing conditions of patients.
For Part Two, please see the May issue

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Tai Chi: Rehabilitation for a Suffering Spirit

Marilyn Patterson, USA

In a memory care facility on the afternoon of October 6, 2017, I was sitting by the bed of my unconscious husband during his last twelve hours of life.  An Alzheimer’s patient with cardiopulmonary problems, he was slowly fading.  I wanted to be fully present with him as he lingered.
The caregivers lowered the lights in the room and closed the door for silence.  I sat breathing with him, watching his breathing as it gradually slowed.  I harmonized with his fading presence by doing seated Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, hour after hour.   Although he remained unconscious, I had a sense that his deeper consciousness felt my chi and my love.  Throughout the dark hours, filling the room with peaceful chi, I moved beyond my own anxiety and exhaustion into a state of wider presence, and was able to say goodbye serenely when he slipped away at about 4:00 am.
The delicately powerful energy of TCR helped me recognize the sacredness of the time when life leaves a malfunctioning body to assume another form beyond our comprehension.  I felt a deep sense of peace. I believe my husband did too.

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Tai Chi Classes Helped Change my Participant’s Fitness

Hillary Simon, Instructor, New South Wales, Australia

Christine started Tai Chi for Rehab classes with me about a year ago. When she first started she had undergone surgery and chemotherapy for cancer management. She was deconditioned, and not able to get through a full hour class without sitting down to rest at various intervals. After a few months of attending classes, she shared the following with the class:
"I live in a double storey house. Yesterday when I got to the top of the stairs, my husband commented that I managed to get all the way to the top without stopping to rest, and I was not out of breathe". She was convinced that it was the practice of Tai Chi.
But the story does not end there. Two months ago I was saddened when Christine called to let me know that due to cardiac issues her Dr had advised her to stop Tai Chi. Last week Christine returned to classes, reporting that she had been in and out of hospital, with repeated admissions for cardiac issues. As soon as she was given clearance to exercise, she started practicing Tai Chi and returned to classes. She wears a monitor that measures pulse rate and oxygen saturation. It was exciting to note that whilst regular walking resulted in increased pulse rate and decreased oxygen saturation, 1 hour of Tai Chi resulted in a decrease in pulse rate and an increase in oxygen saturation to 99%. Christine felt great at the end of the lesson.
Christine is looking forward to regular Tai Chi practice to improve her health and quality of life.

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A Tai Chi Journey

Robert Haynie

When I consider my tai chi journey, a question comes to mind. Is there healing in the practice of tai chi? In my life, the answer is a definite yes.

My journey began in December 2009. A chance encounter with a friend of mine at church led to my first lesson.
A number of losses had occurred in my life beginning in 2003; my son, my mother, my mother-in-law, my wife, my dad and my business. Needless to say, I was on a recovery journey and seeking all the help I could find. The practice of Tai Chi for Health has been a major part of the equation responsible for my personal recovery. There is spiritual, emotional and physical healing in the various forms. Tai chi is a gift and a blessing.

My recent experience at the rehab workshop in Black Mountain, North Carolina was a highlight of my journey. An expression of gratitude is shared for my friend and instructor, Master Trainer Richard Link, who has led me on this journey.

Based on my life’s story, I can strongly recommend the practice of tai chi to anyone.

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Product Review Prize Winners

Every month we choose the best reviews posted on the Tai Chi Productions website. Be sure to post your review whenever you make a purchase as you may be chosen to win a mystery prize.

Congratulations to Lorraine Bradley from Australia, and Andrew McNair from the USA. Please contact us within one week to claim your prize. You can see their reviews below. Do be sure to post your review when you make a purchase to win a mystery prize.

Product:  Tai Chi for Arthritis

 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 
Posted by: Lorraine Bradley

"Explanatory help"

This DVD is a wonderful back up and reinforcement of a course I am presently undertaking with U3A. I really like the way the doctor explains what we are doing and why. It's a huge help to me and I enjoy being able to follow the instructions at home and in my own time. It backs up what we do in class and I can follow it every day. I am about to turn 80 and until recently have been line dancing. However back problems have forced me to discontinue this exercise and I am happy that I have discovered Tai Chi as a softer and calmer form of enjoyment. Thank you Dr Lam."

Thank you, Lorraine, please contact to receive your prize.

Product:  The 24 Forms DVD

 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 
Posted by: Andrew McNair

"A Step to a Larger World"

I understand this is the teaching of the International Style practiced by millions around the world. I am just starting to learn this style and am excited at the prospect of joining a larger community. The instruction so far (basic steps) are thorough and complete. Dr. Lam's joy at presenting is apparent with his gifted training style. I look forward to mastering the complete set. It's fun and beautiful!

Thank you, Andrew, please contact to receive your prize.

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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health

Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA

Laughter as good medicine is being reported in research and the evidence for humor's health benefits is piling up. Added to research on the benefits to the cardiovascular system is a report from Japanese scientists showing that laughter reduces glucose levels in people with diabetes. Traveling away from home to teach my Master Trainer workshops I have enjoyed some bits of wit found at sandwich shops and other eating establishments. Perhaps as readers stop for a meal while traveling they may discover similar funny items that help them exercise our laugh muscles. I welcome additions to the following:  
On the menu
  • "Ham and Cheese - $2.50. Cheese and Ham - $2.90."
  • "Our whipped butter is made with margarine."
Questions asked their server
  • “How many pieces are in the eight-piece chicken deal?"
  • “How much is the $1.99 popcorn chicken?"
  • "Is the honey mustard sauce sweet?"
  • "Does your ice cream contain dairy products?"
  • “Is there any meat in the veggie rolls?"
  • “Do you get rice with your fried rice?"
  • "What's the difference between the 1/4 pounder and the 1/3 pounder?" 
Signs in restaurant windows
  • "Open seven days a week. Closed Sundays." 
  • “Parking for drive-through customers only."
  • “Hot drinks to take out or sit in."
  • “Eat here or we will both starve"
And my favorite:
  • "Unattended children will be given a double espresso and a free puppy!"

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