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  1. Will to resist the flu (and other illnesses)

    @cheya I do get a lot of sun exposure during spring and summer but not much during winter. I will check my vitamin D levels. I eat a lot of greens and some fruits on a daily basis so I don't take huge doses of vitamin C as a supplement. @Cybele Thank you, sounds like a good addition to my arsenal. @Taomeow Where I live it's very rare seeing someone wear a mask in public. It's usually the unfortunate kids with leukemia that do @GSmaster I try to avoid it because having a flu feels like shit. It is due to a pathogen that attacks you, so I believe it makes sense to defend against it. IMHO having a brief cold is OK though. Anyways, I prefer other ways to detoxify like sweating and fasting. @rainbowvein Interesting, I will look into copper. On average, I ejaculate about twice a week. I am 36. More frequent during summer and less during winter. It also depends on GF's mood though
  2. At the end of this summer, I decided to challenge myself not to go down with the flu or a cold over the next 12 months. It is a difficult challenge due to my current living conditions. I live in a crowded metropolitan city. I commute to work using a train and then the subway. It lasts 1.5 hours each way so I spend 3 hours per day commuting. During rush hour we get packed like sardines. Oh yes, I work at an office with poor ventilation. I have a stressful job. These are my living conditions Over the last few years, I made significant improvements to my eating habits, have taken a rigorous exercise regime, conditioned myself to taking cold showers and began energy practice. Still, I've been getting sick a few times each year due to what I believe the conditions I listed above. I used to accept it as an unavoidable fact of life. This season I willed myself not to get sick. I take 500mg vitamin C when I feel my defenses are weakened. I'm constantly exposed to the bug as there are many sick people on the train and in the office. Sometimes I visualize a shield of energy protecting my body when I'm on the train and people are sneezing and coughing. At other times, when I feel I have a slight fever, I hit the gym, break a sweat and do some weights to shake off the illness. Sometimes when I feel I'm on the verge of getting ill, I just literally shake down my body and focus my attention to warding off the illness. I'm happy to report I have fought it off so far. I think September and October are the hardest times due to change of season. Feel free to discuss. Any advice is appreciated
  3. multi vitamins

    I second this.
  4. How to heal dust allergy ?

    Actually it's not honey. It's pollen collected by bees from flowers. Bees harden the soft bulk of pollen using their hind legs. They then take the stuff to their nest. Bee cultivators collect a percentage of this material using a filter at the nest. It is nutritionally potent as pollen is the masculine seed of the flower - packed with proteins and vitamins. It looks like this. Regular consumption for a few weeks helps me breathe from the nose better at night. I do not live in the U.S. and I know the geographical area where my pollen comes from - so you could call it locally sourced I guess. I cannot say whether honey helps allergies. I found that it helps healing wounds faster when applied topically. Especially those nasty tongue wounds when you bite your tongue by accident... I also like to spread honey over a nice tender cut of meat before I cook it - makes the meat kind of caramelized and delicious
  5. Neanderthal Diet/Human Protein Max

    I once saw one of those on a documentary. A large and deadly scorpion entered the mouse's home (a hole in the ground) at night. After a while, the mouse emerged from the hole and howled victoriously - no trace of the scorpion. It was hilarious
  6. How to heal dust allergy ?

    Every night, when I go to bed, my nose gets clogged and I end up sleeping with the mouth open so I can breathe. I strongly suspect this is due to dust allergy - household dust, mites etc. I have a history with it - I even had mild asthma back when I was a kid and was treated for it. A few months ago I bought some bee - pollen upon good advice. I mixed a spoonful of it into my yoghurt every day. Within two weeks, I was able to breathe through the nose again at night (after many many years). I ran out of my bee - pollen supply and quickly I developed the same problem again. So I'm pretty sure it helps this kind of allergy.
  7. LDT method: hui yin <-> navel

    Thank you for your reply @Desmonddf Very interesting story with the animals. It's been a few weeks since I had the first experience. Since then, I tried it again maybe 10 - 15 times, but I did not get the same intense sense of warmth and hotness. I believe in not forcing these things, so I do not try too hard to get a specific result. Didn't get any love from animals yet, no noticable bites from bugs either How do you determine if Qi is refined or not? If I'm doing the practice described above (perineum to LDT to solar plexus), what should be the pathway or method to refine the Qi? MCO? The 8 extraordinary meridians? Answers beget questions...
  8. I agree with most of the above. However, the feeling of fullness is also related to the volume of food you put into your stomach. For example, if you eat a huge amount of salad (lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes etc), you will feel full but you will get a small amount of calories since most of the stuff you ate is basically water and fiber. As you mentioned, going heavy on simple carbs may easily screw with your health. Protein is also not appropriate for gaining weight. Our bodies are accustomed to breaking down sugar and fat for energy, protein is sometimes used for producing energy but as a last resort kind of way. Also too much protein will risk screwing your kidneys which is a big no-no. So, if you want to put on some healthy weight the only sensible solution is increasing your fat consumption. As we've been discussing, fat is very calorie - dense. So you are able to get a large quantity of calories with a relatively small volume of food. The feeling of fullness comes with a lag when we eat fat, because it is digested slowly as we've been discussing. So if one eats a high - calorie fatty meal before the feeling of fullness hits, one will be able to put on weight. At least IME, sorry for the long post.
  9. Apologies in advance for the derailment Lucky you for having a fast metabolism. Still, increasing your intake of fat should solve the problem. Fat is very calorie - dense. So go ahead and dip your bread in virgin olive oil, spread butter over your bread, have some hard cheese, generously add cream to your potatoes and have 'em mashed. Eventually you are bound to tip the balance and start gaining weight - ending your struggles. What is important is not getting used to it and become overweight, IMO
  10. IME, the most efficient way to gain weight without screwing up your body balance is consuming a lot of healthy fats. Simple carbs usually fill your tummy up for a short time, but get broken down quickly and spike your blood sugar level causing a lot of long term problems such as insulin resistance etc. Fats on the other hand, are metabolized slowly and provide a less volatile source of energy. So you should go for all kinds of nuts and seeds. If you consume animal products, go for fatty fish like salmon and red meat like lamb and also chicken. Remember to avoid frying things. You can reduce the amount of bread you at and spread some real butter on your bread. Similarly, eat less rice and cook it with butter. If you eat dairy that is.
  11. The Shaolin monk types look very muscular and they seem to do a lot of resistance training - on the videos at least. (Most noticably extreme forms of horse stance and ZZ). Would that indicate that they do not build internal power? Just curious...
  12. I totally get your concerns. One should remember that there are two sides to the equation when it comes to weight loss: The amount of energy you burn and the amount of fuel you put into your body. Building muscle is an effective way to lose weight. More muscle mass will increase your baseline metabolism and as long as you keep your food intake stable, you will eventually lose weight. Since you do not wish to increase your muscle mass, you will need to reduce the amount of food you consume. This is actually a sound thing to do as one ages - one does not need as much energy as younglings. This is basically why you are gaining weight as you age - you are consuming more than your body really needs. As a side note, there are studies on rats where scientists were able to prolong a rat's life by %20 - 30 simply by restricting the animal's daily calorie intake. Hippocrates said that man's best medicine is walking. I believe he was right and your are doing the right thing with the long walks. He also said death begins in the gut - that's basically what I've been rambling about above I would suggest doing push ups in addition to the walking, if your left shoulder allows for it. If done right, a push up is really a full body work out. You are not likely to gain a lot of muscle mass if you don't do too many reps.
  13. LDT method: hui yin <-> navel

    I had an experience during my practice the other night and I would like to share it. I suspected someone else on this forum might have pondered over this and a quick search confirmed it. This forum is really a treasure and I take the opportunity to thank everyone for making it so. Some quick background... My current practice includes a single weekly session of modern hatha style yoga to stay flexible; a modest duration of zhan zhuang and horse stance every morning, a brief meditation session every day as well as regular gym workouts. I integrate MCO and meridian opening into some of the above exercises. Generally speaking, during meditation or at other times, I can feel the energy in the perineum, heart, third eye and solar plexus, the whole spine, sometimes intensely. However, it has been very rare for me to feel the LDT. Sometimes I feel it subtly after a yoga session during savasana, sometimes after I do abdominal exercises & fire breathing at the gym, but nothing intense, the feeling has been weak and subtle. It almost never happens during zhan zhuang which tells me that qi is not sinking. Last night lying down, I decided to meditate briefly before going to sleep. My usual lying down meditation position is with the soles of the feet firmly pressed against each other, close to the perineum. After a few relaxing deep diaphragm breaths, I spontaneously tried something new. I breathed in through the perineum, sucking in (yin?) qi from the environment, up to the LDT through the thrusting channel. I released the breath inside the LDT (or the general area where it is supposed to be located). A few breath cycles like this, and very quickly I felt warmth from the inside like the Taoist texts described. I kept at the breathing and in no time warmth turned to hotness in the LDT. For the first time I experienced and understood what the Taoists meant when referring to the LDT as the "stove." The hotness suggested to me that yang qi was involved. I continued with this breathing, sucking in the energy through the perineum and going up the central channel, this time releasing the breath inside the solar plexus. The solar plexus became warm and then hot, just like the LDT. I did not go up to the heart, because from what I've read over the past year or so, this might not be a very good idea, perhaps dangerous - I do not have a master. Just wanted to share the experience, it felt like progress, beautiful. I found this thread after a quick keyword search. I believe what others have described above is fairly similar to what I experienced.
  14. What's your current exercise routine?

    That makes sense. I'm a big fan of standing exercises. I will surely check out the online material after I've done reading the book. It should take some time though as it is not an easy read Thanks.
  15. What's your current exercise routine?

    I noticed @voidisyinyang keeps referring to the book Taoist Yoga: Internal Alchemy and Immortality. Since it is freely available, I decided to read it... slowly and carefully. Chapter 3 is about opening up the eight channels. The author describes a step by step method towards opening the channels and advises the reader to practice it every morning to clear impurities and blockages. It is meant to be practiced in full lotus (which I am able to do), but I thought since I do 5 minutes of zhan zhuang every morning, why not integrate the breathing practice into that? I found that the channel opening practice feels very natural in zhan zhuang; more so than in full lotus. So I integrated that into my morning routine. It seems to be very effective and I feel like I have made some progress.