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Tao of Youth: Let Nature Heal You

By Deborah Whitehouse

“Aging is often associated with pain and disability,” says May Yue, author of May Yue’s Tao of Youth: Let Nature Heal You. “But that doesn’t need to be. We have more control over the aging process than doctors are telling us.”

Lecture: The Tao of Youth By May Yue. Tue, Feb 28, 4pm. Moonrise Health, Órganos 29. 154-4076. 50 pesos applicable to any Moonrise purchase.

Yue advocates a five-step process for cleansing the body of toxins to “turn back time,” dealing with diet, body chemistry, exercise, the mind-body-spirit continuum, and skin care. The result of 10 years of research and experimentation in collaboration with her sister, Cathy Ma, Yue put a name to her youth-preservation recipe: “Tao of Youth.” It is based on published studies in both Eastern and Western traditional medicine and espouses a down-to-earth yet spiritual path to wellness at any age.

“We all want to feel younger, but when we say “youth,” what do we really mean?” Yue asks. “We mean looking and feeling well. Having the energy to do what we love doing. There are no numbers associated with that. My mother was playing Mah-Jongg way into her 90s. That’s a complicated game and you need fast reflexes. If I played with her, I’d lose.”

Yue’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 92, yet she never went to a nursing home. “I took care of her until she died at age 96 because I discovered natural healing processes and supplements like lithium aspartate that help the brain to function better. Also, I know that a person’s environment is critical to their health. We all can benefit from the principles of feng shui in our homes, for example. Would a Western doctor allow an Alzheimers patient to stay home with crystals and food supplements? No way—but it works,” says Yue.

Yue and her sister found that enzymes and exercise are important in keeping their youthful vigor. “I take enzyme tablets because digestion slows with aging, and 60 percent to 80 percent of our energy from the food we eat goes into the digestion process. When you take enzymes to help with digestion, your body—including your brain—has leftover energy for healing,” says Yue. “It’s common sense, but Western culture says you have to ‘take something’ from the drugstore to feel better. Instead, meditate. Try Pilates.”

Yue is a Chinese-born American whose family moved to Hong Kong in 1950 and 0then to the United States in 1969. Her father and four brothers are physicians who also have contributed to the research of her book. “When I turned 47 and my sister was 46, we decided we didn’t buy the Western rhetoric about what it’s like to grow old. We decided we were going to age gracefully. That’s when we started researching both Eastern and Western healing methods—and we tried everything,” says Yue. “Aging is a physical reality, but aches and pains are not a natural part of the process, nor is mental infirmity. Think about why you believe it, if you do,” she says. “Who told you that?”

May Yue, author of The Tao of Youth: Let Nature Heal You, will discuss her book and the “Five steps for turning back the clock.”

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