Why not flap your wings today?

I’ve had some wonderful doctors in my day—Dr. Barnes as a girl in upstate New York, Dr. Mininger in Indiana, Dr. Horner in Canada, and my present Dr. Goering.
But as much as I have liked all of my doctors, I wish I could have been a patient of Dr. Hippocrates, who was born in Greece 2,400 years ago.
To this day, he is called the “father of medicine.” He was the first physician, for instance, to believe that diseases are the result of identifiable natural causes rather than supernatural causes.
Hippocrates taught in a medical school and has influenced medical thought for more than 2,000 years. His writings still were used in medical textbooks in the 19th century.
He believed that health is a normal state and disease is abnormal. He also believed in the healing power of nature. As such, he was the first physician to teach preventive medicine.
“Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine,” said Hippocrates.
He also was the first doctor to recommend exercise to live long and stay healthy.
His recommendations worked for Hippocrates (he lived to age 83—a ripe old age for that time). And they can still work for us.
Just as Hippocrates had innovative health insights in his day, Dr. Dale Anderson is a health innovator today.
In 1997, Anderson shared some of his findings on preventive medicine in “The Orchestra Conductor’s Secret to Health & Long Life: Conducting and Other Easy Things to Do to Feel Better, Keep Fit, Lose Weight, Increase Energy, and Live Longer.”
A Metropolitan Life Insurance Company survey on lifespan and occupation inspired Anderson to write this book. The survey revealed that the occupation with the greatest longevity was orchestra conductors.
In fact, orchestra conductors live 38 percent longer than the general population.
Arturo Toscanini died just before his 99th birthday. Leopold Stokowski lived to 95 and Arthur Fiedler was 85.
Anderson, who has been a physician for 40 years, concluded that the reason is simple—conducting is good cardiovascular exercise. So he adapted the conducting motion into a fun and easy upper-body fitness program, which he calls J’ARMing.
“Your arms are an under-used source of energy, fitness, and health,” says Anderson. “A fun and effective way to exercise your arms is to ‘jog’ your arms to happy invigorating music.”
J’ARMing requires no expensive equipment, no special wardrobe, and it isn’t weather dependent. You can do it at home on your schedule and it’s easy, fun, and effective.
According to Anderson, J’ARMing will strengthen your heart and lungs, improve your posture and balance, reduce your pain and stress, help you lose weight, and make you feel better.
The book even suggests musical selections to “conduct.” So why not flap your wings today—with or without music. It will increase your cardiovascular fitness and just may add years to your lifespan.
Anderson, like Hippocrates, believes in preventive medicine. And he keeps looking for innovative ways to increase wellness. Since writing “The Orchestra Conductor’s Secret to Health & Long Life” seven years ago, Anderson has developed another fun prescription for health.
Next week, read Anderson’s latest prescription for a healthy, long life.
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@aol.com or visit www.visit-snider.com

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