Monday Inspiration Board

Posted by Suzi | November 26, 2012

Dr Frank Lipman is a bit of a wellness warrior; Gwyneth Paltrow loves his work, as does Donna Karan and Maggie Gyllenhaall. In fact you can see all three sing his paraises on his really informative website: here.

South African by birth, as a young medic he worked in poor black townships and noticed that the inhabitants almost never suffered from the depressions, aches and failures of the auto-immune system that plagued his rich, white patients.

While recognising western medicine is great for crisis care e.g. a stroke or a broken bone, he found it lacking in the promotion of everyday wellness. He began to study acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation and yoga. And now combines the “science and wisdom” of both; revitalising stressed-out New Yorkers at his Eleven Eleven Wellness Centre, a block away from Madison Square Park.

I fell upon (and loved) this quote by him today.  It’s amazing how little we consider our environment- and by that I mean poor diet, lack of exercise, or even over-exercising, never having time to chill out, never listening to our bodies, filling our bedrooms with electronic equipment on standby (so our nights are never dark and peaceful)- and it’s effect on our wellbeing.

As Lipman puts it health is more than the absence of disease; it is about listening to and gratifying your personal physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social needs too. Which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds: so go forth and do the things that make you shine!



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  1. I love his approach, just checked out his website too- it’s great!

    Comment by Mandy — December 2, 2012 #

  2. I needed to read something like this today- and how lovely to find your words here! So inspiring and true.

    Comment by Wendy Brent — February 9, 2013 #

  3. Beautiful! I love this.

    Comment by Bonnie — February 12, 2013 #

  4. There is a lot more to illness than Western medicine likes to admit/research, I like this approach of looking at the bigger picture.

    Comment by Fefe — February 12, 2013 #

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