Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, The Doctor Knows
meddybear.net: Shigeaki Hinohara ( 4 October 1911 – 18 July 2017) was a Japanese physician. This extraordinary man continued with his practice as a doctor even after turning 100 years old. He was highly respected in Japan and was a honorary head of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. The cause of death was respiratory failure on July 18th, according to the hospital. He was 105. Hinohara had been suffering from medical conditions affecting his heart and other organs as a result of his age.
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thriveglobal.com: Sixty-five may seem like a normal retirement age to most people. However, to Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, a doctor and leading world longevity expert, slowing down at 65 was never a consideration.
His main secret to aging so well? Have fun.
According to an article in Business Insider, Dr. Hinohara argued that life should be focused on “contribution,” and Japan’s set retirement age of 65 felt much too early for him to stop working. Dr. Hinohara continued treating patients and working 18-hour days until his death this past July at the age of 105.
SEDCASM PH: Shigeaki Hinohara, a 104 years old Japanese doctor, is the founder of “New Elderly Movement” and the author best-seller “Living Long, Living Good” and other 150 books.
His protocol is refreshing and is unlike the conventional wisdom about healthy lifestyle guidelines.
In his wisdom, he offered up 14 pieces of sage advice for us to take should we desire a long, healthy and happy life.
1. Stay Fit: Every morning, Dr. Hinohara consume a tablespoon of Olive oil, orange juice, and coffee for breakfast. During lunch, Dr. Hinohara drinks milk and rice, fish and vegetables for dinner. He eats 100g of lean meat twice a week.
thriveglobal.com: Dr. Hinohara even incorporated fun into his diet—he admitted to eating cookies and milk for lunch most days (unless he was too busy to eat at all). But don’t be fooled; Dr. Hinohara’s dinners generally consisted of vegetables, fish and rice, showing that a little dessert is OK as long as it is consumed alongside more nutritious options.
2.SEDCASM PH – Don’t Believe Everything Your Doctor Recommend: Dr. Hinohara said to not follow all the doctor’s recommendation unless it’s proven effective and right. Let yourself explore what’s best for you.
Physical Culturist: He suggests that patients ask their doctors whether they would want their own loved ones to go through the recommended procedures. If not, why cause unnecessary pain and suffering? He also thinks music and animal therapies can aid healing more than the medical community realizes.
Physical Culturist: Comment: Fancy this advice coming from an experienced and well-respected doctor! I think his words are especially true in serious medical cases like cancer. The success rate of the recommended cancer treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) is very dismal indeed. Furthermore, it can give patients a false hope of being cured. To add insult to injury, these treatments are often very painful and debilitating, as well as very expensive. Some cynically refer to these treatments as “poisoning, burning, and butchering”! Some people are interested in natural or alternative treatments that may bring less suffering.
3. Physical Culturist -Science Alone Cannot Cure:
Science lumps all human beings together. Illness, however, is individual. Dr. Hinohara believes that each person is unique and that diseases are connected to their hearts. To be able to help people and to cure their illnesses, we need liberal and visual arts—not just medical treatments.
comment: Many illnesses are also related to the patient’s mental state. I believe that those who are negative and hateful in their thoughts are more likely to get sick than those who possess a kind and peaceful disposition. This is because when the mental state is not relaxed, the immune system does not function effectively, and the person will be less resistant to external attacks.
4. HEALTH NUT NEWS – Plan ahead: Live today like you plan to live tomorrow. You need to be busy and plan all your next events, appointments, tasks, in life if you want to be successful. For instance, Dr. Hinohara was planning to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
5.thriveglobal.com – Pain is mysterious: Dr. Hinohara believed that fun is the ideal antidote to both worry and pain, Business Insider reported. “Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it. If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain,” he said. “Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: We all want to have fun.”
Physical Culturist Comment: I have seen people suffering from serious pain. My son was in the ICU twice, and he has been quite sick for the past year. I know how it feels to see your loved one suffering from significant pain, and I know the feeling of helplessness, realizing there is nothing you can do to take away the pain. I think what the good doctor is talking about here is the more run-of-the-mill type of pain that a person can try to forget by having fun. I don’t believe one can forget pain that is of the extreme type.
6. HEALTH NUT NEWS- Energy comes from positivity and happiness: This is advice I love! If you want to have more energy, don’t sleep the say away or spend it watching TV- get up and move!
7. Be inspired: To be motivated and look forward, find an inspiration in life.
Physical Culturist Dr. Hinohara is inspired by Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” This poem talks about drawing a circle so big there is no way you can finish it while you are alive. All you can see is the arch, and the rest is beyond your vision. But it is always there in the distance.
8. HEALTH NUT NEWS – Enjoy life: Dr. Hinohara enjoyed every moment of his life and happily served his community.
9. Take the stairs and always carry your own stuff: To keep his legs and heart healthy, Dr. Hinohara recommended taking the stairs, carrying your own belongings and not being overweight, according to Business Insider. Essentially, he promoted living a naturally active lifestyle.
10. Life is unpredictable and full of incidents, so stop worrying so much: Hinohara was taken by the communist Red Army when he was 59 years old and spent 4 days under 40-degree heat, handcuffed to his seat. He treated the whole ordeal as an experiment, and he was amazed to discover how the body could slow down to adapt to a crisis situation. Unbelievable.
11. Share your knowledge: Every year, Dr. Hinohara gives 150 lectures in schools, business communities, etc. and retells his own story, advises people, and speaks about peace and war. For most of his lectures, he stands for the duration- 90 minutes.
12. Do not be crazy for money: Keep the right perspective about stuff; we leave this world with nothing.
13. Find a role model: Having a role model, someone you can trust and go to when you need advice, is key. When Dr. Hinohara needs advice, he asks himself what his father would.
14. You don’t have to retire: If you love your work and are in good shape- there’s no need to stop!
WHO IS DR. SHIGEAKI HINOHARA?
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meddybear.net : He was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan on 4th of October 1911. He graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1937. Dr Hinohara also studied at Emory University in the United States. In 1941., he began working at St Luke’s hospital, as a physician. At that time, World War II was in its peak, and Hinohara helped in treatment of victims of the firebombing that destroyed large parts of Tokyo. In 1992. he became the director of St. Luke’s hospital.
In 1970. Dr Hinohara was a passenger on a Japan Airlines plane hijacked by the communist militant group, the Japanese Red Army.The armed hijackers, took 129 hostages on the flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka, later releasing them at Fukuoka and the South Korea capital Seoul. After the incident, he said that the experience changed his view of life, and at that moment he decided to dedicate his whole life to helping others.
During his long career as a physician at St Luke’s hospital, he established and popularized Japan’s practice of annual medical checkups. These comprehensive medical checkups have become standard for many middle-aged Japanese. Hinohara was also an advocate for preventive medicine. He was author of 75 books, including “Living Long, Living Good,” which sold more than a million copies.
In 1995. the cult Aum Shinrikyo used sarin for subway attack in Tokyo. At the time, Dr Hinohara was the director of the hospital, and just year before, he decided to install oxygen tubes throughout the walls of the hospital building, in case of emergency. The measure proved life-saving at the moment of the attack, as the hospital was able to accommodate 640 patients in just 2 hours. All the patients survived, except one.
At the age of 88, he wrote a script for the Japanese musical entitled “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf,” in which he also performed as an actor, alongside children. The show was first performed in 2000, and later had a production off-Broadway in New York in 2010. In 2005. he received the Order of Culture from the Japanese government.
As an remarkable figure representing the active elderly, being a centenarian did not stop Hinohara. He delivered speeches across Japan, which included motivational messages as how anyone can change his/her life at any age. Hinohara’s words have inspired many people, as words of wisdom based on his century-long experience.
“My goal is still far away. I would like to become Japan’s oldest person on record without retiring, as I will keep working from now on,” Hinohara said after his lecture in October 2014. on his 103rd birthday. Until his death Dr. Hinohara remained active, traveling around the country giving lectures and seeing patients.
Dr. Hinohara’s funeral ceremony will be held at St. Luke’s hospital on Saturday afternoon, July 29.
If you’re wondering what you can do to age this gracefully, consider following Dr. Hinohara’s tips and incorporate fun into your life whenever you can—maybe even at lunchtime.
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