Dr. Frank Lipman, a leader in functional and integrative medicine, received his initial medical training in South Africa and emigrated to the United States in 1984. He became board certified in internal medicine at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. Becoming aware of both the strengths and the weaknesses of his training, he began to study acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation and yoga. He began to see that the polarization between western modalities and other healing philosophies and saw that true healing lay in a blend between the two. In How to Be WellDr. Lipman shares his formula for lifelong vitality – the Good Medicine Mandala.
“I have been a doctor for more than thirty-five years, and never have I seen people feeling as tired and sick, at such young ages, as I see now. I have never felt such a surge of profit-driven interests –Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Tech – shaping the ways we eat, think, and treat our bodies and minds. In addition, the number of brands and products promising to deliver better health is dizzying. If you are a health-seeker, finding your way through this crowded landscape of information, misinformation, and glittering promise can feel disorienting.”
“What I’ve observed is that the people who are most successful at achieving – and then maintaining – a healthy lifestyle, and who have the highest levels of vitality, resilience, and longevity, have found their way through this landscape thanks to two things: They have guides and mentors they turn to who give them the information and inspiration they need to adopt small, meaningful habits. And they make change – according to their own needs, interests, and natures, incrementally building their strong and long-lasting house of health.”
“In an era when many people say their primary care provider wouldn’t recognize them on the street, this book exists to put responsibility and power firmly into your own hands. Today, more than any time in recent decades, the primary care provider is you.”
“We’ve ignored the concept of balance at our peril. First, we’ve forgotten what ancient systems, such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, knew. … If you simply suppress the symptom with a drug, that imbalance will likely pop up somewhere else in your body, trying to get your attention in another way.”
“It’s not surprising that this has happened – our entire culture has tipped out of balance. Through a Chinese medicine perspective, it has become dominated by “yang” – the impulse to do more, go faster, and constantly generate things. This is contributing to a level of exhaustion, an overly “outward” identification with material things, and a level of aggression that is unsustainable. (Sounds quite inflamed, doesn’t it?) Understanding and embracing the complementary impulse of “yin” – quiet, inward, deep, still – is essential to bringing yourself back into the center, where you are stable and less easily rocked by the events and circumstances around you.”