One must look after one’s own body

One is responsible for looking after one’s own health. It is important to try things that one believes are beneficial, without relying solely on doctors. That is a principle that I live by.

At the age of 27 I was hospitalized with acute hepatitis, and this has had an effect on shaping my views. I was in a critical condition and was told to have complete bed rest. I was even forbidden to get up to use the toilet. I was told that I would be hospitalized for 6 months and that I would not live to 40 if I drank alcohol; he told me, “The rest is up to you”.

With a strong determination to cure myself on my own, I obtained as many books on Eastern medicine as I could. I came across one book that taught how to “heal livers with livers” and I thought that this was it. I asked my wife to prepare liver teriyaki for me every day and made a remarkable recovery within two weeks. I was discharged after a mere 29 days. I did not tell my doctor about my liver diet and so he was astounded by my speedy improvement.

At the age of 40, a health checkup told me that my cholesterol, blood sugar, and uric acid levels were all high. As there is a history of diabetes in my family, I avoided sweet things and began to drink black vinegar, which my friend had recommended to me. I would dilute the vinegar with water and drink this every morning and evening. This led to the improvement of all the bodily levels that I was concerned about. This has been the secret to my health ever since.

As I reached my mid-60s, my back began to curve and my stomach began to stick out. I began to feel old. I joined a gym out of fear that if something didn’t change, nothing I wear would suit me.

My trainer told me that the curved back was a result of not moving my shoulder blades enough, and the large stomach a result of weakened muscles close to the trunk. I was taught how to train my abdominal muscles and to use weights, which soon led my posture to improve drastically.

Because of my illness at 27, I was able to recognize the importance of a well-balanced diet and the need to look after myself. Taking good care of oneself seems to me the secret to a healthy life.