Dear friends, Please forgive me
for stealing the following article.
I was very touched by it and
wanted you to see it too.
I come from a long line of
long livers. One aunt had a
liver so long....but I digress.
This article speaks to quality
of life and I don't mean lazy
Dr. Hinohara is living a happy
life helping others. I hope you
too will be inspired by this amazing man.
Advice From a 101Year Old Doctor!
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan, turned 101 last year.
As a 97 year old Doctor, he was interviewed, and gave his
advice for a long and healthy life.
Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world's longest-serving
physicians and educators. Hinohara's magic touch is
legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients
at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching
at St. Luke's College of Nursing.
He has published around 15 books since his 75th birthday,
including one "Living Long, Living Good" that has sold
more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New
Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a
long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better
than the doctor himself.
Doctor Shigeaki Hinohara's main points for a long
and happy life:
* Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating
well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children,
when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep.
I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too.
It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such
as lunchtime and bedtime.
* All people who live long regardless of nationality,
race or gender share one thing in common: None are
overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk
and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it.
Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy.
Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too
busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work.
Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week,
100 grams of lean meat.
* Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full
until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work.
In 2016 I'll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the
* There is no need to ever retire, but if one must,
it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement
age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average
life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125
Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese
women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have
36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will
have about 50,000 people over the age of 100...
* Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year,
some for 100 elementary-school children, others for
4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90
minutes, standing, to stay strong.
* When a doctor recommends you take a test or
have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would
suggest that his or her spouse or children go
through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief,
doctors can't cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary
pain with surgery I think music and animal therapy can
help more than most doctors imagine.
* To stay healthy, always take the
stairs and carry your own stuff.
I take two stairs at a time, to get my
My inspiration is Robert Browning's
My inspiration is Robert Browning's
poem "Abt Vogler."
My father used to read it to me.
It encourages us to make big art,
scribbles. It says to try to draw a
circle so huge that there is no way
we can finish it while we are alive.
All we see is an arch;
the rest is beyond our vision but it is
there in the distance.
* 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.
Hospitals must cater to the
basic need of patients:
We all want to have fun. At St. Luke's we have music
and animal therapies, and art classes.
* Don't be crazy about amassing material things.
Remember: You don't know when your number is up,
and you can't take it with you to the next place.
* Hospitals must be
prepared for major
disasters, and they must
accept every patient who
appears at their doors.
We designed St. Luke's
so we can operate
anywhere: in the basement,
in the corridors, in the chapel.
Most people thought I was
crazy to prepare for a
catastrophe, but on
March 20, 1995, I was
unfortunately proven right
when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist
attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours
figured out that it was sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one
person, but we saved 739 lives.
* Science alone can't
cure or help people.
Science lumps us all together,
but illness is individual.
Each person is unique,
and diseases are connected
to their hearts. To know
the illness and help people,
we need liberal and visual
arts, not just medical ones.
Life is filled with incidents.
On March 31, 1970, when
I was 59 years old, I boarded
the Yodogo, a flight from
Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount
Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist
League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my
seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment
and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.
* Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than
they could ever do. My father went to the United States in
1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a
pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life
guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would
deal with the problem.
* It's wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old,
it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's
goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute
to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer.
I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love
every minute of it.