Many people believe that wealth can buy health. But the following real-life stories suggest otherwise:
- I got my public education in China over 30 years ago, during a time when everybody was poor and the majority of people experienced starvation. In my fifteen years of schooling, there were only a few class cancellations that were due to teachers’ sickness. Now my son is in school in Boston. His class cancellations in one week are more than that in my fifteen years of schooling in China! The U.S. is one of the richest countries and spends the most money on their health in the world, but its citizens have the worst health conditions in the Western world. Over 80% of Americans have health issues, such as fatigue, digestive issues, sleep disorders, weight problems, and emotional troubles. On average, Americans catch a cold three times a year!
- Many rich and famous people, such as Steve Jobs, have tons of money but can’t buy their health. Like many other westerners, Steve Jobs relied on medical professionals and others for his own health and his cancer. Illnesses develop because of a lack of knowledge and understanding of what a person’s body needs in order to thrive. Most of the times, it is the wrong beliefs, inappropriate habits, and the modern lifestyle that harm the body and cause health problems. A hectic business and social schedule, unhealthy emotions, and excessive mental labor that Steve had hurt his body. He thought fruit was good for health and drank more fruit juice after he had been diagnosed with pancreas cancer. He never realized that the fruit juice could make his cancer worse and hurt his already very sickly body. No matter how much money he spent on acupuncture and other medical treatments, none of these can save him without considering and meeting his own bodily needs.
- There is a historical Chinese story about a beggar: Homeless beggars typically do not look well because of starvation. One beggar was different. He even looked better than many settled did. People asked him why the difference. He said he “drank a lot of the northwest wind”, which means he breathed in a lot more air than the others. The air, as well as the sun and earth, can provide enormous energy to the body. Many energy cultivators can eat less but get much more energy from nature and enjoy a long life. The beggar knew the ways to absorb more energy from nature and didn’t suffer from hunger and health problems.