Dr. Jahnke focuses on the natural ability of human beings to recover. Dr. Jahnke believes that 70%-90% of medical diseases are preventable by actions individuals can take at home and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Jahnke, a doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine, began his medical career along the traditional Western route. He studied a pre-medical regimen at the University of Cincinnati and worked in practically every hospital in Cincinnati in the 1960s. Dr. Jahnke was shocked to observe than most medical practitioners were focused on treating the diseases and ailments the patient suffered rather than focusing on supporting people in maximizing their well-being as opposed to waiting until an ailment struck before taking intervening measures. He abandoned his traditional Western medical studies.
He engaged on a self-sustaining pass by growing his own vegetables and sourcing locally produced agricultural products. When his wife got hired by the University of Hawaii as an instructor, Dr. Jahnke went out to Hawaii. After visiting a school that taught traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Jahnke became enamored of the path that Chinese Medicine takes. He enrolled in the school and finished his medical studies there.
Dr. Jahnke laments that Americans approach Chinese medicine in the same manner that they approach Western medicine. Essentially, when Americans are sick, they seek out treatment. They rarely inquire and pursue behavior modification to prevent future illness. This approach results in trillions of dollars of unnecessary costs, according to Dr. Jahnke. He maintains that many of the illnesses for which Americans seek treatment are preventable through behavior modification and lifestyle change.
Dr. Jahnke abandoned clinical medicine in order to teach individuals choices and how to incorporate these traditional methods to help naturally manage the possible causes of disease.
It turns out that telomeres provide “essential fuel” necessary to allow cells to replicate and perform their responsibilities can be depreciated by oxidation and inflammation. Pollution can come with food and with a negative mindset. Mindset can impact the manner in which our bodies respond by the production of chemicals that can result in the aforementioned oxidation and inflammation of cells. Dr. Jahnke explains that rest and sleep can help maximize our body functions. Exhaustion and dehydration can have a negative bearing on how we function.
Dr. Jahnke provides an example of going to the airport to catch a flight. If a person chooses not to leave at an appropriate time, he experiences a stressful journey to the airport which can wear down his system. Choosing to leave early for a flight allows the traveler to avoid the stressful, breakneck trip to the airport.
Society has commercialized, monetized, and popularized the things that result in these preventable diseases. Americans are under rested, over caffeinated, and over sugared. Dr. Jahnke points out the tremendous American market for sugary sodas. Dr. Jahnke encourages soft drink manufacturers to use explore alternative methods for sweetening their beverages that don’t contain oxidizing elements. Doughnuts, Dr. Jahnke offers, are another super-high glycemic food. How do we get people to give up their doughnuts? Dr. Jahnke, somebody aware of the negative results that doughnuts have on our bodies, stays away from them. He’s not opposed to doughnut consumption, but only hopes that people, if they choose to eat doughnuts, make a conscious choice to do something good for their bodies, like focus on their breathing. He explains that there are positive medical benefits to something like deep breathing.
The behaviors of our parents and society condition us to have bad stress reactions without teaching us to manage the pressures of society well in order to reach higher levels of functioning and reasonableness.
Dr. Jahnke advocate deep breaths before performance in sports and academic competitions. He advocates the practices of Tai Chi andQigong to train us in deep breathing to make us consciously do it rather than being forced to through intense exercise and athletic activity.
The military, athletic enterprises, and the corporate world are beginning to look into some of these simple activities, like breathing, movement, diet, and other integrated practices, in order to enhance performance.