Seven Ancient Principles of Health – as told by Don Tolman



I had never heard about Don Tolman until a couple of weeks ago, where I saw a free event advertised about the truth about the health care system and the wisdom of wholefoods. I really had no idea how it would go. It was three hours on Saturday morning, and I’d love to get up more of an overview of the morning on her shortly (I’ve also ordered his books, so I’m looking forward to reading those). But today, I thought I’d share with you what he shared with us. The seven principles of health as told by Don Tolman.

Don believes that 9 out of 10 calls made to doctors offices are made by people whose body would heal themselves within 3-7 days. The 1/10 people, 99% of the time have a side affect caused by a drug they have been put on. He believes that by following the 7 ancient principles we can all lead optimal lives. It was interesting to note that sleep is not counted as a principle because the ancient cultures think of sleep as a given, a non-negotiable.

1) Air – The number one essence of life is air. For every person that has whinged about a windy day, the wind is actually doing you good. Wind cleans the air of toxins. Don recommended that if you are working in an office or inside all day, you need to be getting out at least 5 minutes of every hour. Spending long periods of time in a confined room, office or house (particularly one with air-conditioning) means that you are breathing in essentially dirty air. He also recommends sleeping with a window open so the air can move around in your room (and put a blanket on if you are cold!).

I know that I definitely don’t do this enough. I spend all day inside, some days I don’t even leave the work building from when I arrive to when I leave at night. And then I head straight home and sit inside for the rest of the evening. I have committed to myself that I will make a conscious effort to get outside more often during the day, and I have opened my bedroom window a bit to let in some airflow.

2) WaterWell of course this was going to make it on the list! Water is the gift of life. Don explained that you need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day to keep your brain hydrated. I have always heard about keeping your body hydrated, but not about the brain. If we don’t drink that much water (and he stressed that it has to be water, not just liquids) then that is when we get headaches.

3) Sunshine – Don explained that sunshine heals the emotions and all of the cells of the body. Have you ever felt totally depressed and then you got outside and felt the sun and almost instantly feel relieved of pressure? I have. I also remember that when I was sick when I was younger, mum would put a picnic blanket in the sun in the yard and have me sit out on that for awhile. Sunshine is a very powerful healer!

4) Walking – Now I know I am guilty of this one. I spend all day sitting down, and I even go to the gym to workout, but I rarely just walk. Don recommends walking every day for 45 minutes to an hour in open spaces. It doesn’t have to be fast, and you don’t have to go a long distance. You just have to get out there and walk. The way I understand it, is that it’s not really walking for exercising, it’s walking for health.

I’m still working out how I can get more walking into my day outside, because I am squeezed for time as it is.

5) Wholefoods – Fruit and vegetables are natures most concentrated medicines. Basically, and we all know it, eat more wholefoods! This is what I am striving for!

6) Non-toxic Relationships – This could really be a whole topic in itself, so I won’t go into details, but essentially loving relationships are very healing. Surround yourself with loving people. I believe that I am surrounded by some extremely loving people, and I don’t have a great deal of time for people that aren’t.

7) Passion Don started out his seminar by saying that he believes that school and academics makes us lose what we are truly interested in as we are not often encouraged to pursue it. He explained passion as ‘passing of ions’ and said that we get ions of pleasure from doing things we love. It is so important to find out what you love doing. For me, it’s horse riding, exercising, seeing friends and family, getting out into the country, reading books etc.

I encourage you to check out Don Tolman for more information, and I will try and cover off on some more wisdom from him.


2 thoughts on “Seven Ancient Principles of Health – as told by Don Tolman

  1. Suzi,
    These are so important! And I love the order that you listed them as well. Air or getting enough oxygen is the most important then water, sunshine etc. Have you ever read about Dr. Budwig from Germany on how to get more oxygen at the cellular level. I can tell it really helps with my breathing when walking. Here’s a post about it… Most disease is caused by insufficient oxygen levels within the body. Could this be due to a lack of oxygen at the cell.

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