Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara was a Japanese physician. He died on 18 July 2017 in Tokyo at the age of 105.
But he worked until his last days. After he turned 75, he wrote and published 150 books. Even at the age of 100, he continued to treat people and give lectures.
Here are 14 longevity tips from Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.
1. A person receives energy not from food or sleep, but from fun. Do not exhaust your body with an excessively rigid schedule of meals or sleep.
2. People of any race, nationality or gender can live long. But there are no fat people among long-livers. For example, I drink coffee or milk or orange juice with a spoonful of olive oil for breakfast. My lunch is milk with cookies, or nothing if I’m too busy. My dinner is vegetables, some fish and rice. Twice a week I eat 100 grams of lean meat.
3. Always plan ahead. My diary is usually filled out by the end of next year – researches, lectures and working in a hospital.
4. Try to retire on a pension as late as possible. You have to work and train your brain.
5. Share your knowledge. I give 150 lectures per year for any audience, from preschoolers to businessmen. My lectures last from an hour to an hour and a half.
6. When the doctor recommends you some tests or surgery, ask him: would he advise the same to his children, wife or other relatives? Sometimes music and animals help better than surgery.
7. To stay healthy, walk up the stairs and schlepp your own bags.
8. I am very inspired by Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler”. My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small 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.
9. Pain is a mysterious thing; the best way to deal with it is to find something very interesting. When a child has a toothache, it is worth to involve a kid in the game, and a child immediately forgets about the pain.
10. Do not try to earn lots of money. You don’t know when your number is up. You cannot take all this with you.
11. Hospitals should be prepared for major disasters and should accept anyone who knocks on the door. In our hospital you 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.
12. Science alone is not able to help people. Science uses a general approach, but we are all different, and diseases are closely related to our soul.
13. Life is full of surprises. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I flew 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.
14. It’s wonderful to live long. Until the age of 60, we work for the benefit of our family. But then we should strive to contribute to society.
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