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Dr Tom Wu And His Smoothie Diet

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Dr Tom Wu : An introduction

I kept receiving this viral email about a Dr Tom Wu and his wife who is supposed to be a doctor as well. Curiosity took better of me. So I searched through the internet for Dr Tom Wu. No additional information other than those similar to the viral email. With one exception, some accused Dr Tom Wu as a fake. Why did I bother to spend my time trying to find out more about this Dr Tom Wu? Simply because of his “controversial” health advices. There must be something in him that he became quite famous throughout the world. You can even watch Dr Tom Wu in Youtube. After surfing through the internet, I found there were two opposing opinions on Dr Tom Wu. In one website, a person who claimed to be Dr Tom Wu’s son, has accused the doctor to be a liar. This is a very serious accusation. While on the other side of the fence, there were heaps of praises for Dr Tom Wu’s prescriptions. You can read the various comments here. Let’s keep our minds open, and read about the doctor’s views first. Then you can make your own judgement.

Dr Tom Wu's book in Thai


Who is this Dr Tom Wu

It was stated that Dr Tom Wu was awarded the “Remarkable Contribution Award” from the American Cancer Society, and the “World Famous Doctor Award” from the United Nations. I am not sure whether there are such awards.

Now about Dr Tom Wu. At age 30, Dr Tom Wu was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer where his doctor gave him a few more months to live, but somehow through his own health regime with fruits and vegetables and breathing exercise, he cured himself of cancer. And since then, Dr Tom Wu claimed that he never had a cold or other illness for 40 years. A rather tall order.

Dr Tom Wu has written a book in Chinese on how he got cured of cancer. The book was recently (2009) translated into Thai, and is called “Principle of Natural Cures”. Dr Tom Wu’s advice is to consume foods from mother nature and to life a healthy lifestyle. He advocated eating foods high in phytochemicals. Dr Tom Wu further claimed that phytochemicals are particularly plentiful in the seeds and skins of fruits. Phytochemicals are supposed to be effective agents for reducing plaque in the arteries, and are also nourishments for the body cells. This will strengthen the immune system, and as you and I know, the body will be able to defend itself against foreign invasion.

Dr Tom Wu’s Health Protocol

Let’s take a look at Dr Tom Wu’s health protocol as he revealed in his book.

1. Have at least three bowel movements a day.

Dr Tom Wu insisted that you need to do your “business” three times a day in order to clear your system. Then your liver will not be overburdened. Cholesterol will also be reduced as a result.

My personal opinion:

Actually I should be very happy with this suggestion for I am having problem with loose stools and have to visit the toilet as often as three times a day. I often joked with my people that an advantage of my bowel problem was that I would be cleaner and healthier than them. There you are! But very frankly, I am still trying to solve this problem. I think once a day should be enough.

2. Drink at least three glasses of fruit or vegetable smoothies each day.

Ideally Dr Tom Wu recommended that the optimum is six glasses of his special smoothies a day! Two each in the morning and afternoon. And one each before lunch and before dinner. The smoothies should include the skins and seeds of the fruits and vegetables. Apparently, most fruit seeds have a bit of cyanide which will destroy bacteria and viruses, while not affecting our bodies

My personal opinion:

Smoothies or just fresh juices are excellent. But do we really have the time to prepare six times? What about washing up? For me, I try to have my fruit juices once a day, but honestly I find it very difficult to even keep this daily regime.

3. Sunbathe 30 minutes daily.

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Dr Tom Wu advocated sunbathing for 30 minutes. He said UV rays will

help convert cholesterol under the skin into vitamins A and D. Vitamin A moistens the skin and prevent skin cancer, while vitamin D prevents colds, osteoporosis, and certain kind of cancer.

My personal opinion:

Half an hour under the sun in temperate countries may be fine. But definitely not in hot tropical countries like where I live. In our location, Penang to be exact, you cannot even withstand 5 minutes under the very hot sun! I am not sure of this advice. I shall pass this one.

4. Exercise 30 minutes a day.

Dr Tom Wu advised you not to exercise for more than 30 minutes. He said if you exceeded this 30-minute limit, then your body will be overworked.

My personal opinion:

I practise qigong exercise almost everyday. Each session lasts for an hour. I am not overworked. I feel healthy and energized. What do you think?

5. Shower with hot, then cold water.

Three minutes of hot shower, followed by 30 seconds cold shower. Repeat this sequence twice. Dr Tom Wu claimed that this shower sequence will rush blood and energy to your body and will strengthen your immune system, blood circulation and metabolism.

My personal opinion:

I am not sure about this. I remembered when I was a very small boy, my mother would give me a warm bath in a big water basin, and finished up pouring clean cold water over me. I hated the cold treatment which made me shiver uncontrollably. Incidentally, I was reminiscing the other day, about this silly treatment by my mother. Would it be that my mother knew a thing or two about energizing blood circulation and immune system? Beats me.

If this treatment is beneficial, then we can call this the "yin-yang" therapy, meaning, "harmony of the opposites".

6. Drink a lot of water, in the correct way.

Here, the doctor advocated more or less the standard advice by most health experts. Let’s just say drink plenty of water. The main contention here is Dr Tom Wu’s peculiar way on how to drink water the “proper” way. He said the correct manner to drink water was to sip a little at a time so as to allow your body cells to absorb the water. Apparently, according to him, if you drink it the normal way, your cells will not absorb it all, and the water will be discharged as urine.

My personal opinion:

Aren't all liquids are supposed to be discharged as urine? I don’t know about this. I will just continue to drink the way I am used to.

7. Eat according to your blood type.

This stand-alone piece of information has also been in the viral email circulation for some time. Dr Tom Wu ascertained that you should eat in accordance with your blood type, otherwise you will get sick.

Blood type O should eat 75% vegetables, 10% fruits, 10% meat, seafood and goat’s milk, and 5% grains. You should also avoid cow’s milk.

For blood type A, you should take more grains and fruits, but avoid milk and meat. For blood type B, avoid meat. And for those having blood type AB, they should avoid eating chicken and beef.

My personal opinion:

What a mouthful. Do you believe in this? Up to you. I eat with moderation while enjoying my food.

8. Eat according to your biological clock.

If you don’t follow your biological clock in your eating schedule, your body will not be able to effectively discharge the toxins and food wastes from your body, and this will make you sick eventually. This came as a warning from DrTom Wu.

The doctor divided the biological clock into three phases as follows:

First phase : 4am to noon

Second phase : Noon to 8pm

Third phase : 8pm to 4am

First phase; you should eat foods with lots of fiber. For the second phase, lunch is most important, as your body is ready to absorb food. Dinner should not be later than 6pm, and meat should be avoided as it will disturb your sleep. During the third phase, the nutrients from the food you took will be distributed throughout your body organs.

The best period to have your sleep is between 10pm and 2am, when your immune and repair system will function at its peak.

My personal opinion:

One of the doctors I trusted always advise me to maintain my sleep between 10pm and 2am. Knowing my late nights spent on the internet, this trusted doctor never failed to remind me of this very important therapeutic sleep period. I will take Dr. Tom Wu’s last advice.

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Dr Tom Wu speaks


S. H.K. on June 10, 2014:

I just want to add my 2-cent: Don't believe in anything on the internet, do some research yourself. After reading this, I did some search on Dr. Wu. He held a medical license in USA to practice, although that ND license isn't recognized in all states of US, but that license can still practice in 16 states. The writer, however, has no medical or even science background. Do you actually listen to a former banking investment person for medical or health advice? lol not me.

J. Kwan on May 14, 2014:

Here is the website you can check out his achievements and awards:

J. Kwan on May 14, 2014:

Dr. Wu is not a fake. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and she followed his instructions and after a year, she was cancer free. My father had gotten diagnosed with lung cancer although he had never smoked in his life, as well as having tumors on his heart. The western doctors told him he needed Chemo and my father refused and followed the advice of Dr. Wu. Within one year, the cancer and tumors were gone. My parents are in great health now and I am thankful to him for that.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on August 10, 2012:

I think all of the suggestions in this hub are very indicative of good health for everyone. Voted Up and Shared.

Danwe on August 10, 2012:

Hi, very interesting hub. I enjoyed your personal comments.

Regarding the sunbathing, I think what is meant is, that you have to be outside, on sun for 30 minutes to get your dose of vitamins. However, as far as I know, there is a big difference between 30 minutes in summer and 30 minutes in winter. Also it does not mean you have to be right under direct burning sunlight :)

All in all it is a good advice however too generalized.

KenWu from Malaysia on August 10, 2012:

Thanks for this article Good Guy. I learn a lot about leading a healthier life. As per your comment, I'm too not very sure/convince if everything he preaches is correct. But ... yet I think generally his advices are good.

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