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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Oldest Man in the World Reveals The Secret To Longevity Before His Death

The oldest man in the world, Wu Chung-chieh, a professor of the Chengdu University was able to have discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. Li Ching Yuen reportedly began his herbalist career at the age of 10, where he gathered herbs in mountain ranges. For 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and rice wine. At the age of 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts.

“I have done all that I have to do in this world” - Wu Chung-chieh

Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children. According to the generally accepted tales told in his province, Li was actually able to read and write as a child. For the first hundred years he continued at this occupation. Then he switched to selling herbs gathered by others. According to one of Li’s disciples, a surprising information was revealed, he had once encountered an even older 500-year-old man, who taught him Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help him extend his lifespan to superhuman proportions. Li was asked what was his secret to longevity:
“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” 

Noting the average lifespan for the Western world currently sitting between 70-85 years, the thought of someone living over 100 years old seems like quite the stretch. It is just so impossible if we weigh in a lot of various factors. His story makes us ask ourselves this wonderful question, "When we treat our bodies right, who knows how long we can live for?"

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