20 New Year Resolutions from Dr. Lipman

When I qualified as a Doctor at 25 years old, I thought I knew everything there was to know about health and medicine. By the age of 30, I realized my medical training was limited and I didn’t really know much about health and wellness. So I went on a journey of discovery to expand my horizons and studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Functional medicine, nutrition, yoga and Buddhism. By 50, I realized my life training was limited too as my daughter (a teenager at the time) was pointing out “how stupid” I was.  And now that I am 55, I realize I have amassed a lot of knowledge but have so much more to learn.

As I get older and hopefully wiser with every year, certain insights become clearer. Here are some of them gleaned from the wisdom I have gained from 30 years of marriage, having a 22 yr old daughter, 30 years of practicing medicine and being a perpetual student of life.

More Real Food,  Less “Food-like Substances”

More Fruit and Vegetables,  Less Sugar, Wheat and Corn

More Organic,  Less Chemicals

More Clean Products,  Less Toxic Products

More Chewing, Less Eating

More Water, Less Soda

More Walking, Less Driving

More Exercising, Less Watching TV

More Recycling, Less Waste

More Outdoors, Less Indoors

More Sleep, Less Worry

More Slow, Less Hurry

More Smiles, Less Anger

More Love, Less Hatred

More Fun, Less Serious

More Letting Go, Less Holding On

More Being, Less Doing

More Generosity, Less Greed

More Forgiving, Less Blaming

More Ubuntu, Less Me!

Ubuntu means what makes us human is the humanity we show each other. It is a Xhosa (South African) word and philosophy emphasizing community, sharing and generosity.

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu says:

“Ubuntu is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms and therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in belonging”.

Let 2010 be the year of UBUNTU


  • sheridia

    I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea and am wondering your opinion of what I can do to turn this around and not have to continue with sleep mask rest of my life…thanks

  • Loren

    Do you have any recommendations for a Nephrologist with a holistic/integrative approach that practices in NYC or the NY Metro area?

  • patconley

    I have recently begun to get a rash on the back of my right knee…it comes and goes…it is usually about
    2″x3″, somewhat itchy and looks bad as it is very red…

    I have also, not always at the same time as the above, developed an itchy right elbow…no marks just itchy enough that I would like to tear the skin off…any insight into these two situations would be great.

  • violet01

    Hello, I have a few questions about my health….Breast cancer 4yrs ago…surgery, chemo and radaition. Had
    cardic arrest and congested heart failure last year. Have been in A-Fib for a year…just came out of A-Fib with the drug Amiodarone but want to get weaned off it to go on iodine (natural) Iodoral, also want to get on
    desiccated thyroid medicine, I also have a thyroid problem now and I am on Levothroxie. I also have sleep apena, osteoporsis and numerous other problems. The question is do you think it is a good idea to get off the powerful drugs (with side effects) and try and go the natural way, or do you think I need the drugs to stay out of A-Fib….I also take 11 prescribtions for my heart including Warfain and Plavix.

    Thank you in advance for any help.

  • cherylcutting

    Frank – this one word is a HUGE gift from you. I am taking it with me on my journey into 2010. “Ubuntu means what makes us human is the humanity we show each other.”
    Thank you so much.

  • Frank

    Sleep apnea is a tough one because if you don't treat it, it can have deleterious effects. Havinng said that, my experience has been especially if people are overweight, changing ones diet, usually going on a gluten free, sugar free, dairy free diet and losing weight can be helpful

  • Frank
  • Frank

    yes keep a food jouranl
    also it may be related to a digestive problem, you may need probiotics and or anti microbial herbs. Best to work with a Functional Medicine Practitioner on this

  • Frank

    very tough to do so in this situation unfortunately

  • violet01

    Hello, did not quite understand your answer…..you mean it would be tough to make that decision, or
    that it would be tough to do that particular thing???? Please exlain in more details.

    Thanks, Violet

  • Anonymous

    I had thyroid removed many years ago because of nodules resulting from radiation 35 years prior…I have been on T4 Levoxyl many years, and T3 cytomel was added but after a few months taken off of it because pulse was too high…Now I am cold at night and running a low temp in daytime…It is impossible to lose weight and have aches and pains and anxiety….stuck in sympathetic system…suggested I have fibromyalgia but I do not like meds and have decided not to take Cymbalta or Savella. I do energy work to bring my temperature back up to normal 98….How do you know if you really have fibromyalgia…all my symptoms are either hypothyroid or fibromyalgia.
    I have read fibromyalgia means toxic liver…I get very ill everytime I try to do a detox…I read your book and would come to see you but not affordable at this time. I also have spondilitheisis and some stenois at L5…I am 60 years old and want to feel better as I have lots to do…any suggestions? I take a lot of magnesium for pain ,, cramps, constipation.

  • Sharon
    Fibromyalgia is often because of poor thyroid function. It sounds like you
    should go back on Cytomel. That would be my suggestion
    one love

  • Sharondschwartz

    I love your blog…I am getting unbearable thigh cramps at night that last half an hour and am wondering if it is circulation, low back stenois ( I am 63), spondylitheseis or from what I ate. The only things to help is MagPhos tissue salts but I think I take way too many 25-30 at a time with hot water. Can you make any suggestions? thanks

  • sheridia

    could this be a thyroid issue (leg cramps)

  • its probably not poor circulation or stenosis it definitely could be
    magnesium and or potassium deficiency. Not sure of your dosae of
    Magnesium, but you should be taking 500-1000mg at night