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Hello I was wondering if you could help me out. Im supposed to interview someone of the Buddhist faith and ask them some questions relating to your health practices.

1. Do you have a specific diet or food you eat? What foods do you believe have a "healing power" or that can cure illness?

2. when you are sick do you go to the doctor and take the medicine that they give you or do you have your own homemade medicines or cures?

3. Have you ever had an experience where you were in the hospital and the doctors or nurses disrespected you because you are Buddhist?

4. Do you think that there has been good or bad karma in your life? If so, How did it effect your health?

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Hi Karissa,

Buddhism is about how to live in peace within oneself.  Actually all your questions are irrelevant to a well-informed Buddhist. Be that as it may, I shall try to comment on your questions.

1. Do you have a specific diet or food you eat? What foods do you believe have a "healing power" or that can cure illness?
Whatever I believe regarding foods will not have any bearing with Buddhism.  I just use my common sense and human intelligence to decide.  I don't depend on a religion to teach me.

2. when you are sick do you go to the doctor and take the medicine that they give you or do you have your own homemade medicines or cures?
I do go see a doctor, and I also have home-made remedies, depending on the illness. I will be a stupid Buddhist if I don't consult a doctor if I am seriously ill.

3. Have you ever had an experience where you were in the hospital and the doctors or nurses disrespected you because you are Buddhist?
Who cares about what others think?  By the way, not necessary to be in this way. They may respect me more as a Buddhist!

4. Do you think that there has been good or bad karma in your life? If so, How did it effect your health?
There is a certain degree of influence by one's past deeds.  But a person has more control over his life here and now. Want to know my health regime? Please go to this link :
http://goodguy.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-stay-healthy-for-people-over-50

Hope you are not too surprised over my comments.

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Justin Choo

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All your questions will be answered, and you may not have to agree with the answers. Such is the beauty of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition, and have been studying Buddhism for more than 50 years. As I am not a Buddhist scholar, I answer in simple language, and I prefer answering general questions rather than textual.

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I was brought up in the 50's as a Buddhist. For the past 50 years I have read numerous books on Buddhism and listened to numerous talks on Buddhism by well-respected and learned monks and lay teachers. I have conducted Buddhist classes for parents of Sunday School children in a Theravada Buddhist Temple. My teacher was the late Chief Reverend, The Ven. K Sri Dhammananda of The Brickfields Buddhist Mahavihara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can view the relevant website in memory of my revered late teacher @ http://www.ksridhammananda.com and my blog posting at http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-revered-teacher.html

Organizations
I am a life member of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Publications
YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT MY BLOG @ http://lifeislikethat999.blogspot.com/ Published a book called "The Rainbow And The Treasure". It is a compilation of extracts from various sources to introduce Buddhism to beginners. (Currently out of print)

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Commerce And Administration, Victoria University Of Wellington, NZ.(1974)

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