Published on May 31st, 2013 | by Deanna Cook0
Up Close and Personal Interview with Jeff Primack
Founder and Visionary of Supreme Science Qigong
Interviewer Deanna Cook has owned several organic restaurants, is a holistic celebrity chef and has appeared on the Food Network. Jeff Primack is a qigong teacher that has studied with many qigong masters from all over the world and has taught over 40,000 people in live seminars.
Deanna Cook: So, let me begin by asking you what is “qigong” really all about?
Jeff Primack: Qigong is the art of harnessing “qi,” which directly affects the blood flow and is an exercise that makes your blood pulse. This pulsing occurs by moving qi using specific breathing techniques along with postures and slow, graceful movements. Qigong also encompasses using healing foods, herbs, acupressure and yogic stretches, all of which energize the body, increase vitality and accelerate metabolism.
Qigong is circulation; the term “blood flow” is synonymous with “moving qi”. Many studies confirm practicing qigong reduces drug withdraw in heroin addicts by 50 percent. Studies also reveal that qigong boosts the immune system and is beneficial for those fighting cancer. Dr. Oz was quoted by saying that if you want to live to be 100 to do qigong. These techniques originated over 3000 years ago by mountain wonderers, people who were highly activated by qi.
DC: Can you tell us how Qigong is different from yoga or other healing therapies like acupuncture?
JP: Good question. Qigong is different from yoga primarily because it requires slower, more gracious movements to harness our electromagnetic field. Compared to most systems of yoga, qigong has a much greater emphasis on precise breathing techniques. Qigong deals with smaller movements of the abdomen to circulate qi and more precise movements of the hands, rooting into the earth and opening up pathways of energy. Yoga works with energy, but to a lesser degree and although we practice and love yoga, qigong does what yoga cannot. We train many thousands of yoga teachers and they are always blown away by the tangibility of qi experienced at our seminar.
In regards to acupuncture, Qigong doesn’t use needles for treatment. However, Qigong is self-healing and directly affects the source of disease, which is poor circulation to various organs and body areas. Acupuncture is excellent for eliminating many health issues, but the fact Qigong can be done by yourself, free of charge, makes it special.
DC: I was blown away after doing your “Breath Empowerment” exercise. I was actually buzzing inside! Using scientific terms, can you tell me us what this buzzing is and what happened to my body?
JP: “The Buzz” is a reaction caused by increased levels of oxygen and negative ions that accelerates the vibration of mitochondria. Many describe the inner buzzing or vibrational feeling as a natural high. It activates the body’s natural endorphins and dopamine. This form of activation helps the blood cell structure become “rounder” and improves the health of blood cells.
DC: Jeff, I understand you have a book called Conquering any Disease. According to the many testimonies, food healing has helped hundreds of your students. What lead you to the “food healing” science that you are so admired for?
JP: I was an asthmatic until my early 20’s; at that time I was looking for an alternative treatment. The first study I found showed that children in Italy that consumed 5 to 7 servings of kiwi a week had a 40 percent less incidence of wheezing compared to children who didn’t eat kiwi. I began strictly enforcing that all my students with asthma eat two kiwis every day in addition to consuming other foods and herbs. Behold it worked! I even had a few students say I gave them kiwi in their dreams. With these profound results including other phytochemical rich foods that boost lung functions, this became one of the protocols.
DC: What are the most important qigong and dietary components for people with extra busy lives?
JP: Ahh, yet another request for the 10 minute qigong workout! When time is short I recommend cleansing your body with oxygen and energy first thing in the morning. I will share with you my daily practice. I wake up, brush my teeth and hair, drink some hot tea outside and do the 9-Breath Method five times. This method absorbs/retains large amounts of oxygen in the bloodstream. Gentle power breathing awakens the cellular vibration and stimulates metabolism. As I wake up slowly for 10 minutes each morning my senses become heightened and I watch the birds in my garden. This is a quick and powerful method that we spend hours thoroughly teaching at the Qi Activation conference.
As far as food goes, look beyond fat, protein, carb, mineral, vitamin and enzyme and follow God’s trail of white crystals into the apple core. The infamous fruit that started it all! Someone said an “apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Yeah, I say, but only if you eat the crystalized core of phytochemicals, which activates bone marrow’s production of cytokines for immunity. Regardless of how busy your life is, I recommend:
1) Giving up all dairy products – Replace with delicious healing ice cream, raw key lime pie, etc.
2) A smoothie every morning – Add avocados, apples with core, organic strawberries, etc.
3) Having big bowel movements – Eat squash, sweet potatoes and one Good Belly probiotic drink every day.
4) Watermelon Fast Once a Month – Only watermelon all day to cleanse kidneys and urinary channels.
Note: Watermelon is not recommended for diabetics, cancer patients or people with sugar sensitive diseases.
DC: In my 30 years being on an enlightened path, attending many retreats and seminars, I never saw a group of people be as open, vulnerable and empowered like I did at the Qi Activation Conference. What really resonated with me was that it was both experiential (hands on) and educational. You seem very at ease with speaking in front of so many. Was public speaking something that came natural for you?
JP: The highest teachers of Qigong speak in shorter bursts of information. They are natural summarizers of complex teachings. Speech spoken at the core essence level can powerfully hold audience attention, because it’s free of fluff. Talking about a pharmacy inside your own brain and activating latent healing abilities happens to be very interesting. Every year I speak to thousands of people, so I get lots of practice and learn new ways to refine the way I deliver the information.
Humor also plays a role in how I teach at these big events. In high school, I was a class clown and studied ways to make people laugh. At every seminar participants tell me I remind them of Adam Sandler, but I can’t see it. “Qigong Humor” is funny because we’re all so holistic and mental about the same issues and sometimes we feel alone. Humor unifies people and that helps raise the energy.
DC: I’ve been doing your “Qigong Strength Training” every other day like you suggested and my belly is getting some definition, but the best part is that I feel so peaceful at the end. How do you explain to people what is special about qigong methods of fitness and muscular conditioning?
JP: Qigong strength training is 100 percent nurturing to qi instead of taxing like some traditional exercises. If you have old injuries you can practice qigong without any side effects. We use “Holding Qi” postures like Horse Stance to build the root chakra and leg strength of the body. When doing HyperThrows we use extreme fast followed by slow “Pressing on Qi” movements, which works wonders for circulatory issues and building muscle. These yin and yang alternating movements open arteries to expand blood flow beyond what traditional exercise is capable of. Qigong breathing and movements are merged into a mildly challenging fitness routine and this qi integration helps you to recover faster and go deeper than normal.
DC: People are excited that Sante Fe will experience the largest qigong gathering New Mexico has ever seen. Five hundred people highly focused into healing practices inside one beautiful ballroom sounds exciting. Jeff, how can you afford to produce all the high production elements and sell tickets to a 4-day conference like this for only $129?
JP: Because we want the secret of qigong healing to get out! Hundreds moving and breathing in sync is truly vivid and allows you to experience energy beyond what you could by yourself. Where two or more are gathered seeds of love are scattered.
“Qi Activation” comes to Santa Fe Hilton Buffalo Resort, located at 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail in Santa Fe on June 22-25. Jeff Primack and 25 qigong teachers will teach four days of qigong for only $129! To reserve tickets or more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiActivation.com.