Of course, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. But, according to Suneel Dhand, M.D., Jefferson also authored medical and well-being advice back in the eighteenth century that seems as modern as what today’s physicians and wellness experts tell their patients.
How did Jefferson have so much valid information about eating a wholesome diet, the importance of exercise, de-stressing and even keeping a positive attitude? In his new book, “Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha” (Mindstir Media, 2012), Suneel Dhand reveals the story of Thomas Jefferson’s friendship with a wise, mysterious sage from a remarkable Eastern civilization nestled in the Himalayas. This one crucial facet of Jefferson’s life has remained hidden up till now, only recently uncovered from the archives. Through a series of letters exchanged with his advisor, Jefferson became devoted to timeless well-being teachings that helped shaped him and his future.
“These health and wellness practices that Jefferson adhered to are wonderful examples of holistic medicine, combining modern advice with ancient Eastern beliefs,” says Dr. Dhand.
About the Author
Dr Suneel Dhand is a practicing internal medicine physician with an interest in health and wellness education. He completed his internal medicine residency in Maryland, and then worked in Massachusetts up until 2012.
He is the author of two well-being books; High Percentage Wellness Steps, and his just released book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha.
When he is not working in the hospital or writing, Suneel enjoys traveling, running and playing tennis.
My Take on the Book
I have read a few biographies of Jefferson and never have I seen reference to Buddah in connection to Jefferson. With this in mind I was intrigued to read this short book to see if what I did not see made the man any less mysterious. What I loved about the book was that they author intertwined the writings of Jefferson as well as letters from a Buddah that he interacted with in his day (among many other letters and writings) to illustrate his points. The author writes in a clear, engaging style that draws you into the story itself and compels you to read further. While I do not know whether the book completely de-mystified the man who was Jefferson, the author did add a new layer of mystery to him (at least for me that is). If you enjoy learning about our past Presidents and what makes them tick, this book adds some interesting components to the discourse on this well known President!
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