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Akil Taher, MD – Physician, Author, Septuagenarian Athlete
He died during heart bypass surgery and later, Dr. Akil Taher undertook a mountaineering trek to Mount Kailash (altitudes of 19,000 feet) in Tibet. In October 2011, he ran his first full marathon (26.2 miles or 49.19 kilometers), the Chicago Marathon, and in September 2012, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Over the last decade Dr. Taher has overcome acute and chronic medical ailments to indulge in century cycling, triathloning, skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, and white water rafting. This was possible because he changed his lifestyle to incorporate healthy eating habits, an exercise regimen, and regular practice of yoga and meditation. Dr. Taher pushed himself into areas that tested his vulnerabilities and capabilities; namely, triathlons and a mud race.
Dr. Akil Taher is a practicing medical doctor, an author, eternal optimist, explorer, adventurer, a strong advocate for a whole food, plant-based vegan lifestyle. He is a Septuagenarian who has educated thousands to understand a way out of the pain of chronic illness and disease. He believes that what you eat is the most important pillar of the 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine, which along with his incredible story, he often also shares.
As an author and speaker, Dr. Taher stays focused on spreading the message of the benefits of living a heart-healthy lifestyle. As an athlete and veganism proponent, he has benefited tremendously by adopting a plant-based diet and fostering a deeper connection with nature. And as a resurgent physician, he leverages medical science and lifestyle medicine to treat the underlying cause of the disease and not just the consequence of the disease.
Dr. Taher often says and writes in his book, “OPEN HEART” that, “Up to the age of sixty-one, I was my biggest impediment to progress, and then I became my biggest change agent. And now at age seventy-four, I am living a life of purpose, peace, and contentment, doing everything I love. I have reincarnated into a new life to stay true to the meaning of my first name, Akil−the “wise.”
Dr. Akil Taher’s book “OPEN HEART: The Transformational Journey of a Doctor Who, After Bypass Surgery at 61, Ran Marathons and Climbed Mountains” is available on Amazon and Kindle and all proceeds from book sales go to charity (PETA, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the American Heart Association). Get a copy at: https://amzn.to/3sy299g After reading, please leave a review and rating. Your feedback will be appreciated.
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