Mark Bunn is a former Australian professional athlete (AFL football) who has since trained in both Western and Eastern health sciences (Maharishi Ayurveda). For the last decade he has also studied the secrets of the world’s healthiest and longest living people.
He now combines these secrets with the 6000 year-old Eastern principles of Ayurvedic medicine, delivering corporate health & performance seminars to up to 10,000 people each year. His book, 'Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’, has now been published in 7 countries.
Mark is a regular media contributor in both Austrlia and India, and is one of 16 featured experts in the international best-selling Health & Wellbeing Millionaire’s Book Series,
He currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife Karen.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My main inspiration was seeing how confused everyone was about health and well-being. Every week there seem to be a new studies or fad telling us what the next miracle cure or great panacea. The problem of course was that what was being recommended change every week and everyone, including myself was totally confused.
After studying the Eastern traditions of healthcare, I realized that health and well-being was actually extremely simple and that there are simple, profound wisdoms of health that has never changed since the dawn of time. Reminding people of how truly simple and common sense health can be is what inspires me to this day.
You promote a lot of 'Eastern’ health wisdom now - how does that all fit in?
As soon as I finished playing football, I traveled to Southeast Asia to work for an aid organisation. Whether in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, I was struck by the fact that most of the remote villagers were extremely poor and had little or no access to Western health care, yet seemed remarkably vibrant, and nearly always happy. In Cambodia, I traveled out to little villages with a Western nurse and an Indian Ayurvedic doctor. After the doctor had treated the villagers I assisted in administering the locally grown herbal medicines. I really loved this first hand experience of traditional health-care…except for when I was almost married off to a young local villager, after offering her my bottle of drinking water. Apparently, this was a cultural symbol of a marriage proposal!
Anyway, having come to appreciate the profound wisdom such cultures possess, I came back to Australia. After witnessing the irony of people everywhere with million dollar houses and supposedly the best health system in the world, being riddled with stress, depression, anxiety and chronic illness, I started formal training in Ayurveda. Combined with another two years living with and traveling around Australia with a brilliant husband and wife team of Ayurvedic doctors, it really hit home to me how much we can learn from these wise, time-tested traditions of knowledge.
Combining 6000 year-old Eastern wisdoms of Ayurvedic medicine, ancient spiritual teachings, natural health secrets, and the latest modern science, you will be reminded of 7 of the most timeless (yet commonly forgotten) secrets of health & happiness. Based on the age-old science of Ayurveda and the world's healthiest & longest-living people, any 25 pages will change your life forever.