Gabrielle recalls an experience in her 20s that lead to her lifelong interest in Chinese medicine.
I am Gabrielle Williams Choo and I got interested in Chinese medicines in a very unusual way. I was living with a very aristocratic French family when I was in my early 20s, and the father of the boy that I was friends with that I was staying with was the top heart surgeon in Europe. And they owned many, many hospitals there and at the time I did not know from Eastern medicine, Western medicine, but it was very interesting to me in any event.
And I asked the father one night, “Would you like to check my heart?" And he said, "I do not need to check your heart.” He said, “But if you ever have a problem with your heart, find a doctor of Oriental medicine because, comparatively, Western medicine is so primitive compared to Oriental medicine.” And I said, “Well, what do you mean?” He said, “The doctors are so advanced in Oriental medicine, they can just look at your thumb and diagnose your whole body.” He was telling me that it would take 300 years for the Western doctors to be as advanced and have somewhat near the knowledge that the doctors of Oriental medicine have and that is how I came to appreciate and understand Chinese medicine.