Barefoot Doctor's Journal
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Resources and support for keeping your immune system strong during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Physical activity is a crucial component in both mental health as well as immune function, yet while keeping COVID at bay we are all being way too sedentary, myself included. In our own programs, we have continued to hold Tai chi classes outside, masked and socially distant yet there is still a tendency to be more sedentary than usual. It is noticeable how much more active we are when we are free to pursue our normal social activities. Being isolated at home and even working from home we are way less active and that has consequences on our immune function.
In the winter term, we will be offering many opportunities to encourage folks to be more active, including Zoom Tai chi classes at The University of Denver’s OLLI program. (see https://portfolio.du.edu/olli/page/108056)
Research and Resources for staying Active in this Holliday Season
Over the years we have partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine’s, Exercise is Medicine Program on many programs including featuring the Tai Chi Project at ACSM’s 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. One of their latest projects is to provide resources to help you to keep your immune systems in shape.
Exercise is Medicine® has assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. Although specific data related to COVID-19 and exercise has not yet been obtained, research examining the body’s response to exercise reveals a cascade of cellular mechanisms that help protect the body from viral illnesses. In addition, there is clear evidence that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in everyone, including number and severity, as well as the acute and chronic symptoms of anxiety. This could be a very important benefit of maintaining an active routine during this period of isolation and stress.(more…)
From the Osher Clinic at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
If the coronavirus doesn’t get you the stress will. With months yet to go in this pandemic we all need tools and resources for coping with COVID-19. Although disappointed we could not attend in person this year, Jacqui and I did get to present our research at Harvard Medical School’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Our study on the Community Med School: A Study in Integrative Medicine and Lifelong Learning was well-received for this first round of the study. Our findings for this first phase of the study held up well with the overall theme of the conference which was the role of integrative medicine in keeping our healthcare workers from burning out in the face of the stress of COVID-19 and racial strife in America.
Our findings seem to agree with the findings of other researchers. Our data suggest that pursuing healthy lifestyles, exercise, meditation, tai chi and a host of other mind/body forms of self-cultivation improve resilience in the face of enormous stresses. Our focus is upon the application of these therapies in real-world community-level programs, the Osher Integrative Medicine Network Forum was focused upon the value of these techniques in caring for healthcare workers themselves.
With healthcare workers burning out in record numbers after 9 months of treating COVID patients amidst racial and political strife, we need to care for the caretakers or we will lose a lot of these courageous front-line troops. Physician burnout was already a problem, and the pandemic has only made it worse, according to a survey by Medscape(www.medscape.com). The survey queried more than 7,500 doctors from around the world, but the bulk of them — almost 5,000 — practice in the U.S. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. physicians surveyed said the pandemic had intensified their sense of burnout. (see https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid_burnout_survey.html).
We will share more information from the conference in the weeks to come but here is a list of resources to help both you and healthcare workers deal with the stress in the months to come.
For a fantastic list of great resources read more(more…)
Early results from the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer show their vaccine may be as much as 90% effective! If this data holds up and the studies confirm its safety, this is the most encouraging news we have had on the COVID-19 front. Pfizer is still required to continue following up on 43,000 folks enrolled in the study to see if any more side effects pop up. So far, the only side-effects noted have been a sore arm and some fever & chills in a small number of folks.
We will know more by the end of the month but so stay tuned~
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A strong mind and a strong body go together. Healthy activities that fully engage the mind and body are some of the most popular activities in the world today. More enjoyable than activities that are done absentmindedly, activities like tai chi, yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, and therapies such as massage therapy, and acupuncture all have rich traditions that have held people’s interest for centuries. Mind and body practices are challenging activities or techniques that require some skills and are usually administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. The mind must be fully engaged in the activity for these techniques to work, and that very activation of the full power of mind and body that may explain why they seem to have such a wide variety of health benefits.
Extensive research is being done on mindfulness-based interventions for a variety of health purposes. Let’s look at what some NCCIH-funded studies of mindfulness have shown:
- People who are naturally more mindful report less pain and show lower activation of a specific region of the brain in response to an unpleasant heat stimulus, according to an NCCIH-funded study. The innate ability to be mindful—that is, to pay attention to the present moment without reacting to it—differs among individuals.
- Group sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can provide cost-effective treatment for chronic low-back pain, according to NCCIH-funded research.
- A study partially funded by NCCIH showed that mindfulness meditation helps relieve pain by a mechanism that’s independent of opioid neurotransmitter mechanisms in the body. This finding is important because it suggests that mindfulness may act synergistically with other forms of treatment that do rely on opioid signaling.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or fear about an event or situation. It’s normal for people to feel anxious in response to stress. Sometimes, however, anxiety becomes a severe, persistent problem that’s hard to control and affects day-to-day life; if you have this type of problem, you may have an anxiety disorder. About 19 percent of U.S. adults have an anxiety disorder in any given year, and an estimated 31 percent have an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.
Researchers are examining ways in which complementary and integrative approaches might reduce anxiety or help people cope with it. Some studies have focused on the anxiety that people experience in everyday life or during stressful situations, while others have focused on anxiety disorders.
What the Science Says
Some complementary health approaches may help to relieve anxiety during stressful situations. Read more to get the latest findings on integrative medicine, tai chi, qigong, yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques and music therapy, and their effects on anxiety.(more…)