Barefoot Doctor's Journal

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April 12, 2021
Joe Brady

Herbs and Foods for Reducing Inflammation

In recent years research studies of the anti-inflammatory effects of medicinal herbs used in traditional medicines have shown great promise. More gentle than drugs, herbs and foods can also reduce inflammation and can be used without the harmful side effects of drugs. Medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years and form a rich source of therapeutic agents with the potential to create new treatments for old health complaints. 

Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury. Especially as we get older inflammation can become chronic in which case inflammation can become the problem rather than the solution.  Inflammation is a pathologic condition that includes a wide range of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatism, pneumonia, cancer, rheumatic and immune-mediated conditions, 

The normal medical response to pain associated with inflammation includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid drugs and these have a lot of adverse effects and can sometimes lead to fatal results. Therefore herbs and food items that have an anti-inflammatory effect are proving to be can be a potential source to replace them. 

More and more research is being conducted on herbs used in traditional medicinal systems like traditional Chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine. Each year many plant-based substances are being studied for their potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity.

Studies have even uncovered some of the mechanisms through which herbs and food can affect inflammation. The epi-genetic transcription factor NFκB regulates various inflammatory genes that control leukocyte adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines compounds that are involved with various types of inflammatory diseases. Flavonoids are plant compounds found in fruits, grains, vegetables, roots, bark, flowers, stems, tea, and wine, mushrooms, honey, plant extracts, plant juices, plant powders, and essential oils which have all been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activities.  As NFκB inhibitors, these flavonoids may modulate the expression of pro-inflammatory genes leading to reducing inflammation and aiding in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.

To read more about the chemistry of all this, see

For lists of anti-inflammatory herbs and foods and the science behind them read more

April 5, 2021
Joe Brady

Mental Health and Mind/Body Practices

Mental health problems are common. Did you know that about one in four adults has a mental health problem in any given year? The most common problems are anxiety and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Some mind and body practices may be helpful for mental health problems. For example:

  • Relaxation techniques and music may help to relieve anxiety during stressful situations such as medical procedures.
  • There’s some evidence that acupuncturemusic therapy, and yoga may help with depression.
  • Light therapy may be useful for seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons.
March 29, 2021
Joe Brady

Evidence-based Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and Chronic Pain

Acupuncture, a practice derived from traditional Chinese medicine, is used to help manage pain.

Studies suggest that acupuncture may lead to improvement in low-back pain. It may also help relieve knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, reduce the frequency of tension headaches and migraines, and relieve some fibromyalgia symptoms.

“Evidence suggests that acupuncture may provide a range of health benefits. It may be useful as a stand-alone treatment for some conditions, but, as in your case, it’s increasingly used as part of an integrative medicine approach in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.”

Mayo Clinic News Network

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles.

There have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. However, researchers are only beginning to understand whether acupuncture can be helpful for various health conditions.

What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture

Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. 

March 23, 2021
Joe Brady

Tai Chi Improves Lung Function in COPD

With millions of recovering COVID patients around the world, new approaches in treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may well involve some ancient treatments as well. Research has shown that Tai Chi and its related Qigong breathing exercises improve lung function in COPD. This has profound implications for recovering COVID patients.

A recent article in Harvard Medical School’s news states “Tai chi — a gentle, flowing form of exercise practiced widely in China — has gained popularity in the United States in recent years, spurred in part by growing evidence for its health benefits. Since the late 1950s, hundreds of studies have suggested that tai chi may benefit people with a wide range of medical conditions, including COPD.”

As a result of my own experiences with breathing issues after being so sick last year. I know how valuable Tai Chi can be and I personally attribute my recovery to the breathing exercises in Tai Chi. Over the last year, we have filmed numerous videos with the exercises for Breathe Strong and Oximed for use in hundreds of hospital respiratory care units around the country dealing with recovering COVID patients. Tai Chi is part of the protocol in China for recovery from COVID and relieving some of the lingering symptoms.

Read more about the latest research and find links for a free introductory class offered by the Tai Chi Project

March 15, 2021
Joe Brady

March is Nutrition Month

With vaccines being delivered and hope on the horizon, it is still frustrating that we cannot yet jump back into normal life. With a few more months ahead of us of continuing to be careful, we at least can begin the reclaim our health if not our whole life yet.

Quarantine Weight Gain: 35.82% Gained Weight During Pandemic [19,903 Person Study]

Posted on 02 March, 2021 by Nicholas Rizzo

Key Findings

  • Globally, 35.82% of people reported they gained weight during the pandemic
  • Of those that gained weight, 71.25% gained more than 5lbs. 
  • The United States had the highest percentage of people gain weight (40.52%) during the pandemic 
  • The UK had the most respondents managing to lose weight (40.54%) during this pandemic, while the US had the least (27.71%). 
  • In comparison to men, women were 14.17% more likely to gain weight and 16.82% less likely to lose weight.