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January 19, 2021
Joe Brady

The Science of Acupuncture

Discover Magazine article discusses the science of acupuncture

Although acupuncture has been around for 3,000 years and is often used today to treat pain in both people and animals, there are still research questions to be answered, including whether it matters where needles are placed on the body.

In a recent article in the magazine Discover, Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), explains how her experiences treating pain patients led to her interest in acupuncture research. She also talks about why she thinks there’s a need for a reliable database on acupuncture point locations to help resolve the debate about needle placement.

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Here’s what science does (and doesn’t say) about how the ancient technique works to alleviate pain and other ailments.

By Jeanne Erdmann Discover Magazine, December 21, 2020 3:00 PM

Although not every person (or animal) responds to the technique, you’d be hard-pressed to find a condition that hasn’t been studied in connection with acupuncture, including low back pain, neck pain, knee pain from osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, infertility, migraines, bedwetting, ADHD, nausea and vomiting.

The body responds to acupuncture depending on where the needle is placed and how the area is stimulated, says Chi-Tsai Tang, a rehabilitation physician in the department of orthopedics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

January 10, 2021
Joe Brady

Teaching Kitchens as Learning Laboratories of the Future

Grand Rounds: Harvard Medical School, Free Zoom Lecture

At this month’s Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, David Eisenberg, MD, will present his talk Teaching Kitchens as Learning Laboratories of the Future. David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the director of culinary nutrition and adjunct associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the founding Co-Director of the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference, and founding Executive Director of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (, a group of 39 organizations with teaching kitchens, intended to establish and evaluate best practices relating to nutrition, culinary and lifestyle education.

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 12th | 8:00am – 9:00am
Cost: Free. CME credit available (for in-person and virtual attendance).

Read more including excerpts are from a recent conference on teaching kitchens at Harvard Medical School.

January 5, 2021
Joe Brady

A New Year, A New Hope

From mask-wearing to getting a vaccine to losing weight, 2021 will very much become whatever we make it. So much of the last year was out of our control that 2020 by far goes down as one of the worst years in history. 2021 will be a year of doubling down on precautions and if we do that right the year will also begin the rebuilding. Rebuilding starts from the ground up. While we are waiting for the vaccines to work and the virus to recede, we can begin rebuilding our own lives. We all make new year resolutions each year and sometimes we actually follow through on them. This year more than any other we need to take back control of our lives and it begins by taking control of the little stuff. We can’t control the virus, but we can take control of lunch and by shaving off a few calories here and a few calories there we can be well on our way to losing those pounds. Having already voted we cannot control the chaos in Washington, but we can take a walk this afternoon. Helplessness is the worst way to feel, the human brain hates feeling helpless. This past year we have been helpless to control so many things and it felt awful. This year brings not only a new year but also a new hope for a better future. However we cannot wait for salvation to come we must take control of our lives and make it happen, in small ways at first but like the snowball rolling downhill small beginnings can lead to large results.

After being beaten down again and again in 2020 we all need little inspiration to get off the couch and get moving. Here is a list of inspiring New Year’s resolution TED talks and advice from Harvard Medical School on gaining some inspiration and motivation to make 2021 a much better year for our health, our families, and hopefully for our nation.

December 28, 2020
Joe Brady

Exercise is Medicine and COVID-19 Resources

While most of us are in vaccine purgatory, waiting for our turn, there are definite steps we all can take to improve our mental and physical health and even improve our body’s ability to utilize the vaccine and enhance its effectiveness. While public health officials have been focused upon the pandemic response from a medical and political point of view there has not been much focus on physical activity and its role in pandemic response. We all know exercise is good for you yet there is little appreciation for its role in fighting viruses and improving the body’s ability to survive the ravaging effects of COVID-19. Extensive scientific research exists on the ability of physical activity to enhance the survivability of a COVID infection by the following mechanisms.

Physical activity can:

  • Improve immune and inflammation responses to viral infections
  • Reduce psychological and physiological stress from the pandemic
  • Help treat most of the pre-existing chronic conditions that predict COVID-19 deaths, and
  • Enhance the effectiveness of an eventual vaccine

Jacqui and I have worked for many years with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine project. This Christmas they have published a special edition of articles and resources on using physical activity to get us through to the end of this pandemic. 

As we grapple with the consequences of the pandemic, it is easy to forget an important component of having a strong immune system: exercise! EIM assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. You can use these resources to keep your patients or clients active during the pandemic.

Free Zoom Tai Chi Classes

At a loss for how to exercise at home? The Tai Chi Project is offering free Zoom Tai Chi classes on Friday’s at 10:00 am for the duration of the pandemic as a public service. For more information and to register see

Feel free to share these resources with your friends, family, clients, and patients.

We wish all of our readers a healthy and happy holiday season and a joyous 2021!

For More Exercise is Medicine resources and articles

December 22, 2020
Joe Brady

Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Here are some tips from the CDC on steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.

For specific guidelines and also 21 fun tips to make a quarantine Christmas more enjoyable click below.