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October 18, 2020
Joe Brady

On Keeping Your Guard Up

It’s late in the sixth round. Nine more rounds to go yet the fighter is already tired, exhausted in fact. Little by little his right hand begins to lower. Seems o.k., haven’t been hit on that side and he does so need to rest. The coach yells from the corner to “keep your guard up” yet fatigue seems to get the better of him and that’s when the opponent strikes delivering the knockout blow. In traditional Chinese medicine there are many martial metaphors when it comes to fighting pandemic diseases. Apparently the metaphor of the tired fighter letting his guard down is being missed around the country. We are all sick and tired of the whole coronavirus thing, yet we cannot let the fact that we are all so tired that we end up getting sick after all this effort to stay safe. So we need to remind everyone to not let your guard down we have nine more rounds to go to win this fight. For at least the next six months we are going to have to get used to living with the precautions that have been proven effective against this pandemic.

The City of Denver is trying to get ahead of the “corona fatigue”. More and more people are letting their guard down and infection numbers are alarmingly rising, as they are all around the country. We all need to redouble our efforts and there is no better way to reinforce the necessary safety steps than to get everybody, everywhere, wearing masks. This is mostly for behavioral purposes. In behavior change research the only number the human brain really understands is “0”. Nuances about when and where to be socially distant and when to wear masks is lost on people, it quickly degenerates into not doing what we all know we need to do to lower the death rate from this virus.

Read on in this article to see

  • City of Denver’s new regulations
  • What to do if you do get sick, according to the Mayo clinic
  • How to tell COVID, Common Cold and Flu apart. (John’s Hopkins)
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October 11, 2020
Joe Brady

Your Guide to the Science of Health

October is Health Literacy Month—a time to promote the importance of greater understanding of the science of health. Since 1999, organizations around the world have been observing October as Health Literacy Month. The advent of the COVID pandemic has increased the urgency of fundamental science and health education among the public. It’s a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand — and making the health care system easier to navigate.

 Why is it important to know the science of health? Simply put, because there is a lot of misinformation out there—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors and politicians touting the latest “miracle cure.”

The need for greater health literacy is even greater when it comes to self-care and the use of complementary and integrative health approaches. It can be hard to distinguish excessive claims and unsupported theories from sound, science-based information.

In this article you’ll find tools to help you better understand complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health. Know the Science features a variety of materials including interactive modules, quizzes, and videos to provide engaging, straightforward content. Learn more about how the Know the Science initiative got started.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive in, and get to know the science.

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October 5, 2020
Joe Brady

What Science Says About Tai Chi

Tai chi and qi gong are related mind and body practices that originated in China. Both involve specific postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. Tai Chi has turned out to be an ideal exercise during COVID quarantines in that it can be done outside at socially appropriate distances, requires no equipment and has a strong meditation component to help with the stress of it all.

Research findings suggest that practicing tai chi may improve balance and stability in older people and those with Parkinson’s disease, help people cope with fibromyalgia and back pain, and promote quality of life and mood in people with chronic illnesses. Less research has been done on qi gong but some studies suggest it may reduce chronic neck pain (although results are mixed) and pain from fibromyalgia. Qi gong also may help to improve general quality of life. Both also may offer psychological benefits, such as reducing anxiety. NCCIH-funded research has contributed to the understanding of the health effects of tai chi. For example, one study showed that tai chi and physical therapy were equally helpful for knee osteoarthritis and another showed that tai chi has benefits for fibromyalgia symptoms that are similar to or greater than those of aerobic exercise.

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September 29, 2020
Joe Brady

Finding Hope

“However long the night, the dawn will break.” ~African Proverb

We spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the future. Our hopes for creating a better future for ourselves and our loved ones goes a long way towards our sense of quality of life. When the future is uncertain as it is in the world today it can be extremely difficult to hold on to our hopes for the future. It is all too easy to fall into the idea that our happiness, our enjoyment is dependent upon forces outside of ourselves – dependent upon our families, dependent upon our incomes, dependent upon our geographical location or the circumstances of our health. Meanwhile, scientists are finding what our ancestors knew: enjoyment comes from within the individual. The elements of enjoyment are created or destroyed by our own attitude, not by our circumstances. Focussing upon circumstances over which we have no control leads to feelings of helplessness, and helplessness is  horrible feeling. The human brain is much happier when it has some sense of control over life. When you cannot control the big stuff you have to focus upon controlling what you do have control of. Athletes call it controlling the controllables.  Even during tough times we do have control of how we experience our daily lives. Taking control of our daily life, hobbies, volunteer activities, sports, games, art, music and physical activities. Enjoyable activities that enhance the quality of life can be structured in ways that enhance our enjoyment and contribute to creating meaning in our lives in the moment. If we can take control of the little stuff we can be in much stronger position to deal with the big stuff.

Positivepsychology.com is an online community of therapists, psychologists, counselors, coaches, teachers and practitioners. A science-based online resource packed full of courses, techniques, tools, and tips to help you put positive psychology into practice every day. The therapists at positivepschology.com have put together a list of the top fifteen TED talks on the subject of positive psychology. Discover what some of the most influential, well-known experts have to share on topics like grit, wellbeing, and gratitude, check out these best-of-the-best videos.

Read more and watch the videos

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September 21, 2020
Joe Brady

September is Pain Awareness Month

Pain is a common reason why people use complementary health approaches. It’s also a major focus of the (NCCIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s research program. Here are some of the resources available:

  • Pain eBook – overview of what the science says about the effectiveness and safety of complementary health approaches for various pain conditions.
  • Low-Back Pain Fact Sheet – learn about mind and body approaches that may be helpful for low-back pain.
  • Video From NCCIH Director – in this brief video, Dr. Helene Langevin talks about ongoing research on nonpharmacologic treatments for chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care. It is also a common reason why people turn to complementary and integrative health approaches. If you are considering such an approach for pain, this information can help you talk with your health care provider.

NCCIH supports and conducts pain research at the NIH labs in Bethesda, Maryland, and by funding research and grants around the country. We also provide information for both consumers and health professionals.

Read more on the latest findings on pain relief

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