Barefoot Doctor's Journal

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For 5000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has help people to relieve pain and achieve a healthy longevity naturally.

A comprehensive guide to natural health and healing, the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal seeks to empower it's readers to take control of their own health, find their own inspiration, help create healthier communities and share the adventure with whoever is interested. Internationally recognized experts in the fields of healthy aging and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Living Younger Longer Institute has helped hundreds of people each year to live healthy naturally.

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November 18, 2019
Joe Brady

A Short History of Medicine

Ancient herbs may be the future of modern medicine.

A short history of medicine began a long , long time ago with someone saying: I have a pain!

  • 2000 BCE: Here, eat this herb.
  • 1000 AD: That herb is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
  • 1850 AD: That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
  • 1940 AD: That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
  • 1985 AD: That pill is ineffective. Here, take this opioid drug.
  • 2011 AD: That opioid drug is killing people. Here, eat this herb.

loosely translated from a very old joke in medicine

The oldest written evidence of the use of herbs in medicine comes from  Sumerian clay tablets and the Chinese medical classic the “Pen T’Sao,” written by Emperor Shen Nung, both written records date from about 2500 BC and mention some 365 herbs and their medicinal value many of which are used today. Considered the Father of Chinese medicine, Shen Nung wrote about marijuana’s healing properties as well as those of two other mainstays of Chinese herbal medicine, ginseng, and ephedra. Also listed in Shen Nung’s classic many alkaloid containing plants such as poppy, henbane, and mandrake, as well as camphor, yellow gentian, ginseng, jimson weed, cinnamon bark, and ephedra.

November 10, 2019
Joe Brady

Life’s Third Act

Jane Fonda wants us to re-imagine the extra 30 years we have added to our life expectancy. When you reach 60, Chinese tradition calls you “An Immortal” ~ or as Jane calls it, your “Third Act.” Aging can be done better ~ because these years can be more than a footnote.

Participate in the discussion and more!

Park Hill OLLI at DU Fall Session ends this week and Buddy Day (a chance to try a class for free) in “Squaring the Curve ~ Living Younger Longer” is Tuesday, November 12th, 9:30-11:30 am. We will watch two wonderful TedX Talk videos, a discussion will follow, and after a short coffee break, Jacqui Shumway (with a little Joe) will show you how to activate 5-10 practical points in acupressure that keep you feeling younger, vital and… wiser.

The address is 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver, 80207 (Park Hill UMC/Temple Micah. Park in the Glencoe Street parking lot or on the street. Enter the door off the parking lot.

Watch the Video here

November 9, 2019
Joe Brady

Military Veterans are in Pain

Pain is the most common medical condition requiring treatment for military personnel almost two-thirds of U.S. military veterans are in pain, and 9 percent are in severe pain.

Opioids are often prescribed for pain but, nearly 218,000 Americans died from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2017. Increasingly the military is looking for alternatives such as acupuncture meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, spinal manipulation, and other practices—to provide veterans with alternative strategies for pain management. 

November 4, 2019
Joe Brady

Ancient Herbs Have Modern Uses

Herbs have been used by humans since prehistoric times and form the origin of much of modern medicine. The pharmaceutical companies have found that these ancient herbs have modern uses, the development of drugs from plants is big business, with drug companies engaged in large-scale research into the effects of herbs. However, we can also use herbs to improve health and many can be found in our own kitchen

October 27, 2019
Joe Brady

Caring for our Military: Nondrug Therapies for Pain

Nowhere is controlling pain a more pressing issue than in the military. Since time immemorial soldiers have suffered chronic pain long after the battle is over. Many times the pain lingers for the rest of their lives. In traditional Chinese medicine, martial artists tended to be specialists in pain. Both in inflicting it and also in relieving it. Currently, the U.S. military after long relying on deadly opioids to deal with pain is beginning to look for nondrug therapies for pain. Read on to find out more about the militaries use of acupuncture and the science behind it.