Barefoot Doctor's Journal
Take control of your health with this guide to natural health and healing. Get expert advice to help you alleviate pain and live healthy naturally. Access to tools, information and opportunities.
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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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Go Outside and Play
by Joseph Brady
In Traditional Chinese Medicine one whole group of therapeutic exercises involve what is called “Nature’s Therapy”. The ancient Chinese believed that there is something inherently therapeutic about being around nature. Sun bathing, air baths, water therapy even gardening have their place in the constellation of therapeutic practices that comprise Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nature’s Therapy is one reason Tai Chi and Qigong are traditionally practiced outside in parks. In addition to the normal benefits of exercise, going outside provides additional benefits. Getting out in nature can provide much needed stress relief in our high-tech, high-stress lives. Being in nature’s slower cycles can offset the hectic pace of modern life. Hanging out in natural settings has very healthy effects on physiology. Being around plants can reduce heart rates and blood pressure. Taking care of a garden gives you something to focus on besides your troubles. Walking and taking time to smell the roses are better ways to deal with stress than hollering and fretting.
In addition to acupuncture there are many other natural pain relief modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupressure and Cupping have also been found to be effective treatments for natural pain relief.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses many other modalities besides acupuncture. One review of 75 studies covering all aspects of TCM in individuals with neck pain or low back pain. This review found that acupuncture, acupressure, and cupping can be effective in the treatment of pain. Other natural pain relief treatments, such as gua sha, tai chi, qigong, and manipulation have also showed good effect and further studies on these treatments are needed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Qi-ling Yuan,1 Tuan-mao Guo,2 Liang Liu,1 Fu Sun,1,3 and Yin-gang Zhang1,* Jan P. A. Baak, Academic Editor (more…)
Community Health Promotion Can Work… It takes a long time, but ‘Yes We Can’ create healthier communities!
by Jacqui Shumway
In 2005, I was asked to become a part of a community health promotion project attempting to promote healthy lifestyles in the my economically diverse Park Hill Denver neighborhood. The “Park Hill Thriving Communities Summary Report Progress and Accomplishments 2006-2011” was released in 2012 and shows that community based programs can be effective in increasing physical activity and healthier lifestyles over the long haul. A recent discussion on a neighborhood social media site made me realize now many of my new neighbors do not know the history of efforts to make Park Hill the thriving and vibrant community it is today.
“A disease of prosperity, obesity, threatens to overwhelm our health care system.”
Weight loss, need not be the hardship most people perceive it to be. Changing your lifestyle can also be reframed as an adventure in active healthy living.
Life is Qi! Life is energy! Calories are just a measurement of energy and the fact is that to be successful at weight loss the energy going into the system (calories) must be less than or at least match the energy going out (exercise). Regular enjoyable physical activity, combined with a delicious but sensible diet can help you burn calories, reduce fat, and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. (more…)
Metabolic Resistance and why it is so hard to lose weight.
by Joseph Brady
The concept of metabolic set point is a crucial element in the battle against obesity and allows us to understand why it is so hard to lose weight. Our metabolic set point is the point at which our metabolism settles into a balance between energy going into the system and the energy being used by the system. It is defined as the weight at which you have maintained most of your life when you neither are overeating nor under eating. At this point of balance, the body will create great resistance to further weight loss as a defense against starvation. (more…)