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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December 15, 2019
Joe Brady

Unusual Form of Flu Strikes Early

An unusual form of flu strikes early and probably lasting longer means this flu season is shaping up to be a doozy. The last time the flu season started this early was in 2003. That year it turned out to be a fairly severe flu season. This year so far at least 1,300 people have died from the flu so far this season, according to an estimate released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. The CDC reports that there have been 23,000 flu-related hospitalizations and more than 2.6 million illnesses. and with 24,00 people hospitalized this year (including yours truly). The numbers in Colorado are just starting to come in with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment reporting 206 people hospitalized with influenza B so far. Influenza B is usually only seen in springtime yet there have been cases already being reported since September making it a very unusual flu season already. Read more for tips on how to treat it and when you need to go to the doctor.

December 4, 2019
Joe Brady

A Gift of Lifelong Learning from Oxford

For all of you that are helping make this a healthier world, Joe and Jacqui would like to pass along to you this very special gift of Lifelong Learning this holiday season. Keep your mind sharp and feed your curiosity. While the weather outside is frightful, explore these world-class resources for lifelong learners.
Discover something new every day in December!
The 2019 edition of the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education’s Festive Countdown Calendar contains thirty-one days of free, online learning – enough to take you right up to the new year. Fun, interactive, educational resources, picked for you by the academics and staff at Oxford Continuing Education.

Please accept our thanks for being part of Oxford Continuing Education’s community of learning – a community that spans more than 160 countries worldwide. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful festive season and an educationally enriching new year.
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Oxford Continuing Education: Festive Countdown Calendar 2019

Our gift to you: each day during the month of December, explore free, educational online resources – as recommended by staff at Oxford Continuing Education. Thirty-one days of free learning, to take you right up to the new year! A new door will open every day in December, after which it will never close. Can’t wait? Then take a look back at our previous Festive Calendars which are all still open for you to enjoy. Please forward this page to friends, using the share buttons provided below.

November 23, 2019
Joe Brady

Healthy and Happy Holidays

Coping with Holliday Stress

Thanksgiving should be a time to gather around a warm hearth with loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have. Unfortunately, politics being what it is, this thanksgiving is shaping up to be quite stressful for many families. One strategy for healthy and happy holidays is to agree before dinner to make politics off-limits as dinner conversation. Another good strategy both to relieve stress and also burn off a few extra calories is some good old fashioned physical activity. Taking a nice walk before or after dinner can go a long way to relieve stress and avoid too many awkward conversations. Research shows that in addition to the physical benefits of exercise it also has many mental and emotional benefits as well. Read more for some great healthy thanksgiving recipes and more stress management techniques.

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