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.
Take control of your health
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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Providing members with the latest scientific research on the ancient healing secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Get information, access to tools, and enjoyable opportunities for a lifetime of active adventure!
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(more…)
Running out of things to watch on Netflix? Keep your brain active and try something new with these taster lectures from the University of Oxford.
What can we learn from an archaeologist about hygiene? How did Italy use product design to pull itself out of post-war economic depression? Who was King Richard II’s role model?
Find answers to these questions and many more in this library of short taster sessions, produced by tutors teaching this autumn on the Weekly Oxford Worldwide (WOW) programme.
Explore the newly refreshed Curious Minds page, with six brand new free learning resources! Today’s ‘Tutor Takeover’ is Ben Grant, Departmental Lecturer in English Literature, who recommends The William Blake Archive – an online platform dedicated to the works of William Blake.
The Economics of the COVID-19 Pandemic
A series of talks from the Oxford Martin School looking at the economics of the Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on economic activity, employment, trade, developing countries, business, and more.
Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine
Date: Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00-9:00 am on Zoom
Significant gaps in nutrition content exist across the medical education continuum, from new learners to practicing physicians. An emerging approach to enhance mastery of practical nutrition content is that of culinary medicine provided in the context of a teaching kitchen. Preliminary research suggests culinary medicine is an innovative active learning approach that may be an effective pedagogical option that is gaining traction in academic health institutions. At this month’s Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, join Dr. Melinda Ring, Executive Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University, who will discuss her experience with culinary medicine education for health professionals. Join virtually by live stream here.
If you want to request CME credit for virtual participation, to be eligible, send an email between 8:00-8:30 am on September 8th with your full name, degree, and organization to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your questions via the Q&A function in Zoom.
To Register and for more details and resources read on(more…)
In a season that seems so dark, and bad news hitting the headlines in wave after wave, you have to look hard to find reasons for hope. Yet there is always hope and humanity has survived many a crisis by looking for a light at the end of the tunnel and making a break for it when it appears. It’s funny but since the pandemic began every article I have written here that suggested hope has received the highest numbers of unsubscribes. If you are brave enough to look for evidence-based hope, read on.
To begin, the most important scientific news we have lately is that studies from laboratory experiments, hospitals, and data from whole countries are confirming that the biggest opportunity we have to stem the tide of this pandemic is one that we all have direct control of and responsibility for. Wearing masks is turning out to be the most effective thing we can do to prevent the spread of the disease and furthermore to minimize the severity of infection in those who do get sick. According to an article by Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco recent research has confirmed that the virus is dose-related. That means the amount of virus that we get in us determines in large part how sick we get. The smaller the dose, the less sick you get, and the larger the dose the sicker you get making the difference between those that land in the hospital and those who didn’t even know they are infected. The role of viral load or dose level in the severity of a disease has been known in the west for over 100 years and in Asia since the thirteenth century when Marco Polo noticed the Chinese wearing masks during disease outbreaks.(more…)
Health Care is not an industry! We all have an interest in staying healthy and that depends upon being able to tell good information from bad. Since the earliest days in the history of medicine, health professionals have long fought to dispel myths and counter misinformation. During the current pandemic and unfettered reach of social media platforms, health misinformation has become a viral pandemic of its own. A report released this week estimates that social media networks amplifying misleading health information generated an astonishing 3.8 billion Facebook views in the past year alone. “The only cure for ignorance is education”, the ability to sort through all of the misinformation in health care is an essential skill in life these days. We need to be able to determine good sources of information from bad sources, to be able to see for ourselves what is good science and what is not.
Everyone needs health information and also needs health literacy skills to find information and services they need and understand the choices, consequences, and context of the health information they receive so they can decide which information and services match their needs and preferences so they can act. Anyone who provides health information and services to others, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, even their exercise instructor, acupuncturist, or Yoga teacher, also needs health literacy skills. Everyone involved in health care should be advocation for evidence-based medicine, and to be able to judge for themselves the strength of the evidence.
Read more for the basics of evidence-based medicine, the top ten list to spot BS (bad science), and where to find good sources of information.(more…)