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 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

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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.

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October 20, 2019
Joe Brady

New Physical Activity Resources

In one of the largest studies ever done on physical activity and aging, researchers analyzed the physical activity of 36,383 older adults in Britain, the U.S., and Europe. Reporting in the British Medical Journal the researchers found that every little bit of physical activity we get can make a big difference in the risk of dying at any age. Any activity, no matter how modest, can improve function and reduce health risks. The greatest gains were seen in people that went from being sedentary to getting off the couch for at least one hour per day. These findings provide clear scientific evidence that higher levels of total physical activity, regardless of intensity level, and reducing sedentary time are associated with a lower risk for premature death, and it’s dose-related, the more you do the better you get with the biggest benefits going to those who at least get started doing something. Read on to get more information on the latest recommendations for exercising properly with particular health concerns.

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October 14, 2019
Joe Brady

Chinese Herbs and the Flu

First Clinical Trial of Ban Lan Gen Herb in Treatment of the Flu

Ban Lan Gen has been used in Chinese medicine for about 1000 years and is now slated to undergo its first random control trial, the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. Chinese Herbs and the Flu is the focus of scientists at Guangzhou Medical University they seek to study the efficacy and safety of Ban-Lan-Gen granules in the treatment against influenza A and B viruses in China. Scientists have started a large-scale clinical trial to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness and safety of BLG against influenza infection, based on the results of a pilot study. This clinical trial will serve as an example for the study of other traditional herbal medicines in evidence-based clinical trials.

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October 6, 2019
Joe Brady

Complementary and Integrative Health: Twenty Years of Research Progress

The “NCCIH at 20” symposium examined accomplishments and progress in complementary and integrative health research – past, present, and future. Twenty years have passed since the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) was established and became one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Hosted by NCCIH at the NIH campus and is partially supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.The symposium examined NCCIH milestones related to the development of research methods and how this work continues to address evolving public health concerns, including chronic pain, military and veteran health, depression, and anxiety. The symposium also explored priority areas for scientific discovery, including the human microbiome, the neuroscience of pain, complementary and integrative approaches to tackle the opioid crisis and whole health systems. 

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