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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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May 3, 2021
Joe Brady

Artificial Intelligence and the Way to a Healthy Longevity

Traditional random controlled trials, study treatments in carefully selected populations under ideal conditions. This makes it difficult to translate results to the real world. Advances in information technology and artificial intelligence make it much easier to study the effects of the whole lifestyle on maintaining and recovering health in the real world. Gathering data about complex behaviors like lifestyle and the effects of so many variables on our health can provide an understanding of the patterns of change over time in the natural processes of living a healthier lifestyle. 

The way to healthy longevity involves many factors including diet, exercise, meditation, and even art, music and literature can have positive effects on our health. Community classes and programs in self-care, tai chi, yoga, pilates, meditation, art, music, literature, and other minds/body therapies have the potential to improve the health of millions of people, yet the complexities of these behaviors in real-world settings make this an extremely difficult topic to study with any kind of scientific rigor.

With the help of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the University of Denver, we are currently working on a research project called:

Community Med School: A Study in Integrative Medicine and Lifelong Learning 

The study’s purpose is to look at the effects of lifelong learning programs that offer many opportunities to support health literacy and empowerment in health promotion. This study is using the Qualtrics database at DU and its artificial intelligence features to increase the evidence base of the effects of integrative medicine and mind/body approaches in lifelong learning on global health measures assessing anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain interference, physical function, sleep disturbance, and ability to participate in social roles and activities, pain, cognitive function, and self-efficacy. 

We hope to use this data to help close the gap between world-class research and community health promotion efforts, we intend to share best practices and research data by making the data available to others. This allows for replication and increasing statistical power. Data shall be shared internationally through, PROMIS Health Measures Scoring Service, Harvard Data-verse, and the Oxford International Roundtable. 

In short, by building deeper connections between the fields of computer science and biomedical research, we can better define, build, and leverage robust, multidimensional datasets to answer pressing health research questions about how to help people restore health and encourage healthier lifestyles.

Applying AI to Whole Person Health Research – New NIH Initiative

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is co-leading a new trans–National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative designed to leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in biomedical research that brings exciting new opportunities for researchers in the complementary and integrative health community. Among those research questions is one that is essential in NCCIH’s work to deepen our understanding of whole-person health: How does a less healthy person return to health?

Read more about Using Artificial Intelligence To Uncover the Path to Health Restoration

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April 25, 2021
Joe Brady

Mindful Meditation and the Diseases of Despair

Spring 2021 Integrative Medicine Virtual Lectures Begin May 4

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

“Novel Approaches at the Intersection of Mental Health and Pain.”

We invite you to join us this spring for two exciting lectures as part of our Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series, which will feature two of our grantees and will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The lectures, rescheduled from spring 2020, will be streamed live on NIH VideoCast.

May 4 Lecture Featuring Eric Garland, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

On Tuesday, May 4 from noon to 1 p.m. ET, Eric Garland, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., will present “Healing the Opioid Crisis with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE): Clinical Efficacy and Neurophysiological Mechanisms.” Dr. Garland is professor and associate dean for research at the University of Utah College of Social Work and director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND).  

Mindful Meditation and the Diseases of Despair

Dr. Garland notes that some of our most pressing “diseases of despair,” such as addiction and chronic pain, disrupt the brain’s capacity to experience healthy pleasure and extract meaning from naturally rewarding events and experiences. Prolonged opioid use, for example, in the context of chronic pain and distress can blunt positive emotions and compel opioid misuse as a way to hold on to the shrinking sense of well-being. Dr. Garland will describe the development and testing of MORE, an integrative treatment strategy that teaches Mindfulness skills to enhance self-awareness, alleviate pain, and strengthen self-control over automatic, addictive habits.

For more information about what specifically Dr. Garland will be discussing read more:

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April 19, 2021
Joe Brady

World Congress: Tai Chi/Qigong and Chinese Medicine

Free 0n-line Event! 21st World Congress
Qigong / Tai Chi / Traditional Chinese Medicine /Natural Healing
April 23 to 26, 2021

The World Congress brings together top masters of Taichi and Qigong from all over the world. Learn from international experts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural therapy as well as from universities and organizations leading in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi, and Qigong. 

These organizations and Universities promote the integration of various types of health maintenance, traditional medicine, and natural therapy to help fight the Covid-19 epidemic. Click to learn more or register for this EXCITING 21st World Congress.

Conference Leadership

  • Conference Chair Dr. Effie Chow, the mother of Western Qigong,
  • Co-Chair Bill Douglas, the founder of World Tai Chi Day
  • Co-Chair Yingqiu Wang, founder of the University of East-West Medicine, 
  • Co-Chair Dr. M.J. Bulbrook, President of Akamai University
  • Co-Chair CJ Rhoads, Professor
  • Executive Chairman Jack Fu, Founder of Qi-Acupuncture,

 Join some of the world’s top experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine and many of the top doctors from Wuhan China as they discuss the treatment of COVID and the treatment of the after-effects of long-term Covid patients.

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April 12, 2021
Joe Brady

Herbs and Foods for Reducing Inflammation

In recent years research studies of the anti-inflammatory effects of medicinal herbs used in traditional medicines have shown great promise. More gentle than drugs, herbs and foods can also reduce inflammation and can be used without the harmful side effects of drugs. Medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years and form a rich source of therapeutic agents with the potential to create new treatments for old health complaints. 

Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury. Especially as we get older inflammation can become chronic in which case inflammation can become the problem rather than the solution.  Inflammation is a pathologic condition that includes a wide range of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatism, pneumonia, cancer, rheumatic and immune-mediated conditions, 

The normal medical response to pain associated with inflammation includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid drugs and these have a lot of adverse effects and can sometimes lead to fatal results. Therefore herbs and food items that have an anti-inflammatory effect are proving to be can be a potential source to replace them. 

More and more research is being conducted on herbs used in traditional medicinal systems like traditional Chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine. Each year many plant-based substances are being studied for their potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity.

Studies have even uncovered some of the mechanisms through which herbs and food can affect inflammation. The epi-genetic transcription factor NFκB regulates various inflammatory genes that control leukocyte adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines compounds that are involved with various types of inflammatory diseases. Flavonoids are plant compounds found in fruits, grains, vegetables, roots, bark, flowers, stems, tea, and wine, mushrooms, honey, plant extracts, plant juices, plant powders, and essential oils which have all been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activities.  As NFκB inhibitors, these flavonoids may modulate the expression of pro-inflammatory genes leading to reducing inflammation and aiding in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.

To read more about the chemistry of all this, see

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6842955/

For lists of anti-inflammatory herbs and foods and the science behind them read more

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April 5, 2021
Joe Brady

Mental Health and Mind/Body Practices

Mental health problems are common. Did you know that about one in four adults has a mental health problem in any given year? The most common problems are anxiety and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Some mind and body practices may be helpful for mental health problems. For example:

  • Relaxation techniques and music may help to relieve anxiety during stressful situations such as medical procedures.
  • There’s some evidence that acupuncturemusic therapy, and yoga may help with depression.
  • Light therapy may be useful for seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons.
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