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June 22, 2021
Joe Brady

Refresh Your Mind with Nature

After any kind of long-term stress, we all suffer from a type of PTSD called brain fog. Everyone can experience this for example after pulling an all-nighter, or severe jet lag, recovering from an illness, or indeed after any stress especially after one-and-one-half years of dealing with COVID, economic upheaval, racial, cultural, and not to mention political upheaval. Everybody seems to be walking around in a fog.

In Classical Chinese Medicine, there is a category of therapeutic techniques referred to as “Natures Therapy”. Many people and medical traditions in the past felt that there was something inherently therapeutic about being around trees and grass and getting away from the things of man. Modern research is confirming that indeed being out and about in nature has a remarkable capacity to refresh our minds and raise the spirit of vitality to use the Chinese expression.

Modern scientific research supports an association between common types of nature experience and increased psychological well-being.

See https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/5/7/eaax0903.full.pdf

In this issue of the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal, we present a series of TED talks and research on the Benefits of Nature’s Therapy in refreshing your brain after this long and stressful couple of years. As our economy reboots we all need to reboot our brains and reinvigorate our lives with new purpose and inspiration and there is no better way to do it than to go outside and play.

Read more for a wonderful series of videos to inspire

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June 14, 2021
Joe Brady

Low Back Pain Relief

Research has shown that several mind and body practices, including acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, progressive muscle relaxation, spinal manipulation, tai chi, and yoga, may be helpful for chronic low-back pain.

These practices are generally considered safe when used appropriately. However, that doesn’t mean they are risk-free for everyone, choose a well-qualified instructor and use your head.

Low-back pain is a very common problem in the United States and around the world. About 80 percent of adults have low-back pain at some point in their lives. It’s the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays and visits to physicians.

Most episodes of low-back pain last only a short period of time. Health professionals call this acute low-back pain. Acute low-back pain is often defined as pain that lasts for up to 4 weeks. In most cases, acute low-back pain goes away without causing any lasting problems.

Low-back pain that lasts for between 4 and 12 weeks is called subacute. If low-back pain lasts for 12 weeks or longer, it’s called chronic. Treatment sometimes relieves chronic low-back pain successfully, but in other cases, pain persists despite treatment.

Clinical guidelines encourage alternatives

The American College of Physicians issued a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of low-back pain in 2017. The guideline recommends that health care providers and patients use non-drug treatments as first-line therapy for chronic low-back pain. It also recommends the use of nondrug approaches for acute low-back pain, with or without drug therapy. Several complementary health approaches are among the treatment options suggested for acute low-back pain, chronic low-back pain, or both.

Read more about what science say’s about it

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June 8, 2021
Joe Brady

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind

Join us as Dr. Richard J. Davidson examines recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive psychology and the effect of mindful meditation practices that strengthen the positive aspects of human psychology. Comparisons of different types of meditation practices have been shown to have various effects on the health of both mind and body. Dr. Davidson explores the four constituents of well-being that have been researched and describes how they can be influenced by the practice of meditation and improve physical health in both experienced and beginner meditators. New research also shows that meditation-based interventions delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes. Research has shown that meditation influences key brain systems important for emotion regulation and attention. Dr. Davidson will review the ways in which different forms of meditation might change the specific brain and behavioral systems. Collectively, this research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.

About the speaker

Richard J. Davidson is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center.

View Lecture

This lecture has been broken into eleven chapters and may be viewed by clicking on the links provided, beginning with

Introduction to Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind.

Speaker Biosketch for Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind ›

June 2, 2021
Joe Brady

The Science of Music

Since ancient times Chinese medicine has believed that music has the power to soothe the soul in ways that other forms of medicine simply cannot. In fact, the ancient Chinese characters for happiness, music, and medicine are almost identical. Scientists today are confirming what the ancients have said about music when it comes to treating anxiety and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, some of the most common mental health problems in today’s world.

Especially after the pandemic and economic collapse of the past 18 months, mental health problems are increasingly common. In the United States, they affect about one-fourth of adults in any given year and nearly half of adults at some time during their lives. According to the World Health Organization, mental illnesses account for more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses. 

Much current research and several major research initiatives are underway to further this fascinating line of research and promise to provide doctors in the future with a whole new set of tools that go way beyond drugs and surgery.

Read more about the latest research initiatives at NIH

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May 24, 2021
Joe Brady

Whole-Person Health

In classical Chinese medicine, the whole is always more than just the sum of the parts. There is more to human health than the absence of disease. The health of an individual also depends upon the community in which they live, it includes diet and exercise, it includes their leisure activities as well as relationships they have. The health of the community and environment cannot be separated from the health of the individual. In science, this is known as the cybernetic hierarchy in biological systems. No component of the pattern can be isolated, our health is dependent upon the totality of the way we live our lives on a daily basis. With advances in information technology and artificial intelligence, we can now study human health in all of its complexities and national research organizations are beginning to address this with new strategic approaches to the study of whole-person health.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) was originally created to facilitate the study and evaluation of complementary therapies. Over time, NCCAM became NCCIH and was designed to focus on integrative health research, with the goals of improving care, promoting health, and preventing disease. With this new strategic plan “Whole Person Health: Mapping a Strategic Vision for NCCIH”, the center is expanding the definition of integrative health to include whole-person health, empowering individuals, families, communities, and populations to improve their health in the biological, behavioral, social, and environmental domains. Our own research on whole-person health at the University of Denver will support promoting and restoring health with complementary and integrative health approaches.

Read more about the research and watch the video

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