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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 22, 2020
Joe Brady

Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Here are some tips from the CDC on steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.

For specific guidelines and also 21 fun tips to make a quarantine Christmas more enjoyable click below.

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December 14, 2020
Joe Brady

Tai Chi: Please DO Try This At Home

We are all going to be somewhat cooped up over the next few months in order to avoid COVID. For many, that means their health will be deteriorating in other ways. However, you can be proactive and reduce this decline. You can still exercise outside as long as you are being careful…and indoor Zoom classes offer an alternative to staring at the walls and being bored and inactive at home. Since the pandemic began and despite ever-changing pandemic restrictions, we have been able to safely continue our regular Tai chi classes outside while being socially distant and masked when necessary. However, taking on new students has been challenging. So, as a public health service, we have decided to open up a free Zoom beginner class on Friday mornings at 10:00 am MST.  Folks must register and anyone can join.

The Evidence-base for Tai Chi: Benefits of Tai Chi according to Harvard Medical School

“T’ai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems.” Harvard Medical School

Free Zoom Tai Chi Classes for Beginners

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December 7, 2020
Joe Brady

Discover Something New Every Day

The 2020 edition of the Festive Calendar from the continuing education department at Oxford University contains thirty-one days of free, online learning – enough to take you right up to the new year. If you begin after December 20 it will carry through until after the inauguration. Discover something new each day the calendar contains 31fun, interactive, educational resources, picked for you by the academics and staff at Oxford Continuing Education.

We here at the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal want to thank you all for being a part of our community. Our mission of building a healthier community has been particularly challenging during these stressful times and we really appreciate the support that we have received from students, patients, and those involved in our research. Thank you for all your support and we hope everyone has a wonderful if subdued holiday season.

A new door will open every day in December, after which it will never close. Can’t wait? Then take a look back at Oxford’s previous Festive Calendars which are all still open for you to enjoy. Please forward this page to friends.

New Year’s resolutions?

If learning is on your list for the year ahead, now is the time to sign up for a course starting in 2021. The University of Denver’s OLLI program registration is open for the Winter term, for information see OLLI Registration. The Tai Chi Project classes will be offering Zoom Tai Chi classes for beginners as well as outdoor socially distant and masked Tai Chi classes in the park when the weather permits. For information on Tai Chi Classes send us an email.

Click Here to View the Oxford Festive Calendar

November 23, 2020
Joe Brady

Exercise, Immunity, and COVID-19

Resources and support for keeping your immune system strong during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Physical activity is a crucial component in both mental health as well as immune function, yet while keeping COVID at bay we are all being way too sedentary, myself included. In our own programs, we have continued to hold Tai chi classes outside, masked and socially distant yet there is still a tendency to be more sedentary than usual. It is noticeable how much more active we are when we are free to pursue our normal social activities. Being isolated at home and even working from home we are way less active and that has consequences on our immune function.

In the winter term, we will be offering many opportunities to encourage folks to be more active, including Zoom Tai chi classes at The University of Denver’s OLLI program. (see https://portfolio.du.edu/olli/page/108056)

Research and Resources for staying Active in this Holliday Season

Over the years we have partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine’s, Exercise is Medicine Program on many programs including featuring the Tai Chi Project at ACSM’s 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. One of their latest projects is to provide resources to help you to keep your immune systems in shape.

Exercise is Medicine® has assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. Although specific data related to COVID-19 and exercise has not yet been obtained, research examining the body’s response to exercise reveals a cascade of cellular mechanisms that help protect the body from viral illnesses. In addition, there is clear evidence that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in everyone, including number and severity, as well as the acute and chronic symptoms of anxiety. This could be a very important benefit of maintaining an active routine during this period of isolation and stress.

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November 16, 2020
Joe Brady

Resources for Coping with COVID-19

From the Osher Clinic at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

If the coronavirus doesn’t get you the stress will. With months yet to go in this pandemic we all need tools and resources for coping with COVID-19. Although disappointed we could not attend in person this year, Jacqui and I did get to present our research at Harvard Medical School’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Our study on the Community Med School: A Study in Integrative Medicine and Lifelong Learning was well-received for this first round of the study. Our findings for this first phase of the study held up well with the overall theme of the conference which was the role of integrative medicine in keeping our healthcare workers from burning out in the face of the stress of COVID-19 and racial strife in America. 

Our findings seem to agree with the findings of other researchers. Our data suggest that pursuing healthy lifestyles, exercise, meditation, tai chi and a host of other mind/body forms of self-cultivation improve resilience in the face of enormous stresses. Our focus is upon the application of these therapies in real-world community-level programs, the Osher Integrative Medicine Network Forum was focused upon the value of these techniques in caring for healthcare workers themselves.

With healthcare workers burning out in record numbers after 9 months of treating COVID patients amidst racial and political strife, we need to care for the caretakers or we will lose a lot of these courageous front-line troops. Physician burnout was already a problem, and the pandemic has only made it worse, according to a survey by Medscape(www.medscape.com). The survey queried more than 7,500 doctors from around the world, but the bulk of them — almost 5,000 — practice in the U.S. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. physicians surveyed said the pandemic had intensified their sense of burnout. (see https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid_burnout_survey.html).

We will share more information from the conference in the weeks to come but here is a list of resources to help both you and healthcare workers deal with the stress in the months to come.

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