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March 20, 2020
Joe Brady

Treating the Disease Before it Occurs

Mainland China has reported zero new domestic infections of coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak began.

The National Health Commission said it was also the first time Hubei province – where the disease first emerged – recorded no new cases either domestically or from abroad. Nationwide, there were 34 new infections, all of them from overseas.

The number of new deaths was down to single digits, with just eight reported, bringing the total death toll to 3,245. The commission said 23 new suspected cases had been reported and that the total number of infections now stands at 80,928. A total of 70,420 patients have recovered.

Zhong Nanshan leading Chinese pulmonologist

Zhong Nanshan, a leading Chinese epidemiologist, said that without strong intervention the coronavirus would not be eliminated. “I think many countries should take measures [based on] the intervention mechanism invented by China. Upstream control is an ancient way, but effective,” Zhong said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“The core points are the ‘four early’s’: early prevention, early detection, early diagnosis, and early quarantine.” South China Morning Post 3/19/20

Treating the Disease Before it Occurs: Improving Immune Function/ Reducing Exposure

Treating the disease before it occurs has been a maxim of Traditional Chinese Medicine since the ascension of the Yellow Emperor 5000 years ago. Rather than wait around for disease to strike, there are some concrete things we can do to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease. Primary prevention starts with following the CDC’s guidelines for proper handwashing and social distancing practices. One of the best ways to think of social distancing is to imagine that you already have the disease and are trying your best not to infect others. We are better at changing our behavior to protect others than we are at protecting ourselves. Beyond that, there are numerous things we can all do to strengthen immune function so the body has a better chance to survive if we do fall ill.

March 20, 2020
Joe Brady

Pray for Us, Saint Corona

Yes, there actually is a Saint Corona and she is considered the patron saint of plagues and epidemics!

The Corona Virus was named for the crown-like structure on the virus. The word Corona is Latin for a crown.
Interestingly, there is a St. Corona in the Catholic Church. Her story is that Corona was only 16 when she gave her life to comfort a fellow Christian.
Right in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic is the city of Anzu, Italy. There is a basilica in Anzu where the relics of St. Victor and St. Corona have been preserved since the 9th century. Ironically, St. Corona is considered as one of the patron saints of pandemics.

This next is excerpted from “Saint Corona Martyr of the Moment” by Simon Ballam. to read more see

Most saints have a clear role – the muscular Saint Christopher helps travelers, Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters, and Saint George the dragon killer the original first responder – horses for courses. Saint Corona, on the other hand, has a lot to do: She is responsible for money, butchers, gravediggers and bad weather. And she is also there to protect us from plagues. A woman’s work is never done!

It seems an unhappy chance that she shares her name with the current coronavirus sweeping the globe. But coincidence it is not: In her primary role of caring for money, she is often depicted wearing a crown, an ancient and universal icon for currencies. As the microscope images splashed across magazine covers and newsfeeds show us every day, the deadly bug, too, is named for its resemblance to a crown.


No there are absolutely no good random controlled trials that show that she can intercede in a pandemic. But I’m lighting a candle anyway!

March 16, 2020
Joe Brady

Surviving Coronavirus or COVID-19

We recognize that the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, has created a sense of anxiety, fear, and even panic for many people. We want to address this situation with an abundance of preparation and caution as we do not yet know exactly how this will affect us here in the Denver area. While surviving the coronavirus we also want to avoid heightening your fears. We want to do our part in preventing the spread of any infections by sharing the best information we can find and canceling all indoor Tai Chi classes and lectures and instituting strict new policies in the clinic.

“The hero makes the times and the times make the hero”

Old tai chi saying,

Don’t Panic, prepare and protect yourself and loved ones. Based on all the news coverage on COVID-19,  and due to the lack of credible and confusing information, many of you may have heightened concerns or questions. Based on what we know, at this point in time, we are dealing with a virus that has similarities to those that have come before, with many of the same issues; and public health is doing more research. It is also clear that at this point, your chances of contracting this virus in Colorado is very, very low. At the testing site at Lowery, 90% of those tested so far have had the normal flu or a really bad cold. This is the first good news we have had that only 10% of those with symptoms tested so far actually have COVID – 19. 

March 8, 2020
Joe Brady

New Approaches for Treating Mental Health and Pain

Spring Lectures To Discuss New Approaches for Treating Mental Health and Pain

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health will host three lectures this spring part of the Center’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series on “Novel Approaches at the Intersection of Mental Health and Pain.” These new approaches for treating mental health and pain help patients get back to enjoying life again and gain a greater sense of well-being and that greatly enhances recovery. Watch the lectures yourself beginning March 24th.

March 2, 2020
Joe Brady

Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments

First of all, a caveat, no one is claiming that any alternative medicine techniques can “cure” COVID 19, commonly called Coronavirus. Scientists are working on a drug, Remdesivir, that was previously tested in humans for Ebola and in animals for MERS and SARS. The drug is currently being tested at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and there are clinical trials of remdesivir going on in China. We are at least weeks and more likely months away from the results of that study being usable and at that, there is no guarantee that the drug will work. What are people supposed to do in the meantime? Wash your hands is the usual advice.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a different approach to disease that often clashes with western medicine. Instead of patients being viewed as “victims” of their disease, patients are encouraged to be active participants in their own healing. In addition to whatever western treatments are available Chinese patients will do exercises, change their diet, use traditional herbal formulas and many other techniques like acupuncture, cupping, massage and meditations that are not available to western doctors yet can still play a role in making patients feel better. In the absence of a cure, there must be room in medicine for making patients feel better.