Barefoot Doctor's Journal

Take control of your health with this guide to natural health and healing. Get expert advice to help you alleviate pain and live healthy naturally. Access to tools, information and opportunities.

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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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August 24, 2020
Joe Brady

Evidence-Based Medicine in the Age of COVID

Health Care is not an industry! We all have an interest in staying healthy and that depends upon being able to tell good information from bad. Since the earliest days in the history of medicine, health professionals have long fought to dispel myths and counter misinformation. During the current pandemic and unfettered reach of social media platforms, health misinformation has become a viral pandemic of its own. A report released this week estimates that social media networks amplifying misleading health information generated an astonishing 3.8 billion Facebook views in the past year alone. “The only cure for ignorance is education”, the ability to sort through all of the misinformation in health care is an essential skill in life these days. We need to be able to determine good sources of information from bad sources, to be able to see for ourselves what is good science and what is not.

Everyone needs health information and also needs health literacy skills to find information and services they need and understand the choices, consequences, and context of the health information they receive so they can decide which information and services match their needs and preferences so they can act. Anyone who provides health information and services to others, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, even their exercise instructor, acupuncturist, or Yoga teacher, also needs health literacy skills. Everyone involved in health care should be advocation for evidence-based medicine, and to be able to judge for themselves the strength of the evidence.

Read more for the basics of evidence-based medicine, the top ten list to spot BS (bad science), and where to find good sources of information. 

August 17, 2020
Joe Brady

Keep Your Mind Active

Keep your mind active with these end of summer activities. We’ve all been cooped up too long! Our bodies may be under restrictions as to where we can go and what we can do, but our minds are still free to go off into spaces we have never been before. Here are some upcoming activities here locally in Denver as well as some available internationally for you to enjoy. Hazel Miller, free entry to museums and archives around the world. Settle back with something good to read, listen to, or watch. Have a go Hands-on activities: learn a language, compose a tune, and more.

  • Hazel Miller & The Collective at 31st Annual Salute to Seniors
  • Vintage car Show presented by the Forney Museum of Transportation!
  • Joe Brady – Presentation on “keeping the mind sharp and the brain healthy”
  • Park Hill Art Festival
  • University of Denver, OLLI Lifelong Learning
  • Oxford University, ON-Line learning

All from the comfort of your own home!

August 17, 2020
Joe Brady

Coronavirus Riskiest Actvities

August 12, 2020
Joe Brady

Mind and Body Approaches for Chronic Pain

With over 67,000 deaths a year from drug overdoses there is a high premium on finding alternatives to opioids for treating chronic pain. Fortunately, a variety of mind and body practices have been found in many studies to be helpful for treating chronic pain. In fact, official guidelines recommend them as first-line treatment. Different practices are recommended for chronic low-back pain versus acute pain.

The practices that may be helpful for chronic low-back pain include acupuncture, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, progressive muscle relaxation, spinal manipulation, tai chi, and yoga. A shorter list of practices may be helpful for acute low-back pain include acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation.

All these practices have good safety records when used appropriately. This article summarizes current scientific research about mind and body approaches for chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, headache, low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

August 4, 2020
Joe Brady

Doctors Getting Better at Treating COVID-19

While waiting for a vaccine or a cure, doctors around the world are effectively getting better at treating patients with COVID-19 and saving many lives. Doctors in hard-hit areas of Europe like Italy and the UK began in late February reaching out to Doctors in China for advice on treating patients with COVID. According to Dr. Marco Rizzi at Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital, quoted in the Wall Street Journal “There was everything in there, including traditional Chinese medicine”, “now we have more cards to play”. Using their own clinical experience and by collaborating with the doctors around the world, frontline doctors now have treatment strategies that are saving many lives. Using traditional Chinese medicine herbs such as ginger, honey, and lemon tea and other herbs to support the body’s fight in those advised to treat themselves at home, even things like rice cereal to help patients keep their strength up in its fight against the disease. In patients that do end up in hospital doctors are using oxygen therapy, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and blood thinners on the sickest of patients. The doctors in Europe are saving lives and reducing the number of patients needing intensive care.