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May 10, 2021
Joe Brady

Making Science Work in the Community

When research shows that a health intervention works, you might think that health care providers and patients would start using it right away. But that may not happen. It can take years before research evidence is incorporated into clinical practice.

Over the last 20 years, a growing body of evidence suggests that some complementary approaches, such as acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, mindfulness meditation, spinal manipulation, tai chi, and yoga, may help to manage many types of health conditions including in the treatment of pain. Integrative health care often brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to health care and wellness—often including mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, social, and community aspects—and treating the whole person rather than, for example, one organ system.

The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has grown within care settings across the United States. Researchers are currently exploring the potential benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations, including pain management for military personnel and veterans, relief of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors, and programs to promote healthy behaviors.

Researchers have assumed that complementary and integrative therapies proven effective would be readily adopted and implemented in the community. This is turning out to be more difficult and compelling evidence is showing that there is a long way between science demonstrating the effectiveness of therapy and its implementation in the community. Even when interventions have been tested in the community, the development of the public education needed to support their broader use is lacking. In the context of complementary health approaches, for example, there is much evidence to support the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic low-back pain, and guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture as a first-line treatment for pain; however, there is very limited utilization or referrals in conventional health care settings for using acupuncture to treat pain. Providing the funding and training and resources need to implement any programs like exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, and a hundred other healthy lifestyle activities are very difficult to come by. Competing with large-scale pharmaceutical companies who can afford multi-million dollar ad campaigns for opioids, for example, is just not possible for your lowly little tai chi or yoga instructor no matter if a hundred studies show they are more effective for treating pain. 

To answer this problem many researchers have taken to a new area of scientific inquiry called implementation science. Implementation science is the study of strategies to make effective use of evidence-based health programs in community settings to improve the health of the population. The field of implementation science focuses on closing the gap between evidence and practice. Researchers in this field seek to understand the strategies and processes used to implement interventions, the barriers and facilitators to change, and how they vary in different contexts.

Community Med School Research at the University of Denver

In the research we are conducting for the University of Denver we are using an implementation science method called the RE-AIM model. To help program planners, evaluators, funders, and policymakers plan evaluate, and implement health programs in real-world settings, psychologist Russell E. Glasgow, Ph.D., and his colleagues developed a conceptual framework called RE-AIM. Initially created to evaluate interventions in health behavior, RE-AIM also serves as a helpful planning tool for a whole range of programs and policies in health promotion. 

The RE-AIM model (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) is a comprehensive framework for program planning and implementation in the community.

  • Reach refers to the program’s ability to reach those who can benefit from the program
  • Effectiveness is the benefits the program provides participants,
  • Adoption is the use of community partnerships to amplify the reach of the program
  • Implementation is how well the program is implemented
  • Maintenance is can the program be self-sustaining.

To participate in the study

If you have already filled out a survey for the study the next round will be sent out by the end of this month. If you are currently not a participant in the study and wish to participate contact Joseph Brady the principal investigator for the study at

Read more including a new paper in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, written by four scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, takes a close look at implementation science methodologies and how they apply to complementary and integrative health research. The full text of the paper is available for free.

Implementation Science Methodologies for Complementary and Integrative Health Research

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

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:

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.

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

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