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Eric Gordon, MD on Using the Molekule Air Purifier in Our Office

Patients at GMA are uniquely sensitive to many things, and odors, scents, and air pollution are often one of the biggest issues they deal with. Though we have searched for air purifiers that helped our patients, we never had one that we were truly satisfied with. Until now.

We first heard about Molekule Air Purification from our patients. It almost sounded too good to be true. We found the PECO units do not filter, absorb, or block toxins in the air. The PECO technology literally takes the toxins apart, down to the molecular level. PECO is an innovative technology that utilizes free radicals—the same radicals used to kill cancer cells—to oxidize pollutants. By using nanotechnology, PECO is able to destroy pollutants 1000 times smaller than traditional HEPA filters (0.1 nanometers versus 300 nanometers). Toxins are broken down into carbon dioxide, water, and trace elements.

Our most sensitive staff, along with several who participated in Molekule’s beta study, all had notable positive results.

Find out more about Molekule.

Learn about the special on Molekule for GMA patients and friends.

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FREE! Lyme Disease Education Seminar with Carolyn B Welcome, PA-C

Lyme Disease Conference- Chico,CA

Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C, will be the Keynote Speaker, raising awareness about Lyme disease early detection and prevention. Her clinical specialty is Lyme disease and related infections. She learned from Dr. Bernard Raxlen that treating complex chronic illness requires a working “knowledge of neurology, psychiatry, rheumatology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, gynecology, endocrinology” as well as the ability to listen with compassion. Carolyn’s time working with the practitioners at Gordon Medical has added a new array of tools in her arsenal of options to treat Lyme disease.

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Need help filing your insurance claim?

Insurance reimbursement assitance

Need help filing insurance claims?

Insurance Reimbursement Assistance

We know that medical costs can be high. Even though we do not bill insurance in our offices, many people are able to get re-imbursement for services at GMA if your bills are properly submitted to your insurance company*.  If you have private insurance and have paid out-of-pocket for your medical expenses at GMA, American Medical Health Alliance can potentially help you obtain a reimbursement for some of your treatments.  Since 2007, AMHA has worked with patients who have Lyme disease, cancer, or other ailments who did not even think their insurance could be an option in helping with medical costs.

If you are considering Gordon Medical Associates for your healthcare, or have already received treatment in the last ten months, and would like to know if your insurance provider will cover the cost, please contact AMHA for a FREE evaluation of your insurance and to discuss how the process works. GMA is not affiliated with AMHA, but we have seen them be helpful with some of our patients.

Learn More About AMHA

*NOTE: GMA does not bill Medicare, nor are you able to submit the bills to Medicare yourself, or through AMHA. More about GMA office policies.

Need more help with financial issues? Check out our resources under Financial Assistance

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Early Fall Changes at GMA

You will be noticing some big changes at GMA over the next couple of weeks. Staff will be coming, going, and switching positions. Though it can be challenging for patients, and for the rest of the staff, we wanted to let you know some of the wonderful things behind the changes. GMA prides itself on providing opportunities for growth to our employees, whether it is by supporting them while they prepare for higher education, training them further in a field they are already interested in, or by encouraging transition to a new and different position that suits a curious and dedicated worker. Our reward has been the opportunity to have some wonderful workers here over the years! [Read more…]

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Air Pollution Effects on Cognitive Ability: What Can You Do About It?

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You probably already know that air pollution has an impact on the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe, and even triggering asthma and other respiratory issues. You may have also noticed that you are more tired on days when the air pollution levels are high.

Did you know that air pollution can also affect your ability to think well and remember things? Research is discovering the impact of air pollution, especially particulate matter (PM) and ozone, on the central nervous system and the brain. It has been connected with developmental issues in children, and the development of vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s diseaseParkinson’s disease, and loss of brain mass and cognitive abilities in adults.

Brain fog, trouble with memory, word finding issues, [Read more…]

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The Stony Brook Chronic Illness Project – Patient Survey

We are providing the following information as it may be of interest to some of our patients. They are particularly interested in patients with Mastocytosis or other Mast Cell disorders, as well as other types of chronic illness. We are not affiliated with the study, though we will be interested in the outcome.

DO YOU HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS?

Scientists at Stony Brook University are conducting one of the largest, most important research studies ever undertaken to understand people’s experiences with chronic illness.

The knowledge we gain from this study will help scientists and physicians to improve care and develop effective treatments.
This anonymous, online questionnaire welcomes any adult who has a rare or non-rare chronic illness to participate. The questionnaire is voluntary and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below if you are interested in participating!

View Questionnaire Here >

Thank you for your contribution to our knowledge about chronic illness!

Jennifer Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, M.S.W., M.A., Project Director and
Marci Lobel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Professor of Psychology
Stony Brook University
ChronicIllnessProject@stonybrook.edu
Approved: May 15, 2017
Expiration Date: May 14, 2018

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Don’t miss Encore Day at The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2

If you’re just hearing about it, there’s still time to gain free access to all of the expert talks! The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 began on June 19th, when Wayne Anderson spoke, and since then many have learned from the expert wisdom so important to protocols that could radically improve the life of someone with Lyme disease.

What you could learn from these experts:
Symptoms (common and rare!)
Diagnosis and testing
Practical at-home health tips
Healing protocol explanations
And more!

1. Register immediately to see the rest of the FREE talks (in case you missed Wayne’s talk on the 19th,  it is included on Encore Day!)

Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 [Read more…]

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Google has a new app that can map air quality street by street

Google has been working on a new app that will map air quality street by street. Currently only available with info on Oakland, but the plan is to expand over time. Check out the interactive map. It looks  like some of the info could be generalized, like the increase in levels on major streets and highways.

We’ve been mapping air quality with Street View cars since 2014. Today, with our partners EDF and Aclima, we’re announcing the results of this effort for…
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Researchers Studying Century-Old Drug in Potential New Approach to Autism

Excerpts from article originally posted May 26, 2017 | Scott LaFee and Heather Buschman, PhD in Newsroom

Robert Naviaux, MD PhDIn a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who subsequently displayed measurable, but transient, improvement in core symptoms of autism.

“The purpose of CDR is to help protect the cell and jump-start the healing process,” said Naviaux, by essentially causing the cell to harden its membranes, cease interaction with neighbors and withdraw within itself until the danger has passed.

“But sometimes CDR gets stuck,” Naviaux said. “This prevents completion of the natural healing cycle and can permanently alter the way the cell responds to the world. When this happens, cells behave as if they are still injured or in imminent danger, even though the original cause of the injury or threat has passed.”

At the molecular level, cellular homeostasis or equilibrium is altered, creating an abnormal cellular response that leads to chronic disease. “When this happens during early child development,” said Naviaux, “it causes autism and many other chronic childhood disorders.”

Suramin works by inhibiting the signaling function of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a nucleotide or small molecule produced by cellular mitochondria and released from the cell as a danger signal. When CDR is activated, the effect of extracellular ATP is similar to a warning siren that never stops. Suramin inhibits the binding of ATP and similar molecules to key purinergic receptors, according to Naviaux. It silences the siren, “signaling the cellular war is over, the danger has passed and cells can return to ‘peacetime’ jobs like normal neurodevelopment, growth and healing.”

Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD

All five boys who received the suramin infusion displayed improvements in language and social behavior, restricted or repetitive behaviors and coping skills. Assessment of improvements was based upon observational examinations and interviews using standardized tests and questionnaires, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2), the Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Testing (EOWPWT), the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC), the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), the Repetitive Behavior Questionnaire (RBQ) and the Clinical Global Impression (CGI) questionnaire. To minimize misinterpretation of natural day-to-day variations in symptoms, parents were asked to mark a symptom as changed in the 6-week CGI only if the symptom lasted for at least one week.

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Low-dose suramin in autism spectrum disorder: a small, phase I/II, randomized clinical trial

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Disaster Preparation During Older Americans Month

Our local Red Cross contact sent us the following information to get us ready for anything the summer may bring:

With all the rain leading to stupendous plant growth after years of drought, the Sonoma County Emergency Coordinator’s office is planning for what could be devastating fires, like the ones that devoured 20% of Lake County last year. You can get alerts on your phone (phone call, email or text), computer, or tablet (email) from SoCo Alerts, and you can also download the FEMA Mobile Disaster App (See below).

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May is Older Americans Month (sorry we are late!) and a great time to ensure you or any members of your household prepare for emergencies.

The first step is identifying what you, or older (or disabled) adults in your household may need to be prepared. Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan, and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. The Ready Campaign recommends seniors consider the following measures: [Read more…]