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How to Manage Chronic Stress from Natural Disasters

Twig’s StressLess Series for Getting Through Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

Twig on a respite following the firestorm around his homestead – 2014.

Now with the urgency of the fires somewhat behind us, we have to find ways to move to the next phase, to keep from becoming trapped in the stress cycle. As usual, one of our patients had a great resource, and sent us a link to this podcast series, from Anthony Twig Wheeler, a therapist who lived through the Washington fires in 2014. He produced a series of podcasts on how stress, especially chronic, long lasting stress, such as that from recovering from a major fire event, affects the body. He also gives a series of things you can do to interrupt the unnecessary stress response that we can get locked into. I posted it on our Facebook page a few days ago, but want to bring it up again so everyone gets a chance to take advantage.

The podcasts are free, each are only 5-25 minutes long, and are intended to be listened to over days, so that you can put into play each tip that he gives. I have been listening to them since we got the suggestion, and am finding them incredibly helpful. Some of the things about the stress response I knew, some I was not aware of. Either way, the simple, practical, often physical actions to take have been deeply helpful for me, and I want to be sure everyone has a chance to use them. I find just playing one of the talks when I get stressed helps remind me to let go, and actually doing what he suggests takes it even further. If you find they help you, let Twig know.

Sonoma County Strong

From the County of Sonoma Facebook page

Twig’s StressLess Series for Getting Through Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

A Series of Public Service Announcements to help reduce the impact of trauma and stress from longer lasting events like wildfires and other natural disasters.
Originally produced for local radio in the Methow Valley, WA during the Carlton Complex Fires in 2014, by Anthony Twig Wheeler, a trauma specialist and somatic educator.

Links to Twig’s StressLess Series Episodes Online

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Nebulized Glutathione offered at GMA for smoke irritation

Nebulizer treatmentsDue to the fires and amount of toxic smoke this past week, many people are finding that the smoke has caused lung irritation, chest constriction, asthma, coughing or wheezing. GMA is offering nebulized glutathione, a powerful antioxidant which acts as a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier for the lungs, protecting the whole respiratory tract from oxidative stress. Because many pulmonary diseases and respiratory related conditions are affected by deficient antioxidant status, poor oxygenation and/or impaired host defenses, glutathione is an excellent choice to support healthy lung function. Oral or IV glutathione will not be as effective for treating lungs as the nebulized glutathione.

With a nebulizer, glutathione is delivered as a fine mist into the upper respiratory tract and lungs through a mask that covers the nose and mouth or delivered directly into the lungs with a mouth piece. Each nebulizer treatment takes between 15-25 minutes.

In terms of side effects, glutathione is very safe. Some people will experience mild coughing and a unpleasant sulfur odor. However, for those who are sulfite sensitive, glutathione is contraindicated. If you aren’t sure if you are sulfite sensitive, sulfite strips can measure your urine. Those who test positive for sulfites should not use glutathione. Call the office at (707) 575-5180 to set up treatment. Phones are now open again and staff is on hand.

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Check Our Facebook Page for Updates on Fire Conditions.

Santa Rosa on Fire - Carla Rae Lukens October 2017

Santa Rosa on Fire – Carla Rae Lukens October 2017

GMA has been dealing with fire issues from the tragic complex fire we are living with in Northern California, both personally and as a business. During this period, we request that you use our GMA Facebook page to stay updated on what will be happening and what will be available at GMA. We will be posting updates about GMA, but also info on the ongoing emergency, medical issues, and other details on the long term recovery that will be required after these fires. There are already numerous links listed to agencies that you will find essential if you are living in the fire emergency area.

Our GMA offices in Santa Rosa will not be available to use for an unknown period. The building itself is safe so far, but power is out, and the phones are problematic. If we are fortunate, we may be back in next week, but it is impossible to tell until the fires are better contained. Our practitioners are moving their practices to our Marin San Rafael office, in the Montecito Shopping Center to see all patients, and we will also be running a full IV Infusion Room there.

Current patients should contact us through the Patient Portal for best chances at reaching us. If you are unable to use the Patient Portal, use email. The power being out and the phones being unreliable means that messages will not be getting through. Also, patients who have appointments will be contacted by a staff member to help work out the change in locations. If you need an appointment, but do not already have one, contact us by the Portal.

UPDATED!

10-16-17

The GMA offices are now open in Santa Rosa as of Monday AM. Staff are back in the office, and the phones are now fully functioning. Feel free to stop by if you need to pick up supplements or anything else. Call if you have questions, or want to order something or make an appointment. Shipping is fully back online for any orders. All the filters in the office are being fitted with new filter media, and staff is working to ensure the offices are at the usual high standards so that our patients are safe. The air quality in Santa Rosa is much better than originally expected, with only moderate levels. Patients will continue to be seen in San Rafael as is usual, and can also be seen in Santa Rosa as of Thursday. Call us at (707) 575-5180 with any needs or questions.

10-12-17 As of today, it looks like we will be in Marin through Monday at the very minimum. Most likely longer. We expect to have to do clean up in the office once we get back in before we can see patients there. Once we have a date for sure we will post it, but for now we will let you know a few days at a time. In the mean time, if you need anything, let us know via the Portal, and we will do our best to take care of it. See more details on https://www.facebook.com/gordonmedical

How Can I get My Medications? UPDATED!

10-12-17 PATIENT PRESCRIPTIONS AND REFILLS – GMA has everything they need to make sure that any prescription or treatment that you need can be managed. PLEASE make all requests through the patient portal. For regular refills, your pharmacy can still contact GMA to ask for the refill. If you need a new prescription for any reason, contact GMA through the patient portal to make your request. Staff is on hand to make sure the requests all get managed in as timely a manor as possible. If you have special circumstances, such as being evacuated to a new or as yet unknown address, be sure to let us know, and we will find a way to make it work. Our phones are not working, but the Patient Portal is up and running. https://gordonmedical.md-hq.com/

10-11-17 If you had to evacuate your home, and were unable to take your medications with you, contact a local pharmacy.  Many healthcare agencies, including pharmacies, are operational in our county. During this emergency, pharmacies are authorized to refill prescriptions without renewed contact with your physician. For new health needs, we encourage people to contact their primary care provider.

See the Town Hall Meeting with the Sonoma County Sherriff and other heads of agencies addressing what is being done about the fires.

Santa Rosa Fire Department Emergency Pages

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Free Shipping on NPScript through October

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For a limited time, through October 31st, GMA patients can receive FREE ECONOMY SHIPPING on their NPScript orders. No minimum order required.

Shop the full catalog of thousands of products, including supplements, personal care products, even products for your animal’s health, 24 hours a day. Professional quality, only available to patients of Gordon Medical. If you have not yet signed up for your account, most patients will already have their email addresses uploaded to NPScript. To create an account, enter your email address at the sign in page, and enter “Forgot Password.” you will be sent information on how to create your password.

Wondering what to order? The staff at GMA really likes Heritage fragrance free colloidal silver foaming soap, for patients who want to boost the toolbox for the upcoming cold and flu season. It lasts a long time, and doesn’t dry out our hands like other soaps or conventional hand sanitizers. The addition of colloidal silver helps to improve our chances of staying healthy this winter!

Heritage Foaming Colloidal Silver You are going to love our new moisturizing liquid hand soap with all the benefits of colloidal silver! Luscious emollient-based soap foams onto your hands for instant coverage with a simple pump action. Rich olive and coconut cleansers blend with vegetable glycerin, castor oil, and colloidal silver to assure potent cleaning power that is good for your skin. Choose from delightfully uplifting essential oils of rosemary and spearmint or natural unscented.

Formulated with moisturizing olive (castil-based) and coconut derived cleansers, plus castor oil and vegetable glycerin, and all the benefits of colloidal silver for optimal cleaning power. Hypoallergenic fragrance free. These pure ingredients support healthy skin and will leave your skin soft and clean with no soapy residue.

*Certified Organic
Sulfate Free
Gluten Free
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See UNREST – Free tickets for medical professionals, scientists, and those working in healthcare

Thanks to the generous support of the donors, the Unrest team is offering FREE tickets to medical professionals, researchers, and anyone working in healthcare to select screenings of the Sundance award-winning film Unrest, playing in the Bay Area this weekend. Invite your doctor, nurse, or favorite researcher and help us spread the word!

Learn more: https://www.unrest.film/bay-area-health-outreach-program

Unrest

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.”

It’s an intimate, artful and unflinching look at severe chronic illness and ultimately, a study on love and compassion. It invites scientists to ask new questions and medical providers to reflect how they can best support patients and caregivers grappling with any lifelong illness for which there are no clear answers.

Learn more: https://www.unrest.film/bay-area-health-outreach-program

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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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Join Wayne Anderson, ND for the Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit

Wayne Anderson, ND at the Chronic Fatigue and Fibomyalgia Summit

With a background in education, Dr. Anderson understands the role of teaching in medical care. For more than 25 years, Dr. Anderson has known that his patients are partners in the process of learning about and treating their illness, whether they choose conventional or alternative medicine or a combination of both.

From Dr. Anderson: When my friend Dr. Laara Van Bryce invited me to speak at “The Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit,” I was incredibly excited because, along with that invitation, I was offered the chance to extend to you the opportunity to listen in. My talk will be September 13, but there will be many valuable speakers throughout the event.

If you’re searching for the secret to Healing from Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia (or one the many conditions that mimic them), this opportunity is for you! … this is your answer!

And you don’t have to pay a dime to attend. (It’s completely FREE!)

SIGN UP NOW! FREE!

Beginning September 12, 2017, you’ll get exclusive access to an all expert panel as we equip you with invaluable skills and strategies which will help you discover…

•  What is Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia?
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How do I know if I have it or one of the many conditions that mimic it
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What conditions mimic it?
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How do I, or my doctor, determine what is my true diagnosis?
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What tests should I have done (blood, urine, heavy metals) to diagnose my condition?
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How do I treat my condition, so I can return to vibrant health again?
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Where can I turn if I’m stuck, confused or still feeling bad?
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And much more… 

Wayne Anderson, ND at the Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit

All you have to do is reserve your “virtual seat” by going here:

SIGN UP NOW! FREE!

Don’t pass this opportunity up to Become your Happy, Healthy and Energetic Self, Once More!

If you are ready to regain control over your life and health, then I’ll “see” you at ” The Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit” I already have every session booked on my calendar!

Find out more about Wayne Anderson, ND.

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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…]