Susan Friedl

Susan Friedl is the Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical Associates.

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“Look of Lyme” Video Channel Launch at Under Our Skin

Look of Lyme
From Under Our Skin

What Does Your Lyme Look Like?

Look of Lyme is a new initiative by the makers of UNDER OUR SKIN to bring your personal stories of suffering and courage into the limelight. While the Internet and social media have exploded with personal videos, there is no place that serves as a repository and archive of the ever changing and growing landscape of Lyme disease. Look of Lyme changes that, offering a way to make the personal political by harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and media. Our individual stories create a collective story that cannot be dismissed! Also, as we begin to develop a third film in the UNDER OUR SKIN collection, Look of Lyme is a way we can screen for possible film subjects. After receiving your videos and possibly editing them for brevity, consistency and branding, we’ll present them on a new YouTube channel accessible to millions worldwide.

Go to the Look of Lyme webpage to get guidlines on how to film and submit your video.

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Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Food!

Be sure to check the recipes for any ingredients that may be problematic for you. There are paleo style, vegie, dairy free, gluten free, and low carb options here. Find something to make the day special!

Round Up of Paleo Style Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

One Pot Bacon Barised Lamb Stew

One Pot Bacon Braised Lamb Stew by Cotter Crunch

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It’s Here! The GMA Patient Portal is Now Live

Good things are worth waiting for! It took a little longer than we planned, but the GMA Patient Portal is now up on the website. Secure messaging will make it easy to communicate and make changes in your appointments, update your address, your payment info, to upload labs or other documents, and to manage your prescriptions and get information on your treatment. Current patients can sign up now. If you have any problems signing on, contact your Medical Assistant for help.

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12:00 Midnight Deadline to Sign Up for 2017 Insurance Through HealthCare.gov

ACA Sign Up Deadline 2017Get 2017 Health Insurance coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace

Official site of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enroll now for 2017. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how the law affects you.

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In California you can use Covered California. If you start your application at Covered California before midnight, you will have until February 4 to complete it.

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Help Set the Lyme Research Agenda with Lymedisease.org Survey

Lyme Research AgendaToday, LymeDisease.org launches a survey of 25 research questions for the community to vote on and prioritize. The answers will be used to develop a research agenda for the Lyme community which will be publicized and used as a tool to give patients a voice in the funding of research. The ultimate goal is to ensure that research that matters to patients is funded.

Take the Survey

Read more at Lyme Policy Wonk

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Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds

Published on the YogaU Wellness blog, the article below discusses a study which showed an increase in memory and brain function in older adults who did yoga. While GMA patients may not all be older, many still may suffer from memory and concentration issues which could benefit from yoga.

Yoga Center of Santa Rosa

Pam Fields of the Yoga Center of Santa Rosa teaching in her gentle yoga class. Pam also teaches a class for Parkinson’s patients.

If you are interested in trying it out, check out our Resources/Support Groups page on the GMA website to find a list of local and online classes in gentle and restorative yoga that would be possible for many patients.

Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds
By: B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500

Prolonged stress can have a deleterious effect on the brain, reducing your ability to think, plan and reason effectively. This is particularly true for the elderly. Now, a new study published in Biological Psychology finds that yoga may moderate the stress response and improve executive function in older adults, building on prior research that finds that yoga is good for your brain.

Neuroendocrine research finds that brain exposure to higher concentrations of cortisol – a key marker of stress – increases the risk for cognitive deficits as we age. Chronic stress magnifies this effect, placing undue wear and tear on the brain and the autonomic nervous system, and increasing the risk for disease.

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Read the original study: Yoga practice improves executive function by attenuating stress levels

Find a review by the Harvard Medical School Health Publication of studies about yoga and the stress response: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

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New! Patient Resources Now at the GMA website

Patient Resource Page

Our Resource Page is now on the GMA website at
Resources/Support Groups

We have a new resource list, with updated links, and many new additions. I hope you will find these helpful to you in the coming new year. There are still areas we are planning to update or fill in, so if you are a patient, and have suggestions for resources you have found useful in your health journey, let us know in the comments below.

*Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that we endorse the organization, group, or business. Before making any changes in your treatment, always be sure to consult your physician.

We list resources on the following topics:

Aging and Illness

Aging and Illness Support and Resources – Local
Aging and Illness – National [Read more…]

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Happy Holidays From Everyone at GMA!

Happy Holidays from GMA

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Update on AIMS 12-21-16

Science in Service of HumanityFrom Asha Baxter and Susan Friedl
AIMS Research Coordinators

In research the turtle wins the race. Things always move more slowly than anticipated. The AIMS study is simultaneously recruiting participants and collecting funding. If you have sent in a form on the website or talked to us directly then you have been put in the queue for the study. Don’t worry, we won’t forget you!

This third study through Science in Service of Humanity (SISOH) will be the first to look at how individual as opposed to population based metabolomics data can be used to evaluate CFS/ME and other poorly defined illness. That means that if you have something other than CFS, you can also participate in the study. Remember we are also looking for age, sex, and illness matched controls who can participate. Encourage those you know to sign up, even if they are not a match for you. Controls are essential to being sure the study results are valid. [Read more…]

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Coming Soon!!! New Patient Portal at the GMA website

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We are putting the finishing touches on the Patient Portal at the GMA website. Keep an eye open for your invite to participate. The new portal will make all your communications with GMA simpler and more secure. You will be able to ask questions, get information from your visits, and even participate in questionnaires. There will be a link to access it on the GMA website, right on the navigation menu.