Susan Friedl

Susan Friedl is the Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical Associates.

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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

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

 

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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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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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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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Red Plane – Lynn Badger 2016

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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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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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…]

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

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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.