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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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Gordon Medical closed Monday due to fires in Santa Rosa

Because staff all lives in the area of the fires and have been evacuated, both the Santa Rosa and Marin offices will be closed until further notice. We will let you know when we are open again.

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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…]