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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. [Read more…]

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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 Offices are Open as of 10/16/17

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. [Read more…]

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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…]