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Chronic Lyme Disease, Tick Borne Illness, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Allergies, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Autism, Gastrointestinal Disease, and other complex medical issues.

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U.K. patients describe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or (ME/CFS)

*Often called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS


Video by M.E. Action

Patients like these are why Dr. Gordon began research into chronic illness. Find out about our Science in Service of Humanity metabolomics research in CFS/ME. Read our published study, “Metabolic Features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” watch for the next study to be published in the fall of 2017, sign up to participate in new research as a patient or a healthy control, and donate to support the work.

Evidence that CFS truly does deserve all three elements of its name has accumulated over the years but a definitive diagnostic test has remained elusive. Until, perhaps, now. For in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Robert Naviaux of the University of California, San Diego, and his colleagues published evidence that the metabolisms of those diagnosed with CFS are all changing in the same way. Their data suggest it is this cellular response to CFS-triggering traumas, and not the way the response is set in motion, which should define the illness. They also show that this response produces a chemical signal that might be used for diagnosis.

The Economist

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Elizabeth Large Featured in Press Democrat Article on Lyme Disease

Lucia Montiel, 9, uses a wheelchair to move around her Sonoma coast home since being diagnosed with Lyme disease (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Lucia Montiel, 9, uses a wheelchair to move around her Sonoma coast home since being diagnosed with Lyme disease (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Lyme disease leaves victims frustrated, searching for answers

Excerpted from an article by MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 18, 2017

Treating these infections is like working in the dark,” said Large, adding that ticks can cause multiple infections. “You’re looking to find the light switch. Hopefully, the more you treat, you start to get a clearer picture of the infections the patient has.

Although tick activity is high in the spring and early summer, ticks are active yearlong, Holbrook ( Sonoma County deputy health officer) said. County officials said Lyme disease is endemic in Sonoma County, with 81 cases between 2005 and 2014, which meets the surveillance case definition under CDC standards.

That figure, however, is a “gross underrepresentation” of the number of Lyme and associated diseases in the county, said Elizabeth Large, a naturopathic physician with Eric Gordon Medical Associates, a Santa Rosa-based practice that specializes in treating chronic disorders such as Lyme disease, arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Based on the volume of patients seen by her practice, Large said, the number of Lyme infections and associated co-infections during that 10-year period is probably in “the thousands.”

She said determining whether someone has Lyme disease is based on a clinical diagnosis, one that takes into account the totality of patients’ symptoms and their medical history. Earlier this week, Large, who has expertise in pediatric Lyme, saw Luccia for the first time at her medical office in northeast Santa Rosa. Luccia’s grandmother and mother discussed the once-active girl’s medical history, including her bout with the illness and the battery of tests and treatments she’s undergone since February.

“She sometimes can’t tell you what she’s had for breakfast,” Zablocki said.

Luccia was bit in the head by a tick in kindergarten in 2013, but the tick was not properly removed. Its body was removed, but the head was left attached, Zablocki said, adding that the girl was also bit by a tick last summer but that tick was removed.

In most cases, the western blacklegged tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted, according to the CDC. The disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash that looks like a bullseye.

Untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the nervous system and the heart. The CDC says Lyme disease is diagnosed through symptoms, the appearance of such things as a rash and a history of exposure to infected ticks.

After her examination of Luccia, Large said the girl’s varying symptoms pointed to both Lyme and a different infection caused by the bacterium Bartonella, and she changed up the mix of antibiotics.

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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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The Resonance Effect on Frequency Specific Microcurrent- Now Available!

Carolyn McMakin’s book on the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent is now available to order on Amazon! FSM has been an important treatment protocol at GMA. We are delighted that Carolyn has written this book with patients in mind, so they have the opportunity to better understand the potential uses of FSM in their health regime. We have numerous body techs who offer FSM treatment, as well as units that can be rented or purchased for home use. You can talk with your practitioner about FSM, or you can self refer to one of our techs.

Read more about FSM

Find a GMA Body Tech who offers FSM

The Resonance Effect

The Resonance Effect

The Resonance Effect is both the author’s story of her inspirational journey of having the courage to find her true calling and an account of the development of a remarkable, newly rediscovered treatment, frequency specific microcurrent (FSM), that takes advantage of the body’s ability to respond to frequencies in order to heal a number of chronic conditions. Carolyn McMakin, a chiropractor specializing in fibromyalgia and myofascial pain, describes her experience using a two-channel microcurrent device that has achieved astounding results that have changed medicine and created new possibilities for suffering patients over the past twenty years. Nerve pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathies, muscle pain, athletic performance, injury repair, joint pain, low back pain, neck pain, kidney stone pain, the kidney stones themselves, liver disease, diabetic wounds, brain and spinal cord injuries, PTSD, depression, shingles, asthma, ovarian cysts, abdominal adhesions, and scarring all respond to specific frequencies. McMakin explains that results are predictable, reproducible, and teachable all without side effects offering hope and healing to millions of people.

Carolyn McMakin

Carolyn McMakin

McMakin tells the story of how thousands of patients with conditions that did not respond to other medical therapies recovered from pain and disability through the non-invasive treatment that she developed. For example, asthma resolves with specific frequencies that remove inflammation, allergy reaction, and spasm from the bronchi. One frequency combination eliminates shingles pain in minutes and stops the shingles attack with a single three-hour treatment. Since 2005, a series of frequencies has been used to treat hundreds of PTSD patients. Post-surgical patients use FSM to reduce pain, prevent bruising, and increase healing. NFL, NHL, and Olympic athletes use it to heal injuries and improve performance. McMakin includes case histories that illustrate the efficacy of the treatment and shares the specific frequencies that each condition requires so that patients direct their own treatments.”

Find out more about The Resonance Effect

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Wayne Anderson, ND at the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2

Online FREE from
June 19-26, 2017

Join Wayne Anderson, ND

online at the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2

June 19-26, 2017! – Webinar – Register for Free Now!

*more information on the summit available soon

Dr. Anderson will be speaking on Day 1, June 19. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak about his unique understanding of treatment for Lyme disease and the coinfections seen with it.

A curious and dedicated clinician, Dr. Anderson is committed to the ongoing process of learning and teaching. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Anderson maintained his initial focus on teaching. For over 20 years he taught medical students at Touro Osteopathic Medical School, and supervised residents from Sutter Hospital and interns from the Physician Assistant programs in the clinic setting. He is also a popular speaker on the topics of Lyme disease and neurotoxin illness. He has spoken at conferences for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM),  Orthomolecular Health Medicine (OHM), and Lyme Induced Autism (LIA), as well as select private symposiums on CFIDS, Lyme, and Autism.

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Update on SISOH Metabolomics Research 4/6/17

Eric Gordon MD and Wayne Anderson ND at SISOH

Eric Gordon MD and Wayne Anderson ND – photo courtesy of the Press Democrat, Christopher Chung

From Eric Gordon, MD

Many of you are probably wondering where we are with the SISOH research. Good news is that Kelly Fox, previously one of the Medical Assistants at GMA, has come on as a full-time Research Coordinator! Kelly is very experienced in working with chronically ill patients, and we think you will find her a delight to work with.

Our ongoing CFS/ME studies are group studies working to develop an accepted group of biomarkers to define people with CFS/ME. We have enrolled all the patients in the replication study with Dr. Cheney, and hope to publish that in fall of 2017. [Read more…]

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Announcement For Gathering Participants For Study Of The Needs Of Persons With Environmental Sensitivities

Women with Environmental Sensitivities

The James Madison University Environmental Sensitivities Research Team is inviting adults aged 21 and over who have experienced environmental sensitivities (chemical and/or electrical) to participate in on online study of how their needs are being met as they grow older with sensitivities.

If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below to see the consent form and learn more about the study. If you are unable to complete the survey online, you are welcome to request a hard copy that can be mailed to you. To request a hard copy please email gibsonpr@jmu.edu or call 540-568-6195 and leave a message with you name (clearly stated) and your complete address.

Thank you ahead to everyone who helps me with this study.

To take the survey online, copy this url into your browser:

http://jmu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4YGd1uBrKkxx8nr

Pamela Gibson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
James Madison University, MSC 7704
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
540-568-6195

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GMA Welcomes Elizabeth Large, ND Back to Our Offices!

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

Gordon Medical is delighted to have Elizabeth Large, ND back in our offices! Dr. Large is a board-certified Naturopathic doctor with 15 years clinical experience treating complex illness. She is trained as a primary doctor but her clinical emphasis is focused on treating complex disorders that might encompass the following: Chronic Lyme disease or infection, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, allergies and endocrine imbalances. If you have seen numerous doctors for your medical condition without benefit, you are in the right place.

After many years of practice, Dr. Large began seeing patterns emerge among her patients, both pediatric and adult. Her patient population exhibited similar symptoms such as chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, chronic digestive issues, high reactivity to foods and medications and other unusual symptoms. She discovered that many of her patients were suffering from chronic infections or neurotoxic illnesses such as Lyme disease, co-infections, mold and/or heavy metal toxicity. [Read more…]

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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

[Read more…]

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Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) for Pain and Tissue Damage

Carole doing FSM

Carole Mudge doing FSM on a patient.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) offers exciting promise in working with tissues unresponsive to conventional efforts such as nerve pain, damage or injury, scar tissue, adhesions, and the ability to facilitate healing of acute and chronic injuries. GMA also finds it is a useful supportive treatment as part of comprehensive treatment for chronic conditions like chronic Lyme disease, CFS, and fibromyalgia.

The frequencies appear to change a variety of conditions and tissues, and change pain and function in a large number of clinical conditions. FSM is especially effective at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and scar tissue.

No technique is 100% effective and FSM is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends almost entirely on an accurate diagnosis. Shoulder pain can come from muscles, tendons, bursa, discs, nerves or joints. FSM will treat all of these pain generators effectively. If you are treating for muscle, and the shoulder pain is from nerves or the bursa, you may change the muscle but you won’t change the patient’s pain, since it is not coming from the muscle. This analogy applies to every condition.

How Does FSM Work?

Frequency Specific Microcurrent is a system of treatment using microamperage current and the resonance effects of frequencies on tissues and conditions to create beneficial changes in symptoms and health. This refinement of microcurrent technology – tiny “doses” of electrical energy – uses very specific frequencies of energy applied to the body in sequence. Correct frequencies are determined by direct observation of how the body responds to them.

Frequencies are pulses per second measured in hertz. They can be sound waves or electronic pulses. The frequencies used in FSM are electromagnetic pulses used on two channels firing at the same time. The frequencies are delivered using a ramped square wave that includes high frequency harmonics to create the square wave. The makes the frequencies more accurately pulses rather than the pure frequencies achieved with a sine wave generator. Most microcurrent devices use square wave pulses because they have been observed to be more effective clinically.

The frequency thought to address or neutralize the condition is put on channel A. The frequency thought to address the tissue is put on channel B. The frequencies used in FSM are all less than 1000 Hz. There are frequencies from the list alleged to address over 200 conditions from very common conditions like “inflammation”, “scar tissue”, “mineral deposits” and “toxicity” to very unusual and hard to document conditions like “polio virus”, “trauma” and congestion. There can be no claims made for the effects of the frequencies until research has documented their effects. All that can be said is that use of this or that frequency had this observed effect in this patient with a certain condition.

 

FSM Blue Box

FSM Blue Box for professional treatments by a body technician. The cords are attached to wet cloths or electrodes and placed in the best positions to conduct the current.

 

Every patient is advised to drink at least one quart of water in the hour preceding treatment. Patients who are dehydrated do not find FSM as helpful. Athletes with large muscle mass and inadequate water intake and patients over 70 who are chronically dehydrated have the most problems. Patients who are chronically dehydrated may need more water over several days prior to their treatments.

Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should discuss treatment with their physician. It is not known that FSM will harm the fetus, but studies have not been done. No problems have ever been observed in a patient treated who was found later to have been pregnant at the time of treatment so the recommendation is based on prudence rather than negative experience.

Patients with cancer may also avoid treatment. Again, this is based on caution rather than known negative side effects. Consult your practitioner to find out whether this applies to you.

There are frequencies used to remove scar tissue that should not be used with 6 weeks of the time of a new injury.

What is the difference between the microcurrent and a laser?

Microcurrent provides electrons, and in published studies increases ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons. We are unaware of any research suggesting that laser treatment increases ATP production. Lasers oscillate at set frequencies and provide beneficial results, but usually only provide one frequency at a time instead of the dual frequencies used in FSM treatment. Lasers provide whatever benefits they provide by some other method than frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.

What is the difference between microcurrent and TENS?

Microcurrent is approved in the category of TENS devices by the FDA. TENS devices deliver milliamp current and block pain messages that are trying to get up the spine to the brain. Microcurrent delivers subsensory microamperage current, 1000 times less than milli-amperage current, which has been shown in published studies to increase ATP production in tissues.

What is the difference between microcurrent and ultra sound?

Ultra sound creates ultrasonic vibrations and creates heat by vibrating the water molecules in the tissue. It does not provide current nor does it change ATP status. It provides beneficial results by these mechanisms but it is just completely different than microcurrent.

What Does a Treatment Involve?

If you are coming in to the office to have a treatment by referral, your doctor will discuss with the FSM Tech what issue they want addressed. You will receive the treatment in a warm, quiet room, lying on a massage table. Because the electrodes are applied with damp cloths, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing for the session. The Tech will begin with frequencies that are known to impact the issue you have, but will also experiment with other frequencies in order to find the optimum treatment for you. Frequencies that are positively reacting in your body cause a distinct change in the feel of the tissue, which the Tech can read. This guides them to the best protocol for you, individually. If you are planning to use a home unit, they may write up your personal frequencies into a protocol specific to you.

You should feel no discomfort during the session. GMA doctors have found that patients who are chronically ill may be unable to tolerate the amperage that other less ill patients do well on. They will check with you, and lower the strength of the current to the place that is best for your body. You may feel a slight buzzing, but no more than that. Being well hydrated will make the treatment most comfortable as well as most effective, and also assists the detoxification that can occur after treatment.

You can come to the office and receive a session with one of our Techs, or you may purchase a home unit in order to run the FSM protocols at home. We recommend that you have one or more sessions in the office in order to find how your body responds to FSM. Your home unit can be programmed specifically for your use. Working with a Body Tech in advance will allow us to choose programs designed especially for you.

FSM works most effectively when you are well hydrated. The day before your session you should be sure to drink several quarts (liters) of pure water. Tea, coffee, and sodas do not count in the needed amount, as they will cause you to flush the fluids out more quickly. Be sure to drink at least one quart in the hour before your treatment. Continue to drink this quantity of water, at a minimum, the day of your treatment, before and following the session.

Treatment is individual to the patient and the condition. Treatments by one of our Technicians may require only one session, or more. The session usually runs for 60 minutes, and may include other types of work during that time. FSM is highly compatible with other types of treatment.

A prescription is not required, though information your practitioner gives to the FSM technician can be helpful in pinpointing specific issues. FSM is available for self referral by GMA patients and the public, as well as referral by GMA and other practitioners.

FSM HomeCare Unit

Small custom programmable unit for home use.

Home FSM units are available for purchase or rental programmed with custom protocols for your specific needs. If you choose to use these home units with self sticking electrodes or gloves rather than wet cloths, you will need to purchase those items. Contact the office or your Medical Assistant to find out the fees involved and how to order units.

Home care is more individual. Some conditions can be treated in a brief session of a few minutes, one time only. Other conditions require longer periods of time, with repeated treatment to maintain the improvement. Most of the individual frequencies in a protocol will run for 1-3 minutes, with the full protocol running for 30-60 minutes. If you are taking a unit home to try out, you may run as many protocols as your practitioner recommends.

Dr. McMakin, the founder of FSM, has been using it since 1994, and various practitioners have been using FSM since 1997. There have been no permanent adverse effects attributable to the use of the microcurrent units or to the use of the frequencies. There are no risks to the patient that we know about as long as the practitioner follows the proper contraindications and precautions associated with both FSM and the use of microcurrent.

There are frequencies used to remove scar tissue that should not be used with 6 weeks of the time of a new injury. Sometimes when muscles are successfully treated range of motion increases so much that joints and nerves can become temporarily painful until range of motion goes back down.

Practitioners are aware of these possible reactions and are advised to warn patients about them. After muscles are treated there is sometimes a detoxification reaction that occurs 90 minutes after treatment similar to that seen with massage therapy. This can be lessened by having the patient drink water and take an anti-oxidant combination supplement.

FSM is offered in the GMA office by a number of practitioners and technicians. See the FSM information page to learn more, and to find published articles on the effectiveness of FSM in specific conditions.

Attend the Frequency Specific Microcurrent introductory class, with live demo, on February 22, 6-8 PM, to find out how it can help you.

Call the office at (707) 575-5180 to reserve a space.