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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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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

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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.

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AIMS Surveys Now Going Out in Batches

Genes are ancestor based. Metabolites are how you are doing now.

Science in Service of HumanityIf you are curious to be updated on our research please check the Research News section on the SISOH website. This is the most up to date information. You can subscribe to the Sisoh blog by inputting your email in the subscription box on the sidebar.

We are sending out the Analyzing Individual Metabolomics Study (AIMS) survey emails in small batches. If you have signed up online or spoken to research coordinator Asha Baxter you are on the list for AIMS. Please be patient. *If you have a gmail account please check your spam or promotions email for our email.

Completion of the survey will add you to our list of potential study participants. Once we have enough participants for your age group, you will be given instructions on how to formally enroll in the study. All study participants will receive study updates and overall study results. Additionally, a metabolomic report of personal metabolomic results will be sent to a participant’s physician.

Please Donate to help us find answers to Chronic Illness. Every dollar counts. Donations to our non-profit GMRC are tax-deductible.

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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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Health Rising – Recovery Potentially Possible: Naviaux Talks on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Health Rising
 
 
by Cort Johnson | Dec 13, 2016
 

Personalized treatment plans will require addressing the core metabolic abnormalities found in most ME/CFS patients plus the individual metabolic issues found of each patient.

Treatments that work for a time and then stop could be the result of not addressing all the metabolic needs of an individual.

Cort Johnson – “Recovery Potentially Possible: Naviaux Talks on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)”

The day after my brother’s wedding I shot down to San Diego to meet Rachel Riggs and a doctor with ME/CFS. Rachel, who has turned into a volunteer patient coordinator had enrolled me in Naviaux’s next metabolomics study. (Resistance, I quickly surmised, was futile – not that I was putting up any.) Rachel chatted away on the phone with another potential participant as we drove down to Naviaux’s lab. I was one of the last to give blood. editor’s note: Cort actualy enrolled in the 2nd Metabolomics study. SISOH is now recruiting for a 3rd study.

After I gave a surprising small amount of blood we tromped down the hall to meet with Dr. Naviaux in his workroom, the industrial looking pipes overhead bringing back memories of college labs in the past. Ducking into one lab Rachel showed me two $500,000 dollar mass spectometer machines each the size of a large microwave.

Gracious, as always, Dr. Naviaux offered us some coffee or tea. A bit spacey from my fast I tried out some green tea – at which point my nose immediately stopped up. At the first sound of my sniffles Naviaux turned to me and said we would have to note that for the study. (No one with a cold is allowed in the study.) Those sniffles cleared up later. (Dr. Naviaux, if you read this I promise it was from the tea…)

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MEDSCAPE – Biomarker Research Advances in ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’

Science in Service of HumanityMiriam E. Tucker
Medscape – November 08, 2016

In addition, in an “unbiased” metabolomics study using mass spectrometry, metabolites that differed most between 17 patients with ME/CFS and 15 healthy participants involved pathways harvesting energy from glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids.

The finding, suggestive of a general hypometabolic state, corresponds to another recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The specific metabolites differed between the two studies, but, Dr Komaroff said, “it’s consistent. It says that some types of metabolic pathways are downregulated in this illness, whereas others like those involving immunity and inflammation are upregulated.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — New research adds to growing evidence that the illness commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome is biologically based, researchers report here at the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFSME) research and clinical conference. Some of the abnormalities identified suggest potential clinical diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.

The condition, now called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) by US government bodies, has long confounded the medical community because, although patients may be severely debilitated and exhibit numerous abnormal physical findings, no specific biomarker has been found to conclusively make the diagnosis.

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MyLymeData 3-month follow-up survey launched

MyLymeData

From Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA at LYMEPOLICYWONK

Originally published on LymePolicyWonk on November 15, 2017

Last year, LymeDisease.org launched MyLymeData–a national patient-centered big data project. Today it is the largest study of Lyme patients ever conducted, with over 6,000 currently enrolled. Our goal is 10,000 participants. MyLymeData allows patients to pool their data to help find a cure.

This week we are rolling out MyLymeData’s three-month follow-up survey, which tracks patient symptoms, treatments, treatment response, and functional status on a quarterly basis. This survey holds the key to questions patients care about. What treatments work? Why do they work for some people and not others? [Read more…]

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Anti-Aging Medicine

Nafysa Parpia, NDBy Nafysa Parpia, ND

Treating you synergistically from the inside and as well out, it is my goal to help you achieve optimum health and vigor as you age. Using advanced scientific and medical technologies, I provide you with the means to reach your health goals as they pertain to a graceful ageing process and longevity.

I strive to gain an understanding of your body’s particular bio-chemical and hormonal imbalances in order to shift your homeostasis back into equilibrium. Thus, it is a personalized medicine approach, highly tailored to your particular state of health that I use in order to help you in prevention, early detection, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction and diseases. [Read more…]

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More from Dr. Naviaux on metabolics and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Science in Service of HumanityDr. Naviaux has responded to some comments on the groundbreaking paper, “Metabolic Features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”.

In this response he addresses the need for metabolic studies in other disease groups, whether metabolic studies determine the initial cause of sysmptoms, and how dauer states relate to what is seen in CFS.

We thank Vogt et al. for their comments (1). We respond to their three points in order. First, we are aware of the need to extend future metabolomics studies to include other disease groups. We stated this fact in the discussion of ref. 2 and are validating the results in independent cohorts. The detailed biochemical phenotype or signature that we found provides a first glimpse at a previously hidden biology. For example, disturbances in sphingolipid metabolism have important implications for immunobiology and neuroendocrine regulation relevant to myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (3). Sphingolipids are important mediators of the cell danger response (CDR) (4), and the CDR is an important regulator of the behavioral and functional changes produced by infection, and associated with sickness behavior (5). The biochemical phenotype of ME/CFS is distinct from other diseases that Vogt et al. (1) named. For example, in heart failure, metabolomics shows that long chain acyl-carnitines are increased (6), but these long chain acyl-carnitines were not changed in ME/CFS (2). In our view, chemistry and metabolism underlie all aspects of human biology. Our studies show that metabolomics can be used as a new lens to reveal unexpected biology that was invisible before…

Robert Naviaux, et all

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