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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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More about Body Technician Marilyn Graham

by Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C

Marilyn doing Live Blood Analysis - Maggie Perkins 2017

Marilyn Graham doing Live Blood Analysis – Maggie Perkins 2017

If it can’t move, it would be happier if it could.

That’s one way Marilyn Graham sums up her philosophy of healing. At every level, a person’s well-being can increase when something previously held in a static position starts to move, becoming more fluid, flexible and responsive to stimuli. Think of a stiff joint, sluggish lymph flow, or a chronic injury that has yet to fully resolve. Consider an old trauma easily awakened or a long-standing habit that persists for no good reason. All of these issues can benefit when more movement – another choice – is introduced. [Read more…]

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I wish every room I go to had a Molekule Air Purifier in it.

Asha with her Molekule Air Purifier

 

I’ve never come across a better air purifier than Molekule. On top of that, it is a beautiful design. I started calling her Mo, since she felt like my new best friend.

I live in a house with 2 cats. My roomie is also redesigning the kitchen, so there is extra dust floating around. When I brought my Molekule into my room it automatically made me breath better. I had no idea how polluted my air was in my house till I brought the air purifier in. I was surprised to find out that indoor air is 5x more polluted than outdoor air.

I started waking up earlier, with more energy and less congested. I kept the Molekule on while I slept, and it seemed to make me sleep deeper. Usually I wake up tired, and I was waking up with extra energy. My bedroom feels like a sanctuary.

I brought my Molekule to the office, and everyone in the office noticed the difference in air quality. When someone who was sick came into the office, it felt like I was protected by the Molekule.

I highly recommend the Molekule, and believe there is no other air purifier out there that compares. I wish every room I go to had a Molekule in it.

Asha Baxter – GMA Body Technichian

 

GMA has a Special Offer on the Molekule PECO Air Purifier for GMA patients and friends. Find out more and request your discount!

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Air Pollution Effects on Cognitive Ability: What Can You Do About It?

Red Plane - Lynn Badger 2066

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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Catching Up with Dr. Elizabeth Large, N.D.

By Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C

Dr. Elizabeth Large divides her time between GMA’s main office in Santa Rosa and its new waterfront location in San Rafael. Among the many tools in her toolbox, this naturopathic physician offers expertise in Methyl Genetic Nutrition Analysis (MGNA), a program that provides in-depth interpretation of data from 23andMe genetic testing. This method has allowed her to home in on her patients’ individual needs.  Dr. Large’s toolbox also includes Chinese and Western plant-based treatments, Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI),* oral and intravenous antibiotics, IV therapy and hormones.

“Natural medicine is not one size fits all,” she notes.

Eric Gordon, MD and Elizabeth Large, ND at GMA - Maggie Perkins 2017

Eric Gordon, MD and Elizabeth Large, ND at GMA – Maggie Perkins 2017

Thanks to the information given by MGNA, Dr. Large is seeing fast and quite amazing results in patients who have had health problems for most of their lives.

“When you see a lot of variants in one area – histamines, for example,” she explains, “it might help to explain unresolved issues.” [Read more…]

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Don’t miss Encore Day at The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2

If you’re just hearing about it, there’s still time to gain free access to all of the expert talks! The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 began on June 19th, when Wayne Anderson spoke, and since then many have learned from the expert wisdom so important to protocols that could radically improve the life of someone with Lyme disease.

What you could learn from these experts:
Symptoms (common and rare!)
Diagnosis and testing
Practical at-home health tips
Healing protocol explanations
And more!

1. Register immediately to see the rest of the FREE talks (in case you missed Wayne’s talk on the 19th,  it is included on Encore Day!)

Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 [Read more…]

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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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Join Wayne Anderson, ND FREE on Monday to learn about Lyme disease!

Online FREE from
June 19-26, 2017

The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 starts on June 19th, and tens of thousands will learn from the expert protocols that could radically improve the life of someone with Lyme disease.

Will you be there? I will be speaking on June 19 (Day One), so be sure to get registered now! I will discuss the different types of Borrelia, the Renaissance of Lyme disease treatment, and challenge versus treatment protocols. You can also purchase the full Summit to watch at your own pace. See the link below to find a package that works best for you.

Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 [Read more…]

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Researchers Studying Century-Old Drug in Potential New Approach to Autism

Excerpts from article originally posted May 26, 2017 | Scott LaFee and Heather Buschman, PhD in Newsroom

Robert Naviaux, MD PhDIn a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who subsequently displayed measurable, but transient, improvement in core symptoms of autism.

“The purpose of CDR is to help protect the cell and jump-start the healing process,” said Naviaux, by essentially causing the cell to harden its membranes, cease interaction with neighbors and withdraw within itself until the danger has passed.

“But sometimes CDR gets stuck,” Naviaux said. “This prevents completion of the natural healing cycle and can permanently alter the way the cell responds to the world. When this happens, cells behave as if they are still injured or in imminent danger, even though the original cause of the injury or threat has passed.”

At the molecular level, cellular homeostasis or equilibrium is altered, creating an abnormal cellular response that leads to chronic disease. “When this happens during early child development,” said Naviaux, “it causes autism and many other chronic childhood disorders.”

Suramin works by inhibiting the signaling function of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a nucleotide or small molecule produced by cellular mitochondria and released from the cell as a danger signal. When CDR is activated, the effect of extracellular ATP is similar to a warning siren that never stops. Suramin inhibits the binding of ATP and similar molecules to key purinergic receptors, according to Naviaux. It silences the siren, “signaling the cellular war is over, the danger has passed and cells can return to ‘peacetime’ jobs like normal neurodevelopment, growth and healing.”

Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD

All five boys who received the suramin infusion displayed improvements in language and social behavior, restricted or repetitive behaviors and coping skills. Assessment of improvements was based upon observational examinations and interviews using standardized tests and questionnaires, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2), the Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Testing (EOWPWT), the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC), the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), the Repetitive Behavior Questionnaire (RBQ) and the Clinical Global Impression (CGI) questionnaire. To minimize misinterpretation of natural day-to-day variations in symptoms, parents were asked to mark a symptom as changed in the 6-week CGI only if the symptom lasted for at least one week.

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Low-dose suramin in autism spectrum disorder: a small, phase I/II, randomized clinical trial