What is Frequency Specific Microcurrent?

Dr. Carolyn, McMakin, the founder of FSM, talks about how FSM works for patients.

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The Simple Man’s Medicine- Talking to One’s Self

Lauren Gordon-FahnBy Lauren Gordon-Fahn, L.Ac.

The message is out there. Clear, honest communication is the best way to maintain and sustain a healthy relationship with those we love. Presumably, we can only offer others what we have offered ourselves first. So, here is an interesting crossroads between two popular advice offerings. If we open loving dialogue with our intimates, then is it not time to offer the same kindness and healing to ourselves? What am I suggesting? Exploring the power of conversing with our Self!

That is correct. Perhaps talking to our Self is [Read more…]


Self-Care For Physical Discomfort: Rib Grooming

Lauren Gordon-FahnBy Lauren Gordon-Fahn, L.Ac.

Along with the new year there are many good tidings and the tides of our stressors. As we are surrounded by our family and friends, we may experience body aches, head-aches, and emotions, the familiar ones and the strange ones that often surprise us.

For those of us who tighten our stomachs, raise our shoulders, feel constriction in our chests and fail to let our core do any natural relaxing, there is possible relief.

From an Acupuncturist’s and Meditation Guide’s perspective we can do one or two quick things to offer ourselves relief.

Groom your Ribs:
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Frequency Specific Microcurrent and Energetic Diagnosis

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, July 10, at 2 PM Pacific

Frequency Specific Microcurrent and Energetic Diagnosis

Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Roger Billica and Dr. Carolyn McMakin. We will update our listeners on new information on Frequency Specific Microcurrent and discuss with Dr. Billica the unique blending of energetic diagnosis and treatment in his integrated practice of medicine working with complex medical illnesses.

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IACFS/ME Conference Overview: Research on CFS/ME

11th International IACFS/ME Conference
Translating Science Into Clinical Practice
San Francisco, CA March 20-23, 2014

Integrative conference themes focused on fatigue, post-exertional malaise, pain, sleep, pediatrics, cognition, and brain function in CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia. Research and clinical topics will also encompass fatigue in diseases including cancer, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, pain conditions, mood disorders, and circulatory diseases.

One Person’s Highlights of the Biological Research Presentations
Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.

The same excellent audio summary of the IACFS/ME San Francisco conference presented by Anthony Komaroff, MD may be listened to here:


Kinesiotape As an Option to Alleviate Pain

Julie GalvanBY Julie Galvan, CMT

One of my favorite tools in my ‘tool box of healing’ is kinesiotape. If you watch the Olympics, you may have seen this on some of the athletes. It is often used for athletes but is also used in physical therapy.

The 2 most common ways that it is used is to support ligaments and tendons that are inflamed for whatever reason. The other is to assist the lymphatic system in areas it is congested. I also use it to support fascia and organs.

Some examples of how I have used this with consistent success are: taping the sinuses, the lymphatic drainage for the sinuses, lower leg, arms, and neck. Taping for the shoulders and clavicle and rib pain have also had a great track record. As well as for disc instability, knee pain and sacroiliac joint pain. It goes on. I’ve also used it after I’ve released some restrictions in the organs and use the tape to support the change that stays on for a few hours. It can be an effective on nerve pain as well.

Those of you with Lyme Disease you may have one or many of these reasons to need this kind of support. Recently, one of my patients described it as being like a “hug”. It can offer support and in doing so reduce the stress on the joint, lymph [Read more…]


Zen Meditation: Thicker Brains Fend Off Pain

Zen Meditation: Thicker brains fend off pain. Science Daily

People can reduce their sensitivity to pain by thickening their brain, according to a new study published in a special issue of the American Psychological Association journal, Emotion. Researchers from the Université de Montréal made their discovery by comparing the grey matter thickness of Zen meditators and non-meditators. They found evidence that practicing the centuries-old discipline of Zen can reinforce a central brain region (anterior cingulate) that regulates pain.

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A Few Local Zen Centers

(other types of Meditation, though not studied, may have similar effects)

Green Gulch Farm (Marin County)

Pacific Zen Institute

San Francisco Zen Center

San Francisco Zen Meditation

Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Santa Rosa Zen Group

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

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Bartonella Like Organisms (BLO): Consideration, Signs and Symptoms

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Wayne Anderson ND combines Functional and Integrative Medicine disciplines with the best of conventional medicine.

By Wayne Anderson, ND

Copyright c 2010 Dr. Wayne Anderson

Disclaimer: Given the fact that Borrelia and the co-infections all have the same mechanisms of action there is significant symptom overlap. These symptom pictures are meant to be used as templates that will vary given the individual patient’s co-morbidities, strengths and weakness.


Differentiating Bartonella Like Organisms (BLO) from Babesia Like Organisms (BabLO) is like looking at shades of gray. They have many of the same symptoms with different intensities. The main difference between the two is that BLO will be more painful. It likes the joints and periarticular areas. The pain migrates, affecting different joints at different times. It is usually unilateral and gets mistaken for arthritis in its intensity. Keynote for BLO is sensations of pain in the soles of the feet. Headaches are a defining symptom of BLO, as BabLO usually has more head pressure. BLO is not as smart as BabLO, it stays more superficial, affecting skin, and mucous membranes. The skin can have sores like acne, stria, subcutaneous nodules. The skin can have weird sensations like crawling [Read more…]


Stress Reduction Through Qigong Practice

The Health Benefits of Practicing Qigong

By Federico G. Anguiano SEP CQI –  Federico is a qigong and meditation instructor who studied qigong in China, New Zealand and California.

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The practice of Qigong has been amply and widely demonstrated to accrue many health benefits over time for the practitioner.  I use the term qigong here as referring to the following: Qigong is characterized and defined by its essential method: the practice of interiorizing consciousness.

Thus, the practice of qigong involves a special use of consciousness that involves focus, concentration and intention. Qigong is yishou yinian jizhong zhuanyi: focus the mind on one thing through the activation of conscious intention.

This method embraces the following two ideas:

1) Our daily activities are usually oriented toward external objects (things, activities, perceptions) that are not essential for our life process. A qigong practitioner interiorizes daily activities in order to merge and be united with their life process. An example of this is: focusing the mind on the body at all times.

2) We commonly focus our daily activities outward, moving from one thing to another; from the one to the many. A qigong practitioner centralizes their activities of consciousness a single object of focus, returning from multiplicity to oneness. An example of this is: becoming more and more specific in our thinking, making it active only volitionally, not allowing our associations to ‘ramble’ uncontrollably.

Now, how is this related to health?

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Therapies for Lyme Disease

Answers from Gordon Medical Staff

Question:  What is your opinion on the drug Naltrexone to help improve immune function?

Naltrexone is increasingly being used to treat autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, the phrase “improve immune function” is a bit more vague than many people realize. The immune system as a whole is very complex. Improvement in one area of immune function may not generalize, so I don’t see Low Dose Naltrexone (commonly abbreviated LDN) as having universal value here. I have seen improvement in my Lyme patients in the areas of cognitive difficulties (brain fog, impaired focus, memory, and concentration), and improvement in some patients with generalized pain. The usual dosage of LDN is 3-4.5mg taken at bedtime, but some of my more sensitive patients cannot tolerate it at all, even at very low doses. Since Naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist  (we use it in much larger doses to treat heroine overdoses), it can not be taken safely by patients on narcotic medications.

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