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Welcome Dr. Alice Prescott D.O. To Gordon Medical Associates!

Alice Prescott DO

Alice Prescott DO

Dr. Prescott specializes in treatment of Lyme disease as well as osteopathic manipulation.  She has a broad background in family medicine. She has been practicing functional and integrative medicine since 2009. Prior to that, she worked in various locations, including New Zealand and the Indian Health Service.

Dr. Prescott is working on articles for the blog, covering issues such as, “What is an Osteopath and Why Should I See One?”, “How Could Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy  (OMT) Help in Treatment of Lyme and Other Chronic Illness?”, and “Another Perspective on Structure/Function Relationships”. Having found OMT to be essential in my own health care, I am looking forward to what she has to say on these issues.

If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. Prescott, call GMA at (707) 575-5180.

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Treating Lyme Disease with Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Gordon Medical finds that Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a very useful modality in treating Lyme disease. Patients have a lot of questions about how works, and how it can be used. FSM  is an exciting new way of treating nerve and muscle pain and many other conditions using specific frequencies and micro amperage current. The practitioner applies the current using a battery operated unit with lead wires that attach to gloves, probes, or sticky pads that are then applied to the patient’s skin. Skilled practitioners use their knowledge of specific frequencies, along with the distinctive change in tissue that happens in the body when the right frequency is used.

Treatment can be done by a practitioner in a medical office, or may be prescribed for the patient to use at home with custom programmed units. Patients should always be well hydrated before treatment in order to best conduct the current, and to have a better chance of being able to detox any toxins that are released with the treatment.

Eric Gordon, MD and Julie Galvan, CMT, recorded this informal discussion about some of the issues they see in treatment of chronic Lyme patients. It won’t answer all of your questions, but will give an idea of how it is used in this office.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 

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What You Need to Know About Insulin Resistance

Why is it so hard to lose weight?  Why do I gain weight when I use nothing but stevia to sweeten my food?  Why is my cholesterol so high when I eat hardly any?  Why does everyone in my family get high blood pressure, strokes or heart attacks?  Why does my husband snore so badly when he’s not even overweight?  All these questions and more are easily answered when you understand insulin resistance.

Our ancestors faced starvation.  In ancient times, before we had cash to buy groceries; before we had canned or smoked or dried food; our “wealth” and indeed our insurance against famine was the nutrition we stored in our body fat.  In primitive societies into the present day, body fat is desirable. [Read more…]

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ILADS 2011 Conference is Streaming Live

Live Streaming ILADS Conference
ILADS 2011 Conference Is Streaming Live
Join ILADS on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th to view streaming video of the The Twelfth Annual ILADS Lyme Disease Conference. The conference is designed to foster collaboration and dialogue between Lyme disease researchers and those who care and advocate for Lyme disease patients in a variety of settings. The conference will provide updates in clinical knowledge, treatment techniques and innovations in care.
Watch ILADS Lyme disease conference LIVE as leading professionals examine the cutting edge research and state-of-the-art clinical applications in the treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Much of this year’s conference, which takes place Friday through Sunday, October 28th-30th, will stream live online.

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Click here to view the entire conference schedule.

Click here to go to the ILADS webpage to sign up for a reminder email when the streaming of the conference begins. Scroll down and sign up on the right hand sidebar.

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More Ideas for Highly Sensitive Patients

Question: How do you treat patients with highly sensitive bodies, I.E., people who develop impairment due to high or normal dosage of medication?

Treatment must be designed  according to the specific presentations of each person, but what we see most commonly is as follows.

1) Poor adrenal function – Sensitive people tend to have sensitive nervous systems. They tend to react more to their surroundings, have a lower threshold for stress, and therefore are more anxious, stressed  and  prone to insomnia in general. Over time, this takes a toll on their adrenals, which are the glands that deal with daily stress. Often this is present in childhood, and so by adulthood, the adrenal gland function is compromised, resulting in lower energy and little reserve. Gradually stressors require longer recovery time. Because adrenal glands contribute to production of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, low adrenal function might also create other hormone deficiencies. We can test adrenal function by measuring your cortisol levels. [Read more…]

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Will Surviving Mold Mean Surviving Lyme?

The following is the most recent article from Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a specialist in biotoxin caused illness. This article was originally published in Public Health Alert, and is republished here with the permission of Dr. Shoemaker. 

NOTES FROM THE MOLD FRONTIER

Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD
With Laura Mark, MD

Will Surviving Mold Mean Surviving Lyme?

 Take out a microscope and look under the in the kitchen cabinet right underneath the pinhole leak in the water supply line.  Is there something growing in the water-damaged area?  You bet: You’ll surely see some filamentous fungi (AKA molds), but look too at the bacteria and actinomycetes.  They are feasting on the simple food stuffs created by the extracellular digestive enzymes of the fungi.  Free food!  This habitat is a nice warm 65-72 degrees all day, every day, year round.  Microbe paradise!  Plenty of food, plenty of moisture and plenty of places to breed safely means plenty of microbial growth and plenty of secondary products of microbial metabolism.  Call the products toxins, inflammagens, cell wall fragments and beta glucans; they are all foreign antigens as far as our immune response is concerned.  And they all cause intense inflammatory responses that are well-demonstrated in tests of innate immunity. [Read more…]

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Treatment Fatigue

Answers from the Gordon Medical Staff

Question:

Please talk about treatment fatigue in general, in particular, what are your options if your body cannot tolerate antibiotics, maybe the liver function is limited?

By “treatment fatigue” I assume you mean that a specific patient cannot tolerate ongoing standard doses of antibiotics. I would like to address a broader view of this problem, since what it is really addressing is how capable the individual is of mobilizing their immune system (with the aid of antibiotics) to kill the infecting organisms (Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, etc.), and then how capable it is to remove those dead organisms and toxins from the body. This requires the coordinated workings of the organs of detoxification: the liver, intestines, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, lungs, and spleen, along with the immune system, to do this properly. [Read more…]

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How Do You Know If You Really Have Lyme Disease?

Question: Why do patient symptoms vary so much? Everyone seems to have different symptoms so how can we be sure we all have Lyme disease?

There is virtually no illness in which a specific disease manifests the exact same way in everyone who has that disease. For example, if a woman goes through menopause, she may experience primarily hot flashes or night  sweats, or she may have difficulty sleeping, or low energy, or mood swings, or depression, or vaginal dryness, or decreased libido, or difficulties with focus, memory, and concentration, or some combination of all of these. [Read more…]

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Lyme During Pregnancy

Question:

I passed Lyme to both of my children. If they are on antibiotics during pregnancy, will it prevent passing the Lyme to their children?

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

If your children have active Lyme, treatment before pregnancy would be the best course.  Treatment during pregnancy with antibiotics does prevent transmission of Lyme. Certain antibiotics have been found, in the proper doses, to prevent transmission, and to be safe for the fetus.

There may be a chance of transmission of Lyme bacteria in breast milk, also. If you still have active Lyme disease, you should discuss with your physician whether you should breast feed your child.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

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Stem Cell Treatment for Lyme Disease

Question:

Please comment on stem cells?

Answer from Dr. AzRa MaEl:

Before commenting on stem cells, it must be understood that the FDA has banned the use of stem cell treatments in this country, except in research settings, and for a few specific applications. The prohibition of stem cell treatments in the U.S. is said to be for our safety. Some outspoken proponents of stem cells question FDA motives, because there have never been serious adverse reactions reported, despite tens of thousands of patients having been treated worldwide.  Most of the stem cell treatments currently in use are done with the unneeded umbilical cords and placentas from healthy newborn babies, rather than from eggs fertilized in the lab using IVF technology (“embryonic” stem cells).  Unless they are being saved to gather stem cells, umbilical cords are generally discarded. (As amazing as it seems, most cords are still being put in the trash in this country despite being a very valuable resource.)

Thus, most people who receive stem cells travel abroad to India, Mexico, Panama, and other places for this treatment. There aren 20+ patients with “chronic Lyme” who have received stem cell therapy whose stories have been shared with our practice. Many have reported partial or temporary benefits, and some with sustained benefits.

Some patients are benefitting from a related therapy called “particle rich plasma” that is available in this country.  It seems to work in a similar manner as stem cells, though it is still fairly new and under ongoing development.

It is likely an advantage to thoroughly treat Lyme and co-infections before receiving stem cell or related therapies.

AzRa MaEl, MD was educated at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco Family Medicine Residency in Santa Rosa. He specializes in innovative treatment strategies for persistent complex illness. He now practices at Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa. In addition to antibiotics and other allopathic treatments, nutritional support, lifestyle, and emotional factors are considered a vital part of recovery for all patients.