Immune Therapies

It's Never One Symptom.
The Challenge of Diagnosing the Complex Chronic Patient

In June 2018, Eric Gordon, MD and Wayne Anderson, ND sat down to discuss the issues in diagnosing GMA’s complex patientsWe think you would be interested in what they had to say.

On the use of symptoms in diagnosing a complex illness:

Dr. Gordon: Many times we forget that there can be a trigger that perhaps precipitated the illness, but that now may be gone. And now we’re dealing with what has come in afterwards, or what had been latent before and now is expressed, and that’s where your history taking and the completeness of it is so important. I think that’s what we always have to remember as clinicians and as patients, is don’t get too excited over the one symptom.

On coming to a diagnosis:

Dr. Gordon: The problem is when patients come in, and all they can report are diagnoses that they have come up with or they’ve been given, not realizing that we really need their range of symptoms.

Dr. Anderson: And they can have an idea and call it a name, but we have to challenge that. We have to get into the details here.

Read a Transcript of the Complete Talk
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Interview with Eric Gordon MD on Chronic Inflammatory Illness
Acupuncture with Jay Callender, LAc

Acupuncture is one of several modalities of Chinese medicine, in which hair-thin needles are inserted at various points of the body to restore energetic balance. Jay explains that his philosophy is that “less is more.” While some acupuncturists might choose to use many needles on a new patient, Jay prefers to get to know his patient and understand the true root of the problem – meaning that fewer needles will be required to produce the same effect.

The skilled placement of needles stimulates the flow of the vital energy, or Qi (Chi), along the body’s acupuncture meridians. By strategically positioning acupuncture needles at any of the hundreds of key points along the body’s meridians, TCM doctors assist in relieving blockages to stimulate a more balanced flow of Qi. Successful acupuncture treatments allow our innate healing mechanisms to flourish and promote optimal health in body, mind and spirit.

More about Acupuncture with Jay Callender, LAc
Autoimmune Disease Treatments

Rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Hashimoto’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and psoriasis are examples of common autoimmune diseases (AD). AD is caused when “environmental triggers” such as infections, food allergies, fungi, heavy metals or other toxins, cause inappropriate and chronic inflammation in a genetically susceptible immune system. Gordon Medical practitioners focus on detecting and eliminating environmental triggers while modulating the immune system.

Bio-identical Hormones

Bio-identical hormones are substances that are identical to the hormones produced naturally by the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. These bio-identical substances can replace estradiol, estriol, progesterone, and testosterone, and others when our bodies cannot generate sufficient quantities of these essential hormones. In addition to treating sex hormones, we also treat thyroid, adrenal, pancreatic, and other hormones.

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Bee Venom Therapy

Tiny amounts of bee venom are injected around joints or into specific acupuncture points, causing an inflammatory response which stimulates the immune system to “normalize” and relieve joint pain.

About BVT

Apitherapy treatment sessions with Lauren Kendall also include an integration of Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy (an osteopathic derivative) – a gentle practice of listening to the energy tides of the body and witnessing as a health response to the system releases shock and inertia (stuck energy). Working in this capacity is both cumulative as well as unique to each individual’s needs.

About Biodynamic Apitherapy
Biodynamic Apitherapy

Biodynamic Apitherapy offers a unique method of therapeutic support with the medicines of the honeybee. There are two aspects.  The Hoshindo Apitherapy administers the venom via the stinger of the honeybee through a 5 Element Japanese technique of micro-tapping and meridian balancing. Bee venom is becoming more and more of a well-known support for people with chronic dis-ease due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the bee venom, as well as the melittin and amino-acid properties that have been found to break through the biofilm of the Lyme spirochete and support the system in over-all rejuvenation, support, and calming/healing of the nervous system.

About Biodynamic Apitherapy
The Guidebook For the Byron White Formulas

By Wayne Anderson, N.D.

It is my honor to introduce the Byron White Formula’s (BWF). They will quickly become an essential therapeutic tool in the treatment of Chronic Lyme disease and the other chronic fatigue-like illnesses. This Guidelines to the Byron White Formulas will introduce each formula, organize their properties in three categories (Provoking, Regulatory and Regenerative), list the ingredients and the dosing recommendations.

Table of Contents - Guidebook For the Byron White Herbal Formulas
Chinese Herbal Medicine

The core treatment modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine include acupuncture, moxabustion (the burning of mugwort herb around acupuncture points), nutrition and lifestyle practices, specific exercises, pressure point and massage techniques, and herbal therapy. TCM is well known for its extensive pharmacopoeia of herbal medicines which continue to earn recognition in published peer-reviewed literature.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) was once limited to supplements and herbs. Today, these approaches are part of a comprehensive system including many disciplines. The terms complementary and alternative describe practices and products that people choose as adjuncts to or as alternatives to Western medical approaches.

CAM is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to Alternative Medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of Alternative medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.

CAM practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.

About CAM
Homeopathy

Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a natural non-toxic system that stimulates the innate ability of the body to heal itself, strengthening the entire system. Homeopathic “remedies” are tiny amounts of plant, mineral, or animal substances provided at various potencies, depending on treatment goals. The system of homeopathy operates on the principle that “like cures like.”

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Mesotherapy

Involves injecting homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the mesoderm, or middle layer of skin.  This treatment may be indicated when there are muscle spasms or chronic pain.  It is also indicated for weight loss, cellulite and anti-aging benefits.

More soon!

Isopathic Remedies

Isopathic remedies come from the German homeopathic tradition. They are usually diluted four to eight times of their original strength, which is a lower dilution than most traditional homeopathic solutions.

Injection Therapy

GMA uses a wide variety of injectable treatments, including nutrients, antibiotic or other antimicrobials, and anti-inflammatory and other treatments specific for your care. We also offer training in home injections for those who are unable to come into the office for their injections.

About Injection Training for Home Care
IV Nutritional And Chelation Therapies

IV therapies are indicated for numerous reasons, including, but not limited to: fluid and electrolyte replacement, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, detoxification, and/or pain relief.

IV therapies are fast acting due to the direct introduction into the bloodstream. IV medications do not have to undergo digestive metabolism and therefore, some medications may be given at higher doses. They can also be a good option for those who are unable to take medications or nutrients by other routes (including oral, rectal, and topical routes).

About Our IV Services
IV Services

IV therapies are indicated for numerous reasons, including, but not limited to: fluid and electrolyte replacement, antibiotic, antimicrobial, and/or pain relief.

For questions about IV treatment, contact your Practitioner through the Secure Messaging on the Patient Portal or call (707) 575-5180.

About Our IV Services
Live Blood Analysis

Looking at “live” or untreated blood shows us a general picture of the conditions encountered by the entire community of the body’s cells.  Just as the health of fish is determined by the water in which they swim, the health of our cells is influenced by the efficiency and vitality of our blood.  By viewing the blood under a microscope, we can derive some general information based on the appearance of the red and white blood cells, and what appears in the blood serum.  It can be inspiring to patients to see the changes in their blood over time, since “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

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Low Dose Immunotherapy

LDI is a form of immune desensitization that works by restoring the tolerance for toxins or other foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body (antigens). This can be done for literally thousands of antigens at once to help your immune system better tolerate certain therapies.

LDI on the Blog

About LDI
Lyme Disease Treatment with Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C

From 2007 until 2014 Carolyn practiced medicine in New York City at Lyme Resource Medical, the office of Bernard D. Raxlen, MD, a founding member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) who has treated tick-borne illness successfully for over 30 years.

While shadowing Eric Gordon, MD and Wayne Anderson, ND she recognized the importance of an unlayering of symptoms and a step-by-step treatment plan that addresses the most dominant issues before moving on to others. “Two steps forward, one step back” can describe the process of healing from complex illness: this perspective can help patients remain hopeful as they recover.

Gastrointestinal and immune support are a key component for most patients. Carolyn uses pharmaceuticals, herbal therapies, and supplemental modalities as appropriate. Some patients benefit from antibiotics, others don’t – and the same is true of natural medicine, energetic bodywork, vitamin infusions, colon hydrotherapy and all that GMA offers. Finding the right treatment at the right time is at the heart of Carolyn’s work with patients.

Carolyn has become a popular speaker on Lyme disease since she began her practice at GMA.
Lyme Disease Treatment

Carolyn Welcome's Lyme Treatment Philosophy
Lyme Disease Treatment with Eric Gordon, MD

Dr. Gordon knows there is an interwoven complexity to these illnesses. There is a layering of the body’s adaptations to environmental toxins and infections from pathogens that is unique to every person, depending on their genetic susceptibility, organ vulnerability, toxic exposures, medical history and life circumstances. The body’s various biological systems – immune, endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal and so on – influence each other and are influenced by each other, both in the development and progression of illness, and also its resolution.

When illness has been present for a long time, a patient’s body is almost invariably dominated by the sympathetic nervous system; it is in a state of hyper-vigilance, a constant ‘fight-or-flight‘ mode. Dr. Gordon knows to begin with gentle interventions to help the body find a place of rest and safety. These initial steps allow the parasympathetic nervous system to function appropriately, to let the body find its way, and start healing itself.

This necessitates an eclectic approach. Dr. Gordon says, “As the components of a person’s chronic illness reveal themselves, so will treatment direction. Some patients may immediately benefit from intravenous therapies. Others may respond initially to energetic modalities, such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent or Photon Stimulation. Some patients may require antibiotics while, for others, herbal or homeopathic remedies may be more suitable. Everyone has different supplementation requirements, and needs to follow different detoxification strategies.”

Lyme Disease Treatment

Dr. Gordon's Lyme Treatment Philosophy
Lyme Disease Treatment with 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.
Lyme Disease Treatment

Dr. Large's Lyme Treatment Philosophy
Lyme Disease Treatment with Nafysa Parpia, ND

Nafysa Parpia, N.D. is an independent practitioner working out of both the Santa Rosa and the Marin offices of Gordon Medical. Using a functional and biological medicine approach, she works as a detective to discover and ultimately remove the underlying cause(s) of illness. At the same time, she helps to alleviate symptoms. Dr. Parpia specializes in the treatment of Lyme disease and other complex chronic illnesses such as autoimmunity, mold toxicity, fibromyalgia, environmental toxicity and gastrointestinal disorders.Lyme Disease Treatment

Dr. Parpia's Lyme Treatment Philosophy
Lyme Disease Treatment with Wayne Anderson, ND

Wayne Anderson, N.D. is an independent practitioner working out of the Santa Rosa offices of Gordon Medical. For more than 25 years, Dr. Anderson has known that his patients are partners in the process of learning about and treating their illness, whether they choose conventional or alternative medicine or a combination of both. In 2002, at GMA, with a growing focus on Lyme disease, he developed a deeper understanding of chronic illness, its treatment, and the frontiers still available as possible solutions.

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.

Dr. Anderson is a contributing author to the book  “New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment`.

Lyme Disease Treatment

Wayne Anderson's Lyme Treatment Philosphy
Methyl Genetic Nutrition Analysis (MGNA) Program with Elizabeth Large, ND

Methyl genetic nutrition analysis provides a cutting-edge approach to looking at genetic susceptibilities to developing chronic illness. Supporting your genetic susceptibilities with nutrition is based on current scientific research. I have found that looking at an individual’s genetic susceptibilities can provide the “Aha moment” in discovering a missing piece to lifelong health problems. Variants in DNA can impact your ability to make and use different nutrients critical for reducing inflammation, supporting healthy circulation, promoting a strong immunity, supporting emotional health, and proper removal of the toxins we are exposed to, as well as slowing the aging process.

I highly recommend this for everyone, either to prevent potential health conditions from developing, or to shed light on a chronic illness that you have been unable to cure. Understanding how DNA impacts human health and metabolic processes is the future of medicine.

About Methyl Genetic Nutrition Analysis (MGNA)
Naturopathic Care

Naturopathic medicine, a comprehensive system of primary care concentrating on prevention and treatment of health concerns, integrates modern science and centuries-old, successful, natural wisdom. Naturopathic doctors work cooperatively with all branches of medical science and are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic health concerns. Naturopathic medicine focuses on a highly personalized approach to treatment: its goal is to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.

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Neural Therapy

A method of diagnosing and treating illness and pain caused by disturbances of the body’s electrophysiology. These electrical disturbances are manifestations of cell membrane instability, and typically trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses.

About Neural Therapy
Ozone Treatments: ENRVBL

Ozonotherapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments, thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.

About Ozone Treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma

The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Injecting this into injured ligaments and tendons stimulates healing.

About PRP
Prolotherapy

Ligaments, while highly sensitive, have less blood flow than other tissues. Thus, they tend to heal less completely than other tissues. Prolotherapy is a method for strengthening lax, injured, or painful ligaments by injecting them with a solution that stimulates the immune system to grow a stronger, thicker, more organized, and less inflamed ligament. This stabilizes the joint and relieves the nearby muscles from contracting into a painful spasm which happens if it tried to stabilize the joint.

What They Are Saying About
Prolozone

I got into a bad car accident about 15 years ago and that’s where I believe my knee pain originated. My regular doctor told me I would probably have to get my knee cap replaced. I was referred by my friend to go to Gordon Medical to try prolozone (something my regular doctor had never even heard of!) After they gave me just one shot, my knee pain was completely gone! It was unbelievable. After I had such success with my knee, I decided to try prolozone for my shoulder pain. I have definitely noticed a difference with that as well. I would absolutely recommend this treatment to anyone suffering from any joint pain, or just pain in general. I’m even trying to convince my friend who has really bad arthritis to come into Gordon Medical and give it (Prolozone) a try. It worked so well for me I bet it would do wonders for her too!

K.T.
Prolozone

Prolozone is an injected treatment that restores circulation and provides the ingredients needed for damaged tissue to heal. The injection is a combination of procaine to lower pain levels, homeopathic dose steroid hormones for calming an overactive immune system, specific nutrients to target tissue healing, homeopathic anti-inflammatory compounds, and oxygen/ozone so that the cells can actively participate in regeneration.

About Prolozone
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an advanced system of medicine and healing dating back over 2,000 years. Basic teachings within TCM demonstrate the profound interconnectedness of our existence, offering an in-depth, holistic perspective of the individual in relationship to the laws and patterns of nature.

TCM emphasizes the use of specific treatments and practices to harmonize our physical, mental and emotional states, and align with nature’s rhythms, to bring about optimal health and wellness. Over the last two millennia, TCM has refined some of the most sophisticated, safe and effective therapeutic practices that offer profound benefits for body, mind and spirit.

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Trigger Point Injections

Based on Dr. Janet Travell’s pioneering work with myofascial trigger points, trigger point therapy describes hard, taut, tender bands of tissue that caused much of her patients’ chronic pain. While tender to the touch, these areas also caused “referral pain” at other sites in the body distant from the trigger point. These patterns are consistent from person to person, and help locate the source of pain. The physician uses various methods to release the taut bands and restore normal blood flow and relieve the pain, including injection of lidocaine or another substance into the point of tenderness.