COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY

Dear Patients and Our Community,

 

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system.

 

Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, I  believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

If you are feeling ill, or experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and limit your exposure to other people in your community.  By taking action, you will significantly delay the spread of COVID-19:

 

  • Fever (oral temperature 100.4° or higher) or symptoms of fever (such as chills or body aches) within the past 24 hours. Please do not consider yourself fever-free until your temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen).
  • Shortness of breath and/or cough that is not known to be caused by another condition (for example allergies).
  • Travel within the past 14 days to areas that have people known to be infected with Covid-19
  • Close contact with a person known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Healthcare workers who have been in contact with patients known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

 

Prevention is the best medicine.  Here are some additional resources for my patients and community during this critical time:

 

What You Can Do To Take Care Of Yourself

The most important things you can do to support your immune system are really basic:

  • Don’t panic. Stress is bad for your immune system.  It’s normal to have worried thoughts. Just don’t entertain them for too long.  Make some time to do something enjoyable each day and connect with loved ones.
  • Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you just washed your hands.
  • Get enough sleep. Turn off the screens and start winding down a little earlier.
  • Drink lots of water to support healthy mucous membranes as a first line of defense. Hot water and tea have been shown to inhibit viruses in our throat.
  • Eat more nutrient dense whole foods, soups, and bone broth.
  • Eat less inflammatory foods: sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, and foods you are sensitive to (wheat, dairy, eggs, nightshades etc.)
  • Support lung health by doing some even breathing, preferably outdoors in fresh air, to move circulation and clear out toxins. Breath in through your nose for a count of 5, hold for 1 count, then out through your mouth for a count of 5, hold for 1 count. Repeat.  Make the counts even and not too long that you struggle.

 

What You Can Do To Help Boost Your Immune System

  • Immune boosting and antiviral herbs! Herbs boost and support your immune system.  Let me know if you are interested in herbs and we’ll figure out the best way they can help you.
  • Probiotics are an important part of your immune system. They are available in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, specifically labeled pickles, miso, kombucha (careful because it can contain lots of sugar and some caffeine).  Consider supplementing with a concentrated pill or powder.
  • Elderberry syrup is a go-to recommendation for antiviral support that you can order online or get at Whole foods.
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are also good supplements to boost your immune system.

 

Up-to-date COVID-19 Data from the World Health Organization

For the current number of cases worldwide, the World Health Organization maintains a COVID-19 Situation Report worldwide:

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

As an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I am committed to the health and safety of our community. With your help and support, we can all take part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

While these times may feel unusually challenging, please know I will continue to monitor the current situation and evaluate additional measures to help support my patients and the community.

 

Thank you and stay safe.

Dr. Mary Mees, LAc DAOM

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Does Your Liver Need A Spring Tune-Up?

Does Your Liver Need A Spring Tune-Up?

By Dr. Mary Mees, Central Coast Light Therapy

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit more contemplative and introspective during the winter months. Once spring hits, I’m ready to recharge and get things done. The liver energy is strong and assertive, the type of energy you need to create plans and then propel them into motion. However, if your liver is a little out of balance, you might notice you are more irritable or on edge than usual. Here are a few signs that your liver is in need of an acupuncture tune-up:

1. You’ve noticed an increase in headaches lately, and these headaches seem to feel worse when you aren’t active. Generally these headaches tend to manifest at the vertex of your head.

2. You might begin to feel constipated or bloated. Your bowel movements might become irregular, alternating between constipation and loose stools. Hard, difficult stools that appear pebbly are also a sign of liver imbalance.

3. Your friends or coworkers are scared of you, because you are cranky, cranky, cranky. When liver energy is out of balance you might feel agitated, irritated and generally out of sorts. Sometimes irritation can expand into outright anger more easily than it would if this energy was flowing smoothly.

4. Ladies, you may notice your PMS symptoms have been worse lately. Bloating, breast tenderness, sensitivity…you can blame all of the above on your liver. If your periods are more painful or clotted, this is also due to a stagnation of liver energy.

5. Your eyes are red, itchy or irritated.

6. Your shoulders, neck or jaw are uncomfortably tight. If the liver energy is out of balance, it can flow upward. This causes everything in your body to rise up: you might grind or clench your teeth, your shoulders will levitate up around your ears, and you might experience symptoms of TMJ.

7. Your allergies are in full force, complete with itchy, red, watery eyes.

If you are suffering from any of these issues, your body is crying out for a visit to your acupuncturist!

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25 Benefits Of Red Light Therapy For You And Your Fami

The Benefits of Red Light Therapy Overall

  • 100% natural
  • drug free
  • chemical free
  • non-invasive (no needles or knives)
  • non-ablative (does not damage the skin)
  • painless (does not itch, burn or sting)
  • requires zero downtime
  • safe for all skin types
  • safe for all ages
  • no adverse short or long term side effects
  • FDA approved

The Benefits for Your Skin

Use these benefits for your:

The Benefits for Wounds, Injuries & Pain

Use red light therapy benefits for your:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Breaks
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Knee Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Non Healing Wounds
  • Post Surgical Procedures
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprains
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Torn Ligaments, etc.
  • Tendonitis
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What’s Not to Love About LED Red Light Therapy?

Most people desire some contouring of their bodies, but many are afraid of liposuction surgery or can’t afford it. This leaves the individual with the option of a non-invasive procedure, but results supported by clinical or scientific data is imperative. The 635nm technology is backed by multiple, independent clinical studies, proving the specific wavelength does have the stated effect on subcutaneous adipose tissue. The studies, one published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 110, No. 3, September 2002, involved adipose tissue samples from 12 patients, indicating that 99% of the triglycerides from within the cells were released after approximately 6 minutes of exposure to the light. Another study, published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 45:1-7 (2013) involved 86 patients who experienced, on average, a 2.99 inch decrease in circumference of the treated area. Another study that was published in the same journal, 44:211-217 (2012) involved 689 patients that experienced an average circumferential reduction of 3.27 inches of the waist, hips and thighs, with a total reduction of all treated areas of 5.17 inches. Based on this information, and other data, the 635nm wavelength has consistently shown it has an effect on subcutaneous adipose tissue, and can cause a reaction resulting in a reduction in the circumference of the treated area. An important fact to point out is the device used in some of this research involved a light generator that was not in contact with the skin and produced approximately .08 mW of light energy. 

The Contour Light delivers 635nm light at 12,800 mW per pad, and there are 4 pads, providing a total light energy of 51,200 mW of energy per session. In a published article titled: A Study on Skin Optics, Aravind Krishnaswamy and Gladimir V. G. Baranoski, Natural Phenomena Simulation Group, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada, Technical Report CS-2004-01, January, 2004, proves that mid-600nm light is reflected by the dermis and subcutaneous adipose tissue at a very high rate, indicating the amount of the light that was reaching the adipose tissue of the patients in these studies was limited. Yet, the results of these studies were undeniable.

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