Thanksgiving

Please Stay Home This Thanksgiving. I know we are all so weary and tired of this pandemic and it's tole on our incomes and relationships. However, we are worse off, numbers wise, then we were back in the Spring. PLEASE stay home and do not travel for this Thanksgiving. I have not seen my 84 year old father in over a year. However, I am not traveling back east to visit him.Nor, should anyone be traveling to visit relatives OR friends. 

California is currently shutting down all outdoor dining and placing a curfew on the state. If we all hunker down for the next few weeks perhaps 2021 can start with some sense of normality?! 

So again, please stay home and just celebrate the Holidays with your immediate quarantine bubble-mates. Thank you.

Later Summer Self Care

The end of Summer is usually a time of transition. No more lazy Summer days! But during these Pandemic times, there is no structure to get back to. Our new normal is strange and there is an anti-climactic dread about this time of year that has bred a new strain of the "End of Summer Blues".

Perhaps we can take this opportunity to reset priorities? 

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1. GET ORGANIZED! I know this sounds daunting, but you do not have to reorganize your entire house in 1 day. Set an alarm for 1 hour and just take some simple initial steps in a small area. You will be surprised how quickly that hour blows by and how inspired you will be to come back the next day for 1 more hour of organizing. Before you know it, your house will be a better reflection of yourself. 

Stacy Lauren-Kon, LAc, MSOM offers Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

2. TWEAK YOUR EATING HABITS! Notice how I did NOT say the dreaded word "diet". Small tweaks to your daily eating routine can add up to a lot of healthy benefits. Instead of cow's milk in your morning coffee, try oat milk. Or, instead of sugar in your beverage, try some monk fruit or honey. Instead of reaching for a cracker and cheese, try a carrot dipped in hummus. LITTLE changes to your diet can make a 1 pound a month difference. In a year that can add up to 12 pounds. 

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3. GET UP! You do not have to train for a marathon, take a 2 hour hot yoga class, or climb a mountain. But you do need to get up and exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. Do you know that your lymphatic system needs to be drained by movement much like how a Swiss watch needs to be wound every day? Yes. So just get up and simply walk around the block a few times a day. Set your alarm for 10 minutes and simply WALK with purpose. Notice the wind on your face, smell the air through your mask, lubricate your joints and MOVE!

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4. LIMIT YOUR AIR TIME! The world can seem overwhelming right now. You cannot control a lot of what is going on in the world so try not to overdose on the news and negativity. Watch something frivolous or read a book. It's exhausting and unhealthy to over-worry. Give your brain a break. 

Stacy Lauren-Kon, LAc, MSOM offers Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

5. TREAT YOURSELF! Melt some organic dark chocolate, dip in some bananas, and freeze. Or, indulge in 1 really good cup of coffee a day. Moderation is everything. But you DO need to treat yourself once in a while. If it's not an edible treat, then drive yourself out to the beach and jump in. Splurge on a bouquet of flowers or spritz on a favorite scent to lift your spirit. Your olfactory senses are the most powerful sense and can transform your mood instantly. 

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6. SAY NICE THINGS TO YOURSELF! The endless negative tape that goes on and on in your head is destructive and you need break. You are doing your best in these tough times and need to be kind to yourself. Create a mantra that is soothing – a lot of my patients like this one, "I am safe, I am loved, I am exactly where I am supposed to be." Now sit in a quite space, set a timer for 15-20 minutes, and just BE!

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7. SCHEDULE THOSE YEARLY DR. VISITS! Eastern Medicine is fantastic! But every year you MUST get a well visit from an M.D. – OB/GYN, Internist, or General Practitioner. And if you are over 50 you need a yearly mammogram, ECG, and it may be time for that colonoscopy! Take the steps necessary to ensure you live a long and healthy life. 

Stacy Lauren-Kon, LAc, MSOM offers Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

8. PREVENTATIVE HEALTH! Once weekly or monthly Acupuncture visits are a powerful tool to stay healthy and happy. You think Acupuncture is too expensive? Do the math! It saves you money over time, leads to a happier day to day, and improves your quality of life drastically. 

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Instead of lockdowns, teach people how to socialize safely!

This is a good read!

https://www.statnews.com/…/teach-people-to-socialize-safe…/…

Adding Chinese Herbal Medicine to Standard Western Medical Care Improves the Recovery of COVID-19 Patients.

Based on this systematic review and meta-analysis performed by Arthur Yin Fan and the Research Group for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine, it is clear that adding CHM to standard care improves the symptoms and signs of COVID-19 patients, decreases the inflammation markerCRP level and accelerates absorption of lung infection lesions. Evi-dence from some studies even suggests that CHM as a co-therapymay even lower the fatality rate. CHM has been recommended andincluded in the interim guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19by the Chinese officials as Chinese medicine is on the mainstreamhealth care system in China. For those countries where CHM hasnot been regulated or approved as one kind of medicine or therapy,the above CHMs should be used in conjunction with conventionalmedical care for patients with COVID-19

Read the full study!

5 Months Into Quarantine and Social Distancing...

It has been 5 months since we have all been asked to quarantine, social distance and wear masks. How are you all doing? Some of you have lost your jobs, have kids at home 24/7 and are losing your minds. Most of us just miss hugging our friends and seeing a stranger's smile! 

Personally I am happy no one in my circle has fallen ill and I am so very grateful for all the extra time I have had with my family. It definitely has brought us closer together and more appreciative of the "little things" in life. 

From news around the world, it seems that even though more people are ill with Covid-19, perhaps it is growing less deadly. This is an expected path that most viruses go down – the virus needs a live host to spread and to survive. However, it is becoming clear that the longterm effects of Covid are pernicious and debilitating. So with that in mind, we still need to be very conscientious of staying healthy and safe!

Here are my recommendations to boost your immune system and stay as healthy as possible in these tough times.....

Mend’s Recommendations for Covid-19 Prevention

  • Quarantine and only go out for necessities;
  • Social distance even when wearing a mask;
  • Wear a MASK!;
  • Wash Hands and use Hand Sanitizer;
  • Sleep;
  • Drink lots of WATER;
  • 1000 mg Vit C 3x daily
  • N Acetyl Cysteine 600mg daily
  • Elderberry Extract 600 - 1500mg daily
  • Spirulina 15g a day
  • Glucosamine 3000mg a day
  • Selenium 50 /100mcg
  • Zinc 5 to 10 mg (lozenges) (caution if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Lipoic Acid 1200 to 1800 a day
  • Quercetin and Resveratol 150-300 mg a day
  • Fresh Garlic;
  • Fresh Ginger; and
  • Green Tea

* Please consult with your Doctor if you have ANY conditions or are taking any medications as many of these supplements are subject to medical cautions and contraindications.

** While these recommendations do NOT cure Covid-19 or guarantee you will not get it, these are proven steps you can take to help PREVENT contracting Covid and also to help boost and strengthen your immune system.

New Covid-19 Procedures at Mend

by Stacy Lauren-Kon, Lac MSOM

DUE TO COVID-19, MEND IS ONLY DOING "WELL VISITS". IF YOU SHOW ANY SIGNS OF FEVER, SORE THROAT, BODY ACHES, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO A COVID-19 PATIENT, PLEASE LET US KNOW BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MASK THAT COVERS YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE. LET US KNOW IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MASK AND WE WILL PROVIDE ONE FOR YOU.

WHEN ARRIVING AT MEND, PLEASE WAIT AT THE FRONT DOOR FOR A PRACTITIONER TO GREET YOU AND GO OVER YOUR INTAKE QUESTIONAIRE. WE WILL THEN TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE.
ALL PRACTITIONERS AT MEND WILL WEAR A MASK, WASH HANDS REPEATEDLY, WEAR PROPER PPE GEAR, SANITIZE THE OFFICE BEFORE AND AFTER EACH PATIENT, HAVE HEPA AIR FILTERS RUNNING AT ALL TIMES, AND WILL SCHEDULE ONLY ONE PATIENT PER HOUR TO ASSIST IN SOCIAL DISTANCING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND PATRONAGE DURING THIS TOUGH TIME. 

We miss all of our patients and look forward to seeing you in June!!!!

If You Must Leave the House....

If you MUST leave the house to shop, please do it safely!

Here is a wonderful video on how to disinfect when you get home

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