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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

Man cleaning his groceries during Covid

 

Our New "Mend-the-Pause” Program

Our New "Mend-the-Pause” Program, Mend Family Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

Does this sound familiar.... slow metabolism, night sweats, anxiety/depression, brain fog, dry skin, low libido, thinning vaginal tissue with painful intercourse, dribbling urine, thinning hair…..

These are the symptoms of the great pause - Menopause! In ancient societies menopausal women were considered sages. The word “crone” actually referred to a wise woman who had magical qualities and supernatural abilities.

Mend is here to help you re-claim ownership of the real “C” word and be a righteous Crone!

Mend is now offering the “Mend-the-Pause” Program to help you transition from childbearing years to the rightious crone years.

Our “Mend-the-Pause” Monthly Program Includes:

• 2 Acupuncture Treatments (45 minutes each): Constitutional Acupuncture, Neck Lymphatic Drainage Massage, and Infrared Light Treatment;

• 1 Nutritional Consult

• Topical Bi-Est cream – (Contains USP Progesterone, USP Estriol and USP Estradiol (plant-derived from yam)

• Vaginal Hydration Ovals – (Contains 1mg of Estriol per oval suppository)

• Great Yin Formula – (Anxiety and Nervousness, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, and Yin deficiency)

Mend Package Price = $300

Retail Value = $460

Mend also offers these add-on Meno-Pause Support products:

The "Personal V-Tens Kit" - $85

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

Vaginal E-Stim uses electronically stimulated Kegels to help tone pelvic floor muscles which in turn can enhance sexual pleasure, curb urinary incontinence and indirectly decrease pain in the lower back, knees, and thighs.

The V-Fit + Intimate Wellness Device - $495

Mend Family Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

The vFit+ is a non-invasive intimate wellness device that uses a combination of LED, gentle heat, and sonic wave technology to help increase sensation, tone pelvic wall, and improve quality of life, all from the privacy of your home.

Contact Mend today to book your "Mend-the-Pause" session.

For further reading on Menopause and HRT supplementation click here

Seasonal Eating

It is simply part of our biology that we eat differently each season. The cooler air, less daylight hours, holiday parties, and less physical activity all have a significant effect on what and how much we eat. 

Even though it is 2019, biologically we are programmed to fatten up to survive the elements, the way many other animals do. 

Did you know that Winter actually makes you hungrier? Seasonal changes affects many hormones related to hunger and appetite - glucocorticoids, ghrelin, serotonin, and leptin - causing hunger, depression, a slower metabolism, and weight gain. So you are not only hungrier, but you crave carb heavy comfort foods. It's a lose/lose - or rather a gain/gain!

There is no need to suffer, however. Satisfy body and mind and eat stomach warming comfort foods that fill the void in your belly and heart. 

Soup - A great way to get more fiber since you can toss just about anything into a soup pot — greens, beans, lentils, whole grains, and veggies. Add in some chicken, pork, lean beef, or fish for your daily dose of protein.

Citrus - They aren't just for Summer! We live in California where fresh fruits are in supply even in Winter. Sautéed or tossed in with lightly steamed winter greens, Swiss chard, chicory, or kale are a lovely pick me up in winter.

Veggies - Vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and winter squashes are incredibly good for you, and are great for roasting and throwing on top of some pasta, polenta, or simply as a side dish. Simply toss them with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and stick them in the oven or broiler until they start to brown.

Salmon - It is vital in winter to up your intake of vitamin D due to limited daylight hours, the change in the wavelength of the sun’s rays, and less time outdoors. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in maintaining mood. Salmon, which is a delicious and super healthy source of Vitamin D, also is rich in omega-3 fatty acids - another mood booster!

If you’re going to give in to a craving — and let's just agree you occasionally should give in — make healthful swaps. If you’re dying for a bowl of pasta and cheese, switch out regular enriched pasta for yam or zucchini noodles and add a few steamed vegetables for fiber.

And if you are dying for something sweet, go for a steaming mug of dark chocolate. Rich in flavanols, dark chocolate helps reduce the risk of heart disease, raises levels of healthy cholesterol, and is a delicious mood booster. Check out this link for some healthy brands of dark chocolate... https://healthyeater.com/dark-chocolate-best-and-worst.

Welcome 2019

Welcome 2019
The Year of the Earth Pig
And a year of fortune and luck!

Although it is not yet the Chinese New Year, we need all the encouragement we can get! So, despite the current state of the stock market, let's revel in the prospect that this new Pig year represents FORTUNE and LUCK! Mend wishes you all of these for 2019 and MUCH more.

 

Bring on the Heat!

Fee/Rate Increase

Due to both PPO and HMO low reimbursement rate to Acupuncturists and Insurance company's refusal to pay for most modalities that Mend considers standard care, starting June 26th Mend will charge a $60 Modality Fee per visit. If you have a CoPay, your CoPay will go towards fulfilling the Modality Fee. Some insurances are exempt from this Modality Fee so be sure to let us know if your insurance plan has changed. 

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Welcome to Mend!

We are so happy to welcome Brian Ramisch to Mend! Brian is a Certified Massage Therapist, Health Educator, and Reiki Master Healer. His technique, Shiatsu Alchemy, combines elements of Shiatsu/Acupressure,  CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki, PNF Stretching, and Joint Mobilization. He understands that every client's specific needs are different, therefore each of his sessions are customized to best address these unique qualities.

Visit his website at: https://www.shiatsu- alchemy.com

Bring on the Heat!, Mend Family Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA

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Foods To Help You Stay Cool!

Summer is synonymous with cold beers, days by the pool, and frozen desserts. It’s all about beating the heat.

Surprisingly enough, though, foods that seem like chill choices may actually have the opposite effect. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are “warming foods” and “cooling foods”—and the definitions have nothing to do with their temperature.

“It is said that cooling foods help to clear heat and toxins from the body, whereas the warming foods increase circulation and raise ‘qi,’ or vital energy,” explains Kerry Bajaj, a certified health coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. Reach for the following eight foods this summer for some sweet, healthy relief.

1. Cucumber – Being “cool as a cucumber” might actually have some weight to it. Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, and staying adequately hydrated during the hotter months is crucial. Snack on cucumber slices and hummus, or if you’re truly desperate for some heat relief, “a green juice with lots of cucumber and lemon is a great way to stay hydrated and cool,” says Bajaj. Either way, you’ll reap the benefits.

2. Watermelon – No day at the beach is complete without some fresh slices of watermelon, and you’re actually doing your body a favor by keeping the tradition alive. “It’s so helpful to eat seasonally, says Bajaj. “In the summer, cooling foods like watermelon can act like internal A/C, while in the winter, warming foods like meat, spices, and root vegetables can act like an internal space heater.”

3. Peaches – Originally cultivated in China, peaches are another cool, seasonal pick. Not only are they delicious this time of year, but they also contain vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin—and at 35-50 calories a pop, they make the perfect diet-friendly dessert.

4. Apples – Pair apples with peanut butter for the perfect snack that will cool you down and fill you up. Apples contain about 4g fiber for around 95 calories. They also contain a type of soluble fiber called pectin, which has been found to stop hunger in its tracks and aid in weight loss.

5. Pineapple – Along with banana, spinach, kale and cucumber, pineapple makes for a kick-ass green smoothie booster. In fact, all of these ingredients are considered to be cooling, so blend away. Pineapple is also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which is credited for reducing inflammation in the body.

6. Leafy Greens – Is there anything that leafy greens can’t do for your body? Spinach, kale, collard greens, and romaine take the nutritional cake (so to speak) for healing and helping your body. Since greens have a high water content, they’re easy to digest. This means your body doesn’t have to work as hard, which saves you energy and keeps you cool.

7. Lemon – Citrus has a cooling effect on the body and promotes detoxification. Everyone knows how important it is to drink a ton of water every day, but plain ol’ H2O can be boring. Time and time again experts recommend adding lemon to your water not only for its skin and immune-boosting benefits, but because it actually encourages you to drink more water overall.

8. Zucchini – Zucchini is actually a type of summer squash that can range in color from yellow to a dark green. In addition to containing vitamin C and important phytonutrients, zucchini is a great source of manganese. The mineral can help protect your body from free radicals (particularly of concern during the summer months when you’re more susepatble to sun damage) and also promotes collagen production and healthy bone tissue growth.
 

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Beauty Tips to Stay Looking Cool!

During the winter all you yearn for is the warm summer days. But then the August heat hits and your makeup slides, your hair goes north, and your skin becomes a sticky oil slick. So here are a few tips to stay cool this Summer. 

Your internal body temperature rises when outdoor temperatures go up. To maintain a normal, comfortable temperature, your body needs to release heat through its pores. So, a little sweat is good. Excessive sweating, however, can cause dehydration, which snowballs into irritability and sluggishness. (In extreme circumstances, it can even make a person delusional.) That’s why it’s important to keep your body temperature down BEFORE you go outside. 

Tip: Place moisturizer or body oil in the refrigerator so after you’re dry, you can smooth on the refreshingly cool products.

Tip: Take a cool shower, rinse with cold water, and then blow dry your hair with the cold setting of the dryer – or, just let your hair air-dry! If you simply must blow dry on the hot setting, do it after dark. Washing and drying your hair at night when it is cooler outside will be much more comfortable.

Tip: To keep your skin dry and free of oil is to put as little on it as possible. Refresh your skin with a toner (or glycolic pads) or spray it with some rosewater while you're out and about during the day. If you live in a drier climate (or have dry skin), moisturizer may be needed even during the Summer. Avoid emollients, such as lanolin, which obstruct the pores. Heavy moisturizers act like a sweater on your face, so look for a noncomedogenic moisturizer (one that won’t clog pores) that contains a humectant, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe or glycerin, which will attract moisture from the air to the skin. And use it only where necessary. You can add a light powder to control shine or use blotting papers.

Tip: Don't forget your feet! Wear strappy or open-toe sandals that allow your feet to breathe. Also run deodorant along the bottoms of your feet to prevent stickiness and blisters.

Tip: Protect your skin with sunscreen! Definitely go for the zinc oxide block kind of sunscreens that have minimal chemicals. 

Tip: Eat more often—but eat less. Spicy foods, protein-laden meals, and creamy ingredients can raise your body temperature and send you into a metabolic overdrive. So it’s best to steer clear of heavy meals and go for fruits and vegetables, which are saturated with water and help keep your body hydrated and comfortable. Avoid salt, alcohol, and caffeine. All of these dehydrate the body. Caffeine also constricts blood vessels, which hinders the body’s ability to cool itself.


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