Newsletter: The Five Wishes

Newsletter:  The Five Wishes

Bren Boston, MD

May is Women’s Health Month.  As the emotional conduits for many families, women are well-suited to start some difficult but important conversations within their families about health-related decisions, including how each family member wants to be cared for at the end of life.  For most of us, the dying process will be just that – a process, and not a sudden event.  And while we all are guaranteed to experience the sunset of life, we might all have very different ...

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Does your Autoimmune Disease Increase Risk for COVID-19?

Does your Autoimmune Disease Increase Risk for COVID-19?

Maggie Ney, ND

Many of my patients with an autoimmune disease have asked if it puts them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing more serious complications if they were to get COVID-19. Other patients worry if their autoimmune disease puts them in the immunocompromised category of individuals that need to take extra precautions. Not all individuals with an autoimmune disease are immunocompromised, however, certain medications used to treat some autoimmune diseases can be immunosuppressive. 

There are several medical terms ...

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Self-Care for Women Amidst a Pandemic

Self-Care for Women Amidst a Pandemic

Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

We find ourselves in the second month of quarantine and stay-at-home orders here in LA. As we celebrate women’s health and Mother’s day this month, I want to turn the focus of this article to women, especially moms, and how to take care of themselves during this pandemic.

Women are often the primary caretakers of the household. They embody Mother energy. They get up and start planning their day around the rest of the ...

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COVID-19: Can Asymptomatic Carriers Spread the Virus? What’s the Truth-

COVID-19: Can Asymptomatic Carriers Spread the Virus? What’s the Truth-

Plus The World Health Organization warns about INFODEMIC (misinformation

Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

FACT: When the first few cases of the coronavirus hit the U.S, many thought that our country would be able to contain it with simple preventative measures such as washing our hands and staying indoors. What we didn’t know back then, but discovered just last week, is that the virus can spread through asymptomatic carriers.

Why the rapid spread to all 50 states and territories? Because ...

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Home Exercise 101

Home Exercise 101

Bren Boston, MD

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Californians are recommended to stay home to prevent the spread of the invisible virus which can be lethal for some patients.  So, we’re all home and not able to attend to our normal exercise routines.  Or, perhaps we previously had no time to exercise due to over an hour commute to work each way, and now we actually do have time to exercise…but we’re stuck at home.

Exercising (at home) is important to:

  1. Maintain cardiovascular and ...
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Coherent Breathing

Coherent Breathing

David Laramie, PhD

            As a psychologist, I sometimes wish for the superpower to make my patients do the self-care exercises that we discuss in session.  As a psychologist during our time of pandemic, I definitely wish that I could make everyone, everywhere practice one tool in particular.  More than any other tip, technique, or exercise, I have found a particular kind of slow, controlled breathing, called Coherent Breathing, to be extremely effective and easy to learn and practice.  Scientific research has revealed an ...

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Covid-19 – Dispelling Rumors: A Science-Based Information Update

Covid-19 – Dispelling Rumors: A Science-Based Information Update

Edison de Mello, MD, Ph.D

How do I know if I am infected with Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019)? Signs include:

  • Significant breathing difficulty or shortness of breath (more pronounced than if a simple cold or flu or anxiety)
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion or struggle with ambulatory movement

Bluish lips or face

Are Kids Immune to the Virus? Children can develop COVID-19. However, the symptoms tend to be milder (as fever, runny nose, and cough). Children with underlying health conditions are at increased risk ...

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LATEST CoronaVirus Facts, Prevention Tips and More!

LATEST CoronaVirus Facts, Prevention Tips and More!

Edison de Mello, MD, Ph.D

Current Facts: 
The Coronavirus may not show signs of infection for many days. Most people have recovered from it without any complications.The people at the highest level of complications are those over 65, especially if they have medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc. The treatment for people at the low-risk categories is not different than the flu; rest, increase hydration (room temp water, green tea or warm water with lemon), and Tylenol for fever. Ibuprofen ...

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The CoronaVirus FEAR-demic

The CoronaVirus FEAR-demic

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

What the Heck is this Virus?

It is a new strain, but NOT a new virus! In fact, Over the last 70 years, scientists have been studying coronaviruses, considered zoonotic, because they are transmitted between animals and humans. SARS-CoV, the scientific name of this strain, is believed to be a new strain that was transmitted from civet cats to humans.  Several other known coronaviruses in animals that have not yet infected humans.  

The Fear Factor: 

It is common ...

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Your Skin & Gut Connection: The secret to Healthy Looking Skin

Your Skin & Gut Connection: The secret to Healthy Looking Skin

by Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

It probably comes as no surprise to you that the largest and second-largest organ in our bodies – the skin and gastrointestinal system respectively – are intrinsically connected and dependent on each other for optimal functioning. Studies investigating the so-called gut-brain-skin axis began in the early 1930’s. The hypothesis was then, and continues to be today, that stress by itself or combined with a poor diet decreases the good gut bacteria and causes ...

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