Alternative Healing Network

3239 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
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619-546-4806 – Office
619-546-5326 – Fax

Community Wellness Collaborative

Alternative Healing Network, (aka AltHealNet.Org) has been your hub of community-based integrative wellness services in San Diego since 2005, facilitating over 28,000 free services for under-served populations and funding these free programs through our affordable sliding-scale Adams Ave wellness center. For every 3 paid sessions at our Adams Ave facility, we can offer one free to a community member in need. 

After 16 years of service, we are rededicating ourselves to our core mission and reimagining ourselves for an expansive future, with a new name, and a new look. 

Our mission remains consistent: Promote the use of holistic wellness and improve access to care for under-served populations. We have always achieved this by striving to give everyone Access to wellness care, Healing from the Root Cause, and Connection through Community. Community has always been at the heart of everything we do.  Therefore, we are proud to unveil our new logo, and our new name which embody this vision better than AltHealNet ever could.

Stay tuned… new website coming soon at www.CommunityWellness.Org

AltHealNet’s “Sweet 16” Brings Growth and Change in the Year of the Ox

This weekend is threefold special for all of us at Alternative Healing Network. While Sunday is Valentine’s Day, Friday the 12th is the Lunar New Year, celebrating the first day of the Year of the Ox. It’s an auspicious day bringing us into a year of greater stability and a time to get things done, as a work Ox should. It’s also the 16th Anniversary of the founding of our non-profit organization, Alternative Healing Network, which has provided over 28,000 free wellness services since we started on Feb 14, 2005. With the intention of bringing holistic wellness services like acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine and clinical massage therapy to all community members, regardless of their ability to afford them, we have always operated from this perspective of “Wellness for All”.

The themes of love (Valentine’s Day) and hard work (Year of the Ox) go hand in hand for our organization, and its mission. This new year kicks off some changes to help us meet our mission even more effectively. Alternative Healing Network is getting a new name, a new website, and a new look. Over the coming weeks, we will transition to becoming COMMUNITY WELLNESS COLLABORATIVE, a name that more accurately describes our role in bringing our community together through wholeness, connection, and access to wellness care. We will no longer be considered an “alternative” or a complementary after-thought. We are a collaboration of health practitioners working with a network of institutions and community groups that improve access to healthcare and wellness education.

This anniversary is also a time for us to reflect back on all of the years of great work we’ve done together. Thank you for all your support over the years! Keep taking care of yourselves and thereby taking care of the community!

– Dr. Ryan Altman
Founder / Executive Director

Our Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Altman, L.Ac. was asked to contribute to this blog for health tips from Redfin, for all of their clients dealing with the stress of moving.

Check it out here!

As reports come in of cases in California, the biggest thing to remember is not to panic. While the World Health Organization and the United States Department of Health and Human Services have both declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency, there are similar signs and possibly more danger from the Flu virus. Most folks will experience both with mild symptoms.  

Here are some simple things that can meaningfully support your health and ability to fight illness: 

* Get good sleep, and prioritize your self-care. Sleep is critical to optimal immune function. If you are sleep-deprived, you are not at your peak immunity. 

* Eat nutrient-rich foods, and prioritize a healthy diet. Your diet provides building blocks used by your immune system to fight illness. Without those resources, your immune system will be weaker. 

* Talk to your practitioner about optimizing your vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C levels. These nutrients are particularly important for optimal immune function and may be depleted in the typical diet, and in the winter depending on location. Zinc lozenges can be especially helpful. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.

* Stay hydrated. Water is at the foundation of our health. Clean/filtered water consumed regularly helps keep our whole system functioning optimally, including our immune systems. 

Don’t panic! An outbreak is scary, but most people will experience COVID-19 as a mild illness. Prolonged, toxic stress inhibits immune function, so whether it is fear about the virus or excess stress at home or work, do what you can to give your system a break and restore. Exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional and herbal supplements recommended by your healthcare practitioner, qigong/tai chi, yoga, meditation, or whatever your “go-to” to unwind must take priority now. These are not luxuries! Take care of yourself.

Remember: This virus ONLY has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs.) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth. Here are some simple things we all can do to cut down our risk of exposure and work to keep ourselves healthy.  

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!


Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
* fever
* cough
* shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
As such, if you are experiencing these symptoms, (especially the fever) it is recommended that you self-isolate (stay at home), and contact the Dept of Public Health if symptoms worsen for immediate testing.

Here are some FACTS, NOT FEAR to share from the CDC

PDF handout from the American Society of Acupuncturists with info for practitioners and health care workers.

For more information, please contact the County Health Dept., or speak with your provider.

Dr. Shannyn Fowl, ND

TUESDAY, MARCH 24th – 6-7pm
with Dr Shannyn Fowl, ND and Érica Lager-Ferrez from Prometheus Labs

Come hear about the options available for diagnosing, treating and monitoring Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Based on evidence and patient outcomes, we have gained a lot of relevant knowledge for altering the course of these diseases. Screening for IBD versus IBS can help patients find treatment options much sooner. This talk will focus on
relevant testing available, monitoring and options for treatment. Join Naturopathic Doctor, Shannyn Fowl and Prometheus Representative, Erica Lager-Ferrez and bring your questions.

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