Alternative Healing Network

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

ROCHE COVID-19 Antibody Testing now available!

We are now offering the Roche antibody test in San Diego!!  This highly sensitive test is FDA EU approved for asymptomatic patients to confirm the presence, or lack of, SARS-CoV2 antibodies in the individual.  You CAN now find out if you have had it or not. 

If your employer is requiring a test before returning back to work, this test is for you!

The Roche COVID-19 antibody test has a specificity greater than 99.8% and sensitivity of 100% two weeks after symptoms. Roche’s new antibody has been touted for their accuracy.  Roche has perfected their test for the ease of a finger stick for testing.

For more details on the Roche antibody test, otherwise known as the The Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoassay, check out their website here.

The antibody test is designed to tell you if you have had the virus in the past.  It will identify an immune reaction to the virus and checks for immunoglobulins (Ig) found in your blood that have developed in response to a past exposure to COVID-19.

Who should be tested?

EVERYONE who wants to know if they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus should get tested.

EMPLOYEES are great candidates to be tested so they can return to work ASAP.  

Also, ANYONE who had symptoms start 11 or more days ago OR has been exposed to a known positive COVID-19 patient over 20 days ago is a good candidate for this antibody test. Researchers are still determining how long the antibodies or immunity will last.   If you are presently having symptoms, it is best to have the PCR nasopharyngeal swab done, which is available through your PCP and is presently not being done at our location.

What do the results tell me?
Positive results indicate past infection of COVID-19.  Whether you had symptoms or not, you have had COVID-19.  It may be wise to encourage your household to also follow up for testing.  A false positive is as low as 1 in 500 tests,  making this a reliable test to offer the public.

Negative results can mean that you have not been exposed but note that antibodies may take 2 -5 weeks to develop and present research is showing they last an average of 60-100 days. If you feel you may have been exposed, a negative result may simply mean that not enough time has passed to develop antibodies or that too much time has passed.

How is the test administered?
By appointment only, we will be scheduling COVID-19 Antibody Testing sessions with in our on-site testing center behind our clinic in the private suite at 3237 Adams Ave. (In the parking lot off Bancroft St.) Please DO NOT come to the front door of our clinic. Must register in advance. No Walk-ins.

Patients will be directed to remain in their cars, or if on foot to wait, socially distanced, in line outside the private suite at 3237 Adams Ave, behind our main clinic building in the parking lot off Bancroft St. This test is administered through a simple finger prick. Results for the COVID-19 Antibody Test will be sent to the email you register with.  Results can take 3-5 days and you will be able to print off the report like a lab test.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of My Test?

Insurance plans are required to cover antibody tests, therefore your superbill from our office for the highly accurate Roche antibody test can be submitted to your insurance.  See also here.

Whether your test is positive or negative, you can still file your superbill to your insurance for reimbursement.

To schedule the Roche Antibody Test, please fill out this informational form and contact our office at 619-546-4806 or e-mail

For more info, contact:

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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Give Hope, Gift Health

A Chinese New Year Fundraiser for
Alternative Healing Network

Saturday, January 25th – 7 – 11pm
Queen Bee’s Arts & Cultural Center

3925 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104  

Featuring Live Music from:
BOOSTIVE – 9:15 – 11pm
Finnegan Blue – 8 – 8:45pm

*Silent Auction * Comedy * Dancing * 
$20 GA (inc. 1 Drink)
VIP reception with Dinner and music from Gaby Aparicio from 6 – 7:30pm 
$40 VIP + GA (inc. Dinner and 2 drinks)
Click HERE for tickets!

All Current PCOM, Bastyr, and UCSD HI-Med Students receive $15 off!!! 
(Must purchase at the door or at Adams Ave Integrative Health for Discount.
Drink Tickets not included.

All Current AAIH members receive $10 off!!!

All proceeds benefit Alternative Healing Network, a 501(c)(3)non-profit
For more info: or call us at 619-546-4806

For Silent Auction donation items, please contact:


SD County Board of Supervisors declares AltHealNet

to be a Recognized LIVE WELL Partner!

County Health Proclamation

On Saturday, September 21st, during the Adams Avenue Street Fair, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared Alternative Healing Network to be a recognized “Live Well San Diego” partner with the HHSA.

We were honored with a Proclamation signed by all the County Supervisors thanking us for over a decade of providing quality integrative care for under-served populations through our “Integrative Health Nights” outreach program.  Additionally, it proclaimed September 21st to be “ALTERNATIVE HEALING NETWORK LIVE WELL SAN DIEGO DAY


There we bring together volunteer professionals and teams of student interns from our partnering institutions including Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Bastyr University, OG Yoga, and Healing Hands Institute.  Since 2007, this program has provided over 26,000 free sessions of acupuncture, massage, Naturopathic Medicine and other holistic wellness services to Southeast San Diego and City Heights.


Thank you to all our team at Adams Avenue Integrative Health, and to our partners and volunteers at the free offsite outreach clinics who have helped us accomplish so much in San Diego!


For more information on our programs and clinics, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please call – 619-546-4806 or visit


Click here to view all Live Well San Diego HHSA recognized partners