Alternative Healing Network

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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.
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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!

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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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FREE!!!

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: info@althealnet.org or call us at 619-546-4806

For Silent Auction donation items, please contact: Maria@althealnet.org


				

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
Proclamation

 

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 www.althealnet.org

 

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

DR. DAVE McCANN (Clinical Director and Chiropractor)

Maria Gable: Where did you go to school and how long have you been in practice?

Dr. Dave: I’m originally from the Midwest. So, I went to Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis Missouri. I’ve been in practice for about 20 years now. I practiced for about 10 years in Huntsville Alabama before relocating here to Southern California.

MG: How did you become interested in the chiropractic profession?

DD: My undergraduate degree was in Electrical Engineering Technology. My 1st job out of college was in the Clinical Engineering Department at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Anything that plugged into the wall and had to do with patient monitoring, or life-support equipment, we managed that. As jobs go, it was a good one. But I wanted to get into patient care, as opposed to machine care. But I knew I didn’t want to work in a hospital. So, I started looking into nursing and physical therapy. Well, a small group of us decided to take a scuba diving class. I needed a physical in order to participate in the class. When I contacted my primary care doctor’s office to schedule the physical, they said it would be 2 months before I could get in. I had a horrible HMO insurance. One of my buddies said: “You should go see my chiropractor, Dr. Dan. He can probably get you in tomorrow.” So, I scheduled a physical with Dr. Dan. While he was performing the physical, he told me about the chiropractic philosophy of treating the person as a whole, as opposed to just trying to manage symptoms. Everything he said made sense to me. And, here I am!

MG: How has your career changed/evolved over the years?

DD: It’s very different now! I think, like a lot of professions, they teach you just enough in school to get started. Then you have to figure the rest out on your own. So I started out just focusing on neck pain, back pain, and headaches. But I wanted to be able to do more. However, the one thing that I can point to and say, “I’ve been doing that for 20 years” is using the Foot Levelers orthotics. Coming from an engineering background, it just always made sense to me. You have to have a balanced, stable foundation, or it can throw everything off. Your feet may not hurt but they can cause stress and pain throughout the entire body.

MG: When/how did the nutritional aspect of your practice come into play? Tell us a little bit about what that entails.

DD: In 2002, I needed some continuing education hours to maintain my license and chose to go to a seminar that focused on supplementation and nutrition. I was blown away! The speaker, Dr. John Brimhall, has people coming to see him from all over the world with all kinds of ailments. At that time, he had already been using what is now referred to as Functional Medicine, to care for his patients, for more than 30 years. He’s using Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), cold lasers and detoxifying foot baths in his protocols. He’s incorporating bloodwork, saliva and  stool labs and really healing people with food and supplements. I knew that’s what I wanted to do! Now, that’s where the focus most of my energy and training. As a matter fact I just attended the Apex Energetics, Mastering Brain Chemistry program. Fascinating stuff!

MG: What do you like to do in your spare time?

DD: Most of my spare time, I spent hanging out with my wife. She’s seriously one of the smartest and funniest people I’ve ever met. I think she sees the world just a little differently than anybody else. I find that kind of fascinating! Nerd alert! We like to play a tabletop game called Carcassonne. But, we play by our own set of house rules and we  call it “Codependent Carcassonne” because we want to stay married. And sometimes I do community theater.

MG: Name a book you think everyone should read.

DD: Well, I’m not much of a “reader”. I mean, I rarely sit down and read a book. I discovered a long time ago that I am very much an auditory learner. So, I have a subscription to audible.com and I am constantly listening to something. Typically, on my way to the office, I am listening to something that I feel supports me in the work that I do. On the way home, I typically listen to
something more entertaining.

So, recently the most influential book for me both personally and professionally has been 10% Happier – How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works, by Dan Harris, narrated by Dan Harris. I have known intellectually the benefits of mindfulness for a long time, and have on occasion recommended some deep breathing exercises to patients. Last year, I read a blog article about it by the author in which he described it as “meditation for the fidgety skeptic.” Something about that really struck a chord with me. Since then, meditative practice has become an integral part of my daily routine. Now, I can speak about it with my patients on a more personal level.
For something a little more on the entertainment side of things one of my recent favorites has been A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – by Mark Twain, narrated by Nick Offerman, and anything by David Sedaris.

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