Fire Resources and Public Health Updates! Please Share!

This is important information given to us by the Ventura County Medical Association regarding N95 masks and a Public Health Warning!

Click on the links below for more information!

1.    Ventura County Public Health Department Press Release: Free Particulate Mask (Distribution Locations)

2.    N95 Mask Guidance (provides general information regarding the advised, mask-type)

3.    California Department of Public Health Press Release: State Public Health Officer Urges Avoiding Breathing Wildfire Smoke

 

For updated information regarding the Thomas Fire incident please check www.readyventuracounty.org

For recovery information please visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org

Resources for Ventura County Fire Victims

So many people have been uprooted and displace by the fire in our community, here are some resources that you, your family and friends may need.

 

Check www.readyventuracounty.org for information regarding the fire situation and current evacuation maps, school closings, etc.

This is the current update from the website:

THOMAS FIRE

12/7/17 @ 0728

EOC Hotline 805-465-6650

The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. The fire is established on the north and east side of Hwy 150 and is also burning on the west side of Hwy 33. The fire has pushed northwest of Ventura and has reached the Hwy 101. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter. 

Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and entire City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink.

In response to the needs of individuals and families displaced and traumatized by the fires in Ventura County, the Ventura County Behavioral Health department is deploying disaster response teams to the various shelters throughout the county. Mental health professionals will be on site at designated times to provide crisis intervention, counseling and community resource referrals in collaboration with other emergency response services. Please notify shelter staff if such services are desired.

 For additional information or other inqires related to Behavioral Health services, please contact them at their toll-free 24/7 hotline at (866) 998-2243

The city of Ventura Police Department has declared a curfew in response to the fire. Effective December 5, 2017 a curfew is in effect starting at 10pm and ending at 5am daily. The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.

 

 

To get current alerts to evacuations and fire updates in your area,

 text your zip code to 888-777

 

 

Here's a list of evacuation shelters: 

EVACUATION SHELTERS

City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Red Cross - Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals)  – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

City of Ojai - Nordhoff High School (Red Cross) -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

City of Oxnard - Oxnard College Gymnasium (Red Cross)- Open 12/5/17, 0700

City of Santa Paula - Santa Paula Community Center (City of SP run shelter) - Open 0800

 City of Fillmore - Veteran's Memorial Bldg (City of Fillmore run shelter), 511 2nd Street - Open 0800

UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA

 

The Alzheimer’s Association has put out a Disaster Tip Sheet that you can use. CLICK HERE

 

Please be safe out there.

 

“Good exercise for the heart:

Reach out and help your neighbor.”

  • Mark Twain

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Treatment of "Dry Mouth" Caused by Radiation Therapy

In this day of innovative medical management, successful treatment of cancer patients has saved lives. However, with some cases there can be serious side effects.  For example, in treating head and neck cancer patients with radiation and chemotherapy, xerostomia or dry mouth can result.

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On each side of the mouth salivary duct from the parotid gland empties near to second upper molar. It secretes serous fluid. There are also sublingual and sub- maxillary glands that secrete mucous fluid.

The parotid gland is easily affected by radiation and this results in thick sticky fluid with scarce saliva. The patient has difficulty chewing food and the tongue seems to stick to the roof of the mouth. This results in the patient nor enjoying his food and may end up losing weight.

One of the best ways of dealing with this problem is acupuncture. It may take 2 to 6 treatments. The treatment is usually repeated within 24 hours of the first treatment for best results. A special protocol and how to use these needles in certain sequence that results in flow of saliva.

 

Article written by Dr. Indarigt Singh, MD

Dr. Singh's focus is healthy living and acupuncture helps with managing chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  He has been board certified in Family Medicine and received extensive training in acupuncture at UCLA and at the Academy of Pain Management for Acupuncture. He incorporates auricular acupuncture, body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture and the results are complementary to western medical practice.  A well and balanced person is in a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony.

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Thank You!!!

Thank you everyone that donated or came out and participated with the La Mer Wellness Walkers in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

We raised $1525.00!!

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group really appreciates you taking the time out to donate to such a wonderful organization!

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Two Days Left! Join the Fun!

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers this Saturday the 30th for some fun and to support the Alzheimer’s Association!

If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps!!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

Location:
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330

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One More Week! Join Us!

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group is on the frontlines when it comes to the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. We see how it can cause heartache and frustration in family members and caregivers.

We are honored to be able to participate in this walk to support the work and research that the Alzheimer's Association does for our community and the country.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Thank you to all that have donated! We have surpassed our goal and we still have one more week to go!

Walk with us September 30th! If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps! !

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

Location:
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330

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We’re Progressing towards our Goal!

On behalf of the La Mer Wellness Walkers, I would like to thank everyone that donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this week!

Thank you to the owner of VC Metals, Mark Herrera! Take a look at his premier metal service center here:

 

Thank you also to Aline Medical, Gary Winget

and Elaine Hesse!

We have achieved 85% of our goal!

Walk with us September 30th! If you cannot make it out, please click the link and donate to the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! Every little bit helps! All the money we raise will fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

Don’t forget, everyone who donates or walks with us is entered to win a fantastic Tommy Bahama Beach Chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

 
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Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

Location:
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

Feel free to call our office and speak with our Team Champion, Keri, if you have any questions or concerns! 805-388-8330

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers!

Hey Everyone! We received another generous donation to the La Mer Wellness Walkers Team page in support of the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. We are closer to our goal of raising $1,000!!!
Thank you Sean Winget for joining our team!

As team champion, I am going to be putting out the call for donations and for you to join the La Mer Wellness Walkers at this wonderful event in our community!

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Remember, everyone that donates or joins the La Mer Wellness Walkers Team gets entered in the contest to win an awesome Tommy Bahama beach chair donated by http://www.yogajim.com/!

Go to my team page below to donate or join the La Mer Wellness Walker Team! It is sure to be a fun day out for a fantastic cause!

Join us today!

http://act.alz.org/goto/LaMerWellnessWalkers

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Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers, Get Entered Into New Prize Drawing!

I am excited to announce that we have created a team to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I am leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor — but I can't take on this disease alone. Will you join me in the fight by walking with me? As a team, we can be an unstoppable force against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers or donate today and be entered to win an awesome Tommy Bahama Beach Chair! It has an adjustable pillow for , padded straps to wear as a backpack and it has an insulated cooler bag attached! Be the cool kid at the beach with this soothing Hawaiian print comfy chair and know that you are helping a wonderful organization!

This was generously donated by WWW.YOGAJIM.COM

 
 

Registration is easy; simply visit my Walk to End Alzheimer's participant page and join my team. If you're unable to participate, please consider making a $35 donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association®.

Event Details

When: September 30, 2017

Location:
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

 

Feel free to contact our Team Leader, Keri Pimentel, if you have any questions or need help registering for the team! Click link below to join or donate now!

The Essential Oils Handbook, A Book Review

Whether you are a novice, just beginning to learn the benefits of aromatic oils, or you are an experienced aromatherapist, this is a great guide book about essential oils.

The book is attractive with beautiful photographs of the plants that yield the oil. About 100 oils are referenced with a very good discussion of holistic benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. I love the easy recipes / these special blends! Two of my favorite discoveries are rosemary oil- wonderful for sore muscles and ylang ylang for calming the mind.

Aromatherapy should be fun! Enjoy experimenting with this fragrant world and find the ones you love the best. Aromatic oils do create a positive ambience at home and at work.

Be sure and check it out on La Mer's Amazon Store today!

Book review written by Jeanne with La Mer, Patient Services

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

Many older adults are turning to complementary and integrative health approaches to promote health and well-being. Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits. A number of reviews of the scientific literature point to the potential benefit of mind and body approaches for symptom management, particularly for pain. Check out what the science says about mind and body practices for these 4 common aging-related conditions:

 
 

1.       Osteoarthritis. Practicing tai chi—a traditional Chinese form of exercise—may be helpful for managing osteoarthritis of the knee. Guidelines issued by the American College of Rheumatology conditionally recommend tai chi, along with other non-drug approaches, for this condition.
  

2.       Menopausal symptoms. Overall, there is scientific evidence suggesting that some mind and body approaches, such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation may provide some relief from common menopausal symptoms.
  

3.       Sleep problems. Using relaxation techniques, (e.g., progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises) before bedtime can be helpful components of a successful sleep regimen.
  

4.       Shingles. Tai chi may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older people. While there have only been a few studies on the effects of tai chi on immunity to varicella, the results so far have been promising.
  

These mind and body practices are generally considered safe for healthy people when they’re performed appropriately. If you have any health problems, talk with both your health care provider and the complementary health practitioner/instructor before starting to use a mind and body practice. For information about natural products for common aging-related conditions, check out these tips.

 

LInk to Website Article: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/age-mindbody?nav=govd

Join the La Mer Wellness Walkers!

I am excited to announce that we have created a team to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I am leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor — but I can't take on this disease alone. Will you join me in the fight by walking with me? As a team, we can be an unstoppable force against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Registration is easy; simply visit my Walk to End Alzheimer's participant page and join my team. If you're unable to participate, please consider making a $35 donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association®.

Event Details

When:

September 30, 2017

Location:
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court
Oxnard, CA 93036

Time:
Registration at 8am
Ceremony at 9am
Walk at 9:30am

 

Feel free to contact our Team Leader, Keri Pimentel, if you have any questions or need help registering for the team! Click link below to join or donate now!

 

Thank you!

Mindful Technique for Daily Stress Relief!

Our La Mer team is learning and discovering a variety of psychological techniques to improve our physical and mental well-being. One of these techniques is in a book we are reading called, The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson, MD. His technique helps us relax and calm the body and mind.

To begin, sit quietly in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes.

Then, choose a word, sound, phrase or prayer to repeat to yourself.

As you do this, passively disregard everyday thoughts that inevitably come to mind and return to your repetition.

Relax your muscles, from your feet to your calves, things, abdomen, shoulders, head, neck.

Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, say your repetitive word, sound, phrase, or prayer silently to yourself as you exhale.

Assume a passive attitude. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself. "Oh well", and gently return to your repetition.

Continue for 5-20 minutes.

Do not stand immediately, continue sitting quietly for a minute or so, allowing other thoughts to return.  Then open your eyes and sit for another minute before rising.

Practice this technique 1-2 times daily.  Good times to do so are before breakfast and before dinner. 

There are many Apps out there that can significantly help you do this same technique. I find that it is easier to do with someone guiding me through the process.

The app that I use is “Insight Timer”. It has hundreds of guided meditations to choose from. They are divided into type of meditation, whether it be to relieve stress or release tension and pain. It can be based on mindful breathing or you can also just set a timer and have soothing music will help you with relaxation.

By setting time aside for yourself every day and adopting this simple psychological technique, you can improve your physical and mental well-being. Research has concluded that a combination of mind/body techniques offer all of us profound health benefits.

Have a healthy day!

 

 
The Relaxation Response
By Herbert Benson, Miriam Z. Klipper
 

If you want to read further, check out the link above!

 


 

Blog written by Jeanne & Keri with La Mer IBMG Patient Services

Launch of Dementia Friendly Ventura County!

Alzheimer's Disease accounts for 60-80 percent of dementia cases and currently impacts an estimated 610,000 Californians, a number projected to grow to 840,000 by 2025. We are lucky to be part of a county that is launching Dementia Friendly Ventura County this month! Read below for events and more about what this means.

Medical acupuncture, what is it?

Acupuncture is a very old practice that originated in China and it has a lot to do with manipulating patient’s energy channels for healing.

 
 

 

As a western trained physician, I do acupuncture primarily for chronic conditions regarding pain, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia. Chronic conditions are much more challenging to treat and acupuncture is well-suited for this.

 

Acupuncture is part of integrative medicine and we have incorporated it into our practice at La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group to treat the patient as a whole (i.e. mind, body and spirit.) It is a practice of inserting needles at various acupuncture points to promote improved function and healing. Sometimes, I will use electrical stimulation, meaning no needles, also to promote improved function and healing.

 

Classical Chinese acupuncture believes the body has channels through which energy flows in the body, from superficial to deep. The channels also have a regular rhythm of flow of energy. These channels are called meridians through which energy (QI) flows freely. When this flow of energy is interrupted, either due to stagnation or deficiency, it creates pain or other symptoms. The function of acupuncture is to normalize and harmonize flow of Qi thus affecting patient’s physiology.

 

In this office, we make use of body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation. Also, at times electrical stimulation is done over acupuncture points without needles. This flexibility provides fairly good and consistent results.

 

Our patients are pro-active with their medical care by modifying their lifestyle, managing their exposure to smoke & pesticides; encouraging them to eat foods that are organically grown, and of course, some exercising. Patients are encouraged to have a good sleep hygiene and stress management too. At least 5 to 6 helpings of fruits and vegetables are daily recommended as well as daily, good, quality, supplements.

 

The purpose of acupuncture is to alleviate chronic melancholy (i.e. pain). Acupuncture is an opportunity to change a previous lifestyle of pain to a lifestyle of good comfort, good mind, and good spirit.


Article written by Dr. Indarjit Singh, MD

Dr. Singh's focus is healthy living and acupuncture helps with managing chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  He has been board certified in Family Medicine and received extensive training in acupuncture at UCLA and at the Academy of Pain Management for Acupuncture. He incorporates auricular acupuncture, body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture and the results are complementary to western medical practice.  A well and balanced person is in a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony.

 
 

“Happiness is not a destination to arrive at, but a means of travel”

“Happiness is not a destination to arrive at, but a means of travel”

I often introduce this thought as a “Hallmark philosophy”, because my wife framed a card (with this statement) and placed it in our downstairs bathroom.  So, what does it mean to you?

When I was 10 years old, living in Iowa, my dad decided that I should clean out our chicken coop. We had 300 chickens in 90 Fahrenheit and 90% humidity.  The odor of hot and humid chicken poop is best imagined (or avoided).  Despite my protestations that my older brothers deserved the task more than I, Dad was firm….. “just do it”.

What I was pitching out the door into the manure wagon (4 tined pitch fork) was compacted about ten inches thick.  I soon noticed that it kept a straight edge well.  So I made the outline of our house … then I expanded it to a village outline… then a town… then a small city… then to what I imagined New York skyline would have looked like….. (my Dad checked on me then, was bemused at my happy excitement with the “art work”, shook his head at me, but made no other comment since the wagon was half full!).   I then started shrinking the design (looking at what was left, rather than what was gone) as I continued to pitch manure… city… to town… to village… to our house.. with our porch the last to go.  I was done and time to clean up…. thoroughly. 

I was happy during that journey.  That is part of what that thought means to me.

 

Article written by Doug Peterson, PhD.

Doug Peterson is our clinical psychologist on the team. He received his doctorate in Psychology from State University of New York at Binghamton. Cognitive behavioral therapy is his approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Peterson has special interest in issues associated with aging and the management of chronic medical conditions.

 
 

Happy Birthday Krishnamurti!

“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Born Today in 1895 (d. 1986)