Dear friends, These are strange and uncertain times which unfortunately require that we take some additional safety measures that will not be temporary but ongoing at least for the next 6 months to a year. While it is true that the seven day moving average for hospitalizations is thankfully coming down, it is still high, and the percent of positive Covid-19 tests is over 10%, which is an uncomfortable number, and the Travis county death toll approaches 1,000. We are a small office, and everyone who works at Central Family Practice is essential. As your health care providers we have...
Dear CFP Community, Last week, the practitioners and staff at CFP were given the opportunity to get our first Covid vaccines as members of the medical community. I have to say, I was not expecting that my response would be to burst into tears of relief, hope, joy, so many feelings that have been pent up and put in a box on the shelf for the last year. I felt like I had won the lottery! All of us who were able to, had our sleeve rolled up and our first dose of the Pfizer vaccine administered within an hour...
One of the major problems with COVID-19 has been access to tests. At this time, the standard test is a nasal swab requiring a professional lab to evaluate and a turnaround time of 72 hours or longer. It is a PCR Molecular test.
I miss getting to see you for acupuncture every week but I’m glad you’re taking good care of yourself and social distancing. While acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been my work for the past 15 years, my background is in microbiology and I’m passionate about epidemiology and public health. I thought I’d share some ideas for supporting your immune system and managing stress from the synthesis of both the Chinese medicine tradition and modern functional medicine.
First of all, the most important strategy to avoid getting sick with a virus is, of course, to AVOID EXPOSURE! Observe social distancing rules, strict hand hygiene protocols, proper mask-wearing, and regularly disinfect all high-contact surfaces.
In conjunction with these basic but critical public health strategies, Chinese medicine emphasizes fortifying and balancing our bodies to reduce our susceptibility to colds, flu, and other infectious diseases. Here are some of my favorite herbs and actions you can take to help protect yourself.
Hello to all of our fellow travelers in this altered universe we find ourselves in. As Texas reopens, we realize that without more adequate testing & contact tracing protocols, or at least some time to see how the local infection rates rise in response to the relaxing of lockdown measures, we are not ready to start seeing patients in the office yet. Our responsibility is to take care of you, our staff, and the wider public health of our community with the best information that we have at any given time, in this ever changing environment.