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Perimenopausal in a Pandemic

I am on a mission to change the narrative about perimenopause and to provide support and community for women going through the challenges of this period of expansion and healing. And over the next two weeks, some of my colleagues (and friends) are joining me. We will be doing a series of Facebook Live discussions about releasing anger with tapping, tuning into your intuition, reframing and managing hot flashes, body positivity, uncovering your inner queen, managing joint pain, nutrition, finding your voice and speaking your truth, meditation, movement, exploring your creativity, yoga for bone health, hormone replacement therapy, sexuality and pelvic health.

You will benefit from the knowledge of:
Julie Schiffman, EFT Practitioner
Sonia Choquette Tully, Intuitive Teacher & Guide
Beth Lynch, Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner
Malik Turley, Change Instigator
Queen Wheeler, Transformational Coach
Karen Ruiz, Physical Therapist
Marcy Kirshenbaum, Holistic Nutritionist
Lisa Kaplin, Psychologist and Life Coach
Jodie Baudek, Mindset Coach
Heather Collins, Certified Personal Trainer
Dr. Tiffany Mullen, DO, FABM, ABoIM
Becky Paulin-Liston, Physical Therapist & Registered Yoga Teacher
Melissa Matson, Movement & Voice Expert
Jennifer Litner, Certified Sex Therapist
Suzanne Badillo, Physical Therapist
Judith Florendo, Physical Therapist

Go to Events on the Northshore Acupuncture Center FB page to get the details about dates/times for each session or see the summary below. Make sure you follow Northshore Acupuncture Center on FB so you can more easily access the FB Lives. The videos will be copied to my YouTube channel after completion and can be found at perimenopausalinapandemic.com.

Summary

Releasing anger with tapping, Julie Schiffman, Mon 5/18 at 4pm CDT

Tuning into your intuition, Sonia Tully, Tues 5/19 at 3:30pm CDT

Hot flashes (burning off what you don’t need), Beth Lynch, Thurs 5/21 at 4:30pm CDT

Body positivity, Malik Turley, Fri 5/22 at 2pm CDT

Uncovering your inner queen, Queen Wheeler, Mon 5/25 at 9am CDT

Managing joint pain, Karen Ruiz, Tues 5/26 at 2pm CDT

Nutrition in perimenopause, Marcy Kirshenbaum, Wed 5/27 at 11am CDT

Find your voice; speak your truth, Lisa Kaplin, Thurs 5/28 at 9am CDT

Meditation makes perimenopause magical, Jodie Baudek, Fri 5/29 at 10am CDT

Movement to ease perimenopause, Heather Collins, Sat 5/30 at 9am CDT

Hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Tiffany Mullen, Sun 5/31 at 7:30pm CDT

Yoga for bone health, Becky Liston, Tues 6/2 at 11am CDT

Embodied creativity, Melissa Matson, Wed 6/3 at 11am CDT

Sexuality during perimenopause, Jennifer Litner, Thurs 6/4 at 10am CDT

Pelvic health in perimenopause, Suzanne Badillo or Judith Florendo, Fri 6/5 at 11:30am CDT

WE’RE OPEN

We are re-open!

As you know, we closed the practice one week prior to the Illinois Stay At Home Order to prevent the spread of the virus. We do not make these decisions lightly.  Acupuncture care is deemed essential under the Illinois Stay At Home Order.

We will be taking all the precautions that have been recommended by both the CDC and OSHA, and in some instances going beyond those recommendations.

 

In-Person Appointment Protocol

WHAT TO EXPECT

1. When you schedule an appointment (and the day-of the appointment), you will be screened for health status, needs, etc. Common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, and body aches. However, some have reported chills, repeated shaking with chills, vomiting, diarrhea, recent loss of taste or smell, headaches, toe discoloration or mild rash with onset of the virus. You will be asked to confirm, before scheduling, that neither you nor your close contacts have had any of the above symptoms or a positive Covid-19 diagnosis within the preceding 14 days. If you have, you will be asked to reschedule an appointment at least 14 days after the start of your symptoms or exposure. Late cancellation fees will be waived. If you come to the practice, having recently experienced any of these symptoms, you will be turned away.

2. Once you arrive, you should text to say you have arrived and wait in your car until you receive confirmation to come in. Only the client receiving acupuncture will be allowed into the practice. If assistance is needed for translation, the assistance will need to be provided via speaker phone.

3. Upon entering, hands will be washed, and each client will wear a mask (you will be given one if you do not have one). I will do a pulse oximeter and temperature reading.

4. You will be asked to minimize the touching of surfaces in the practice.

5. We will sit at least 6 ft apart during the intake.

6. I will wear a KN95 mask during the intake and treatment.

7. I would prefer payments via Venmo or Zelle if possible. Otherwise I can read your credit card numbers and we will enter your credit card info manually.

8. If you feel symptoms of sickness, please convert to a Virtual Session or Cancel.  Cancellation fees will be waived if this applies to you.

9. If any of my family members or I am experiencing symptoms, I will cancel in person appointments and re-schedule according to the current CDC standards for isolation.

10. After your appointment, if you develop any possible Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days following treatment or test positive for Covid-19, please call to let me know. If that occurs, the practice will be closed and I will isolate myself according to the current CDC standards for isolation.

In Office Policies 

1. All surfaces, treatment area and door knobs will be cleaned between each client including the restroom when used.

2. High-grade sanitizing products will be used for cleaning.  Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available for use as well.

3. An air purifier will be run in the office. OnGuard protective essential oil blend will be diffused.

4. As always, all clean needle technique procedures will be adhered to.

5. Sheets are washed in hot water with detergent, bleach and tea tree essential oil.

6. Virtual sessions are still being offered and are incredibly powerful especially if you are feeling ill, have been around someone who is ill, need emotional support or feel safer being treated from the comfort of your home.

7. I will be maintaining social distancing practices and personal hygiene/cleaning practices in my personal life. HOWEVER, I have attended protests. I will be tested for Covid-19 5 days after each protest I attend. My last test was on 6/12/2020.

 

Intro: Northshore Acupuncture Tribe of Mentors – Sleep Edition

Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Many experts now recognize sleep as being as important for good health (if not more) as nutrition and movement. So many things factor into whether or not we get high quality sleep – our emotional and spiritual health; what we consume – food, drinks, substances, music, news, social media; our lifestyle and daily habits; our physical health; our sleep environment. continue reading »

Evanstrong – Helping Out our Neighbors

We are partnering with Curt’s Cafe and C&W Market to provide an “essentials” care package to 40-45 local families.

Curt’s Cafe is providing meals daily for 40-45 families identified through Connections for the Homeless and Family Focus who are shut in because they are COVID19 positive or are in a high risk group.

We need your help to donate funds that will provide these families with a one-time delivery of an “essentials” care package (see donate button below).

Contents of the care packages were determined through collaboration with Curt’s Cafe and generously acquired by C&W Market. They include items such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap, masks, etc. and are modified to fit the family’s size.

Our goal is to raise $2,000 to pay for the contents of care packages which will be prepared and sent along with meal deliveries for a single day. 100% of donations will be used for care package contents. Any money raised above $2,000 will be promptly split evenly between Connections for the Homeless, Curt’s Cafe and Family Focus.
All donations will be spent locally. Masks are being donated by Jen Roberts Law LLC.
We can do this together! Thanks for your donation – see button below. Note: Your receipt will say paid to dlarbale@gmail.
If you would prefer to donate via check or Venmo, contact Anne Marie, Amy, Dawn or Pam directly. You can reach Amy at amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com.
Evanston Neighbors
Anne Marie Anderson, Amy Landolt, Dawn Larbalestier, and Pam Tingley

 

 

Supporting your immune system

During these crazy times, I wanted to remind you of key things you can be doing right now to support your immune system besides of course HANDWASHING and SOCIAL DISTANCING.

  1. Get plenty of sleep – ideally 8-10 hours/night. If you are having problems sleeping, sign up for the FREE Get Some Shut Eye webinar on 4/15. You can also check out my Sleep Tip playlists on my FB page (Sleep Soundly in September, Sleep Tips November 2017 and Sleep Tips) and the sleep tips shared by my network on this blog Sleep Edition – NS Acu Tribe of Mentors.
  2. Stay hydrated.
  3. Limit dampening foods. Reduce your intake of sugar, dairy, gluten, fried foods and alcohol as they add dampness to the body, and this virus appears to be a damp pathogen.
  4. Breath through your nose! We are meant to breath through our noses. Air is “filtered” when we breath through our nose – cilia and mucus catch viruses (along with pollen, bacteria and other debris). In addition, nitric oxide is produced in the paranasal sinuses and is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Any virus that makes it through the nasal “filtering” system, will pass through the nasal cavity where the antiviral nitric oxide is excreted.
  5. Do things that bring you pleasure. Watch the latest stand up specials on Netflix, draw winter botanicals you can find in your yard, listen to Weightless (a song designed by sound therapists to reduce stress), read something for fun, play your guitar or piano or didgeridoo, journal, dance, and/or give yourself the Big O.  (It’s not the time to be the master of your domain). When we feel pleasure, puffs of nitric oxide are released from our blood vessels and boosts immunity (along with increasing blood flow, decreasing cellular inflammation, and improving your mood and outlook on life.)
  6. Manage your stress through meditation and/or breath work. Practice 4-7-8 breath and/or alternate nostril breathing throughout the day.
  7. Limit your consumption of updates/news about the covid-19. Watching updates 24/7 and consuming all of the misinformation and exaggerations being shared on social media increases your stress levels which impact your immune system. Set aside a specific time each day to get your updates. Limit your sources to the CDC, WHO, your local health department (Chicago, Cook County, Deerfield, Glenview, Evanston, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka), or your state health department.
  8. Limit the amount of time you spend worrying about the virus. Set aside specific time each day to focus on planning and executing any actions you need to take to keep your family safe and any actions related to your career/business. Stay focused during that time of planning and execution. However, when thoughts come up outside of that time, remind yourself that you have a plan, you’ve taken the actions within your control for today, and bring yourself back to the present by engaging your senses – what do you see, smell, hear, feel. The worries are likely to come up multiple times – just keeping repeating these steps.
  9. Start a gratitude practice. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day to write down things for which you are grateful. Or you can use an app – gthx is offering a 30 day free trial of their gratitude app. The code is 30daysfree. Here are some other ideas of how to focus on gratitude.
  10. Help others. Donate blood. Donate to local food pantries. Check in with at-risk neighbors to see if they  need help picking up prescription refills or critical groceries. Buy a gift certificate from or post a review for your favorite small businesses. Don’t hoard supplies. If an item you need to purchase has a WIC symbol near the price, get something else. A person who uses WIC can’t switch to another brand.
  11. Move. Dance. Start a yoga, tai chi or qi gong practice. Go for a walk. Try the toilet roll workout.  Sample some of the streaming classes from Hip Circle Empowerment Center. Do one of the at-home workouts posted daily by Crossfit Impact.
  12. Do acupressure daily on ST36 and LU7. You can locate ST36 point by sliding your finger on the outside of your shin towards your knee. It will stop around ST36. Or identify a tender spot near your shin about the width of your four fingers from the bottom of your knee. You can locate LU7 by  joining your hands between the thumb and forefinger as in the picture below. Your index finger should be resting along the radius bone.  The tip of your index finger will come to rest in a small notch between two tendons which lie on top of the styloid process.
  13. Brew yourself an Immune Support Tea.

Ingredients

1 bag echinacea tea

3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root

3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed

2 tablespoons raw organic honey

½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon organic ground clove

Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions: In a large cup of hot water steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger for two minutes. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. 

If you aren’t able to find hand sanitizer, you can make your own with tea tree oil or Onguard/Thieves. Reach out to me if you need help getting tea tree oil.

If you have any questions, please call me at 815.814.1319 or email me at amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

I am temporarily closing my practice. Note – I am open for business virtually though. See this blog for details.

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate.”- Michael Leavitt

While this has been a difficult decision, I feel wholeheartedly that it is the right one.

The work I do is in close proximity with others and involves multiple patients coming in and out of the same room. While there is still a lot we don’t know about this virus we DO KNOW that you or I can be asymptomatic and still be shedding virus. While I have always maintained a sanitized and clean office I am simply not set up for infectious disease containment on this level. Only hospitals are and even they are having a difficult time.

While the work I do is important, I am following the lead of most other non-essential medical offices. For everyone’s sake and the strain on our healthcare system I would highly encourage you to limit all non-essential interaction that is face to face. The time is NOW for us all to do our part to flatten the curve before it is too late.

If you’re anxious, need to connect, or even just need to chat I am here for you anytime: 815.814.1319. We will make it through this but is going to require each and every individual doing their part and watching out for one another.

I’ve created a post with tips for supporting your immune system.

I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Suzanne Badillo

Suzanne Badillo, PT, WCS

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Suzanne Aceron Badillo has over 20 years of experience in the field of physical therapy and is board certified in Women’s Health Physical Therapy.  She served as Clinical Program Director of Women’s Health Rehabilitation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab prior to co-founding Link Physical Therapy, with Judith Florendo. Suzanne is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health (SOWH).  She has served as member and Chair of the SOWH CAPP-Obstetric Committee, developing and teaching the post-graduate certification curriculum on PT pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation.  Her clinical, research, and educational interests include pelvic health, pregnancy/postpartum rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal care, and she lectures locally and nationally on these topics. Suzanne and her husband have three young children.
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Ray Charles

Dr. Ray Charles

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Dr. Ray Charles is a best-selling author and speaker, and travels the globe training leaders, and future leaders, on Righteous Leadership.

Since 1993, at a time when the word “coach” was, generally, only associated with sports or executive coaching, Dr Ray has been a faithful pioneer in the field of spiritual coaching –  coaching leaders including: business, civic, government, clergy and, sports and entertainment leaders to lead from a position of righteousness. continue reading »