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Functional Medicine/TCM/Covid19

Functional Medicine: offerings and suggestions in prevention of Covid19 disease. (For Traditional Chinese Medicine approach please see my previous blog). Originally this blog was to look at all the similarities between the Functional and Eastern Medicine. However, since the recent pandemic of covid-19, I decided to start, to focus on what is in front of us. Please watch video by IFM MDs who put together fantastic presentation explaining immunology, virology, preventative medicine and modifyable life style factors in Covid19: Functional Medicine approach to Covid19 IFM material explains that: "A coronavirus such as SARS-CoV-2 can be deadly because of its ability to stimulate a part of the innate immune response called the inflammasome, which can cause uncontrolled release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, leading to cytokine storm and severe, sometimes irreversible, damage to respiratory epithelium.[2]   The "cytokine storm, happens only in some infected individu
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Diagnosis and treatment for covid19 - from classic to front line.

TCM input in fight of Covid19 treatment in Chinese hospitals. I will continue to update this blog as the data will grow on this subject.  Below are different research papers and articles on the TCM Patients support in Covid19 disease collected form front line Wuhan hospital and other Chinese hospitals and teams of researchers. Please start by this artilce: Understanding of guidance for acupuncture and moxibustion interventions on COVID-19 (Second edition) issued by CAAM   Please watch Dr. John Chen video merging modern science with TCM research and application during the Pandemic in China and specifically Wuhan hospitals. How Coronavirus (COVID-19) is treated with TCM in China by Dr. John Chen, PharmD, PhD, OMD, LAc Here is my own summary of the Pathogenesis of Covid19 disease caused by SARS2nCOV19 (I hope you will enjoy my illustrations:) Here are different articles and research from different collegues that have been coming to me via e-mails and  social media. I

An Unjust Situation: Why Can't Our Patients Receive Federal Extended Medical Coverage for their Acupuncture Treatments in BC?

An Unjust Situation: Why Can't Our Patients Receive Federal Extended Medical Coverage for their Acupuncture Treatments? November 15, 2019 In the spirit of helping our helping profession, I would like to update you and elicit your support in the campaign I launched last year (2018), aiming to address the current lack of medical insurance coverage for federal employees wishing to receive treatments from registered acupuncturists in BC. As the correspondence below illustrates, the present situation reflects an unfair bias against registered acupuncturists – whose services are not covered under extended health plans (SunLife of Canada), while acupuncture provided by certain other professions (i.e. not acupuncturists) is covered. I would like to thank ATCMA President Jason Tutt and editor Chery