Rosen Method Bodywork as a Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Melissa Congdon’s, MD’s Commentary –

Melissa Congdon, MDLittle did I know how profound a Rosen Method Bodywork Session with Theresa Garcia would be–after all it just felt like a very gentle massage session. But in the hours following I felt exactly like I do after an acupuncture session–like my body (and mind) were being reorganized. I felt tired and spacey in the hours after the session, but the next day I felt so wonderful. I was relaxed, my mind was clear, my muscles were less tense, and I had great energy. So what had happened during my Rosen session?  Read more…

Rosen Method Bodywork as a Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Published: November 9, 2015 by Dr. Melissa Congdon on her website.

Theresa Garcia and Patricia Angelina will co-lead a two-day class: Rosen Method in Holistic Studies at JFK University on Nov. 20-21, 2015

John F Kennedy UniversityTheresa Y Garcia

Join Theresa Garcia and Patricia Angelina for a two-day class: Rosen Method in Holistic Studies at JFK University in Pleasant Hill on Nov. 20-21, 2015.

Rosen Method is a holistic approach to deep body-mind-spirit exploration.  Both aspects of Rosen Method, bodywork and movement, invite you to reconnect and become more aware of body sensations and emotions.  By learning to listen deeply to your body, you can give space and voice to what is held within.  Awareness of your body in the present moment can allow unconscious feelings, attitudes and beliefs to shift.  This leads to deeper connection with authenticity and vitality, and often releases both physical and emotional pain.

For More Information: http://risingphoenixmedicine.com/calendar/rosen-method-in-holistic-studies/2015-11-20/

Dr. Christine Green to Speak at ILADS Annual Conference 2015: Ft. Lauderdale

ILADS Conference 2015

Christine Green, MDChristine Green, MD, will speak three times at this year’s ILADS Conference & Pre-Conference Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

     *  Overview of Tick-Borne Diseases; Tick-Borne Epidemiology and Ecology, Plenary Session: Thursday, October 15th, 8:00 – 8:45 am
     *  The History, Exam and Laboratory in the Diagnosis of Lyme Borreliosis, Plenary Session: Thursday, October 15th, 10:00 – 11:15 am
     *  Pediatric Tick-Borne Illness Presentation and History Taking, Breakout Session: Friday, October 16th, 1:30 – 2:15 pm

For More Information: http://risingphoenixmedicine.com/calendar/ilads-annual-conference-2015-ft-lauderdale/2015-10-15/

Video Available – Dr. Melissa Congdon at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit

Melissa Congdon’s, MD’s Commentary –

Melissa Congdon, MDFibromyalgia is a common disorder misunderstood by many in the medical community. Speaking at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit allowed me to summarize what I have learned about fibromyalgia as a fellow sufferer and a doctor who has treated hundreds with the syndrome. There are many studies indicating that people with fibromyalgia have unique biochemical profiles, and many helpful treatments available. My goal is to help people with fibromyalgia understand more about the syndrome, and show them the many options in the healthy “tool box” for decreasing symptoms and returning to good health.

Video Available – Dr. Melissa Congdon at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit

Hawaii Fibromyalgia SummitOn June 20, 2015 hundreds gathered on Oahu to learn more about fibromyalgia and how the guaifenesin protocol can help reverse their symptoms and return them to good health.

Fibromyalgia sufferers Dr. Melissa Congdon and Kyle Bischoff appeared on KITV news to promote the Summit. Watch a replay of the broadcast.

Olelo community broadcasting has session replays available for viewing.

Part 1 includes:

  • Dr. Congdon’s personal fibromyalgia story
  • Facts about fibromyalgia
  • Dr St. Amand:
    • how fibromyalgia can be accurately diagnosed by physical exam (nodules NOT tender points)
    • his phosphate theory and the guaifenesin protocol
  • The evidence that fibromyalgia is a real syndrome
  • Pediatric fibromyalgia
  • How Dr. Congdon knows guaifenesin works
  • Why it is so important to treat carbohydrate intolerance
  • Helpful tips on how to make good progress on the guaifenesin protocol

Part 2 includes:

  • Fibrorap
  • Dr. Congdon’s question and answer session
  • Personal testimonials of recovery on the guaifenesin protocol
  • TV clip of Annette Kam discussing her dramatic recovery (There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but until there is a cure—there is guaifenesin)

Thank you so much to Annette Kam and all the members of iFoG for making the Fibromyalgia Summit possible!

Helen Ye, MS, LAc Joins UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Helen Ye, MS, LAcHelen Ye, MS, LAc, Integrative Chinese medicine practitioner as well as Rising Phoenix’s Director, has joined the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in SF.  This new position aligns with her vision of collaborative integrative medicine: specifically 1) the forward movement of integrative medicine alongside research, education, and training cross-disciplines and 2) the access of integrative medicine to underserved populations.

You can now see Helen at 2 locations — Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center or UCSF’s Osher Center.

Dr. Melissa Congdon on KITV4 Morning News

KITVDr. Melissa Congdon will be interviewed on KITV4 Morning News in Hawaii on Friday, June 19 at 5:50am.  On demand may be available.  She will discuss fibromyalgia, the guaifenesin protocol, and the upcoming Fibromyalgia Summit.

For more information, visit risingphoenixmedicine.com/calendar/dr-melissa-congdon-on-kitv4-morning-news/

For more information about Dr. Congdon, visit risingphoenixmedicine.com/clinicians/melissa-congdon-md-faap/

Dr. Melissa Congdon Joins the Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Team

Melissa Congdon, MDYou may have noticed Dr. Melissa Congdon at Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center for the last several months. We may be delinquent in posting the announcement, but we are thrilled to have such a dedicated professional on our team.

Melissa Congdon, MD, FAAP, is a Fibromyalgia Specialist and a Pediatric Consultant. She has been trained by Dr. Paul St. Amand, the founder of the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia, and today has a flourishing practice that focuses on the protocol in adults and children as well as pediatric consultations focusing on developmental and behavioral issues.

Inspired by her fibromyalgia patients, Dr. Congdon produced a 30 minute documentary “Fibromyalgia: Getting Our Lives Back—Success Stories on the Guaifenesin Protocol” which she has made available for free online for everyone to learn more about fibromyalgia and this treatment option: http://youtu.be/DtPPoOBeXTM

For more information about her, please visit risingphoenixmedicine.com/clinicians/melissa-congdon-md-faap/ or melissacongdonmd.com.

Meet the Mind: A Professor Explains the Mind-Body Connection

Theresa Garcia’s Commentary —

Theresa Y GarciaI attended a talk at the Osher Center in October of 2012 where the speaker talked about her research about how we frame things in our minds impacts our behavior.  Rosen Method helps people reframe their experience by helping them to allow space for their experience and recognizing/remembering that they are not their experience.  From the invitation to that talk: “Wendy Berry Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion at UC San Francisco.  She obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and then completed a post-doctoral training program in psychology and medicine at UC San Francisco.  In 2004 she became an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University and was promoted to associate professor in 2008.  She accepted her current position at UCSF in 2010.  Her research questions sit at the intersection of social, personality, and biological psychology and primarily concern questions regarding embodiment – how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behavior and emotions.  Some current research areas include coping with stigma and discrimination, dyadic intergroup interactions, affect contagion, mind-body relations across the life course, influence of emotional labeling on emotional experience, and effects of stress on decision-making.  Professor Medes won the Gordon Allport prize in 2008 for the best paper on intergroup relations, the Sage Young Scholar Award for early career contributions in social psychology in 2009, the Janet Spence Award for early career transformative contributions in psychological science in 2011, and for five consecutive years (2006 – 2010) she was named one of Harvard undergraduates “Favorite Professors.”

Meet the Mind: A Professor Explains the Mind-Body Connection:  How Dr. Wendy Mendes’ Dance Injury Inspired A Career in Psychology
Published on March 13, 2012 by Jessica Gross in YouBeauty.com

balletAt 21, Wendy Berry Mendes was coming down from a ballet jump, slipped on a wet spot on the floor and fell, tearing the ligaments in her right foot.

It was a career-ending injury. Until then, Mendes had ascended steadily up the ladder of professional ballet. She started taking classes at six years old and went on to perform professionally, first in a Los Angeles company and then with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where it all ended.

Ballet, like any intense sport, is grueling. “You have to be so strong in terms of your mental state. There is an awareness of your body but there is also lots of suppression—you may be in great pain, but you dance through it,” Mendes said. “There’s somewhere you have to get mentally where you keep going when your body simply does not want to go anymore.”

Continue Reading at:  www.youbeauty.com/mind/meet-the-mind-wendy-berry-mendes

Brain Clears Toxins During Sleep

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MD
Sleep is mandatory.  We work on achieving restful sleep for all patients.  During stage 4 sleep your immune system kicks into high gear, you make hormones second.  This article shows how we clear toxins: sleep like a baby.

 

Brain Clears Toxins During Sleep
By Pauline Anderson
Posted on November 8, 2013 by Medscape

Scientists have long wondered why sleep is restorative and why lack of sleep impairs brain function.

Now, new animal research suggests how the sleep state may help clear the body of potentially toxic central nervous system (CNS) metabolites.

Continue Reading at:  www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814070
Or Download PDF at: Brain Clears Toxins During Sleep
The related research was published on October 18, 2013 in Science.

We Need to Make Better Lyme Disease Tests Available

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MD
A colleague, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, recently sent me an email that commented on Lyme Disease testing.  I’ve included her email in lieu of my commentary.  The Wall Street Journal article on the same topic appears below.

The email:

There are 37 known species of bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but the current Lyme 2 tier test inadequately tests even for the one spirochete it is designed for—Borrelia burgdorferi. Because of this inadequacy, we are missing many Borreliosis infections, and our patients are subjected to immeasurable suffering because they aren’t receiving timely antimicrobial therapy. Research shows that such patients might go on to receive faulty diagnoses of psychosomatic, psychiatric or neuromuscular illnesses instead of prescriptions for antibiotics that would cure their causative infections.

A paper co-authored by Barbara Johnson, an expert with the CDC Lyme Program, reveals the current two-tier method is positive in only 31% of those with erythema migrans (the bull’s eye rash associated with Lyme disease) and in only 63% of those with acute neuroborreliosis or carditis due to burgdorferi Lyme Disease. This means that out of 100 patients who have Lyme disease, we might misdiagnose 69 of them, leaving their infections untreated.

Recent research out of John’s Hopkins University suggests we likely aren’t using the correct antibiotics. The drugs we are using might be contributing to persistent bacteria and may not be fully clearing infections.

Given the current urgent state of affairs, we should be racing to find better testing strategies that will identify all of the Borrelia species and associated co-infections, and to find better antibiotic regimens that will cure our patients. We need to find these infections early–before life-altering manifestations of cranial nerve palsy, meningitis, myocarditis, arthritis, permanent disability and death.

Nevena Zubcevik D.O.
Resident physician and tick-borne illness advisory board member
Harvard Medical School
Boston

 

WSJWe Need to Make Better Lyme Disease Tests Available

Letter Published in The Wall Street Journal

Regarding Dr. Paul Mead’s letter about the CDC Lyme test (Letters, Sept. 5), our family is familiar with tick-borne diseases. Our son was diagnosed with Lyme disease and babesiosis. The CDC test was negative for Lyme disease. The IGeneX, Inc. test clearly showed that he had Lyme. My son’s life has been changed due to the availability of testing choices. Our son is now fine. We benefited from scientists and innovators…

Continue Reading at: http://m.wsj.com/articles/we-need-to-make-better-lyme-disease-tests-available-letters-to-the-editor-1411408689?mobile=y