Functional Medicine virtually by secure video for all Californians

The novel Corona Virus causing Covid-19 is washing over all of us, disrupting every aspect of our lives, including how we get healthcare guidance. Small practices like Deena Neff, MD are converting to video or virtual visits with great success. With secure technology, your already scheduled appointment will be converted to a video visit and new appointments will be by video.

  • Video visits from the safety of your home for existing and new patients. 
  • Optimize health with personalized expert recommendations. 
  • Special discounts for video visits. 
  • New membership rates making it easier to connect and share information.

With new rule changes, I am now able to see any California resident via video as a new patient and for on-going care.  Medicare has recognized the importance of staying away from places where one could potentially catch the corona virus so has relaxed their rules around telehealth during this crisis. Medicare now supports doctor visits without restrictions via video (previously you had to live in a rural area to make use of this technology).  Many insurance companies have followed suit, if they hadn’t already embraced this convenient and efficient way of seeing the doctor.

Stay tuned for more information about the novel Corona virus and how to stay safe and optimize your health.

 

Do you know your vascular age?

This Tuesday we have an ultrasonographer coming to the office to take a peak at your carotid arteries to see just how old your arteries are.  If you’re beginning to build up plaque, that’s a sign of “hardening of the arteries,” better known as atherosclerosis and the precursor to most heart attacks and strokes.  Using an ultrasound is a non-invasive, non-toxic way to get a pretty good sense of what your arterial system health status is.

We still have slots left for 10/2/18, so call the office or click the schedule an appointment button and schedule for the CIMT (carotid intimal medial thickness scan).  Even if you’re not a patient yet, call the office and we can start to work together here.  

Thanksgiving Thoughts and Office Schedule

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, whether it’s to travel or to host a feast, I want to suggest that you take a moment each day to acknowledge what you appreciate in your life. In Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine, we like to use tools that have been shown to have a benefit. It’s been well studied that focusing our thoughts on what we love and appreciate can actually change how our brains function, improving our mood.

Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies happiness, has 2 exercises based on gratitude that have been proven to increase happiness and wellbeing – the Three Good Things Journal and the Gratitude Visit.

With the Three Good Things Journal, every day write down three good things that happened to you and why you think they happened. In Seligman’s studies, after doing this for a month, people’s moods were elevated and they had less depression which lasted for six months.

In the powerful exercise, the Gratitude Visit, you take a week to write a letter of gratitude to someone who has been especially kind to you, who you have never properly thanked. Then you deliver it in person. This practice has been shown to result in significant improvements in mood for the following month.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of your lives, sharing knowledge and practices that enrich us both.

So not only is this a time of harvest festivals around the globe, and preparations for the long dark winter to come, it is a time to gather those that we love and appreciate around us, and to truly give thanks, both for what we have and for the more lasting good cheer it brings.

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We will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving from Tuesday through Friday. And as always, I will be available by phone and email for your emergent needs.

Happy New Year

The office will be closed this week over new years, from Monday 12/29/14 to 1/2/15. I’ll be back on Monday the 5th. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, fun New Years celebration.