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7 Key Factors in Building Your COVID Resistance

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Building your COVID Resistance

You have more influence over your risk of getting COVID than you realize! Although the Coronavirus can infect those that are otherwise healthy, how fast you recover back to health is based on how… your health! 

There are seven key factors, seven healers, that you need to be conscious of. By pulling the seven healers into your life, you decrease your chances of becoming ill. 

The Seven Healers Are:​

1. Air 

Shifting your breathing from rapid, shallow breaths to deep, slower breaths changes your body dramatically. With only three minutes of deep breathing, your body’s stress hormone balance and calm can be restored. By becoming aware of your breathing, you will be able to maximize the function of your lungs.


2. Water 

Staying hydrated is extremely important. In addition to nourishing your cells, water is a major detoxifying and cleansing agent in your body. Without adequate amounts of fresh water, your body cannot operate at its required levels. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink- keep yourself hydrated.


3. Sleep

People who do not get enough sleep are three times more likely to become ill. Make sure to get 7.5 -9 hours per night for optimal health. When you sleep, you cycle through different stages through the night. Each stage allows your body and mind to repair and heal itself.  Adequate sleep also brings hormonal balance, stronger mind and immune system, and reduce fatigue and irritability. 


4. Food

Food is the strongest drug you put in your body. While making unhealthy food choices will diminish the quality and quantity of your health, choosing the right foods will enhance it. There are many foods that boost your immune (infection-fighting) system and build healthy gut bacteria when you incorporate them into your diet. Focusing on “living foods” such as fresh fruits and vegetables, minimize or eliminate processed foods, and skip the added sugar.  An easy way to simplify what to buy at the grocery store is called “Perimeter Shopping” where you stick to the outside and minimize trips down the aisles.


5. Play

Just because we are adults doesn’t mean we have to stop playing! If athletics or freeze-tag aren’t your thing, even 20-30 minutes of walking every day boosts your immune system and protects you from infection. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Regular activity can reduce toxicity in your lymphatic system, reduces anxiety & depression, decreases stress hormones, improves blood circulation and refreshes your body with rich oxygenated blood.  We could go on and on, but aim for at least 20 minutes per day.


6.      Relationships 

Without healthy, loving relationships, we will not have a meaningful life. Learning to effectively manage the stress in your relationships, in and out of the workplace, is important. Keep in mind that in order to improve your relationships, you have to first improve your relationship with yourself.  No more talking down about yourself. “Good Vibes Only”


7.      Purpose

Evidence is accumulating that a sense of positive well-being boosts your immune system and its ability to help you avoid getting sick. Having purpose is the “why” behind what we do.  This is what makes you wake up in the morning and look forward to tackling the next day. A lack of purpose can cause apathy, which can easily affect these other factors. 

If you want to ensure you are properly incorporating these factors into your life, and you would like a physician to guide you, I would encourage you to participate in a course I lead called “Game of Health”. It focuses on these seven key factors in your health, and helping you overcome whatever is holding you back. 

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Balancing Carbs in Your Diet

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Balancing Carbs in your Diet

For a diabetic, balancing carbohydrates is critical. See the chart below for important information on the basics of diabetes and carbohydrate management.


Covid Testing

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Antibody testing will show you if you have had exposure to the Coronavirus. You may have antibodies even if you had zero symptoms after being exposed.

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  1. Does this test for active infection or only Antibody? There are two different tests relating to Covid-19. The PCR tests the status of active virus in your body. The Antibody tests (IgG, IgM) test the status of your body’s reaction to the virus. It is possible to be positive for active virus, but negative for antibodies; or negative for active virus, and positive for antibodies.  After a virtual visit with one of our providers, we will help you get the test or tests you need. 
  2. Does the test detect both IgG and IgM?  Starting May 4th, the antibody test will detect IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies. For more information on the different antibodies, see the graph below. 
  3. I understand that a telehealth visit must be completed first. Is there criteria that the provider is looking for in order to perform the test? The current testing criteria we have received is still mostly revolving around PCR testing. The guidance we were given was to screen for PCR testing based on CDC guidelines. If the patient doesn’t meet criteria for High Priority or Priority PCR testing but there is still a concern of possible infection (current or past) or exposure then they are eligible for antibody testing IF they have been asymptomatic for more than 3 days after exposure or if they did experience symptoms it has been more than 7 days since onset.
  4. What is the cost? Is there criteria that must be met for insurance to cover at 100%? The cash price for antibody testing is $100. It was reiterated May 1st that any COVID-19 related treatment or testing fees will be at no cost to the patient if they have insurance.
  5. When and how will the patient receive the results? The turn around time is 24-48 hours and results will be faxed to our office directly and sent to the provider for review. We will notify the patient based on the provider’s instructions and will post a copy to the patient’s secure portal in Athena.

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Game of Health

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GOH Medical presents The Game of Health

Do you want to live a healthy, fulfilling life? Being healthy is ​more than not being sick – it is living life to its fullest. ​An empowered, full life reflects living a life consistent with our beliefs, values, and habits that shape every area of our life.

What is the Game of Health? The Game of Health is an 8 week course​designed to add years to your life and life to your years by empowering you to take control of your life.  It focus on seven key factors in your health, and helping you overcome ​whatever is holding you back. You will meet in a group setting each week led by your provider. 

The Game of Health program is centered around the book The Seven Healers, written by our own Dr. Scott Conard.  Each week, we will be addressing one of the seven healers, and it’s impact on your life. The Seven Healers are seven specific ingredients that every human being needs in order to survive and thrive in this life. The Seven Healers, in order of their necessity for survival are Air, Water, Sleep, Food, Play, Relationships, and Purpose. Pulling these Healers into your life every day builds a vital life, taking them for granted leads to neglect and illness.

The individuals below had a breakthrough in their lives after participating in the Game Of Health. Are you ready for your breakthrough?

The Price for 8 weeks is $240 or $35/week.  There is no cost to Direct Primary Care and Cash Pay patients if you sign up for a course by May 5, 2020

Come play the Game of Health!

For more information on playing the Game of Health, Dr. Acklin discusses with us below

Wisdom for an extraordinary life
Do you want to live a healthy, fulfilling life? More than likely it’s your desire and your reason for picking up this book. Being healthy is not just a measure of our physical condition. It is also a measure and reflection of our beliefs, values, and habits that shape every area of our life.

The Seven Healers are seven specific ingredients that every human being needs in order to survive and thrive in this life.

The Seven Healers, in order of their necessity for survival are Air, Water, Sleep, Food, Play, Relationships, and Purpose. Without these elements, you cannot flourish and live a meaningful life.

You can only live a few minutes without air.
You can only live a few days without water.
After about a week with no sleep, you will go insane.

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Supporting the Community through the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Supporting the Community through the Covid-19 Pandemic

During this time, GOH Medical is offering 50% off medical services for those that are now without medical insurance.


Discounted Service Options

Fee-for-Service

This type of service is what most people are used to; pay for treatment at your appointment time. Prices are based upon level and complexity of visit.

  • Typical cost for acute visits (Example: common cold, flu symptoms, recent injury, etc.) $167. Currently $84 for 1st visit, $58 after that.*
  • Typical cost for Chronic conditions or complex issue visits (Example: Diabetes Management, Hypertension, Heart Disease, etc.) $255. Currently $128 for 1st visit, $85 after that.

Direct Primary Care

Subscription based medicine. A flat fee charged each month, with no additional cost of medical services at appointment time. With DPC, you get quality time with your doctor. During your 30 minute appointments, you and your doctor are able to work together to address all health concerns and to customize a plan of action.

 

We know that there have been a lot of changes during the time of this global pandemic. We are here for our Dallas community. This offer of 50% off medical services is good until June 1, 2020. If you are in need of medical services, but do not have insurance, we can help. Contact us today for more information. 


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Tracking the Cases of Covid-19 in Dallas County

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Updated as new information is released regarding the number of cases in Dallas County specifically.

 6/28: 570 New Cases 19,595 Total Cases, 351 Deaths

The chart above tracks the daily number of new positive COVID-19 tests.  This is important to track in order to determine how quickly the virus is spreading. The flatter the orange line, the slower the rate of transmission.

An increasing proportion of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County are being diagnosed in young adults between 18 to 39 years of age, such that of all cases reported after June 1st, more than half have been in this age group.

Of cases requiring hospitalization, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age, and about half do not have any high-risk chronic health conditions. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Increasing outbreaks of cases are continuing to be reported from multiple large social gatherings since the beginning of June.

The age-adjusted rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases in non-hospitalized patients have been highest among Hispanics (667.4 per 100,000), Asians (187.4 per 100,000) and Blacks (136.4 per 100,000). These rates have been higher than Whites (43.8 per 100,000).   Over 60% of overall COVID-19 cases to date have been Hispanic.

Dallas County website updated at 12:30 PM daily: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php


11 Benefits of Tea

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Tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing.

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Tips for Mastering the Art of Sleep

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The body maintains a sleep-wake cycle. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule encourages better sleep that helps you feel more alert and awake during the day. Take a look at this for more tips!

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10 Things You Can Do To Help Stop Dry Skin

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Nobody likes having dry skin! Here are 10 things that can cause dry skin and how you can avoid their effects.

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