"Pivoting" to Our New Normal

As the world around us changes as we know it, the most important thing still remains our health. 

In order to shift with the changing times to continue serving my existing patients with the best treatments and care, I am now taking bookings for virtual sessions.

What is telehealth or a virtual visit? We give you all the wonderful care that you've been used to receiving but it's in front of a screen. During these 30- or 60-minute sessions, we will go over how you are doing, what symptoms you are experiencing, and come up with a plan to meet your needs. In lieu of acupuncture, I'll empower you with self-care tools and options for care like acupressure, qi gong exercises, deep breathing, meditation, nutritional guidance, herbal and enzyme supplements, or simply connecting in a supportive conversation.

Not only are these treatments effective for continued care during a time of isolation, but they are also extremely valuable to those who are sick or have pressing matters in need of treatment with limited access to Western medicine. If you are experiencing high amounts of anxiety/depression, sleep issues, or digestive issues, I can help you with specific protocols. Herbal and enzyme formulas can be drop-shipped directly to you.

Please keep me in mind as a stable source for your health and well-being during this uncertain time. This option is currently only available to existing patients of Pivotal Point who live in Wisconsin.

Now more than ever, we need to prioritize our health and healing!

Besides all that, I miss my patients!!

Self-Care Options for Stressful Times: Ear Acupressure!

by Franciska Anderson, MSOM, DiplAc (NCCAOM), LAc, Advanced LDHS

Ear Seed Kits for Self-Care

Ear acupressure has been used for thousands of years. Also called auriculotherapy, ear acupressure and ear acupuncture are being used around the world to help with pain management, addiction, and PTSD. The practice is not new but access to the tools (like ear seeds) is getting easier. Click on this affiliate link to find out more about ear seeds: https://www.earseeds.com/about/ref/351/1/

There are kits for many conditions. I have generated some links for the specific pages below.

Back pain and sciatica:Self-Care Options for Stressful Times: Ear Acupressure!, Pivotal Point Wellness Center in Oregon Wisconsin
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Headaches:
https://www.earseeds.com/product-category/headaches/ref/351/

Anxiety:
https://www.earseeds.com/product-cate…/stress-and-anxiety/…/

Insomnia and sleep:
https://www.earseeds.com/product-cate…/sleep-and-insomnia/…/

Immunity:
https://www.earseeds.com/product-catego…/immunity-support/…/

Depression:
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The kits come with good instructions and are easy to use. I feel this is a good interim care strategy while many of us in the alternative care field are closed. I am definitely worried about my patients losing ground.

At the very least, it is something to try. When I have used ear seeds on patients, they report a decrease in their symptoms for the time that they use the ear seeds.

I recommend wearing them on one ear at a time. Use them for 3-4 days, then remove them to prevent too much irritation to the skin. Put new seeds in your other ear and wear for another 3-4 days.

I signed up as an affiliate with the company so I will get a little money if you buy through these links.

Clinic Announcement 3/16/2020

by Franciska Anderson, MSOM, DiplAc (NCCAOM), LAc, Advanced LDHS

Clinic Announcement 3/16/2020

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

I have been monitoring how Covid-19 has been moving through the country and how it is affecting Wisconsin. From all that I have seen, the next two weeks will be critical to slowing its spread in the U.S. I have read a lot of discussions by impassioned acupuncturists all over the world, arguing for and against closing our practices. All of us wish to be of service and to that end, I have come to a conclusion.

Out of an abundance of caution, I will be temporarily closing my practice for two weeks starting Tuesday. While this has been a difficult decision, I feel wholeheartedly that it is the right one. After that period of time, I will evaluate the situation in 1-week increments as we learn more. Just like you, I am hoping this blows over quickly and I'm trying to control as much as I personally can at this point.

The work I do is in close proximity with others and involves multiple patients coming in and out of the same rooms. I have always maintained a well-ventilated, sanitized and clean office, and recently increased cleaning measures to try to stay ahead of this. At this point, though, I feel it is best to shut down to keep my staff, my patients, and me healthy.

While the work I do is important, I am following the lead of most other non-essential medical offices around the country. This will have major financial implications for many people, myself included. Ultimately, however, preventing the spread of coronavirus is also part of the Hippocratic Oath of "First do no harm." Chinese Medicine excels at immune strengthening and even treatment of onset of symptoms as an adjunct in this case to your work with your medical doctor.

I am developing plans to continue to provide some form of care, such as providing consultations over a HIPAA-compliant video streaming service and taking orders for enzymes and drop-shipping them to you directly. I hope to develop some videos and presentations on nutrition, enzymes, herbs, and acupuncture. Some of it will be free content; some paid. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears.

Thank you for supporting small businesses. Wash your hands, have faith, and do your best to keep fear at bay. This too shall pass!

Yours in health,

Franciska

What is Digestive Health?

The phrase “digestive health” has been making the advertising and marketing rounds. Jamie Lee Curtis claims that if you eat her recommended brand of yogurt, you will have better “digestive health.” A new drug is now on the market that is purported to restore your digestive balance. There are many, many commercials for all kinds of indigestion, including heartburn, gas, bloating.

What is digestive health or digestive balance? Well, it is more than just yogurt. Digestive health is more than just a reduction of symptoms and most certainly digestion is NOT as automatic as people think. Consider all the diet crazes. The authors of these books assume that you, you the patient, you the individual with your unique biochemical and physical make-up, can digest everything that is in the diet books.

The digestive process is one of the most overlooked, poorly understood processes of the body but it is—even according to some school of Chinese Medicine—absolutely the most critical. Hippocrates is quoted as saying, “All disease starts in the center.” In other words, as your digestive system develops problems, your ability to absorb what you are eating is diminished.

Gut pain is the first sign that something is wrong. Don’t just cover it up by taking an acid reducer! Your body is trying to tell you NOT to eat the chili dog. Find the cause by seeing a digestive health practitioner like me so you will know why your tummy is rumbly!

Nutrition and the "Average" Person

by Franciska Anderson, MSOM, DiplAc (NCCAOM), LAc, Advanced LDHS

Nutrition is critical to everyone but belongs to no profession. In other words, multiple professions can lay claim to dispensing nutritional advice but not one profession owns it. My mentor, Dr. Howard Loomis, discusses this dilemma in his book, Enzymes: The Key to Health.

Various nutritional theories abound but who do you trust and listen to? How do consumers of food sort through the mess of so-called "studies," diet books, self-proclaimed experts in nutrition doling out their version of nutritional fact? How about the firefighter who wrote a book about his diet and was featured recently on CBS This Morning? What background in nutrition is enough to be considered an "expert" in the field of nutrition? Apparently, not much.

With the years of nutritional study and running a practice based in holistic health to back me, I can see that consumers (no pun intended) are stuck in the middle. Discerning information that appears credible and weighing evidence becomes a difficult task for anyone who just wants to eat without having pain or bodily consequences.

It comes down to this: all of the diets out there are designed for an average person. I, for one, have no average patients and do not consider myself average. Additionally, all diets written for the masses overlook the individual's ability to DIGEST and ABSORB the prescribed diet. Have you seen how many drug ads are on TV, hawking the latest in acid reduction or GI discomfort? How about the ads for yogurt claiming that they can help with "digestive health"? Or, how about the sheer number of people self-diagnosing themselves with gluten intolerance and the increase in the availability of gluten-free foods? Clearly, there is a problem with a lot of digestive tracts! Consequently, there are a lot of people out there not ABSORBING their nutrients well.

There is NO "average" person. I evaluate and examine patients, get them on a diet appropriate for them, and give them a customized program of herbal and enzyme formulas to help them digest and absorb their food and normalize bowel function. I re-evaluate and re-examine to monitor progress, change the formulas as the patient's body heals, and we go from there.

If you are having problems with your digestive system, consider making an appointment for a consultation today! I will be happy to help you!