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Master Your Mind’s Potential: How White Time & Thinking Time Ignite Growth, Alignment, and Innovation

On the Importance of White Time & Thinking Time, Plus Tips to Get Started

Amidst the serene cascade of water and the gentle rhythm of droplets, the shower often becomes more than just a place of cleanliness – it transforms into a sanctuary for profound thinking and unparalleled mental clarity. 

In this seemingly mundane daily ritual, a remarkable synergy unfolds that frees us from the distractions of screens, notifications, and external demands. Creativity is awakened in this space, and mental knots are untangled, helping us venture into unexplored territories, connect seemingly disparate ideas, and weave new narratives. 

It is so often in the shower that breakthroughs occur, problems unravel, and solutions manifest, where we experience those eureka moments. Why is this? And what if we could harness the clarity we often find in the shower and use it to unlock the massive potential of our mind, during other times?

The Power of White Time vs. Thinking Time

In my personal journey, I have discovered the significance of White Time as a distinct form of mental engagement, separate from the focused thinking of Thinking Time. While both contribute to cognitive processes and enhance mental productivity, they possess unique qualities that set them apart:

White Time

I affectionately refer to White Time as the moments when I consciously allow my mind to drift and wander without a specific agenda or purpose. It is a time for unstructured thought, often described as "open space time" or "undirected time." During White Time, the mind is free to explore creative ideas, daydream, and make spontaneous connections that may not arise during task-oriented thinking. It offers a state of mental relaxation and serves as a breeding ground for fresh insights and innovative thinking.

Thinking Time

In contrast, Thinking Time involves deliberate and focused periods allocated for deep contemplation, reflection, and problem-solving. It is an intentional practice of setting aside dedicated intervals to engage in thoughtful analysis, generate insights, and find solutions to specific challenges. Thinking Time is purposeful and structured, aimed at harnessing the full potential of the mind to explore possibilities and make informed decisions.

By recognizing the distinctions between White Time and Thinking Time, we can tap into the power of each approach and harness their unique benefits. Embracing this time nurtures our innate creativity, allowing for the exploration of uncharted territories within our minds. On the other hand, dedicating focused Thinking Time enables us to delve deep into complex issues, refine our thoughts, and find clarity amidst the noise.

Remember, both White Time and Thinking Time play vital roles in our cognitive processes and contribute to mental well-being. By embracing these concepts and incorporating them into our lives, we can unlock the full potential of our minds, fostering productivity, innovation, and personal growth. So, carve out those moments of unfocused exploration and intentional contemplation, and witness the transformative power of both of these in your own journey of self-discovery and mental expansion.

Both White Time and Thinking Time have their benefits:

White Time

It promotes creativity, innovation, and divergent thinking. It allows the mind to wander and make unexpected connections, leading to fresh perspectives and novel ideas.

Thinking Time

It helps in decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking. It allows for focused analysis and evaluation of information, leading to informed choices and effective problem resolution.

I have found that daily periods of both White Time and Thinking time are crucial for my continual drive towards self-understanding and self-improvement. Allocating specific periods for White Time creates mental space for new insights, breakthroughs, and creative solutions. At the same time, allowing for Thinking Time ensures that important tasks receive dedicated attention and deliberation.

Finding the perfect balance between White Time and Thinking Time is a personal journey, influenced by your preferences, tasks at hand, and the nature of your creative pursuits or problem-solving endeavors. It's worth exploring and experimenting with both approaches to discover what works best for you. By striking a harmonious blend, you can enhance your productivity, unlock your creativity, and nurture your overall mental well-being. So go ahead, embrace the beauty of trial and error as you seek your own unique equilibrium.

Why is White Time important?

White Time is SO important! Here are a few of my top reasons:

  • Rest and Relaxation: White Time allows for much-needed rest and rejuvenation, providing a break from the constant busyness of life and promoting relaxation.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Allowing the mind to wander freely during White Time can unlock your creative potential, bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to various endeavors.
  • Problem-Solving and Decision Making: Dedicated White Time enhances problem-solving abilities by enabling you to explore different angles, consider alternative solutions, and make informed decisions.
  • Reflection and Self-Discovery: White Time offers opportunities for deep introspection, gaining insights into your values, goals, and aspirations, fostering personal growth, clarity of purpose, and alignment with your authentic self.
  • Mental Well-Being and Stress Reduction: Taking White Time provides a respite from everyday stimulations, allowing you to recharge, reduce stress, and enhance overall mental wellness.
  • Enhanced Focus and Productivity: Setting aside specific periods for deep non-thinking and reflection during White Time helps prioritize tasks, eliminate distractions, and engage in more meaningful and impactful work.
  • Clarity and Direction: White Time helps reaffirm your goals, values, and aspirations, empowering you to make deliberate choices that align with your vision for the future.
  • Balance and Well-Being: Embracing White Time is essential for achieving a sense of balance in life, encouraging self-care, enjoyment of hobbies and interests, and the cultivation of meaningful relationships.

So, remember to embrace the power of White Time for its numerous benefits. It's not just a break; it's a vital ingredient for a fulfilling and balanced life.

How White Time & Thinking Time Ignite Innovation

Both White Time and Thinking Time are pivotal in igniting innovation and providing a fertile ground for creative insights, connections, and out-of-the-box thinking. Here are a few ways in which these time fuel innovation. They can help:

  • Stimulate idea generation
  • Encourage divergent thinking 
  • Uncover patterns and insights
  • Help overcome mental blocks and challenge established norms
  • Integrate knowledge and ideas
  • Refine and improve ideas over time

By dedicating time for deep thought and reflection, you can tap into your creative potential, unleash innovative ideas, and contribute to advancements in various aspects of your life. 

When is White Time important?

White Time is important in various situations and contexts. Here are some instances when this is particularly valuable:

  • Stressful times
  • Creative pursuits
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Personal growth and self-reflection
  • Learning and knowledge integration
  • Professional development

Specifically, it can help when you are:

  • Experiencing job changes or challenges
  • Undergoing relationship changes or challenges
  • Challenged in parenting
  • In a leadership position
  • Preparing for a presentation or a large project
  • Working on a problem or need to be exceptionally creative
  • Feeling overwhelmed or stressed

It can become a powerful force when deeper contemplation, creativity, decision-making, or personal growth is needed or desired. By intentionally incorporating these periods of reflection into your routine, you can enhance your ability to think critically, generate innovative ideas, and lead more fulfilling lives.

Tips to Get Started with White Time

Discover the gentle art of incorporating it into your daily routine with these helpful tips:

1. Schedule Dedicated Time:

Make it a priority by setting aside specific blocks in your schedule. Whether it's a few minutes each day or longer sessions every week, treat this time as sacred. Personally, I find the early morning, around 5AM, to be the perfect moment for practicing White Time.

2. Create a Tranquil Environment

Seek out a quiet and comfortable space where you can engage in White Time without distractions. Reduce noise, turn off electronic devices, and cultivate an environment that fosters peace and calm.

3. Disconnect from Technology

Give yourself a break from constant technological stimuli during White Time. Put your phone on silent mode or leave it in another room, and power down your computer. Allowing your mind to detach from the digital world encourages deeper contemplation.

4. Engage in Mindful Activities

Explore mindful activities that promote deep thinking during this time. Whether it's meditation, journaling, walking in nature, practicing yoga, or indulging in creative pursuits like drawing or playing music, choose activities that enable your mind to wander and explore freely. Personally, I find playing my violin a quick gateway into the realm of White Time.

5. Embrace Solitude

Embrace moments of solitude during White Time, immersing yourself fully in the experience. Seek out a quiet room, a serene outdoor setting, or even find solace in the blissful solitude of a shower. Use this time for reflection, introspection, and allowing your thoughts to flow uninterrupted.

6. Capture Ideas and Insights

Keep a handy notebook nearby to capture any ideas, insights, or connections that arise during White Time. Jot down key thoughts, sketch diagrams, or record voice memos when inspiration strikes.

7. Be Patient and Persistent

Developing this habit takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and persist in dedicating regular moments for deep reflection. Embrace the process, knowing that with each session, you are nurturing your mind's ability to thrive in this time.

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can begin to embrace the beauty of White Time and unlock its transformative power. So go ahead, carve out those precious moments for reflection and watch as your mind blossoms with newfound clarity and creativity.

Unlock Your Mind’s Potential!

Embracing the power of White Time can be a transformative journey that nurtures your creativity, enhances your problem-solving abilities, and fosters personal growth.

By deliberately carving our moments of solitude and reflection, you can tap into your inner wisdom, gain clarity, and unlock innovative ideas. 

Take the first step towards prioritizing your well-being and cultivate a more focused, creative, and fulfilling life trajectory with Transformation Coaching. Schedule a complimentary strategy session (link) to find out more today.
Want to upgrade your brain? Check out our BrainReboot Program for a comprehensive assessment and brain revitalization journey.


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Are You Ready for a Brain Reboot? 4 Easy Ways to Begin Optimizing Your Brain Function

It’s interesting how many patients tell me that they struggle to find the words they’re looking for or to recall names or facts as quickly as they once did. 

Or that they regularly forget things like anniversaries and birthdays (gasp). 

Some bring it up and then brush it off as a typical, undisputable, and irreversible sign of aging. Others share concerns about developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, like their partners, parents, or grandparents. 

While these things aren’t necessarily signs of disease, they ARE indications of “dis-ease” and cognitive decline. But this begs the big question: Can these problems - brain fog, chronic fatigue, adult ADHD, cognitive impairment - be reversed?

I’ll share four foundational strategies to help fast-track you onto a path of optimizing brain function, no matter where your starting point is.

What is brain optimization?

Brain optimization refers to the process of maximizing brain function and improving cognitive performance.1 Based on the latest advances in functional medicine and neuroscience, brain optimization can help improve your memory, attention, creativity, and problem-solving skills and increase your overall brain health and well-being. 

Brain optimization is achieved through various approaches, such as lifestyle modifications, cognitive training exercises, and brain-enhancing supplements to help unlock your brain’s fullest potential. 

Some people seek brain optimization to help with the following:

  • Academic or professional performance
  • Maintaining cognitive function
  • Symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Traumatic brain injury and concussion
  • ADHD and learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Headaches, migraines, and stroke
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Stress management

Why is brain optimization important?

As you age, you might expect your memory to start slipping or your ability to troubleshoot complex problems to slow down. That’s because, as our organs and cells age, so does our brain.

But thanks to our brain's neuroplasticity, it can reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, effectively modifying, changing, and adapting functionally and structurally as we age.2 This means that through the process of brain optimization, you can revitalize your brain (and body). 

Brain optimization is important for several reasons, including

  • Improved cognitive performance. Optimizing brain function can improve your memory, attention, creativity, and problem-solving skills.3
  • Better overall well-being. Optimizing brain function can enhance overall well-being and quality of life by improving mood, reducing stress, and improving sleep quality.4
  • Prevention of cognitive decline. Brain optimization techniques can help slow down age-related cognitive decline and help maintain cognitive function as we age.5
  • Enhanced brain health. Optimizing brain function can improve overall brain health and reduce the risk of developing neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.6
  • Improved mental health. Brain optimization techniques can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve your overall mental health.5 

Brain optimization is important for many reasons, but perhaps most importantly, it can help you lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.

What can cause suboptimal brain function?

Suboptimal brain function can have several causes. Some of the most common factors that can negatively impact brain function include:8

  • Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality
  • Poor nutrition; so many of us in the developed world are ‘overfed but undernourished’
  • Chronic or long-term stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Mental health conditions
  • Environmental factors, including an overload of and/or poor elimination of mold toxins, heavy metals, and industrial chemicals

Taking care of your physical and mental health can positively impact your brain function. And optimizing your brain function before you show signs of cognitive decline and help you maintain more significant brain function for longer.

4 Easy Ways to Begin Optimizing Brain Function

If you’re ready to give your brain a boost, I recommend getting started sooner rather than later. You can begin boosting your brain’s performance and resilience with these four easy strategies. 

1. Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity can enhance brain function by increasing blood flow and oxygen supply. Exercise also promotes the release of endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress, negatively impacting brain function. I recommend starting with just a bit more than your current exercise level. It’s better to increase the frequency and amount of exercise gradually, but to stick with it, rather than to implement a ‘weekend warrior’ method of exercising. 

2. Practice Good Sleep Habits

Sleep is essential for optimal brain function. It’s during sleep, and primarily deep sleep, when the brain consolidates memories, processes information, and restores itself. Lack of sleep, esp. deep sleep, can impair cognitive function, attention, and memory. I recommend avoiding screens within two hours of bedtime, getting to sleep before 10PM, and keeping the room cool at night. Get tested for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, and treat insomnia and frequent waking, as these can impact sleep quality. Consider a biotracker such as the Oura Ring (this link includes a discount coupon) to track your sleep stages.

3. Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet

Eating a healthful and balanced diet can give the brain the nutrients it needs to function optimally. Focus on foods that help support brain health, such as antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins. And keep in mind that a diet high in saturated fats, sugars, and processed foods can impair brain function. Change it up a bit with your meals- consider a veggie scramble for breakfast, a large chef salad with nuts, fruit, and olives for lunch rather than the standard sandwich for lunch, and soup and salad for dinner. I also recommend avoiding gluten, dairy, sugar, and artificial ingredients, as these can all trigger neuroinflammation. If you don’t know where to start, I recommend the my guided 2-week Paleo Reset Program as a solid start- contact us if this solution makes sense to you.

4. Engage in Mental Stimulation

Regularly engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as reading, puzzles, and learning new skills can help to optimize brain function. These exercises help promote new neural connections and keep the brain active and healthy. Additionally, we can’t forget about socializing. Socializing with others is actually a very complex mental activity, which can can help stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function.

Are you ready for a brain reboot?

Your brain is a brilliant yet incredibly fragile organ, capable of running the show when it comes to communicating, planning, creating, dreaming, learning, and thinking. Not to mention keeping the lights on for all the background systems that keep you alive. 

The brain is truly the master of all organs. 

So, are you ready to reboot your brain and restore wellness to your body?

Now you can, thanks to the BrainReboot Program at Reboot Center

This one-of-a-kind brain optimization program blends leading-edge technologies and ultraprecise lifestyle adjustments with ancient healing principles, providing you with an unparalleled approach to brain revitalization.

How the BrainReboot Program Works

The integrative BrainReboot program fundamentally challenges the Western model of treating brain and neurological disorders. Instead, the BrainReboot program considers the body as a complex, dynamic system where health is achieved via balanced, functional interaction amongst your organs. 

Led by a dedicated Reboot physician, our unique step-by-step process will dive deeply into your health with comprehensive brain and body testing. This allows us to develop an extensive brain optimization solution customized to your brain and your brain only. Plus, you’ll receive real-time feedback on the therapeutic interventions that will be the most effective for your brain and body.

The BrainReboot Program includes the following:

  • Extensive biomarker and gut function testing
  • A brain health-specific history and physical
  • NeuroPhysio evaluation
  • Lifestyle evaluation
  • Neurocognitive evaluation
  • EEG/qEEG scan
  • Targeted advanced glycation testing 

The goal? For you to rethink, reboot, and redefine the rest of your life!

Who can benefit from the BrainReboot program?

Because the BrainReboot program is designed to help you optimize your brain and neurological function by targeting the underlying causes, we’re able to support whole-body healing for adults with:

  • Alzheimer’s disease through Stage 5
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia and mild cognitive impairment
  • Chronic brain fog
  • Post-COVID brain fog
  • Focus & concentration challenges

Are you not experiencing any of these concerns? No problem! The BrainReboot program is designed to help people with a deep desire to achieve even greater cognitive capacity well into their later years.

 

It’s Not Too Late to Put Your Brain First

Through the BrainReboot program, you will discover your foundational challenges leading to suboptimal brain function. And then, we’ll work together to systemically upgrade both your body and your brain so that you can achieve optimal brain function.

“Our mission with the BrainReboot program is to provide you with the strategic tools that help empower your brain toward optimal function, in order to make your brain your best asset.”

–  Dr. Jennifer

Don’t hit snooze on this unparalleled program!

Get started on your revolutionary brain optimization journey.

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Immune Fire Tonic

Immune Fire Tonic

Here’s my favorite immune-jooping tonic that I drink once every few days during the colder months of the year, and 2-3 times daily when I’m feeling under the weather.

  • 2 cloves minced garlic (preferably fresh)
  • 1 tsp ginger (chopped or grated peeled raw )
  • 1 tsp horseradish (chopped peeled raw )
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • 1-2 tsp honey (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 tsp unsalted butter (grass-fed , coconut oil, to aid the absorption of the active curcumin found in the turmeric)
  1. Bring 8oz water to a boil.
  2. Mince the garlic, ginger, and horseradish and add to a tall cup.
  3. Add cayenne, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, and turmeric to the cup.
  4. Add the boiling water, along with apple cider vinegar, honey, and (optional) coconut oil or butter to the cup.
  5. Cover and let the tonic steep for 5 minutes.
  6. Sip over the next 20-30 minutes.
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This Gift of Time

And so, we find ourselves in the throes of a global pandemic. Over these past few weeks, due to one miniscule virus, the landscape of the world around us has changed in unprecedented ways, and life as we know it has become strange and confusing to navigate.

Where do we go from here?...

 

But in the midst of this upside-down world, there is a hidden gift. It has tremendous potential. And offers an incredible opportunity.

Time.

There is no better time than NOW to focus on deep healing, to becoming centered, grounded, and explorative. Now is the time to understand and strengthen those parts of you that need extra love and attention. Now is the time to gently move towards the most physically apt, mentally sharp, and emotionally level version of you.

Quoting Nike, "Just Do It!"

So....Relax your brain. Loosen your jaw, neck and shoulder muscles. Close your eyes. Take a long, slow, deep breath. And exhale.

 

Have you ever...

  • been curious about a permanent, non-drug solution to completely overcoming your seasonal allergies?
  • wondered about that incessant stomach pain?
  • wondered if your 'irreversible' autoimmune thyroid condition is truly irreversible?
  • wondered about that nagging lab abnormality that keeps coming up on your blood tests?
  • been curious about why you wake up exhausted after twelve hours of solid sleep?
  • been concerned about your daily need of acid blockers, antihistamines, or stool softeners?

I tell my patients that in fact your body has all of the answers. It already knows why it's unwell, and what it needs to be perfectly content. It's just a matter of tapping into that deep knowledge bank.

Do you want to get from YOU in your current state of health to being on the other side of the chasm - ie. YOU in that excellent, 'my cup runneth over' state of health?

It could be that:

  • seasonal allergies are perhaps just an overactive immune response. The question is, why would your immune response be overactive? That is, in my opinion, what ought to be investigated and remedied.
  • that stomach pain may be a response to a long-standing mono-diet, or a lack of proper gut flora balance, or antibiotic overuse. It could even be due to a nervous system that's stuck in "fight or flight" aka. sympathetic mode - the gut functions best in "rest and digest" aka. parasympathetic mode.
  • just because you have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis or lupus doesn't mean that you have to be on prednisone or methotrexate forevermore.

The job of the astute clinician is to:

  1. identify and remove the triggers egging on the condition and/or symptoms (such as daily consumption of the wrong foods)
  2. identify deficiencies and ensure optimal levels of nutrients and such (including a deficiency of emotional nourishment)
  3. identify toxicities and avoid/remove these from the body (including toxic drugs, toxic relationships, chronic stressors)

There may be other additional elements that weigh into the diagnostic mix, such as genetics, lifestyle factors, and history of trauma and surgeries. Regardless, I believe that you have every right to connect with a physician who will put their detective hat on for you, and who will take the time to dedicate themselves to digging deeper into your unique health situation, so that your health may finally rise higher than half-mast.

If you want to fly at full mast with your body and mind, you can now partner with a Reboot Center provider without needing to leave your sofa. Imagine that! All you need is an internet connection and access to a desktop, laptop, smart phone or tablet. Easy peasy.

Go for it and email or call us for a new or established patient virtual telehealth appointment.

As the coronavirus pandemic has kept an increasing number of people at home, I have seen more and more patients via telehealth. I do have to say that even though I miss seeing my patients in person, I feel (dare I say) almost more in tune with their healing journeys with these online visits. I wonder if this may be due to the increased passion and dedication by individuals to improve their organ and systemic health given the impact of COVID-19. But whatever the reason, I am so encouraged that people are taking the time and redirecting the course of their health and becoming truly WELL through healthier eating, selective testing, and partnering with me in the formulation of solid treatment plans, all the while focusing on their short-term and long-range health and life goals.

I feel so privileged to partake in your healing journeys. Thank you!

And remember....

Just Do it!


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Coronavirus or Allergies?

Dear Valued Patients,

We are aware of Governor Inslee’s announcement yesterday of stay-at-home restrictions. As a valued patient, your health, safety, and well-being are the most important things that motivates our work every day. 

 

Here are a few updates of what Reboot Center is doing right now:

  • We will continue to provide medical services to our community Tues-Fri from 9-12 & 1-5. We are fully committed and prepared to support you as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. 
  • In an effort to provide care safely and effectively, Reboot doctors are now offering virtual telemedicine services. To book a telemed visit, please email or call us to book your appointment or change an upcoming appointment. Please note that annual wellness examinations cannot be conducted via telemedicine.
  • We are pre-screening all visitors entering the office for respiratory symptoms. We request that if you have respiratory symptoms or suspect recent exposure to novel coronavirus, please call before coming in. A telemedicine visit may be a great solution for you!

 

BUT…..is it coronavirus or allergies? 

The symptoms associated with COVID-19 and allergies are strikingly similar. Both seasonal allergies (aka. hay fever) and COVID-19 can present with these symptoms: 

  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

However, there are key differences between these illnesses. 

Seasonal allergies are typically associated with:

  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat

COVID-19, on the other hand, can present with:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue and malaise (feeling run-down)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort

If you do get seasonal allergies, these can leave your immune system more susceptible to other infections. And, needless to say, we don’t want that!

Some simple suggestions that may help your allergies, without the typical side effects of antihistamines, include: 

  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Nettles
  • Bromelain

And for amping up the body to fight off COVID-19? Melatonin has been found to be a key player. I would also recommend looking into these three powerful herbs, in addition to those listed in prior posts:

  • Andrographis (this is in my current cornerstone supplement, HerbImmune).
  • Sage
  • Scullcap

 

How to stay mentally healthy while we have stay-at-home restrictions in place:

  1. Get back into a favorite hobby
  2. Dance
  3. Play board games
  4. Journal
  5. Connect with loved ones over Hangouts, Zoom, or another video tool

 

For additional support and information:

WA State Department of Health: Call Center # 1.800.525.0127, Sunday through Saturday (6:00 am – 10:00 pm)

Island County Public Health: Call Center # 360.678.2301, Mondays through Fridays (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), Saturdays and Sundays (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

 

To health, wellness, and community,

Dr. Jennifer

 

References:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211383520302999

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41421-020-0153-3

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28783743


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Coronavirus & Staying Healthy with Reboot Center

I wanted to send out a brief update on coronavirus from the Reboot Center perspective. Though this might change, there are currently shortages of appropriate equipment and supplies required to safely and effectively test individuals for COVID-19. Because of this, Reboot Center providers are (at this time) unable to see patients who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, nor offer COVID-19 testing.

Therefore, in order to continue to be able to provide much-needed care to our Reboot community, we request that you please refrain from coming to the office if:

  • You have a sore throat, elevated body temperature, cough, shortness of breath or any other symptoms of a common cold or flu.
  • You have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

If you have any of these symptoms and are too sick to stay home, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you go to the ER, please call ahead and notify them of your symptoms; they may route you to a different hospital-based on availability:

If you have a fever and no complicating health concerns, stay home until you are fever-free for a minimum of 72 hours.

ON THE PLUS SIDE: We are fast-tracking the implementation of telehealth services at Reboot Center; once this is in place, you can have virtual visits with us. More on this soon - stay tuned!

Let's keep our collective immune systems healthy and foolproof. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • HerbImmune
  • Biocidin
  • Green Vibrance
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and D
  • Zinc
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid/R-Lipoic Acid
  • Herbs including Echinacea, Elderberry, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Scullcap, and Thyme

Please limit your purchase to one of each above product per person, so that we have enough for all. Please email (mailto:reception@rebootcenter.com?subject=Supplement%20purchase) or call (360 437 6022) in advance with your order, so that we get it ready for you. Thank you!

  • Let's remember the famous (and alleged) last words of Louis Pasteur - "The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything."
  • How can you help avoid exposure and exposing others to any virus, including coronavirus?
  • Avoid large crowds and places with poor ventilation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has a cough, fever, acute shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Prioritize frequent and thorough handwashing with loads of soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use hand sanitizers, alcohol-based, when handwashing is not possible.
  • Limit handling doorknobs and other public surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately.
  • Order medical supplies and prescription refills and have them mailed to you.
  • Please stay home if you are sick!

How to cultivate calm in the midst of a storm?

  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • More sleep

Some excellent resources:

The Washington State Department of Health has good state-wide information about COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns related to your health, call the state Department of Health at 800-525-0127, and press #.

The CDC website is an excellent source of information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mythbusters website with advice for the public.

The Information Is Beautiful COVID-19 Datapack has up-to-date numbers from around the world.

In health, on behalf of Team Reboot,

Dr. Jennifer


Coronavirus

Coronavirus Thoughts

Over this past weekend I have received many messages from people who have significant fears about coronavirus (or more specifically COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus) outbreak in Washington State, and how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from being exposed. At this point, given the current statistics in Washington, I believe that it is prudent to be prepared and cautious. The most up-to-date information from the WA DOH on COVID-19 is here.

I think that it is probably safe to say that the documented number of reported cases is probably far lower than the actual number, due to a high percent of infected individuals having no or very mild symptoms. Thus, community transmission is likely. 

Here are some preventive measures to protect yourself & others from coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and scrub them for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has a cough, fever, acute shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose, and use a tissue, which you immediately dispose of. Wash your hands thoroughly thereafter. 
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling sick. However, if you absolutely have to venture out and have symptoms of cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, wear a face mask at all times.
  • Avoid travel to high-risk countries.

Natural immune & supportive supplements (consult with your physician before taking these):

  • HerbImmune
  • Biocidin
  • Green Vibrance
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and D
  • Zinc
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid/R-Lipoic Acid
  • Herbs including Echinacea, Elderberry, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Scullcap, and Thyme

Foundational tips on staying healthy:

  • Get a solid night’s sleep
  • Stay hydrated; my general calculation is that ½ of one’s body weight in ounces of water should be consumed daily, give or take
  • Limit your sugar and “chemical food” intake
  • Eat plenty of fresh, colorful veggies (and fruit)
  • Mitigate stressors

If you feel sick:

  • Stay home if you think that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel sick, especially if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider or your local health department.
  • Monitor yourself for fever (temperature of 38C/100.4F or more), cough and shortness of breath.

Testing info:

Mass-level testing as has been efficiently implemented in South Korea and Hong Kong is still not available in the US. Currently, very limited testing is possible through the WA State Health Department and throughout the country. Updated general information on COVID-19 in Washington State is available here. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on February 29th due to the coronavirus outbreak. This policy change will hopefully change the criteria for testing, which is still limited to specific individuals. However, if you feel that you may have been exposed to coronavirus or have a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, call your doctor or your local health department.

Tips on preparing for a possible COVID-19 quarantine:

  • Stock up on groceries:
    • Dry goods like grains, pasta, beans, oats
    • Canned foods that have a high amount of liquid (to maximize your liquid intake as well)
    • Frozen fruits and veggies
    • Dried nuts and fruits
    • Low-sugar cereals
    • Nut butters
    • Jerky
    • Dried fruit
    • Nut milks
    • Pasta sauce
    • Olive and other oils
    • Vinegar
    • Protein powder
    • Drinking water
    • Hydrating drinks like coconut water and natural electrolyte drinks
    • Pet food
    • Baby food
  • Ensure you have plenty of general supplies:
    • Prescription medication, OTC medications
    • Thermometer
    • Toilet paper and other toiletry items
    • Tissues
    • Batteries, matches, flashlights
    • First aid kit
    • Laundry detergent
    • Dish soap
    • Diapers
    • Face masks (if you can still find some)

Additional Information & Tools:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Information

Washington State Health Department COVID-19 Information

Island County Health Department information on COVID-19

 

Wishing you health,

Dr. Jennifer

 

Resource:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032839/


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Group Health Visit: Breaking Through the Clouds

Need some support with depression or seasonal affective disorder challenges?

Join the upcoming group health visit program: Breaking Through the Clouds: Depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Support

This 4-week intensive will focus on ways that our health can influence our mindset and provide solutions in addition to providing a safe space to set goals and discuss obstacles.

Week 1 we will have a brief overview of lifestyle management that has been shown to be effective and create a goal that we feel confident that we can achieve. In the following weeks, we will discuss therapeutic dietary changes, how hormones and genes can influence our mental health, and therapeutic exercise. In addition, each week we will have a brief mindfulness exercise.

Group meetings, led by Dr. Ruth Dana, are from 2:30pm-3:30pm* on:

  • November 7 (next week!!)
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 5th

After our last visit, we will have refresher meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

*Please arrive 30 minutes early to check in, have your vitals taken, and to fill out paperwork.

Payment: Regular office visit copays will apply. Cash rates are available in bundles of $180 for 4 visits if you do not have coverage for naturopathic care through your insurance.

Please note: A minimum of 4 participants is required. SO, why not come with a friend, relative, or your partner? Register by November 6th (as in, this coming Tuesday!!) via email or by calling (360) 331-2464.


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Spring 2018 Newsletter

I truly hope that you have had a wonderful spring so far! Time just seems to fly by, and to me it seems especially accelerated during the springtime. My avid gardening might explain that time warp. :) But also here at Reboot Center we've been busy busy busy. If you suffer from hay fever, Dr. Ruth Dana, our resident physician, gives a number of great tips to help one's immune system successfully navigate environmental allergies. Her post is terrific! Here in the NW, alder and cedar pollens seem to manifest from one day to the next, with various grass pollens following closely behind. It is, unfortunately, a common assumption that once one has allergies, they are an affliction for life. However, this is NOT necessarily true!

Unsprayed young nettles are abundantly available during the spring. Did you know that they contain a plethora of nutrients that are not only medicinal but can also be made into healthful and delicious dishes? Dr. Nathan Armstrong, the Reboot staff physician, spends many hours a week running the trails around Whidbey. He probably knows all of the best, truly untouched, nettle spots. :) His awesome post, The Amazing Health Benefits of Nettles, is a treasure trove of info on this superfood and superherb. In my opinion, the nettle deserves so much more recognition!

Sonya Tsuchigane, our acupuncturist, and East Asian Medicine expert, similarly likes to join with the seasons when treating patients. She shares her insights on how to keep health and balance through the hot summer days in alignment with Chinese Medical philosophy in her post East Asian Medicine Wisdom for Summer. I am constantly inspired by East Asian medical teachings and practices, in that they make SO MUCH sense! There is such a beautiful simplicity to the scripts, and in the acupuncture, all with the gentle focus of nudging the body and mind back onto the right track.

Movement is life. For maximum health, exercise (or just loads of movement in general) needs to be the cornerstone of the health recovery equation. Reboot staff physician and massage therapist/physical medicine guru extraordinaire Dr. Lenny Franzese notes that 3 very short bursts of interval training are JUST as effective as 45 min of maintained moderate exercise in his recent article Exercise: The Health Plan with the Biggest Bang For Your Buck. So, if you're crunched for time but still want to reach your health goals, interval train!

On Insurance: Our Reboot Center practitioners are contracted with most health insurance plans, and we routinely run physical medicine, acupuncture, cranial therapy, and other services that are often considered out-of-pocket expenses through insurance. Please do check with your insurance plan with regard to coverage, and you might be pleasantly surprised! However, changes to individual coverage do happen (even mid-year), so it's a good idea to stay informed about your particular plan's coverage. Within the next few months, we will be contracted with multiple Medicaid/Apple Health plans as well, so stay tuned!

This May 20th and 21st (as in, this Sunday/Monday!), Carol Fowler with Vital Thermal Imaging will return to Reboot Center for two days only! Book your thyroid or breast thermogram directly with her by calling (206) 734-5681, or make your appointment via her website. There are only a couple of openings left, so be quick to call if you want to get in.

Get ready for summer!

We have SPF 50 Sun Spray Lotion, free of oxybenzone, parabens, and phthalates, in stock now! And if your summer plans involve the outdoors (how could they not??), we now carry DEET-free pump spray Natural Insect Repellent.

Get 20% off while supplies last.

Ever explored organic essential oils for health?

In addition to single oils, we now carry 3 Esthetic Essential Oil Blends: Focus, Sinus Clear, & Digest Ease. I've started adding a drop of Focus to my morning smoothie, and wow- what a brain lifter. :)
Other favorites of mine include myrrh, sage, lemon, and bergamot. Come check out our full line!

Join Dr. Ruth Dana

Join Dr. Ruth Dana as she delves into the basics of homeopathic theory and practice at the Langley Library on June 2nd @10AM. Dr. Dana will look at research and cases specific to mental health and the nervous system. She is trained in Classical Homeopathy and has seen it amazingly effective, in particular when working with emotional & mental health conditions.

In deep appreciation,

Dr. Jennifer and the Reboot Center Team


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Spring 2017 News

May is that miraculous month when nature really starts to happen. Along with mother nature’s shifts, we have some exciting things going on at Reboot Center for Innovative Medicine. If you haven’t been in to see us for a bit, be sure to scroll down for the latest, plus a few extra tips and tricks.

  • Sonya Tsuchigane, licensed acupuncturist and East Asian Medicine / Traditional Chinese Medicine guru, will be seeing patients at Reboot Center starting May 1st.
  • Our wonderful Jan will be handing over the managerial reigns to Andy, who will moving to Whidbey from Portland, OR, in early June. Welcome, Andy, to our neck of the woods!
  • Carol Fowler will be back at RC at the end of May for breast, thyroid, and combo Thermography services.
  • What is Forest Bathing??
  • And a few smaller notes:
    • We have LiverPro in stock now, for liver support & as a detoxification adjunct.
    • In this day and age, detoxing ought to be a daily duty. Some how-tos below.

WELCOME SONYA!!

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine services now available at Reboot Center.

Sonya Tsuchigane is a nationally board certified and licensed Acupuncturist. Receiving her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City, Sonya has given over 2000 treatments at City Acupuncture New York focusing on women’s health and fertility, chronic pain, sports injuries, digestive complications, and emotional stress imbalances.

Prescription herbal formulas based in classical Chinese medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, and trigger point acupuncture round out Sonya’s care modalities.

She is enthusiastic about joining Team Reboot and offering her services to Reboot Center patients and is offering a $110 Introductory Special through May 31. Email us your appt request or call (360) 331-2464 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Depending upon your individual insurance policy, acupuncture may be insurance reimbursable.  Please check with your individual policy for coverage and restrictions.

Non-Invasive Breast & Thyroid Screening available at Reboot Center May 23-24 only.

Thermography screening for breast changes is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to mammography, especially in the wake of an extensive review conducted by the Swiss Medical Board in 2013, published in February of 2014.

We are pleased to have this assessment tool available at the end of May.
To book your appointment or for more information, please call Carol at 206-734-6581 or visit the Vital Thermal Imaging website.

Forest Bathing: The Benefits of Being in Nature

by Dr. Nathan Armstrong

Have you heard of forest bathing?  Also called “forest therapy,” it really just means spending time in the forest. But the term also refers to the health benefits we get by doing so. The concept comes from Japan, where, like in many other places, people recognized that they felt better and even physically healthier by spending more time outside in nature.

 

Our May supplement pick, ON SALE!

It isn’t too late
to get your liver in tip-top shape

LiverPro is an powerful formula designed to support healthy liver function. It contains a select combination of herbs and mushroom extracts, along with N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), which together provide superb antioxidant support and liver protective/restorative action.

Enjoy up to 25% off LiverPro, while supplies last. Please mention the May Newsletter to receive the discount. Limit 2 per person. No Rx required. Not valid online.

 

Other liver support & detox tricks:

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Drink nettle tea. There are plenty of nettles available in Whidbey’s (non-sprayed) backyards these days, for the daring and intrepid.
  3. Eat more garlic. The sulfur compounds in garlic are important for detoxification.
  4. Apply castor oil packs over the abdomen. Use cold-pressed oil, cover with a thin terry cloth, overlay a hot water bottle, and relax for 20 min while the castor oil works its magic.
  5. Avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals: use gentler cleaning products.
  6. Undergo a cleanse or fast (consult your doc first).
  7. Take regular or infrared saunas.

IMPORTANT:
Due to the managerial shifts, clinic hours are changing a bit during the interim.
We’ll be open during these times:
Tues 9-12 & 1-7
Wed-Sat 9-12 & 1-5

Please stop by to meet Sonya (starting May 1) and Andy (starting June 12); we’d love to see you. And, we wish you all a wonderfully healthy Spring!

In health and wellness,
Dr. Jennifer & Team Reboot

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