Kuan Yin Acupuncture and Energy Therapies

I'm Elene Gusch, DOM, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine offering acupuncture, herbs, acupressure/shiatsu, gentle manual therapy, and a variety of styles of hands-on energy healing. By appointment.

Hours are by appointment. I do my best to make the schedule as convenient as possible for you. When you are in my office, you're my only patient. I concentrate on you-- I don't flit from room to room. Appointments are normally one hour, longer for a first appointment. I charge $65, including tax. There is no extra charge for the first appointment.


Virus transmission rate falls in NM

We're getting there. The transmission rate is down to 1.07.

abqjournal.com Otero County prison emerges as hot spot


Help The Fight Against COVID-19 by Joining the [email protected] Project | Avast

blog.avast.com You can join the [email protected] project and donate your spare computing power to help stop COVID.


COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months

Another reason to take this illness seriously, even if you are young and healthy, like the 32-year-old profiled here.
Some people are getting long-lasting effects much like chronic fatigue syndrome. Since this is new we have no idea what their prognosis is.

theatlantic.com The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.

Kuan Yin Acupuncture and Energy Therapies

[06/04/20]   "I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."


Racial Anxiety Relief - Tapping Meditation - The Tapping Solution

thetappingsolution.com One of the most important elements of Tapping is its ability to create the space to see and honor one’s pain. It’s not about ignoring it or just trying to


Royce White towers above the Minneapolis protests, and thousands are looking up to him

A man with severe anxiety overcoming it to rise as a leader.

washingtonpost.com Former NBA prospect embraces his role as a protest leader in Minneapolis, drawing thousands to peaceful rallies demanding justice.

Stand up and show who you are!


Fan-throated lizard named Sarada darwini" (Darwin's large fan-throated lizard), by Sagar Vasudeon


How Covid-19 Really Spreads

Here's a fairly detailed analysis of different possible routes. Not to scare you, but just for awareness.

elemental.medium.com Infected surfaces, airborne plumes, AC systems, toilet flushes, and close proximity may all be involved


Nursing homes fought federal emergency plan requirements for years. Now, they’re coronavirus hot spots.

nmpoliticalreport.com On Dec. 15, 2016, the nation’s largest nursing home lobby wrote a letter to Donald Trump, congratulating the president-elect and urging him to roll back new regulations on the…


Smothering the Fire: How Vitamin C Can Stop Viral Infections Quickly

This article is accompanied by tons of references for further reading.
One thing it makes clear is that quite a lot of vitamin C-- multiple grams, not a few hundred milligrams-- is needed to nip a viral infection in the bud.



Evidence mounts supporting inhaled nitric oxide as COVID-19 treatment

healio.com Research exploring inhaled nitric oxide’s potential to treat COVID-19 is underway. Nitric oxide works mechanistically as “a naturally produced molecule that is critical to the immune response against pathogens and infections," according to a press release from Bellerophon Therapeuti...

[05/27/20]   Seen on a friend's page:
"If you hate wearing a mask, you're really not going to like the ventilator."

Sun Gazing

Empathy and the WE Experience

A lot of us will resonate with this.

melissajoy.com Empathy and the WE Experience “But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Living from the field of the heart gives us direct access to our innate potential and also provides direct access to our emotional intelligence...


Dire Situation In Alabama Capital: ICUs Full, Coronavirus Cases Double In May

'With cases quickly rising, the city was placed on an unreleased White House hotspot watch list on May 7, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the report.
'But despite the rapid spread, businesses in the city were allowed to reopen starting May 11, after Governor Kay Ivey officially moved Alabama into Phase 1 of its reopening.'

forbes.com While most of the U.S. is seeing a slowing of the spread, in Montgomery, Alabama, the situation has never been more serious.

Pay It Forward Effect, Canada

We have entered the most dangerous part of this pandemic.
We are all tired of physical isolation.

The virus is not tired.


The Answer to Diabetic Leg Pain?

I knew about alpha lipoic acid for this problem, but was unaware that acetyl-L-carnitine could help, despite much reading.

functionalmedicineuniversity.com Diabetes is growing at epidemic proportions and with it comes one common complication and that is peripheral neuropathy. The medical literature is overflowing with proven non-drug approaches. Read more about the choices you may not be aware of:


Help Your Kids Calm Down Faster

Also for big kids!

acepblog.org This pandemic we are living in can be hard on families with young kids. You are home, all day, with no relief or maybe you are out working and worrying that you might be bringing something home to …


Pregnant worker anti-discrimination law goes into effect

nmpoliticalreport.com The Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in March, went into effect Wednesday. Terrelene Massey, executive director of Southwest Women’s Law Center, sai…


Cannabis Might Block COVID-19 Infection

It's being studied both as a way to prevent infection and to treat the inflammation that can result from the disease.

paintreatmentdirectory.com Preliminary studies indicate components of cannabis may prevent or reduce the severity of COVID-19


Vitamin D Deficient 10x More Likely to Die of COVID-19

This has a bearing on NM, where we often find surprisingly low vitamin D levels despite our intense sun:
'In a study published on May 6, researchers looked at the mean levels of vitamin D for 20 European countries and the levels of infections and fatalities in each country. They found that the lower the levels of vitamin D in the country, the higher the morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Ironically, in the sunny southern countries in Europe, including Italy and Spain, vitamin D levels are lower than in the colder Nordic countries of Norway, Finland and Sweden. This is because at risk elderly people in the warmer climates tend to avoid the sun, while supplementation with vitamin D and fortification of foods with vitamin D is more common in the more northern countries.'

For a long time, it's been known that having a vitamin D deficiency left people open to many illnesses, but the evidence for supplementation making a real difference was less clear. That evidence now appears to be growing. I recommend that patients take at least 1000 IU per day, and most people probably need 5000.

paintreatmentdirectory.com There is now compelling evidence of the link between low vitamin D levels and death from COVID-19


CDC: Virus 'does not spread easily' on contaminated surfaces

I'm still wiping down all the "high-touch" surfaces, especially in the office area, but this is heartening.

aol.com While touching infected surfaces has always been part of the messaging on how the virus spreads, the CDC recently shifted its stance online.


Docs Asked to Join the COVID Frontline Without Pay

Good grief!
'After all of my preliminary research into the ambiguous economic factors at play, one question still bothered me: How is not paying physicians even an option when the average NYC hospital CEO takes in a seven-figure salary?'
And at the same time:
'Krucial Staffing was one of the agencies that listed several of these job offers on Facebook and Twitter. I was curious about how they and others were able to offer such high rates to nurses, which included crisis pay of $3500 to $10,000 per week. That is substantially more than what most registered nurses in the United States make on average in a typical month.'

medscape.com Dr Patel speaks out and asks, 'Why aren't physicians offered the same compensation as other healthcare workers?'


Speech May Spread More COVID-19 Than Feces

'Normal human speech emits droplets capable of carrying the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, researchers say. The droplets lingered in the air for up to 14 minutes in a recent study, which could help explain why the disease has spread so rapidly.
'On the other hand, a separate study turned up no infectious particles of SARS-CoV-2 in stool samples.
'The findings could provide clues about how best to limit the disease's spread. "Fecal–oral is not a happening thing," said Andrew Noymer, PhD, MSc, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine. "I think this reinforces the importance of masking."'

medscape.com Droplets emitted during speech may spread the novel coronavirus, but the virus appears disabled in feces, studies found.

Most of this applies to cloth masks as well.


Feeling Fatigued? 15 Tips to Turn Your Online Work Space into a Wellness Space

acepblog.org Working online has changed the face of work spaces around the world. While we celebrate the flexibility and connection this method allows, it can also take a toll on our sense of wellness. Many pra…


This Skin Condition Can Be a Sign of Diabetes.

functionalmedicineuniversity.com Darkening of the skin at the nape of the neck could be an early indication of insulin resistance and diabetes.   The condition, called Acanthosis Nigricans (AN), is marked by the darkening and ...


Coronavirus Rhapsody (based on Bohemian Rhapsody) - Covid19

Gotta keep laughing!

CORONAVIRUS RHAPSODY Vocals: Raúl Irabién Lyrics: Dana Jay Bein (@danajaybein) Video post production: Daniel Reyes (@danielreyesmx) Audio master: Armando Ola...


COVID-19 Cuts Stroke Cases Nearly 40% Nationwide

If you have symptoms suggestive of a stroke, heaven forbid, please get help right away! It's crucial to start treatment immediately to limit the damage.
It's thought that a lot of people having strokes simply are avoiding going to the hospital, or may not be detected, but it's also possible that fewer strokes are occurring.
'Other factors beyond fear of exposure to COVID-19 could be driving the decrease in stroke evaluations, he added.
'"For example, people who are isolating at home may not be as likely to be detected when the stroke occurs as if they were at work or in public. Also, air pollution is an important stroke trigger, and it is possible that decreases in air pollution with the economic shutdowns may have decreased stroke incidence."'

medscape.com Nearly real-time data on use of brain imaging software shows a precipitous drop in stroke evaluations during the pandemic.


Cannabis Might Block COVID-19 Infection

'Opioids, NSAIDs, corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions all lower resistance to infection, whereas cannabis has the opposite effect. Opioids, gabapentinoids (gabapentin and Lyrica) and anti-anxiety drugs suppress breathing, a particularly dangerous side effect during an infection that makes breathing difficult. Cannabis does not suppress breathing.'

A number of herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia also can block the viruses from entering cells or inhibit their replication. There is huge potential in botanical treatments.

paintreatmentdirectory.com Preliminary studies indicate components of cannabis may prevent or reduce the severity of COVID-19


To mask or not to mask: Modeling the potential for face mask use by the general public to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic

Stated wonkily:
'Notably, masks are found to be useful with respect to both preventing illness in healthy persons and preventing asymptomatic transmission. Hypothetical mask adoption scenarios, for Washington and New York state, suggest that immediate near universal (80%) adoption of moderately (50%) effective masks could prevent on the order of 17--45% of projected deaths over two months in New York, while decreasing the peak daily death rate by 34--58%, absent other changes in epidemic dynamics. Even very weak masks (20% effective) can still be useful if the underlying transmission rate is relatively low or decreasing: In Washington, where baseline transmission is much less intense, 80% adoption of such masks could reduce mortality by 24--65% (and peak deaths 15--69%), compared to 2--9% mortality reduction in New York (peak death reduction 9--18%). Our results suggest use of face masks by the general public is potentially of high value in curtailing community transmission and the burden of the pandemic. The community-wide benefits are likely to be greatest when face masks are used in conjunction with other non-pharmaceutical practices (such as social-distancing), and when adoption is nearly universal (nation-wide) and compliance is high.'

In other words, even masks that are less than terrific still bring meaningful improvements.

medrxiv.org Face mask use by the general public for limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is controversial, though increasingly recommended, and the potential of this intervention is not well understood. We develop a compartmental model for assessing the community-wide impact of mask use by the general,....

[05/14/20]   "Everyone on earth is an angel.
Sometimes, you just have to squint really hard to see their wings :)"
~Frank Gjata, Founder
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Hours are by appointment. I do my best to make the schedule as convenient as possible for you. When you are in my office, you're my only patient. I concentrate on you-- I don't flit from room to room. Appointments are normally one hour, longer for a first appointment. I charge $70, including tax. There is no extra charge for the first appointment. Most NM-based insurance plans offer at least some coverage.

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