The New Normal?

Volume 08 | APRIL 29, 2020
FIVE STONES CLINIC RE-OPENS!
Greetings!
Starting Monday, May 11th, our clinic will reopen for a limited amount of time, on alternating days. We are following the CDC recommendations along with federal and state guidelines, in order to keep everyone safe. We know many of you have expressed a strong interest in returning for treatment, and I look forward to seeing you again soon! On the remaining days, we will continue to offer our telemedicine visits. Feel free to call with your questions: 443.519.5128
We’ve highlighted some of the steps we are taking in order for you to feel safe returning to our office. Our goal is to make your visit as seamless and as pleasant as possible:
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
  • We will call you with basic screening questions to confirm your appointment.
  • If you are exhibiting any signs of symptoms of respiratory distress that include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, please stay home and contact your primary care physician.
  • Wear your mask and wash your hands before entering the office.
  • Come alone for your appointment. We are temporarily asking clients to refrain from bringing a companion, including children into the office.
PROTOCOLS and PROCEDURES
  • After every patient seen, we will disinfect the room, and wipe down all touched surfaces, including door knobs and chairs.
  • We will not be using the waiting room, every patient will come in to the treatment room immediately.
  • Each practitioner will see one patient at a time, with a 15 minute break in between to disinfect the rooms.
  • We will offer you hand sanitizer before/after your treatments, and take your temperature.
  • Each practitioner has been trained in using universal precautions while treating you and in between patients.
What is the New Normal?
It is unsettling to not know when or if things will normalize, nor can we comfort ourselves with the idea that our quarantine will be brief or that relief is on the way. A vaccine still seems far off. When we don’t know what to do, especially when facing an unfathomable unknown, the question then becomes how should I live? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu struggled with this question, and is thought to have authored the Tao Te Ching . The text is a beacon of wisdom and light, inviting its readers to explore the fundamental ways of not doing with short chapters containing well crafted pearls of insight.
Read more:
The Story of the Chinese Farmer
This Zen Short Video tells the tale of the Chinese Farmer. It is an illustration of a Taoist philosophy that what is good arises with the bad. What is bad arises with the good. There is no in without an out or an up without a down. Each depends upon the other, follows the other, is within the other, changing from extreme to extreme, and from nuance to nuance, forming an intricate web.
Chinese Medicine for Immunity
In Chinese Medicine, the immune system defends the body against infection. If the body is healthy and functioning well, one is primed for quick recovery and greater immunity. If the body is taxed by stress, illness, or poor nutrition, the immune system is impaired. Acupuncture’s focus is to strengthen the whole body to allow the immune system to function optimally by restoring proper circulation of Chi (energy), blood and body fluid (including lymph). In combination with herbs, a proper diet and restful sleep, one can give their immune system a boost with regular acupuncture treatments.
Quote of the Week
From Man’s Search for Meaning by
Viktor Frankl
In his powerful memoir, Frankl meditates on his gruesome experience as a prisoner in Auschwitz, during WWII. While everything was taken away from him, he found “the last of the human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
This inspirational quote reminds us that no matter what the circumstance, we have the freedom to choose how we respond.