Health & Wellness April 2022

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t’s easy to remember that there are 30 days in April, National Donate Life Month, when reciting the nursery rhyme “thirty days hath September, April, June and November...” On each of those 30 days, 150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list, one every 10 minutes, according to Donate Life California. That’s 4,500 people just in April and 54,750 for the entire year. Unfortunately, only about 36,000 people receive organ transplants each year in the U.S., leaving many waiting for a match, or sadly dying, because the right organ was not donated in time. Patients and families are often counting the days, if not years, until an organ donation becomes available for transplant. Organ donations are only possible if a patient

dies at a hospital, according to Lifesharing. At Tri-City Medical Center, Frank Corona, MD, FCCP, a board-certified pulmonologist and critical care specialist faces this situation when working in the intensive care unit (ICU). “My role is to inform the family that their loved one has passed or is near death and that organ donation is an option if they wish to pursue it,” Corona said. “We call Lifesharing who will come to the hospital, counsel the family and review the medical record to see if a donation is possible. If the family agrees, then we will provide comfort care for the patient to keep the organs healthy until the best possible recipient match is found.” “It takes an organ donor for somebody to receive an organ,” said Audria Muscara, RN, BSN, an ICU nurse who has been at TriCity for eight years. “The process can be difficult and emotional for grieving families, but at the same time beautiful as it brings promise and purpose to their loved one’s passing – giving the gift of life to others.” Families join staff members in an ‘honor walk’

LIVING DONORS help to reduce the number of people waiting for a transplant — most of whom are waiting for a kidney (85%). Courtesy photo

lining the hospital corridors as their loved one is taken to the operating room. “It is a way for us to pay our last respects to someone who gave so selflessly and to celebrate the person’s life,” added Muscara. Statistics from Donate Life show that one person can save eight lives and enhance 75 others through

organ, eye and tissue donation. “After each case, Lifesharing will send the hospital a letter to give us a little snapshot of the lives that each organ has helped to save,” said Muscara. “It’s a very special feeling for all of us – doctors, nurses, therapists and others working in the ICU – to read these

letters knowing that the patients we cared for made such an impact with this final gift.” In addition to organ donations and transplants, more than one million tissue transplants are performed each year and the surgical need for tissue continues to rise, according to Donate Life California. Do-

nated tissues include skin, bone, tendons, corneas, veins and heart valves, and may be used for burns and other serious wounds, bone replacements, ligament repairs, surgical repairs, and to restore sight. Approximately 85% of people can be a tissue donor and there is no age limit. For recipients, tissue grafting may help to reduce pain and infection, promote healing, speed recovery, improve their quality of life and even save a life. Anyone, 13 years of age or older, can register to become an organ or tissue donor simply by checking “YES” on their application or renewal for a driver’s license or ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Now, through Donate Life America’s National Donate Life Living Donor Registry, people between the ages of 18 to 65 years may register to become a living kidney donor and save a life while still alive; they do not need to be biologically related to the recipient. Living donors help to reduce the number of people waiting for a transplant TURN TO PULSE ON A21

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here is new research regarding obesity and weight loss that uncovered some interesting findings this past year. Local researchers at UC San Diego noted that mice who were placed on an intermittent fasting regimen compared to placebo mice that were allowed to free feed had lower percentages of fat when eating equal calories. The researchers who were familiar with intermittent fasting benefit for weight loss were not surprised. What was interesting was the decrease in incidence of cancers in the intermittent fasting mice, including colorectal, breast, bladder and many other

types of cancers not restricted to the GI system. This has prompted UCSF to now recommend all patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatments to consider a short term water fast for 1-3 days to help optimize the efficacy of treatments and reduce treatment related side effects and boost immunity. I have no doubt there will be many other studies that show similar trends in fasting for better health. It becomes important for us as individuals to question our current dogma of breakfast, lunch, and dinner or eating 5 small meals a day. The food pyramid that was presented to us in 1992 by the USDA with a recommendation of 6-11 servings of bread and pastas per day was likely the cause for our current predicament. As a nation, we achieved the highest levels of obesity on the planet and the USDA revoked this plan and changed it to “MyPlate” which now recommends 1 serving of

bread daily. It’s time to focus on our health and the easiest way to do that is to change what we eat. My focus for my patients is to give them the tools to reduce their weight. One important tool is the FIT3D body composition scale which is state of the art and the most accurate body fat measuring tool on the market. This can track individual percentages of body composition over time and can highlight the benefits of fasting. Our office plans to add to the current clinical research in this field while helping our patients. We offer our patients FIT3D body composition scanning as an objective tool for weight loss patients willing to take our challenge. Please call our office if you are interested in evaluating your current diet and exercise routine. Our plan is to help you reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases and improve your health without medications.

ssential oils are both popular and therapeutic for maintaining oral health and fighting viruses and bacteria of all kinds. This article summarizes just a few of our favorites: On Guard by Doterra or Thieves by Young Living are two toothpastes we like. The story behind Thieves is that perfumers turned grave robbers used this blend during the Black Plague in Europe to resist getting infected. On Guard has a similar formula with clove oil added, which is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Oregano oil is a well known antioxidant. It fights bacteria and fungi, helps gut health and may help with inflammation. As a mouth rinse, use only a drop or two of high quality oil mixed with enough water to avoid the strong taste and smell. Oregano oil can also be taken in soft gel or pearl tabs. Myrrh is a traditional oil for promoting healthy gums. It is a good choice to add to your carrier oil for oil pulling, see below. German or Roman Chamomile help with canker sores. Peppermint and Rosemary Oils are versatile oils that can also be used as simple mouth rinses. Always use high quality oils! Essential oils can be put in a diffuser to add aromatherapy benefits to the air. A drop or two of oils like lavender or sandalwood on the bottom of the feet or in a bath can support a restful night’s sleep. There are many more essential oils that are both relaxing and energizing.

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If you need to wear a mask, putting a drop or two of your favorite essential oil or blend on it is a great way to uplift your mood and boost your immune system. Oil Pulling. An ancient Ayurvedic practice adapted for dental health and wellness, it is best done first thing in the morning before brushing. Oil pulling works by emulsifying and oxygenating teeth and gums, making it harder for bacteria and other microbes to stick to the teeth and colonize. Recommendations: Use 1-2 tbs. organic oil. Coconut oil is good to use because it also has anti-microbial properties (another choice is organic, cold pressed sesame oil). You can also add one or two drops of myrrh to tonify the gums, coriander or cilan-

tro for heavy metal detox, or tea tree oil (melaleuca), because it also creates a surface where plaque is less likely to adhere. Swish through teeth for 3-5 minutes. Do not swallow. The oil will mix with the saliva in your mouth – and the enzymes within the saliva – until it is watery. Spit into a cup or other receptacle, not into the sink or toilet as the oil will start to build up and clog the drain. Rinse and gargle with warm salt water or Tooth and Gum, an herbal mouthwash. Spit out completely. Dr. Carey O’Rielly, DDS is a holistic dentist practicing at Integrative Dentistry in Encinitas. Visit or contact us at 760-632-1304.

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can go from from a panic state to peaceful mood in about the time it takes a Xanax to kick in. CST is a gentle handson treatment that addresses an overwrought nervous system. In a session you may experience therapeutic release of pent up stress in the form of muscle twitching, heat, or pulsing. You may feel your body softening and breathing pattern change. You may release emotional and physical tensions and back

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of organs from donors known to have the virus is CONTINUED FROM A18 not recommended at this – most of whom are waiting time, but this may change for a kidney (85%). Besides as they learn more about donating a kidney, a living donor can also provide a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine for another person, as well as tissues such as skin, bone marrow and blood-forming cells (stem cells). “Organ and tissue donations and transplants have continued during the pandemic, but there are specific criteria and screening measures now in the course and treatment place regarding the virus,” of COVID-19. Recipients with a possaid Dr. Corona. According to the Or- itive or pending COVID-19 gan Procurement and test or are suspected of beTransplantation Network ing infected must consult (OPTN), transplantation with their medical team,

as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 treatment guidelines currently recommend that the transplant be deferred, if possible. Despite the pandemic, organ donations and transplants have continued to increase annually, according to Lifesharing. The research and medical communities continue to learn and update practice protocols to ensure the health and safety for donors and recipients. During the 30 days of April, as well as the remaining 330 days of the year, take a moment to learn more and register to become an organ donor by visiting Donate Life California.


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he Dandelion, a symbol of hope and love? Their yellow pedals are the sun shining on all your good deeds of a life well lived and when the flower turns to seed you blow and make a wish for a new beginning or for love to find you. Each time you make a wish upon a dandelion you are sending up to 175 seeds into the air that can live for up to 5 years and and if it takes root can live for up to 10 years. It's been said that they were brought in a golden box by our first settlers on the Mayflower because of their medicinal and culinary uses so important to survival in those early years. The entire plant is useful. The flowers for salad, vinegar, wine, the stem boiled for its nutrients and the root ground as a coffee alternative. The plant contains vitamin A, C, K, E, folate, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and inulin which is a soluble fiber that promotes gut health. The polyphenols help reduce inflammation

as well. Dandelion teas and tinctures have been used by many herbalists to treat water retention, fatty liver, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, gout, acne, eczema, carbohydrate metabolism and are now being studied for serious blood disorders and melanoma. In many areas of our country the dandelion is the first nectar source for the bees and butterflies emerging from a long winter. Dandelion honey is a wonderful alternative for people allergic to bee honey.

When gathering the plant avoid areas that could be contaminated near roads, driveways, septics and places where herbicides are used. Please don't spray them with pesky poisons! As wonderful as our dandelions are, some people with allergies to daisies,sunflowers, ragweed, iodine, and latex may not tolerate dandelions. Consult your doctor before using any alternative treatment especially if pregnant and nursing. Happy Spring !

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