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Emotional Courage in the face of the Pandemic

March 27, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

There is so much going on in social media related to pandemic – local and global. The way we react to it is so incredibly important, and how we do that is directly related to how we go through it.
We are all doing the best we can, it’s a reality where everything is changing moment by moment.
How can we prepare ourselves to the changes that are happening in the current moment and what is coming first

I have been through a few global life-changing events and very familiar with the emotional storm it can bring – individual emotions and emotions of people around me. I wish it didn’t happen but it did. And I learned from it.

I learned how we all can be at our best and our worst, depending on what is being pushed.

I learned that Life has many sides – the incredible beauty and impermanence of it.

We are planning, setting goals and so on, and though intellectually we know it all can change at any moment and our plans might not work out, we are never really prepared for a situation like this when one of the immediate reactions is one of survival.

It is in our face – how much we are not in control.

So we have to tap into our inner wisdom and emotional courage.

It is time to face our emotions and honestly evaluate them. Positive thinking is a good concept and in cases like this, it will take time to get there. Because we don’t know what can happen.

What defines happiness as a goal – expectations that things will work out in our favor.

We must face our emotions with grace.
Fear, anger, frustration, worry, grief, sadness are very real and they exist to show you what you value in life because you need a contrast to know what is important.
These emotions exist to help us find ways to deal with the situation we didn’t choose.

Everything in life ends and it’s normal to experience all these emotions, don’t judge yourself or try to suppress difficult emotions and get stuck in them, rather reach inside your soul and find your emotional wisdom – the ability to be with these emotions with compassion.
It requires awareness, so when you feel difficult emotion like fear it is possible to pause and name it, and remember it is there to show you how strong you can be in the face of fear, that you can take a deep breath, tap into your wisdom, and make better choices for the best of all involved.

We will go through these difficult times. The question is: who will you be as you are emerging from a difficult situation. Are you going to be ashamed, in denial, or proud? I hope you will be proud of yourself.

COVID-19 and Bandanas

March 25, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

As a response to COVID-19 pandemic more and more medical offices are getting closed, surgeries rescheduled, and most acupuncture clinics around the world are closed. It’s all happening for a good reason – to not spread disease.

Hospitals are getting overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, however, medical research is advancing every minute as every day a few times a day I’m listening to medical updates, seminars, and reading scientific papers on it.

  • We don’t know how this virus behaves so I will share with you 3 things I know will help:The most important thing in stopping the virus spread is to stay home, wash hands and keep your hands away from your face. This requires behavioral retraining, therefore start wearing a mask or bandana at home, so you catch yourself trying to touch your face. I realized how many times I do it, it’s unsettling. So, it’s not to protect yourself, it’s to change the habit.
  • As a silver lining, in a few months as humanity, we all will have impeccable facial skin and at the same time decrease our future exposure to respiratory viruses!The latest CDC advice is to dilute 5 tablespoons of bleach on 1 qt of water and spray to clean surfaces. But the most important – don’t touch your face and you will not get it even if it is on the surface.
  • The progression with the COVID virus starts with a fever. If you have a fever stay at home, isolate yourself as much as possible, and use whatever home remedies yo have. Take Acetaminophen aka Tylenol vs Ibuprofen for this particular virus. Go to the hospital only if you develop shortness of breath. According to the video I received from NYC hospital only a tiny percentage of people end up on a ventilator to soon be released home. 

COV-19 Update from Dr. Maya

March 18, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

The health and wellness of patients and other clients and practitioners in my clinic is our highest priority. With heightened concern about COV-19 (Coronavirus) we wanted to share with you the things we are doing to be extra vigilant at the clinic. Please know that the regular health and hygiene protocol (which is publicly shared everywhere including social media) provides the best defense against the spread of most contagious diseases.
Our recommended immune system protocol. 
Warning: it is only a suggestion and for personal customization, you have to seek the advice of a medical professional. This is not medical advice, just information. I provide online consultations for medical advice.
The immune booster combo if asymptomatic:
  • Liposomal Vitamin C
  • Zinc 30
  • Liquid Silver of your choice. I prefer other types to colloidal. Use as directed on the label. You can spray it in your throat and nose as well.
  • Lomatium – to keep lungs healthy
  • Colostrum – if you are not lactose sensitive / intolerant
  • D3/K2(as MK-7) – at least 5000 iu
  • Propolis – use with local honey

– If you are symptomatic go to the hospital or clinic that handles infectious disease.

– If you feel healthy and want to build and support the immune system, acupuncture is great for that and you can come to my clinic or an acupuncturist of your choice – I love and support it all!

We use our online dispensary for various protocols. You can buy the supplements from any source or from us. I like this pharmacy and personally use it, but it’s up to you.

https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/doctormayaclinic

Upon creating your account(no spam it’s a HIPPA compliant) you can go check out Categories -> Anti-Viral Box. I’m constantly updating it as supplements are backordered or I learn something new that might help in this pandemic.

Important: I temporarily opened the whole access to people who read this email – just for 7 days and then we will see what happens. We are out of many supplements but keep looking. No hoarding please, I’ll be monitoring it and blocking hoarders. There is Amazon to check out too.

Doctor Maya Online Clinic is Fully Operational
https://doxy.me/doctormayaclinic

For patients and clients who don’t require physical treatments such as acupuncture/cupping/injections, I have an online clinic room for:

The appointments are still requested through: https://doctormayaclinic.com/make-an-appointment/ or call us directly at 800-590-6292

Everyday practices and procedures

At Doctor Maya Clinic, we wash our hands and use hand sanitizer between seeing each patient in addition to washing our hands frequently throughout the day. We also do the following:

  • Thorough cleaning and sanitation are performed after each patient in our treatment rooms.
  • As always, all the acupuncture and injection needles are disposable, and we have a good supply of these.
  • All of our tools and equipment are wiped down or washed using an antibacterial and antiviral solution after each use.
  • Linens are changed after each patient visit.

Additional precautions

In response to the Coronavirus, we are increasing our cleaning procedures to include additional high-touch and traffic areas such as doors, doorknobs, and seating areas.

Also, we are encouraging our practitioners and patients not to come into the clinic if they feel any flu or cold symptoms.

Our recommendations for staying well during and after visiting public places

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away.
  • Avoid close contact including shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home.

We are going to continue to monitor this situation closely and provide you with solutions to boost your immune system and keep your loved ones healthy.

Be Well,

Dr. Maya

Breakthrough in Viral Research. BioMindHacks included. Links included.

March 18, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

The research is being conducted at the most prominent scientific labs in the world to quickly find a cure and vaccine for COVID-19. We have lots of breakthroughs and studies undergoing. The researchers understood the molecular difference between COVID-19 and other coronavirus and what makes it so contentious and what can make it fragile to medical and holistic treatments.

This post is not about supplementation, it’s about how the specifics of your lifestyle can weaken and disarm this virus.

The article (link provided below) is a complicated read, so I’ll try to summarize it here in the human language.

Warning: it is only a suggestion and for personal customization you have to seek the advice of a medical professional. This is not medical advice, just information. I provide online consultations for medical advice.

There is a way to create 2 of 3 of these substances in your body without taking supplements: 

  • Melatonin – read below
  • Nitric Oxide – stay tuned for the next newsletter
  • Ascorbic Acid. You have to take vitamin C if you can tolerate it. Also, eating foods high in vitamin C will help a lot.

How to INCREASE your MELATONIN NATURALLY

Coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2 use viroporins to STIMULATE immune responses as part of their pathogenicity.

COVID-19 uses 2 viroporins ORF3a and E protein which play critical roles in virus replication and pathogenesis. Together they create huge havoc on the respiratory system and activate of NLRP3 inflammasomes, resulting in the overproduction of pro-inflammatory cytokines. And all of this might be responsible for the rapid development of bilateral interstitial pneumonia.

Melatonin is a potent inhibitor of NLRP3.

Melatonin is well known for its regulation of biological functions tied to circadian rhythms. Numerous studies have revealed that melatonin exerts effects beyond the control of that.

For most people, peak melatonin production is between the hours of 2 am to 3 am. Young children have extremely high melatonin levels, compared to adults. The maximum levels recorded for children showed a decline as age increased. As we age the natural melatonin level decreases.

This is why children rarely exhibit mild or even no symptoms at all, even though they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2!

NOW, SUPER IMPORTANT! The BioMindHacks are coming through!

Not everybody can take melatonin due to side effects, medication, intolerance, etc.

But you can increase your melatonin yourself. This is how.

Melatonin is primarily released from your pineal gland.

It is also created from serotonin. Serotonin is created in the brain and in the gut from tryptophan (but it’s a different topic).

So, to increase melatonin you need to naturally increase serotonin and activate your pineal gland!

BioMindHack #1:

Increasing Serotonin

1. Learn to feel happy: Many people will not be going to work for a while. Even though it is a financial strain, you have more time for yourself and/or spending time with your family.

Some people have to work on increasing their level of happiness and it’s ok. Feeling unhappy can be a powerful habit leading to a miserable life that some consider normal. It is not normal. Happiness is actually being content with what you have. If you travel to third world countries (not now!) you know what I mean.

Old “belief systems” aka “thought patterns” coming from upbringing, etc. play a major role in how you view the world. Something like “World is a dangerous place” or “I’m not enough” or “I have to have <this thing> to feel happy” etc. If your thought patterns don’t make you happy and don’t increase your serotonin, consider changing them. It will make your world a beautiful place to enjoy.

I love helping people with that using NET and NLP, so I can be a resource. Thought patterns are subconscious, they require special intervention, and once they are transformed it’s for good. Ask me how.

2. Sunshine: that’s about it, go stand in the sunlight and smile. Smiling is a crucial part of it! 😉

3. Food: there are food sources that increase serotonin. Foods rich in tryptophan. Some foods are plant-based and some animal-based. It is widely available information, so research it and make a decision. Junk foods make everything worse, so learn to eliminate them from your diet.

BioMindHack #2:

Activating Pineal Gland

Your pineal gland (“third eye”) affects every system in your body. It also governs the psychic awareness of your mind – your intuition. Even if you don’t believe in psychic phenomena you know that intuition is a thing and you have it.

So, it governs your intuition. It seems like a good idea to activate it anyway.

1. again… Sunshine: that’s about it, go stand in the sunlight and smile.

2. Eat lots of green-colored vegetables

3. Take vitamins – D3, K2, C

4. Consider Vegan or Vegetarian diet. Or if you eat animal products: consider only hormone-free, grass-fed, mercury-free fish

5. Filtered water. Get a home filtration system. I like Berkey countertop systems, they are effective and inexpensive.

6. Keeping your body and your environment clear from toxic substances.

Now you have two BioMindHacks to help you fight the virus.

THE RECIPE

  • Become happy and maintain it as a normal state of being. Forgive people who hurt you in the past. Be content with what you have.
  • Love love love. Hug your kids and pets a lot. A LOT. Love yourself. Make love to your partner. Love the planet. Love your neighbors. Find more things to love.
  • Eat good fresh food, consider going vegetarian/vegan and supplementing with vitamins.
  • Give up junk foods, toxic thoughts, toxic people, and judgements. Life is precious and so are you!

If you need my help this is where you can find me. At this time I’m providing online sessions on a variety of issues, and 15 min consultations are complimentary. Send me an email.

Love you all and my thoughts are with you,

We are going to continue to monitor this situation closely and provide you with solutions to boost your immune system and keep your loved ones healthy.

Be Well,

Dr. Maya

Doctor Maya Online Clinic is Fully Operational and accepting new patients.

Resources:

https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/doctormayaclinic

https://doxy.me/doctormayaclinic

https://doctormayaclinic.com/make-an-appointment/

The article: https://www.evolutamente.it/covid-19-pneumonia-inflammasomes-the-melatonin-connection/?fbclid=IwAR23mxJLfQJKEiNcwVPdvuD6noYhyUvCnngQTW5XrKqtFnpsy2yj-IWM60

How do you know if your brain is healthy?

May 6, 2019
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

How do you know if your brain is healthy?

You usually know your memory function, and if it’s okay or not. Such as if you can recall events in your life, that happened a long time ago or recently.

From time to time due to stress or traumatic events we all experience some memory loss or lapses, but usually it does not concerning.
Alzheimer’s is a dangerous brain health condition; we all know how devastating it is to lose your brain capabilities. Some of us even experienced it with our family and friends, and now consciously aware of our brain function.

Do you know that you can do a lot to prevent your brain from further damage, stop the degrading process and regenerate neurons?

Yes, you can, and the first step is to accept that we live in the reality that creates and maintains chronic degenerative health conditions. It’s a complicated reality to face because we are trapped in it and have to deal with it every day. Almost every decision we make that has to do with the outside world could be evaluated for toxic exposure because it’s around us. But if we do that we would quickly become paranoid (and some people are), so I don’t advise it.

I suggest educating yourself on lifestyle choices you created and changing the most dangerous things you do, and everything else what you can, and relax on the rest knowing you did all you could. But realize the most critical choices you make about your surrounding, especially the ones affecting your physical brain because if it’s not working correctly you cannot make any definite decisions about anything else.

It is not only Alzheimer’s that can take away your brain function but anything that allows the brain to degenerate because of many factors that can happen with it. Alzheimer’s can be predicted by a genetic test, but even then it is not conclusive you will develop it. Or if your genes are clean, it is also not a guarantee that you will retain your brain function and mental acuity till the end of your life.

I think mental acuity is so essential as we age. Think about it, we gain so much experience and knowledge, and some of us are going through personal development work and becoming better and much more aware individuals. Some people even realize they can start enjoying their lives after they are 50-60 years old.

I want to get even better brain function as I gracefully age so that I can enjoy my life entirely.
What can you do to prevent brain neurons degradation?
First, you have to know where you are. To get to Texas, you need to know where you are right now because if you don’t know where you are, you cannot create a roadmap.

I am very excited that now I have a full testing panel to evaluate risk factors for Alzheimer’s. I was waiting for it for a long time.
This creates an important window of opportunity for preclinical management of individuals at higher risk of Alzheimer’s, even years before the clinical onset of disease.

It is a strategically planned panel of biomarkers revealing never-before-seen clinical perspectives of brain-related immune reactivity. It includes:

  • Brain proteins
  • Growth factors
  • Enteric Nerve, Enzymes, and Neurological Peptides
  • Oral and other pathogens that can affect your brain
  • Chemicals that damage brain cells
  • Foods Cross-Reactive to amyloid formation
  • Blood-brain barrier and inflammation factors that are affecting the nervous system.

It is one blood test so all of that can be tested at once.

I will be doing it for myself and my family, and I highly recommend to go with it especially if you have genetic markers for all as I’m or you’ve anybody in your family suffered dementia or Alzheimer’s. The earlier you do it, the better the chances are to reverse and correct existing problems.

Social Anxiety – Myth or Reality?

April 3, 2019
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

Growing up I had no idea what social anxiety is. I was a naturally shy kid who preferred to crawl at the couch with a book rather than exposing my inferior physical skills playing with other kids. I had a vivid imagination that took me to places of fantasy lands and real geographical locations I didn’t even phantom ever visiting. Even as a blossoming young adult I preferred hiding behind a magazine cover when forced to attend social events and dance parties. I never felt completely comfortable in a room full of strangers.
So I choose a career as a computer programmer, being completely comfortable in the company of other naturally shy and awkward young adults, and being able to converse with my computer any time I wanted.  In a few years, my life took an unusual turn, and I discovered a vast, beautiful world surpassing my wildest childhood imagination. And, most importantly, I found amazing people who I ever knew existed, some of them quite magical. I discovered a world where I was completely comfortable being myself.
And I’m still not 100% ok being in a room with strangers to socialize. And I’m ok with that.
Maybe I always had social anxiety but was able to tailor and fine tune it to my lifestyle? And perhaps I was never diagnosed.
When my child told me about experiencing social anxiety, I immediately thought: is it genetic? Is it observed and adopted? What is it?
So, what is social anxiety?
It can be described as a general feeling of uneasiness and irrational fear that occurs during social situations.
  • Generalized social anxiety is when these feelings happen during any social situations.
  • Non-generalized social anxiety when anxiety happens only in particular types of situations.
Regardless of what kind it is, the person who is experiencing it can appear very normal but be a mess on the inside.
Social anxiety can manifest itself in many forms:
  • Rapid heartbeat when faced with talking to somebody
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Excessive quietness
  • Fear of being criticized
  • Being judgemental of self and others
  • etc.
Most of the time it’s impossible to tell from the outside that person is experiencing social anxiety.
So, if you or your loved one experiencing this very unpleasant phenomenon, what is possible?
First of all, it’s not your fault, and most of the time not your lack of social skills. It can be though something to work on because it is known that the most accomplished and brilliant people reportedly had and overcame their social anxiety.
What are your options?
  • My favorite, of course, is NLP. With that fascinating tool, you can create behaviors you want, change the perception of your reality, and transform negative beliefs into inspirational beliefs. NLP helped me a lot, in fact, it helped me to build a life I wanted, and it is still a big part of my life. My patients and clients know the power of it and every day I teach more people to take their life to the next level.
However, social anxiety also can be caused or perpetuated by chemical imbalances in your brain. When you restore that balance, you will feel so much better.
The primary neurotransmitters involved in the anxiety response are GABA, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and glutamine.
Of course, there are other considerations with your energy level or underlying health conditions. This is not a substitute for valid medical advice, this information is only for educational purposes.
Now to restore chemical balance in the brain without pharmaceuticals? And actually, very often pharmaceuticals don’t work as intended because of nutritional deficiencies, genetic components, or even multiple drug interactions.
  • Nootropics can be your answer to that. The proper way to stack nootropics is your key to success. You have to know what you are dealing with, what are your symptoms and how to stack them.
Let’s take a look at a few natural herbal nootropics that can help with social anxiety.
  • Ashwagandha and Coffee
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb (meaning non-organ specific) that is used for centuries to restore hormonal and nervous system balance. It has a calming and relaxing effect, and it boosts focus and concentration. It can restore energy when taken by itself.
It is so relaxing it can slow your brain down, so for balancing it’s taken with coffee, so while making you alert it creates a feeling of mental comfort.
  • Bacopa is another adaptogenic herb and very well known for its ability to quiet the mind, enhance memory, and improve focus.
After a challenging day, you can take Bacopa and Ashwagandha together for better relaxation before going to bed.
  • L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea leaves. When taken as a supplement it can give you a sense of calmness and relaxation without slowing you down. It can increase your learning abilities. Next time you have to go into a social setting try to take 100mg or 200mg and see what happens.
  • Phenibut is a synthetic nootropic that is structurally similar to GABA, and it has a calming effect without affecting cognitive abilities. What makes it great for social anxiety relief is that you can think clearly and act relaxed when facing a social situation.
  • Aniracetam is one of my favorite nootropics, and it also capable to relax you and improve your mood. It should be taken with some form of choline because it activates choline receptors in your brain. I like it because if faced with a task I have to concentrate on, I can really focus and ignore all distractions.
With all that said, you don’t have to struggle with anxiety – social or any other on your own. There are many resources available within your reach.

DOCTOR MAYA HERBAL FAVORITES:

Regarding nootropics I listed above you can contact me to assess your individual needs and create a right stack for you.

Every situation is different, and you can educate yourself on what is right for you and experiment safely and responsibly. Nootropics are one of the ways to relieve anxiety, improve mood, and increase focus and learning abilities.
You can always contact Dr. Maya at 800-590-6292. She is a big fan of pick brain performance and believer in a non-medicated approach to reach that pick.