Acupuncture Back Pain Berkeley San Francisco

Acupuncture Back Pain Berkeley San Francisco

Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors basketball team coach, is sidelined due to back pain. Maybe he didn’t know about Acupuncture for Back Pain in Berkeley San Francisco at The Redwood Clinic. In the EAST BAY TIMES today Steve Kerr is quoted as saying “It’s just discomfort and pain and it’s no fun. And I can tell you if you’re listening out there, if you have a back problem stay away from back surgery.” Dr. Jay Sordean has been helping patients avoid back surgery with his comprehensive evaluations and treatments based on more than 33 years clinical experience. In fact, many of his patient avoided surgery that was suggested more than 20 years ago and they are still going strong. Their testimonials are found in various places on this website.

Acupuncture Back Pain Berkeley San Francisco

What makes acupuncture for back pain so effective at The Redwood Clinic? First of all, it starts with a thorough history and examination. Many other offices and insurance plans allow only enough time for a cursory review. And, many others do not have the expertise to evaluate back pain problems properly. Especially when the dictates of payment schedules give a doctor no more than a couple of minutes to do the exam. Sorry, but so much is missed with the simplistic exams many offices do because they lack the thorough training and expertise that Dr. Jay has. Sorry to be so blunt, but it is true. There are so many reasons for back pain to occur, and to simply say it is a “bladder meridian” problem is a short change and is almost as symbolic as simply labelling the back pain as “sciatica.” Dr. Jay goes into greater discussion on some of the major causes in his introduction to acupuncture and back pain lecture found on youtube.
B= Blood circulation enhancement to speed up healing
A=activate the body’s own natural pain chemicals like endorphens and enkephalins,
C=Controlling the inflammatory response
K= Kicking dependence on opioid medication use

Acupuncture Low Back Pain Berkeley Oakland San Francisco

Acupuncture Low Back Pain Berkeley Oakland San Francisco

A recent newsletter from a my respected Chiropractic colleague, Dr. Rob Davison, noted a physician report on guidelines for treating low back pain. Of course, at The Redwood Clinic, Dr. Jay has treated patients with low back pain for decades successfully. What does the American College of Physicians say about their guidelines on Acupuncture Low Back Pain Berkeley Oakland San Francisco.

Acupuncture Low Back Pain BerkeleyFor Low Back Pain, the ACP Recommends Drug-Free Treatments First
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released brand-new guidelines regarding treatment for low back pain. The Annals of Internal Medicine published the ACP’s updated guidelines, which are based on a “systematic review of the evidence.” This means that a variety of studies were reviewed that examined the effectiveness of both non-drug and drug-based low back pain treatments. Overwhelmingly, non-drug treatments came out ahead. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) fully backs these new recommendations, as chiropractic champions treatments without drugs and conservative approaches to back pain.

Acupuncture Low Back Pain Berkeley Oakland San Francisco

Likewise, the guidelines recommend trying treatments like acupuncture, massage, heat therapy, and others for relief. If these don’t work, then patients can try treatments like muscle relaxants or over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen. For patients who still have pain after trying all of the above, prescription drugs like opioids should only be used as a final measure. The reason is that opioids are notorious for being highly addictive and come with a risk of overdose – negatives which make them highly undesirable and to be used in extreme cases as a last resort option. As the ACA notes, the ACP’s guidelines push the current in the right direction, as chiropractic has been proven effective for a wide array of bodily pain. Common treatments include spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and a combination of healthy diet and lifestyle changes
Source: American Chiropractic Association, online Feb 14, 2017.
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Source: April 2017 Health Newsletter

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Brain Hacking – Cell Phone Addiction – A Real Thing

Brain Hacking – Cell Phone Addiction – Learn More NOW

Brain Hacking – Cell Phone Addiction. We all know it exists. We see it everyday walking down the street on the sidewalk, down the halls of school, in the classroom, on the trains, even in cars and at the dinner table.

A recent program on 60 Minutes called “BRAIN HACKING” was fascinating and went into detail about cell phone addiction. The point that the expert insiders from Google and other tech app creators make is this: in order to get you to buy more

Brain Hacking - Cell Phone Addiction

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product, the cell phone programmers, and the intenet platform programmers and companies, deliberately program their applications to keep you watching the screen. Keeping you wanting to get more likes, to get more “rewards” of various types. On the free platforms, like Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc., you don’t pay to use them. On the other hand, nothing is free really. Someone is paying the salaries, the electricity and the servers, the bonuses of everyone working there. Who? Advertisers. (And stock holders, venture capitalists, and other early investors). But largely, the internet platform and application companies make their money on advertisements. They need your eyes on their ads and your impulse buying to make a profit.

So, the longer they can keep you looking, the more ads you will see and the more revenue they make

Brain Hacking – Cell Phone Addiction – A Real Thing

What caught my attention was the statement “going lower on the brain stem” as a strategy for addicting viewers. The brilliant minds in Silicon Valley use their knowledge of how the brain works to create compulsion to check your cell phone apps often. Very often.

What is this “lower on the brain stem” thing? Well, in my book “Super Brain: Maximize your Brain Health for a Better Life” http://www.SuperBrain-Brain Hacking - Cell Phone we discuss the way your brain works in Chapter 2, page 27-51. The more you know about how your brain works the more you can know consciously when you are being addicted and how.

I suggest watching the 60 minute segment and reading my book. The addiction state is related to stress induction.

Stress, especially chronic stress, is bad for your body and your brain.

Preserve your brain and body. Shut off your cell phone more often!



PTSD and NRCT may have a strong connection. This is something I have been stating for years since I first became trained in NRCT.

PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. NRCT stands for Neurologic Relief Center Technique.

CTE - Chronic Traumatic EncephalopathyAn example of one of the causes of PTSD is participating in battles and war. Numerous soldiers return with PTSD and many of them take a long time to get a diagnosis because they are in denial or the military will not come up with the diagnosis of PTSD.

When I first learned of the concussion effects of explosions

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Dr. Jay on Chicago TV

I immediately thought of the impact they would have on the meninges. The meninges surround the brain and the spinal cord and are the protective barrier surrounding them like a wet suit on a scuba diver. Explosion concussion waves effect the entire body — the meninges and the nervous system especially. However, all of the muscles and other organs are impacted as well. We are talking about an explosion that does not actually cause some bleeding or loss of limbs. Those, of course, are even more traumatic.

There is a discussion of PTSD and war this week on PBS.

WAR on the BRAIN a series on Public Broadcasting System. You can learn more about that series by going to this link.

I have discussed meningeal compression and NRCT extensively in my two books on the brain. These are also discussed on pages in this website.

Upper Extremity Pain and Numbness: NRCT Treatment at Berkeley Acupuncture, Jay Sordean

Dr. Jay’s Winter Season talk at EBAR BNI: Stress Trauma Toxicity: Acupuncture/NRCT in Berkeley

NRCT – Neurologic Relief Center Technique

Post Concussion Syndrome / Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

NRCT-FAQs Neurologic Relief Center Technique Facts

Alzheimer’s blueberries antioxidants

Alzheimer’s blueberries antioxidants

Dr Jay’s mission is to prevent a million cases of Alzheimer’s. This is why he has written two books on the subject, given numerous community talks on the subject, has appeared as an expert on TV news on this subject, and has a webinar you can register for at This article is the latest that supports what he has been saying and teaching for the last decade. Register and participate in his webinar and Alzheimer's blueberries antioxidantsread this article. What do  Alzheimer’s blueberries antioxidants have in common. Read this article and see.

“A Ray of Hope Amid Grim Statistics for Alzheimer’s Disease”.

Alzheimer’s blueberries antioxidant. Few diagnoses incite as much fear and helplessness as one of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). And it’s easy to understand why. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the fifth-leading cause of death for people over age 65. Moreover, it’s “the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.” (Although there is promising work that suggests otherwise.) While mortality from many other conditions—such as heart disease, AIDS, and certain forms of cancer—has decreased, mortality from this most dreaded form of neurodegeneration has increased. In fact, the BBC recently reported that dementia, including Alzheimer’s, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales.

In 2015, more than 61,000 people died of dementia in England and Wales, accounting for 11.6% of all recorded deaths. Women are afflicted by AD more than men, and this is reflected in the statistics: of the 61,000 deaths from dementia, 41,283 were women (about 67%), compared to 20,403 men (33%). Dementia as a category, including Alzheimer’s, accounted for 15.2% of all female deaths, up from 13.4% in 2014. For men in England and Wales, however, heart disease remained the leading cause of death in 2015. (The most common cause of death overall was all types of cancer, taken as a group.)

The numbers are no less grim in the U.S. More than 5 million people are currently living with AD, with projections for this to reach a staggering 13.8 million people by 2050. Of the 5.4 million Americans with AD, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 or older, and about 200,000 are under age 65, having been diagnosed with “early onset” Alzheimer’s. And this doesn’t account for the potentially millions who are undiagnosed but may be living with the signs and symptoms of the condition. Right now, one in nine people age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s, and in the absence of a miracle medical breakthrough, by mid-century, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with AD every 33 seconds.


Acupuncture Benefits Insurance Coverage

Acupuncture Benefits Insurance Coverage

[Editor’s Note: While Positivity is the Usual Tone for this blog, this article is addressing a more serious trend and so is not upbeat]

Typical Medical Insurance Policy restrictions regarding Acupuncture Benefit and Reimbursement

You are all excited that you found out your insurance plan has acupuncture coverage. You think, “wow, it says I am entitled to 12 visits a year. Or 20 visits a year.” And you are thinking “I am entitled to getting each and every one of them and it is the doctor’s duty to do that for me.”
You are also perhaps feeling that the providers on the list are super happy that they get to work with you because you have insurance.

Well, providers are usually happy to be able to help you with their skills and art. That is for sure.
But in many cases, for the provider, the insurance part of it is not the warm and fuzzy feeling you have.

Why would that be? Please continue reading to the end to better understand why.

When you are not paying their usual and customary fees, in other words, if you are not paying full cash rate out of pocket, there are some things you should seriously consider to make the professional relationship work.

Acupuncture Benefits Insurance CoverageThe elephant in the room, your insurance plan, will always have either a good or bad effect. So it is incumbent upon you to understand the system that is the intermediary in this business transaction.

Think about it. You go in to buy groceries. You pick up what you want. You go to the cashier. You pay out of pocket and you get the groceries. Did the store have to bill a third party to get paid?

Or you go to a financial planner for advice. You go in, you pay in cash, check, credit card, etc., you sit down and talk. You get the advice. You pay then and the financial planner gets paid then. No insurance involved as a middle man.

Let’s say you work at a coffee place. You are a barista. You get paid hourly or as a salary. People come in, order, pay (maybe sometimes with a discount card or coupon), you make what they want, they leave with what they bought. No insurance involved in the middle of that transaction. And you don’t have to bill some intermediary, like and insurance company, to get your pay check.

But that isn’t the way it is for the solo or group medical professional who has agreed to help patients by accepting their medical insurance. It is a totally different situation. You should understand it, especially if you want a good relationship with your provider and if you are thinking of going into that profession as well.

<h2>Acupuncture Benefits Insurance Coverage Basics</h2>

You have a contract (medical insurance) that says the insurance company will pay for some of your treatments in particular situations. This is called a “benefit.” “Benefits” are always limited in scope.

Eligibility means that you can access your plan because you (or someone else) paid your policy premium, so the medical insurance contract is in effect.

You have asked your possible provider to accept insurance payments. Typically that means that you want the provider to be satisfied with the amount that you pay with your copay and the part that the insurance company pays in addition.

So the provider (or paid staff) has to spend time and money to find out two things first. Your eligibility. And if you are eligible, do you have the (examination, evaluation, treatment) benefit?

Now, even if you are eligible and have, say, acupuncture, benefits, that doesn’t mean that your condition is one that the insurance plan agrees can be helped or treated with acupuncture.
This is an area of confusion for most patients.

Once again, just because you have the benefit it doesn’t guarantee that the provider will be paid. It doesn’t mean that the benefit applies to your condition. ALL INSURANCE PLANS specify what types of conditions they think might be impacted by acupuncture, herbs, shiatsu, massage, cupping etc.

MOST plans restrict “relevancy” to certain musculoskeletal problems, chroinic pain, nausea with pregnancy, and perhaps a few other diagnostic categories.

When the provider treats you, he has to provide diagnostic codes on the bill. He has to provide procedure codes. These two together relate to whether the benefit will be paid or not. If the insurance plan decides that they don’t want to pay for a particular benefit because they don’t like that diagnostic code, the provider will not be paid by the insurance company.

And don’t ask the provider to lie about the diagnosis just so you don’t have to pay.  That is jeopardizing the provider’s license.

The provider if under contract, might then be able to send you the bill because they can bill you for anything the insurance plan won’t pay for. Other times, the insurance plan will tell the provider “tough luck. We won’t pay you and you can’t bill the patient.”

How fair is that? Not fair at all, I would propose.

Especially, when the time and cost of dealing with insurance plans is so severe for providers.
1. They have to spend time verifying eligibility and benefits. That could take as much as 1 hour or more. And then there still is no guarantee that the information will be correct.
2. They have to spend time making appointments, corresponding with the patients, actually examining and treating the patients, collecting co-payments, and then billing the insurance company for the balance.
3. Automation hasn’t really made much of a difference in this time issue, especially when the insurance company denies payment.
4. Knowing how to deal with the insurance system itself is a MAJOR expenditure of time and money. The insurance companies don’t ever pay providers for this time required to learn the system and keep up on all of the alerts and newsletters related to changes in the system and contracts.
5. On top of it all, insurance companies, with a few exceptions, have slashed reimbursement rates to participating providers. In most cases it is a 50 -90% reduction in their fee schedule.
6. And then there is the paperwork requirements imposed. Of course, again, no compensation for any of that given to the provider.

How are Acuncturists Paid:   Independent providers aren’t given a salary. They aren’t provided an hourly wage. They have overhead and business expenses that they have to pay before they can take payment for their own expertise and work out of the small amount of money the insurance company gives them for their professional expertise.

 It is likely that your insurance doesn’t even cover the cost of overhead if your doctor bills the insurance company directly.  Some insurances do, most don’t.

Please keep this in mind when you call and ask a provider to make an appointment with you when you have a PPO plan. If the tables were turned, is it you who is doing the favor or the provider doing you the favor?

Granted, there are a few insurance plans that are not stealing from the providers. But there are many more plans that claim that they pay for the treatment, but don’t.  In fact, often the patient pays way more in a copay than the insurance company itself pays.

And YOUR plan might be one of those.  Hopefully, not.  But if it is, extra consideration for your provider might just be just what the doctor ordered.

Safe Water Filtration

Safe Water Filtration

Water is essential for life. Safe water is essential to promote health. Contaminated water can damage health in so many ways. Thus, it is important to make sure that the water you drink is not contaminated. Safe water filtration is the key. No matter where you live. And now more than ever.

I know, you are saying that you have a water filter. I applaud you for making that decision. But is your water filter actually filtering out everything it should, or is the filtering just cosmetic?

Winter is the WATER ELEMENT season in Chinese Medicine. So let’s look more in-depth into how to get your water really clean to promote excellent health.

Safe Water Treatment

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As you know, The Redwood Clinic has promoted the sale and use of Multipure filtration systems for more than 25 years. Because we believe they are doing what all filtration systems should do, and they are backed up by independent laboratory testing of contamination removal.

If you are a quick decision maker, just go to our online store and order your system now.


Are you a Safe Water Filtration GEEK? Here are the DETAILS!!

Multipure Drinking Water Systems utilize Multipure’s innovative and proprietary Solid Carbon Block-based filter. This filter employs multiple components and materials to reduce the presence of a wide variety of contaminants in water.

Mechanical Filtration: The water passes through a pre-filter that traps dirt, sand, and particles that affect the taste and overall appearance of the water. After passing through the pre-filter, the water then passes through the Solid Carbon Block, where particles as small as 0.5 microns are physically trapped by the filter. Asbestos, cysts, and particulates are reduced through mechanical filtration at the sub-micron level.

Electrokinetic Adsorption: The pre-filter acquires a positive molecular charge as water passes through it. Since most contaminants exhibit a negative charge in water, the filter fibers electrokinetically attract these negatively-charged particles onto the positively-charged filter surface. Generally, these particles are too small to be trapped by mechanical filtration.

Physiochemical Adsorption: The carbon block filter is a blend of selected activated carbons and other media that reduce aesthetic contaminants and health-related contaminants by adsorbing particles to its surface. Because the carbon block is densely compacted, it provides a longer contact time with the water, and thus, better performance than many other filtration technologies.

Nationally recognized standards established for the drinking water treatment industry confirm that the most effective systems for the removal of both aesthetic and harmful contaminants are those that utilize Solid Carbon Block filters. Multipure is the original developer of Solid Carbon Block technology and has been the leader and innovator in the water treatment industry since 1970. Multipure, and its remarkable Solid Carbon Block filter, is synonymous with superior quality and exceptional innovation. With a Multipure Drinking Water System, you are guaranteed the best.

Adsorption vs. Absorption

Multipure filtration utilizes a process called adsorption. Adsorption differs from the more commonly known absorption; adsorption refers to the transfer of the particles of a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid onto a surface, while absorption refers to the incorporation of a solid, liquid or gas into another solid, liquid, or gas.

The Multipure filter uses adsorption to transfer contaminants onto the filter’s surface and remove it from the water stream. The water itself is temporarily absorbed by the filter material (much like a sponge absorbing water), but the contaminants are adsorbed to the filter surface, creating a layer on the surface as it is removed from the water stream.

Multipure Drinking Water Systems
The innovative Multipure design is certified, registered, and/or listed by:

•  NSF International
•  All states that regulate drinking water treatment devices
o  California Department of Health Services
o  Iowa Department of Public Health
o  State of Wisconsin – Bureau of Building Water Systems, Research & Products Review Unit


Safe Water Filtration

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Multipure Drinking Water Systems provide cleaner, more delicious, more healthful water whenever you need it, right at your kitchen sink. Multipure’s exclusive Solid Carbon Block filter reduces a wide range of contaminants of health concern without removing the beneficial minerals in the water. This makes Multipure water ideal for everything from food preparation, to cooking, to drinking.  This is why we consider them safe water filtration systems.

Multipure’s innovative filter technology provides exceptional performance. The proof lies in the products’ certification by NSF International to reduce a wide range of contaminants that affect both the healthfulness and the aesthetics of water. Multipure Drinking Water Systems reduce MTBE, chlorination byproducts, PCBs, chloramine, VOCs, heavy metals, and numerous other contaminants. Multipure Drinking Water Systems consistently meet the high standards and needs of its customers all across the world.

Almost all Multipure Drinking Water Systems include the necessary installation materials, and Multipure filters are economical, long-lasting, and easily maintained. These safe water filtration systems –Multipure– provides a Lifetime Warranty on its system housings, as well as a one-year warranty on all accessories.

Multipure Drinking Water Systems offer superior quality, innovation, and performance, which means customers always get cleaner, tastier, and more healthful water. With a Multipure Drinking Water System, you always have the right drinking water at hand.

What Sets Multipure Apart

Although most companies that sell drinking water systems make devices that can remove chlorine from water, very few of those companies offer drinking water treatment systems that are NSF certified to reduce contaminants under both NSF/ANSI Standard No. 42 (Aesthetics) and NSF/ANSI Standard No. 53 (Health Effects). Multipure is one of the few companies whose products are NSF certified to reduce such a wide array of drinking water contaminants, including such classes as disinfection byproducts or gasoline additives – contaminants that can get into water sources through pollution or leaks.

Multipure is the industry leader because it is a pioneer in drinking water treatment, and it possesses the integrity and credibility due to intensive internal quality assurance confirmed by the rigorous scrutiny of NSF Certification.

Get your water system today for better health!

Brain Healthy Supplements

Brain Healthy Supplements

The thoughtful use of supplements is an essential part of a healthy brain plan. The reason for this is explained in detail in my BRAIN HEALTH webinar Some supplements are so vital to brain health that I recommend them for everybody regardless of brain type. That include particular fatty acids such as DHA. I talk about these things also in my book, Super Brain: Maximize Your Brain Health for a Better Life.

As is well stated by Ron Grisanti, DC, one of my teachers at FMU, other supplements are best geared to specific brain types to help balance those brains. Taking the right supplements for your brain type can give you a jumpstart in your quest to be thinner, smarter, and happier. I have a program that individualizes these to meet your specific situation; details of what the BRAIN HEALTH program covers is discussed in my webinar.
Multivitamin: More than half of Americans do not eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the minimum required to get the nutrition you need. I recommend that everyone take a good multi-vitamin every day. A great one that contains great servings of phytonutrients is PhytoMulti by Metagenics. You can go here to learn more about the ingredients. You can also log on, open an account, and get discounts on high quality supplements researched for effectiveness.  Call the clinic at 510-849-1176 for additional information and to get an individualized appointment.

Fish oil: Having low levels of omega-3 fatty acids is one of the leading preventable causes of death and has been associated with heart disease, strokes, depression, suicidal behavior, ADD, dementia, and obesity. Fish oil has been found to be good for your heart, your skin, your eyes, your joints, your hair, and your brain. Taking omega-3s has been found to decrease your appetite and your cravings. My recommendation for most adults is to take between 1 to 2 grams of high-quality fish oil a day. One of the most absorbable types is a monoglyeride form, allowing you to take less and still get the same amount of absorption. Information and ordering can be done through The Redwood Clinic.

Vitamin D: Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with depression, Alzheimer’s disease, MS, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. When you don’t have enough vitamin D, you feel hungry all the time, no matter how much you eat.

Brain & Memory: Brain and Memory Power Boost includes the super-antioxidant N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), along with phosphatidylserine to maintain the integrity of cell membranes and huperzine A and Acetyl-l-Carnitine (ALC) to enhance acetylcholine availability and vinpocetine and gingko biloba to enhance blood flow. This is a novel combination of powerful antioxidants and nutrients essential in enhancing and protecting brain health. This is the formula we use at the Amen Clinics in our NFL study.

Craving Control: This powerful new nutritional supplement is formulated to support healthy blood sugar and insulin levels while providing antioxidants and nutrients to the body. Our formulation includes N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) and glutamine to reduce cravings, chromium and alpha-lipoic acid to support stable blood sugar levels, and a brain-healthy chocolate designed to boost endorphins. This is the formula we use at the Amen Clinics in our own weight-loss groups.

Sleep: To support healthy sleep, which is critical to brain health and craving control, I have developed a special supplement called Restful Sleep. It contains a combination of nutrients designed to support a calm mind and promote a deep, relaxed, restful night’s sleep. This supplement contains both an immediate-release and time-release dose of melatonin, the calming neurotransmitter GABA, a combination of the essential elements zinc and magnesium, and the herb valerian, which together may produce an overall sedative effect to help support sleep.

Compulsiveness: Serotonin Mood Support is Dr. Amen’s unique formula that contains saffron extract and 5-HTP. It helps to support normal serotonin levels by providing 5-HTP, a direct precursor to serotonin, along with a proprietary extract of saffron, shown clinically to support a normal mood. Vitamin B6 and inositol are included to provide additional synergistic support. Ingredients are provided at clinically tested levels to insure optimal benefit.

Focus and Energy: Formulated without caffeine that makes people jittery, Dr. Amen’s Focus & Energy Optimizer supports both focus and healthy energy levels. It is formulated with green tea and choline to help with focus, along with three powerful adaptogens, which act synergistically to enhance endurance and stamina. The adaptogens ashwaganda, rhodiola, and panax ginseng have been scientifically shown to improve the body’s resistance to stress and support a healthy immune system.

Anxiety: Dr. Amen’s GABA Calming Support contains a combination of inhibitory neurotransmitters vital to quieting an overactive mind. It contains clinically-tested and natural Pharma GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) shown to promote relaxation by increasing calming, focused brain waves, while also reducing other brain waves associated with worry. Complimenting this clinically tested and natural substance are vitamin B6, magnesium, and lemon balm, an herb traditionally known for its calming effects.

Stress: Dr. Amen’s newest formulation provides a unique blend of natural ingredients at clinically tested levels to help reduce stress, restore calm and support the body’s natural response to the rigors of everyday life.

Moods: S-Adenosyl-Methionine (SAMe) is involved in the production of several neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine) and helps the brain to function properly. The brain normally manufactures all the SAMe it needs from the amino acid methionine. When a person is depressed, the synthesis of SAMe from methionine is impaired, and SAMe has been shown to have antidepressant qualities. Dr. Amen’s NeuroSAMe supports positive moods, joints and cartilage, and a healthy liver.

For these and other brain and body healthy supplements, click here to visit our TheRedwoodClinic store.

Insurance Eligibility & Benefits

Insurance Eligibility Benefits

Most medical insurance plans are complex. Some private practitioners accept insurance but many don’t. Why wouldn’t someone accept insurance and do the billing for you first?

It doesn’t matter which plan or company it is, dealing with insurance companies and plans takes time. And then there is also no guarantee that the practitioner will be paid by the insurance company. If the benefits are mentioned initially on the computer or telephone, there still is no guarantee that there will be payment made for the services provided.*. Insurance Eligibility and benefits

If the insurance company does not pay, then the practitioner has to spend even more time getting the patient to pay what is owed for services rendered.

But in the beginning, the possibility that a patient’s insurance might cover the treatment for a particular diagnosis is based on whether there is eligibility. In other words, does the patient have a contract with the insurance company they say they do, and when did they become eligible for that coverage?

If the patient is eligible for some coverage due to their contract, the next question is whether the particular service is a benefit. Not all plans cover acupuncture, and even fewer cover functional medicine.

Next, if there is a benefit, does that benefit cover or apply to treatment of a particular diagnosis?

And is that treatment medically necessary?

Now you are beginning to see how complicated the process is.

How many times does a practice have to check on these things? Some plans authorize a number of treatments over a particular time period. Others do it one by one.

But just with respect to checking on one factor, eligibility, what does a major insurance company say themselves regarding how often the provider needs to check with them?

“Patient eligibility and benefits should be verified prior to every scheduled appointment. Eligibility and benefit quotes include membership verification, coverage status and other important information, such as applicable copayment, coinsurance and deductible amounts. It’s strongly recommended that providers ask to see the member’s ID card for current information and photo ID in order to guard against medical identity theft. When services may not be covered, members should be notified that they may be billed directly.”

That takes up a lot of time the provider could better spend learning what else you need during a treatment visit. Any wonder that doctors have so little time to get to know you if the insurance plan calls take up so much staff and doctor time that is not reimburseable?

* Typical Insurance Company Caveat: “Please be advised that a quote of eligibility and benefits is not a guarantee of payment. All benefit payments are subject to eligibility, medical necessity, and the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, and payment leels of the patient’s health benefit plan at the time the services are rendered. Benefit payments are usually not determined based on billed charges and might be significantly less than billed charges. Please not newborn dependents not listed on the membership file may have benefits available. All claims should be filed to the state in which the service was rendered unless otherwise specified under the members contract.