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GSMC Welcomes New Employees

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

GSMC is pleased to welcome Pamela A. Shuler, D.N.Sc., C.F.N.P., R.N. Pam, a Sylva native, is a certified family nurse practitioner specializing in preventive, hormonal, nutritional and metabolic therapies. She will initially be seeing patients on Wednesdays at GSMC.

Pam received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Carolina University in 1977, her master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner training from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980, and her doctorate in public health nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991.

Pam started learning about “healthy living” at an early age from her grandmother and her husband’s grandmother who both lived past the age of 100. They taught her the value of good, fresh food, vitamins and minerals, and how they healed their families with natural therapies. As a result, Pam has integrated principles of nutrition into her practice for 20+ years.

Pam has published numerous research articles pertaining to holistic health and women’s health, a clinician’s handbook on management of breast problems, and most recently, has coauthored a textbook titled “Natural, Alternative and Complementary Health Care Practices.” Her original holistic practice model, “The Shuler Nurse Practitioner Practice Model” is used throughout the nation by universities and nurse practitioners. Pam and her husband live in Sylva, NC, and enjoy hiking with their dogs, camping, playing music and spending time with family and friends.

Apparently good things come in pairs, as GSMC has also had the good fortune to be joined by Barbara Bonanno. Barb received her B.S.N. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in 1986. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of medical and surgical settings since then, including six years as a traveling nurse and later as a Data Quality Reviewer for the Cleveland Health Quality Choice Program, that measured quality of healthcare delivery at 27 hospitals in the Cleveland area until the program was phased out in 1999.

Barb and her husband, a retired New York City firefighter, both enjoy traveling but have recently unpacked their bags long enough to settle in the Asheville area. They particularly enjoy the area festivals and spending time with family.

Preventing and Treating Influenza Naturally

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

The role of good nutrition (no sugar), adequate sleep, stress reduction, exercise and regular hand washing with a mild hand soap go a long way toward preventing influenza. Natural remedies that GSMC physicians have found helpful include:
Flu Solution An FDA approved over-the-counter homeopathic remedy. Take according to package directions at the very first sign of symptoms. May be taken preventively after exposure to influenza by taking a dose once a day for three consecutive days.

IMM Formula This preparation of glandular thymus, echinacea, and astragalus stimulates the production of white blood cells to fight infections. Take four capsules three times a day for the first three days of symptoms, then take two capsules two times a day for duration of illness.

Transfer Factor Derived from colostrum, the first milk of mammals that provides immunity to their offspring and encourages the development of specialized white blood cells called T-helper cells to target infections. Take four capsules four times a day for duration of illness.

Vitamin C The most time-tested and researched treatment among natural remedies for flu and colds. Vitamin C naturally stimulates the body’s defense mechanisms. Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg three times a day and, if tolerated, increase to bowel tolerance. If you develop loose stools, simply reduce your dose of Vitamin C. May also take by IV drip.

Zinc Lozenges Studies reveal that taking zinc shortens the duration of a infections. These pleasant tasting lozenges may be taken per label instructions for both the temporary soothing effect on a sore throat and the immune system boost that zinc offers.

BT Cough and Bronchial Syrup Finally a great tasting, non-habit-forming, gentle, non-sedating, all natural, and effective homeopathic cough syrup to relieve coughs that rob you of rest. Take according to label directions.

Argentyn-23 This miniscule particle of silver stops the replication (multiplication) of a virus. Take 1 tsp. every twenty minutes for six doses on first symptoms, then 1 tsp. four times daily. Hold in mouth two minutes before swallowing.

Flu-Ban An anti-microbial blend of herbs and homeopathics to be taken at first symptoms or on exposure. Adults take 2 caps 4 times per day.

Chicken Soup There is scientific evidence to validate the experience of many-that chicken soup (homemade from a whole chicken, including the bones and preferably organic) helps relieve symptoms of colds and flu.

Seek medical attention if weakness, fever, or sweats persist and for flu symptoms in children under age five.

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