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Just wanted to say I am so glad that Qi Inc is back open again! I had a much needed appt on Thursday and it felt so good to be there again. It is very clear that the strictest health and safety and cleaning protocols are being followed, and the office is pristine. It feels peaceful, serene and very safe. Thank you Racquel and Dr Alix!

Qi Inc. is a holistic health clinic that offers, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, homeopathy, & massage.

Dr. Alix Bjorklund has been in private practice since 1993. I created this page to share her thoughts about health, spirit and body, to share her experiences of working with people. It is also a way for us to connect and learn from one another. I believe it is our connection to all sentient beings and nature that keep us whole and healthy. Please give my your feedback and share your experiences wi

Operating as usual

12/15/2021

The available and most recent studies show that the booster is effective in preventing serious disease and illness, and increases effectiveness in preventing breakthrough cases with the Omicron variant. Get your booster!

The City of Santa Fe will be hosting Moderna vaccinations for people ages 16 and older between 10 am and 3 pm on the remaining Thursdays in December—Dec. 16, 23 and 30—at the Public Safety Building on the Midtown campus (adjacent to the Greer Garson Theater). Anyone who received an initial vaccination with either Moderna, Pfizer or J & J can receive a Moderna booster. Walk-ups are allowed, but registering on the DOH website recommended. Bring a vaccination card and photo ID. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a signed consent form (available on the DOH website).

08/20/2021

The most common health complaint I am hearing from my patients these days is, fatigue. When I remind them of the profound role stress plays in our lives, they always nod in agreement. A big sigh follows.

During this time of COVID, partisan division, loss, and grief we are all in pain to some degree. Sometimes the pain is suffering, sometimes it is just pain, albeit conscious or unconscious. When we are stressed our immune system has to work harder to balance the intense hormone release in our bodies. Over the long term this can take a real toll on our health and well-being.

With the rise in COVID infections, the upcoming cold and flu season, the approaching holidays, and all the unknowns we are facing, it is important to do all we can to support our immune system and our mental health. We can start by eating a healthy and nutritious diet. With the fall harvest upon us, support your local farmer's market. The fresh vegetables and fruits including dark leafy greens, beet, squash, carrot, sweet corn, tomato, cucumber, leek, peppers, cherry, peach, plum, pear, apple, apricot, and fresh herbs will do wonders to heal your body, mind, and spirit. Cook with ginger, garlic, scallion, lemon and turmeric.
Invite friends over and sit outside to enjoy the last days of summer and the late summer harvest. Get creative with your cooking and with your presentation. Laughter and storytelling with help your digestion and your soul!

Late summer is a transition point. We are moving from yang to yin, from the expansive growth of summer, friendship, celebration and connection, toward the inward more quiet and reflective time of autumn and winter. Your body, mind, and spirit will be grateful for down time and meditation. It is time to begin the preparations for the long nights and short days.

Support your body by taking higher doses of Vitamin B and C, and adrenal support formulas. I also use a complete immune support called, Transfer Factor Immune. Depending on your constitution I recommend Chinese herbal formulas such as: Astra 8 or Astra Isatis by Health Concerns, or Astragalus & LIgusticum, Jade Screen & Xanthium, Burplerum & Cinnamon or Lily Preserve Metal by Golden Flower. I also make tailor made formulas as well that are designed for your exact needs. If you would like to discuss these in more detail, you can email me for a consultation [email protected]
Go to my website www.dralixbjorklund.com for more information.

Get outside and enjoy the long days of late summer!
Keep Calm
Stay Healthy

New Mexico Releases Vaccine Booster Guidelines 08/20/2021

New Mexico Releases Vaccine Booster Guidelines

I recommend that you receive your booster vaccine.

New Mexico Releases Vaccine Booster Guidelines State reports 1,776 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths as DOH releases guidelines for boosters for immunocompromised people

06/29/2021

More good news on the Moderna and the Pfizer COVID vaccines.

The New York Times, reports that there is growing evidence that the mRNA vaccines may not need boosters, as long as the current virus and it's variants do not evolve much beyond their current forms-which in not guaranteed. (this study did not include the J&J vaccine)
Others studies show that the repertoire of our memory B cells produced after vaccination is more diverse than even that generated by COVID infection itself. This suggests that the mRNA vaccines will protect better against variants than natural immunity alone.

These vaccines work!

05/20/2021

Our sweet client brought Shakira a gift today!

Our sweet client brought Shakira a gift today!

04/20/2021

Hello Spring.
Bring your rain, your snow, your warm sun, your wind.
This is the nature of spring, with unknown and ever changing days.
As Pema Chodron says, "embrace the wind".

In the "Five Element" system of Oriental Medicine theory, Spring is the element of Wood. The organs involved are the liver, the minister of vision and planning; and the gallbladder, the minister of purity and decision making. When we are in the wood element virtues such as; benevolence, discernment, flexibility, esteem and patience are necessary. These virtues help us to avoid behaviors such as; self-abasement, indecision, flaccidity, timidity, and resignation.

Nature is the perfect metaphor for us humans to observe, as we celebrate the longer warm days. We are hopeful that our plants with come back with their flowers. That out of winter we will thrive.

Spring surges out of the stillness of winter. It can feel overwhelming and stir within us frustration and depression; even anger. It is bursting with new growth. It is the essence of life in motion; dynamic and explosive. We are planning our gardens and vacations. We are ready action. It requires energy, decision making, and flexibility.
Just as the sprouts of bulbs force their way through the soil after the long winter, we must find our way around obstacles in our life. We must be adaptable and strong. Like the tall trees swaying in the wind, we must be flexible with the gusts around us, being willing to change direction if necessary.

Allow the energy of spring to bring you renewed direction and to bring alive your hope for new growth.

EMBRACE, BREATHE, MOVE, REJOICE.

Hello Spring.
Bring your rain, your snow, your warm sun, your wind.
This is the nature of spring, with unknown and ever changing days.
As Pema Chodron says, "embrace the wind".

In the "Five Element" system of Oriental Medicine theory, Spring is the element of Wood. The organs involved are the liver, the minister of vision and planning; and the gallbladder, the minister of purity and decision making. When we are in the wood element virtues such as; benevolence, discernment, flexibility, esteem and patience are necessary. These virtues help us to avoid behaviors such as; self-abasement, indecision, flaccidity, timidity, and resignation.

Nature is the perfect metaphor for us humans to observe, as we celebrate the longer warm days. We are hopeful that our plants with come back with their flowers. That out of winter we will thrive.

Spring surges out of the stillness of winter. It can feel overwhelming and stir within us frustration and depression; even anger. It is bursting with new growth. It is the essence of life in motion; dynamic and explosive. We are planning our gardens and vacations. We are ready action. It requires energy, decision making, and flexibility.
Just as the sprouts of bulbs force their way through the soil after the long winter, we must find our way around obstacles in our life. We must be adaptable and strong. Like the tall trees swaying in the wind, we must be flexible with the gusts around us, being willing to change direction if necessary.

Allow the energy of spring to bring you renewed direction and to bring alive your hope for new growth.

EMBRACE, BREATHE, MOVE, REJOICE.

Timeline Photos 04/09/2021

I am happy to say that I have had both Pfizer vaccines. I hope you will be getting yours soon if you haven't already.
We are getting closer to Herd Immunity and this is the key!
Stay Safe.
Keep Calm.

We are pleased to announce that over 50% of New Mexicans 16+ have now gotten at least one of their COVID-19 shots! Keep up the good work, New Mexico! We're in this together!

Do you know a friend or loved one who has yet to register for their vaccine? Share this post with them and remind them to register for their vaccine today at:

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Using the 'RAIN' Practice to Stay Present | Maria Shriver 03/24/2021

Using the 'RAIN' Practice to Stay Present | Maria Shriver

This practice of "RAIN" is something I use every day.
Staying present relieves suffering and helps to bring peace and joy to present moment.
Enjoy.

Using the 'RAIN' Practice to Stay Present | Maria Shriver Using the ‘RAIN’ Practice to Stay Present by DR. JUDSON BREWER Cravings and anxiety sneak up on you, and before you know it, you’re completely sucked into one habit loop or another. But you don’t have to be slaves to those habit loops. The more you become aware that urges and cravings are ju...

Just Go Walk: Studies Show Normal Walking Can Add Years to Your Life and Reduce Disease Symptoms 01/27/2021

Just Go Walk: Studies Show Normal Walking Can Add Years to Your Life and Reduce Disease Symptoms

My patients know that I am constantly encouraging a daily walk. I walk 30 minutes every day no matter what. It is one of the best and most simple things we can do for our health.
Enjoy your walk today everyone!

Just Go Walk: Studies Show Normal Walking Can Add Years to Your Life and Reduce Disease Symptoms No matter the speed or duration, walking improves your health: both in years of life, and disease markers like blood glucose.

dralixbjorklund.com 12/29/2020

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My thoughts on the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
By, Alix Bjorklund Doctor of Oriental Medicine, December 2020

You will make your own decision to get the vaccine or not to get the vaccine. It is important to make an informed decision and to read the science. Also, investigate your sources of information. I have done the research and looked at many different articles and sources; here is some of that information. I hope that you find this helpful and informative.

I will be getting the vaccine as soon as it is available to me, and I am recommending that you get the vaccine.

The combination of getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. The vaccine provides our best chance at establishing
“herd immunity”. It is estimated that approximately 80-90% of Americans over 17 years of age, will need to be vaccinated to establish herd-immunity. The CDC however, offers no herd immunity estimate, saying on its website that “experts do not know”.

According to the CDC, so far, none of the vaccine trials have reported any serious safety concerns. Trials for the first two vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — have had fully independent safety monitoring boards, and safety data are continuously reviewed by the FDA and expert panels. Moderna and Pfizer are currently the two approved vaccines available. They both went through rigorous testing, and no steps were skipped. Both will continue to be monitored by the FDA and CDC.

Both manufacturers report that their vaccines show approximately 95% efficacy at preventing both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19.

According to the CDC, the body of evidence for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was primarily informed by one large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II/III clinical trial that enrolled more than 43,000 participants.

Interim findings from the trial, using data from participants with a median 2 month follow-up indicate that the vaccine was 95.0% effective in preventing symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in persons without evidence of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.
For more information go to the CDC December 13, 2020, online report posted as an “MMWR Early Release”.

The COVID-19 vaccines created by Pfizer and Moderna do not have any virus or other infectious material in them. They are designed to cause your body to make copies of a harmless piece of the coronavirus, so you will not, and cannot, get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

These vaccines are a new type of vaccine in that they contain an mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. This will be the first time it is being widely distributed in a vaccine.

“The single biggest advantage that the mRNA approach has is its flexibility,” explained Richard Webby, Ph.D., Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Influenza at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While traditional vaccines require a personalized, energy-intensive approach for each vaccine, mRNA vaccines have a streamlined process adaptable to any microbe, making it well suited to rapidly respond to emerging pandemics, Webb says.
Men’sHealth December 9, 2020

There are, however, at this time, unknowns about the long-term effects of mRNA. Tal Brosh, head of the Infectious Disease Unit at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital in Israel, acknowledges that there are unique and unknown risks to messenger RNA vaccines, including local and systemic inflammatory responses that could [potentially in rare occasions, unknown details at this time] lead to autoimmune conditions.

Michal Linial, a professor of biological chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, stated her cause for concern had less to do with the mRNA and more to do with the long-term efficacy of the vaccine. In addition, she stated that several questions remain such as whether these vaccines will be able to mount a sufficiently protective immune response and how long that immunity would last.
The Jerusalem Post November 17, 2020

At this time the known common side effects can be a very sore arm and symptoms such as a sore throat, fatigue, and body aches. Remember this is a sign that the vaccine is working. This will probably last a day or two, and you will be protected from a virus that has killed more than 330,000 people in the US alone. If you have a medical history of complicated autoimmune disease, I suggest that you consult with your rheumatologist before getting this vaccine.

Regarding questions of the mutations that we are now seeing with COVID-19, my research suggests that this will not at this time hinder the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Trevor Bedford, an infectious-disease expert at the Fred Hutch research center in Seattle, estimated that "it will take the virus a few years to mutate enough to significantly hinder a vaccine. "But again, he said, "this process will most likely take years rather than months." Experts however, are finding that the new strain known as D614G has spread much faster than the original Wuhan Variant.

There are other active ingredients in the vaccines including; lipids, fats, potassium chloride, sucrose (sugar), and acetic acid. Acetic acid can be found in vinegar and in many other foods, and can also be used as an electrolyte in IV fluids. These help to maintain the pH or stability of the vaccine.

According to the CDC, at this time, anyone who has a severe allergy (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ingredients should not receive this vaccine.

There are of course unknowns about this vaccine. The main question that remains unanswered is, how long will immunity (antibodies) from COVID-19 last? We will not know that answer for some time. Although the vaccine will greatly lower (95% chance that it will) your risk of getting sick and greatly reduce the severity of disease if you do get sick, we do not know if you can still transmit the virus to others.

Also, keep in mind that results show 50% efficacy after 10 days of your first dose; and to achieve the 95% efficacy it requires both doses and it takes up to a week to achieve that.

It has become clear that “Superspreader events” played a large role in spreading COVID-19. Avoiding these events is paramount to slowing the rate of transmission.

Given this information please understand that you must continue to wear a mask and continue to practice the art of social distancing even after you get the recommended two vaccine doses. It is not only about you, it is about the people you love, the people you are exposed to at the store and at work. It is about making it safer for people with comorbidities, the elderly, for those people with diseases like cancer, and for people who live in wheelchairs. We have an obligation to help protect others from this virus. There are many unknowns about this virus but one thing we know for sure is that it is highly contagious.

When you get this vaccine, you are helping to limit the spread of this very contagious virus. You are also helping to take the pressure off of our front line workers, doctors, and nurses, and our healthcare system in general. This is paramount to our eventual “return to normal”. I will be getting the vaccine as soon as it is available to me, for many reasons including that I feel it is a part of my societal responsibilities.

The New Mexico Department of Health has created a “ COVID-19 Vaccine Registration” link. Go to the New Mexico Department of Health to register.

Other sites:
Johns Hopkins Medicine, based in Baltimore, Maryland
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Meanwhile, keep in mind that this is going to be a long winter and we all need to do our best to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Wear your masks, wash your hands, follow all the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

With warm wishes for a Happy New Year,
Dr. Alix Bjorklund
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