Hearing news of canceled events, travel bans, and quarantines can be unsettling for sure. You start to wonder whether coronavirus is the next bubonic plague, or if it’s just a bad cold that you’ll catch and get over. One news outlet says it’s going to wipe us all out, others say it’s overblown and the world needs a chill pill. You start to wonder whether officials are telling the truth, and if they’re leaving out scary information to avoid a public frenzy.
Here are a few quick facts about coronavirus:
It’s not new — the first strains were discovered in the 1960s. You’ve probably been exposed to at least one strain of coronavirus at some point in your life.
Regular old influenza is still far more concerning to the medical community with regard to spread, severity, and deaths. There are 86 identified cases of coronavirus cases and two deaths in the US. For perspective, this season, flu infected 45 million Americans and caused 61,000 deaths.
Usually, epidemics most severely affect infants, the elderly, and people who are already dealing with severe health issues. Coronavirus doesn’t seem to affect infants, children, and healthy adults very severely, and a large portion of the elderly and health compromised people are making full recoveries.
So, does that mean you should ignore the coronavirus hype? No, it’s not a good idea to act like nothing’s happening. There are ways to reduce your chance of getting it and be ready to fight it if you need to. A strong immune system is key to coming out on the other side of a pandemic stronger than you were before. Here are some things you can try.
Preventing Coronavirus Infections
Whether you feel sick or not, there are things you can do to keep your immune system strong and ready for anything that comes your way. Here are some basic practices to keep your systems running efficiently.
Vitamin C may prevent illness. One study showed that participants who took daily vitamin C supplements were less likely to get a cold and those who did fall ill recovered faster. Vitamin C is easy to take, inexpensive to buy and available at every grocery store and pharmacy. But to get the full benefits, consider doing a Vitamin C IV at least once a week to keep your immune system fighting at full force.
The Coronavirus seems to spread much like flu, through coughs and sneezes. Once contracted, it lives and replicates in the tissues that line the airways. Secretions from these tissues – mucus and saliva – therefore also contain the virus. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or simply talks, tiny droplets of moisture are expelled into the air, carrying the virus out of the body. Unless you are directly in the firing line, you should be safe. Droplets travel only up to 7ft. If you’re looking to keep the bugs at bay, consider sucking on some zinc lozenges to line your upper respiratory tract with viral boosting support!
When the lung tissue is exposed to toxins and other factors that increase oxidative stress, glutathione concentrations are depleted and sometimes blocked from being recycled back into its usable form. When lungs are stressed with a respiratory tract infection, their capacity to clear immune factors and fight against viral and bacterial sources becomes challenged. Increasing glutathione concentrations in the lung therefore, can be beneficial in getting over a cold and recovering lung function/ capacity. It only takes 5 minutes to receive a glutathione IVto keep your lungs and your antioxidant levels up to par!
A fever is your body’s way of turning up the heat on bacteria and viruses. Most germs can only live in a certain small temperature range, so those few extra degrees that register on your thermometer can tip the balance and kill harmful microorganisms in droves. You can raise your core temperature using a dry sauna, infrared sauna, or a hot bath. Once you’ve warmed your body for 20 minutes or so, switch to a cold shower. Cold constricts your lymph vessels which pushes fluid along. When you have a cold, lymph collects waste products like dead bacteria and damaged cells, and moves them through to your lymph nodes for elimination. Clearing waste out of the way helps your immune system work more efficiently and pulls you closer to recovery.
Mullein has been used traditionally for thousands of years for respiratory conditions, even severe illnesses like pneumonia. Its compounds have anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe irritated airways, and it is an expectorant, which could break up mucus.
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How IV Therapy Benefits You More Thank Oral Supplementation
What if there was one thing in your body that had the power to control the way you look, feel and think? And what if supporting this one thing was the key to unlocking everlasting health? Sound too good to be true? I’m here to tell you that not only is this a fact, but it’s this vital organ in your body that serves as a common denominator for most of today’s health problems. I’m referring to your gut.
The current Merck Manual lists 14 main gastrointestinal disorders, with up to 14 subdivisions within each of the principle groupings (Beers, 2006). Add to this the finding that many other disease states affect the gastrointestinal tract significantly, and both give us a strong reminder that our gut has a major influence on our health. Intravenous (IV) therapy can be a useful adjunct to the oral treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.
This is because by the time symptoms of disease have made their appearance, it is sometimes too late for oral vitamins and minerals to make much difference. Nevertheless, these same vitamins and minerals, given intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously, can benefit many diseases. We know that the health of the GI tract affects the overall health of all body functions and the well-being of every individual. We approach the problem of disease as a problem of the cell. What the cell needs to be maximally healthy is always found in nature. However, to be effective, these nutrients must be admitted into the cell.
When given in high concentration, IV or IM nutrients enter the cell by sheer force of numbers. Administering nutrients in a concentration great enough to force those nutrients into the cell by means of a high-concentration gradient as well as the ability of the cell wall to absorb them, is highly beneficial. Highly concentrated on the outside, the cell membrane is semi-permeable meaning that it admits the nutrients into the cell due to the high-concentration gradient that was created.
The only way to obtain this high concentration is by IV or IM administration. With the GI cells, the IV route is especially useful for this purpose, because it’s immediately absorbed. When oral absorption is not effective, the parenteral route proves to be the most effective option.
If you haven’t heard of glutathione yet, you will. In terms of staying healthy, it’s one of the most important molecules in the body. To appreciate the power of Glutathione, an understanding is needed of the process of oxidation which damages our cells on a daily basis. But to put it simply, I like to call it the Pac Man (or woman) of the immune system. It makes it’s way throughout the body, chomping on the bad guys.
Essential body processes such as breathing, digestion, energy production, immune function, the detoxification of harmful substances including alcohol, drugs or pollution and hormonal activity, produce destructive substances known as free radicals.The process by which these highly reactive free radicals are produced is oxidation. A good example is a freshly cut avocado turning brown.
Pollution, sun exposure, stress, smoking, excessive exercise, radiation and burnt food accelerate the production of free radicals.
Oxygen literally burns, which is why a cut fruit such as an avocado becomes brown. Squeezing antioxidant rich lemon juice (which is high in vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant) onto cut avocado will prevent oxidation and maintain the color of the fruit. In a similar way, our bodies have the internal resources for the ongoing fight against free radicals, one of the principle defenses being antioxidants such as glutathione. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, and is a factor in the development of many chronic illnesses and accelerated aging.
There is more to glutathione than its antioxidant capacity. It is also a powerful detoxifying agent and is highly concentrated in the liver as well as being found in every cell of the body. The liver is a miraculous organ with many vital functions that include the ability to detoxify harmful substances in the body. This process by which liver enzymes chemically change wastes and toxins so that they can be dissolved in water and excreted, is known as liver detoxification. There are two phases of detoxification, phase one and phase two.
In Phase One, toxic substances are combined with oxygen (oxidized) to destroy the harmful free radicals This stage produces intermediate, highly reactive toxins that can be more poisonous than the original toxins and they must be further transformed for excretion from the body. This is where glutathione comes in.
In Phase Two the toxins need to be joined together (conjugated) with another substance and converted from a fat soluble into a water soluble state so that they can leave the body through the urine or feces. Depending on their type, the toxins are combined with different substances, via six different chemical pathways. The glutathione conjugation pathway is a major detoxification pathway.
Glutathione in the Diet
Glutathione is made by the body from its component amino acids, glycine, glutamate and cysteine. These amino acids are found in protein foods such as fish, chicken, eggs, meat, lentils, beans and pulses. However, the body doesn’t always convert these building blocks into glutathione very efficiently. Additionally cysteine isn’t always in plentiful supply in the diet. Finally, digestive problems can lead to deficiency, despite adequate intake. Glutathione itself is found in fish, meat, seeds and nuts. However it tends not to survive the stomach acid without being broken down. This is why the IV form of glutathione is the most recommended and potent methods of delivery. This process allows for the maximum absorption and utilization of glutathione immediately.
The Importance of Health and Glutathione
An efficiently working liver is crucial to overall health. Glutathione stores in the liver can be easily depleted. The persistent stress of modern day living and the many thousands of toxic substances in the environment, for example pesticides, pollution, plastics, household cleaners, cosmetics and pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol and chemicals in packaged foods, and stress will all use up supplies of glutathione, leaving the liver vulnerable to toxic damage. People with hepatitis and alcoholics have been found to have chronically low glutathione stores.
If you find yourself in need of strengthening your overall health or immunity quickly, then regular Glutathione IV therapy can assist you greatly. It’s important to note, that consistent dosing is imperative to heal and repair any underlying stress or disease to the body. Therefore, regular IV therapy (once a week or more) can greatly enhance results. To schedule an appointment to receive a Glutathione IV, please contact the office below.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, the ketogenic diet or being in ketosis isn’t new to me. I’ve been recommending it to certain patients for years; due to the documented health benefits of ketosis. It’s exciting to see that people are now talking about it on a global scale.
What is Ketosis?
In a nutshell ketosis can be defined as a “metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet (or fast for extended periods) that causes your body to switch from using glucose as it’s primary source of fuel, to running off ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they’re primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn’t available.” (Keto Clarity). In other words, you switch from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner. But I should point out that simply going on a low carb diet is often not enough to reach nutritional ketosis.
The Pros to Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet
By consuming a higher fat/lower carb diet you also retrain the body to use fat as an energy source. This allows the body to tap into its own fat reserves – burning it as energy.
Balancing Blood Sugar
The ability to utilise fat and ketones as fuel for the body mean a pre-diabetic or even a type 2 diabetic, no longer has to worry about excess blood sugar levels.
Better Brain Function
Improved brain function, clarity of thought, and memory recall are some wonderful benefits to the brain.
The Challenges of Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
As with any diet, I truly do not believe there is ever a one size fits all. While the ketogenic diet may be great for some, it is not going to work for others. Those who should not follow a ketogenic diet would include pregnant and breastfeeding moms, anyone who is significantly underweight, young children, those with metabolic disorders, gallbladder disease, or those who are prone to kidney stones.
I have also found that thyroid patients do not usually do well on the keto diet, as it is important for them to get enough complex carbohydrates into their diet for proper thyroid function. This is also why people have been known to experience thyroid imbalance when they first go keto. The diet can throw your thyroid balance out of whack.
Worsening Cardiovascular Issues
Those who have the lipoprotein(a) enzyme (often related to heart disease) may also not be great candidates for this diet. Having this marker in the blood may be key in determining the risk of heart disease. Following a high-fat diet like the keto diet, may increase this marker not making it an ideal option for those who already have elevated Lp(a).
Since this diet focuses on a large amount of fats, most people focus mainly on eating animal and dairy proteins. But this high consumption of animal products has been shown to be extremely inflammatory to health. A long term ketogenic diet may not be a healthier approach to living healthier. To learn which diet is ideal for your body, consider scheduling a consultation to find which diet your body prefers to function at it’s best.
How the Keto IV™can Help
The Keto IV™ will help fortify your health and maximize the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet such as:
Maintains an alkaline state for the body to sustain Ketosis
When ketones enter our blood, our blood sugar and insulin levels drop and this causes us to urinate more often because we are losing electrolytes at a faster rate than usual. Though they create amazing benefits, ketogenic diets oftentimes create a few drawbacks that sometimes make staying the course difficult. For one, they can increase acid load that shifts urinary chemistry, putting you at risk for problems like kidney stones. Too many acidic foods create a “chronic low-grade acidosis,” depleting precious minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium while adversely affecting your bone health, increasing inflammation, and paving the way for chronic disease. In essence, the body is scavenging minerals to keep the blood pH balanced…at a cost.
That’s why I created the Keto IV™, which compliments a Ketogenic Diet’s benefits with a focus on keeping the body alkaline and nourished with vitamins and minerals that fortify energy and vitality.
The Keto IV™ was formulated to allow the body to absorb nutrients that someone on a ketogenic diet is unable to absorb due to the high intake of fats. With the addition of glutathione to the Keto IV™ you will be taking the excess burden off of the liver simultaneously while relieving possible digestive symptoms related to the high fat intake.
On a ketogenic diet, it may be even more difficult to meet your vitamin needs such as magnesium and B-vitamins, as many of those foods like beans and fruits are also high in carbs. For this reason I made sure to include key nutrients and antioxidants into the Keto IV™ to fortify the body’s needs for vitamins.
Stalls in Weight Loss
If you have noticed a weight loss plateau while on the ketogenic diet, consider adding a Fat Burner Shot to the Keto IV™ to kick start your metabolism. It’s quite common to stall periodically during ketosis after a couple of months as the body’s metabolism will adjust and slow down to compensate for the rapid weight loss.
More about the Keto IV™
To grasp the benefits of the Keto IV™, it would be best received once a week while you are on the Ketogenic Diet. You should feel great after the IV, but make sure to have eaten an hour before to combat any possible nausea from the potency of the nutrients that may be possible on an empty stomach. So no fasting before the IV. The cost of the IV is $225 and is easily administered within an hour. To schedule your appointment to receive your Keto IV™, contact us here.
Because cholesterol tends to be high when there are other problems in the body (especially in the arteries), bringing down your unhealthy cholesterol levels means taking actions that benefit the entire cardiovascular system—not just going after cholesterol itself.
Targeted nutritional support is an effective tool for that when used with a healthy diet and regular exercise. To start, I would recommend incorporating more of this one particular antioxidant that has proven to be beneficial in lower cholesterol levels. This powerful antioxidant is known as ascorbic acid, or in simple terms, Vitamin C.
Low levels of vitamin C have been shown to have the following effects on the cardiovascular system:
Increase cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL levels, decrease HDL levels
Suppress the conversion of excess blood cholesterol into bile
Restrict the production of collagen, a connective tissue components that give structural strength to arterial walls
Various studies have shown that adding supplemental vitamin C can lower total cholesterol, blood fats, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while at the same time increasing HDL cholesterol. I recommend 2–2.5 grams a day. (Note: Daily doses of 2 grams or more may lower copper levels. Be sure you get at least 2 mg of dietary copper daily when taking higher dosages which can be found in conjunction with zinc.)
Vitamin C reduces LDL levels by increasing the ability of the liver to transform cholesterol into bile acids. Vitamin C may also reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and increase the number of LDL-receptors thus increasing the rate of removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood.
A desirable LDL cholesterol level is less than 100mg/dL while a desirable HDL cholesterol level is greater than 60mg/dL. Triglyceride levels lower than 150mg/dL are considered optimal.
Good dietary sources of vitamin C include: red peppers, broccol, raw potatoes, brussel sprouts, strawberries, lemons, kiwifruit, and grapefuit. Remember that boiling vegetables for a long period of time can lead to as much as an 80% reduction in vitamin C levels so where possible vegetables should be lightly steamed or consumed raw to maximize the amount of available vitamin C.
If you have high cholesterol levels, supplementing with Vitamin C IV Therapy can help to significantly lower the oxidative burden on your liver and arteries. If you’re interested in beginning IV therapy, please contact the office here.
If you’re constantly exhausted despite getting a good night’s rest, it may be non-sleep issues that are bringing you down. Reasons for fatigue can range anywhere from diet to exercise to medications and certain medical conditions. Addressing the root of the cause, whatever that may be, should be your first step. Here’s a rundown of some common culprits that may be causing a full-time energy slump in your daily routine:
Even mild dehydration can sabotage energy levels and make it difficult to concentrate. But our thirst isn’t a good indicator of hydration, since we often don’t feel thirsty until we’re already slightly dehydrated. Aim for at least half of your body weight in fluid.
When we’re under chronic stress, our adrenal glands pump out the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones can stay elevated for hours, and surge yet again and again with the next stressful events.
The result: a constant state of elevated stress hormones, running throughout your body, which has been shown to increase abdominal fat and make it harder to lose extra body fat, despite a solid diet and exercise regimen.
The key is to find ways to manage stress more effectively – always easier said than done. Make it a point to carve out time for exercise, creative hobbies, or even just spending time with people whose company you enjoy, all of which can significantly reduce our cortisol levels.
An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) affects the entire body, with symptoms including fatigue, high cholesterol, slow heart rate and difficulty losing extra weight. If you suspect an underactive thyroid, ask me how to balance them naturally.
Anemia can cause fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath because it interferes with the circulation of oxygen throughout our body. A simple blood test can determine if you’re anemic. Common causes include deficiencies in iron, folate or vitamin B12; foods rich in these nutrients (think egg yolks, legumes, spinach, red meat, and oysters) can help to correct a deficiency. If you’re not getting enough through diet alone, then it’s time to consider a B-Vitamin Shot (link in bio).
There can be many causes for that wiped-out feeling. For some, the problem may be resolved with simple changes to diet and exercise. In other cases, the issue may require an in-depth consultation going to the root of the cause.