CLINIC WILL REMAIN OPEN


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In light of the recent WHO declared Pandemic of COVID19, we want to diffuse the confusion, panic, and uncertainty.  Our clinic has had many questions about how to prepare and handle this potential outbreak of the virus, and will cover that later in this blog.

  • Firstly, we will not be closing the clinic, unless required because of infectious exposure/quarantine. Hence, we all need to work together to make this possible.
  • At the clinic we will be cleaning all common surfaces even more regularly with thieves and CaviCide.
  • Dr. Berg, Dr. Wolter, and Nutritionist Amber will be use gloves with hand contact with patients to prevent exposure.
  • We will be diffusing Thieves essential oils at the clinic to help kill microbes, if you are scent sensitive please notify the clinic prior to your appointment.
  • If you believe you are sick with COVID-19, please refrain from coming into the clinic.  We will be required to do a telemedicine appointment.  It is best that you stay home if you are sick to prevent the spread around the doctor’s office.
  • We will ask and provide patients with a mask in the office if they are sick.
We want to discuss the statistics as this can help to bring everything into perspective.

Stats

  • COVID-19 belongs to a large family of coronaviruses, other examples are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).  
  • This group of virus family is not new, COVID-19 strain is.The “novel” virus spreads easily from person to person and no one has immunity against it. (CDC)
  • Mild (>80%) to severe (~13%) to critical (~6%) illnesses have been reported.  Critical cases cause viral pneumonia, and can lead to death.
  • Total actual confirmed cases worldwide as of March 16, 2020: 167,511 (though likely higher)
  • Total deaths worldwide as of March 16, 2020: 6,606
  • Fatality rate = 3.9% (each country varies in statistics)
  • Fatality rates of previous epidemics: 
    • SARS in 2002: 10%
    • MERS in 2012: 35%
    • H1N1 in 2009: below 0.01%
    • Seasonal flu: Below 0.01%
  • Most at risk
    • elderly;
    • those with previous health conditions: Heart disease, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory disorders, Cancer, Immuno-compromised people
  • Zero deaths in children <10yoa, and account for only 1% of those infected
  • Death rate is <1% under the age of 40
  • Risks of infection increase > 60yoa, highest >80yoa 
  • The average time to get sick after exposure is 5 days (but can be any time between 1-14 days)
  • Symptoms of Covid-19: affect the lower respiratory tract
    • Sore throat (often first)
    • Mild Fever
    • Fatigue
    • Dry Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • If you start with a runny nose and sputum, you likely have a common cold, Covid-19 has “dry” symptoms
  • This infection is spread quickly, but not as quickly an infection like measles.
  • You are most contagious from early onset of symptoms to approx. 10 days post onset for mild cases
  • It can live on a metal surface for at least 12 hrs., fabric 6-12 hrs., and is killed by heat and laundry
  • Washing hands regularly with soap is the #1 prevention (min. 20 secs)

Do’s and Don’ts

Don’ts

  • Stress: do not get caught up in the fear and the panic. Watch the news for up to date information but don’t be consumed by it.  Stress directly inhibits your immune system.  We need time to rest and replenish. High stress can also affect your ability to think clearly and problem solve. Small stressors will become major catastrophes, and this is not helpful. 
  • Avoid white sugar and white flour foods that suppress the immune system 
  • Avoid caffeine, soda pop, high sugar juices
  • Don’t touch your face before washing
  • Avoid any food sensitivities you have
  • Don’t smoke, Vape or drink alcohol. These all weaken your immune system and increase inflammation. Smoking and vaping also compromise the lungs, which COVID-19 targets 

Do’s

  • Stay home if you are sick, in close contact with someone who is sick, or returned from a high risk location.
  • Wash your cell phones, home phones, remotes, and keyboards down with alcohol wipes
  • Get enough quality sleep: Adrenals replenish 11pm – 1 am, be asleep before then.
  • Manage stress: deep breaths, meditation, yoga, journaling, exercise, hobbies.
  • Drink a lot of water: minimum of 8-12 8oz glasses per day. This virus hides in the mucous of our nose, throat and mouth. Keeping yourself hydrated allows the germs to be carried into the stomach where our hydrochloric acid kills virus, bacteria and parasites. Add lemon, fresh mint or fresh berries to it. Warm water is better than cold.
  • Eat immune boosting and anti-viral foods: onions, garlic. berries, citrus, mushrooms, ginger, bone broth (soups and stews), turmeric, coconut oil, lots and lots of vegetables; especially dark leafy green vegetables, red peppers and broccoli.
  • Cook with a lot of oregano, garlic, onion, sage, rosemary, turmeric, and cinnamon
  • Eat fermented foods: sauerkraut, Kombucha, pickles, pickled beets, kefir, dairy free yogurt…
  • Get outside and spend time in the sun, but avoid groups of people. 
  • Use a diffuser: diffuse Thieves (Young Living), Eucalyptus, Oregano, Citrus, Lavender…
  • Drink herbal teas: chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, Dandelion, licorice, Astragalus

Supplements

Although there are no supplements that have been proven to prevent or treat Covid-19, supporting your immune system in general is always a good idea.

  • General Probiotic: 1-2 capsules per day. 
  • Vitamin D3 (great if you can get one that contains vitamin A and K2): 1,000-4,000 IU per day. 
  • Vitamin C: 2,000 mg plus per day (may go higher if sick). Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, but it helps to push the virus out quicker.
  • Quercetin: 500mg 2-3 x day maybe helpful
  • Immune boosting remedies can be taken daily: Astragalus, garlic pills, oregano oil, Echinacea, Deep Immune capsules, Andrographis, medicinal mushrooms such as: Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake.
  • Stress Support: B complex vitamins, vitamin C, Magnesium, Lemon Balm tea

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.  Do not panic, but stay home to prevent the spread.  The goal of these measures are not to contain the infection at this point, but rather designed to slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable in our community.

This is a difficult time that our community, and world is facing, but collectively, when approached with rational awareness, we can overcome this epidemic in a healthy way.

Sincerely, 

The Axiom Health Team,

Dr. Alana Berg, ND

Dr. Audrey Wolter, ND

Amber Batke, RHN 


For more ongoing info. and updates go to the World Health Organization