Empower Your Immune System Against CVD-19
Updated: Jun 3
Now entering its fourth month, the coronavirus pandemic continues to be an unprecedented public health challenge in our lifetimes. There is a lot of conflicting information, and it seems like the news is never-ending. We’re hearing from many of our patients, friends, and family that they are uncertain of what precautions they should take to protect themselves and their families right now.
With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to outline the advice we have been giving our in-clinic patients to manage their health and well-being during this difficult time. We hope that this helps give you some peace of mind to know that there are precautions you can take to support your health and the health of your loved ones.
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What You Should Know
If there’s one key takeaway you should know, it is that the coronavirus is ever-evolving, and it does not affect everyone in the same way. While one person may become severely ill, others will only have mild symptoms, and still others will have no symptoms at all.
When we think back to a couple of months ago, the official recommendations have changed several times as well. At first, we were told not to wear masks, then we were told to wear masks, then to wear gloves and not to wear gloves. With the constantly changing information and a varying range of outcomes, what exactly can we do to protect ourselves and our families?
“We need to look at, in general, how do we take care of ourselves from a virus or an influenza?” said Susan Rohr. “Our best defense is an offense. Taking care of the immune response, the body’s innate offense, as opposed to chasing a microorganism, that’s the best thing to do.”
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Boost Your Immune System
Keeping the idea of boosting the overall immune system in mind, there are several vitamins and supplements we have been recommending to patients.
Vitamin D and C: Vitamin D and vitamin C are excellent general supporters of the immune system, and due to our environment and the increased exposure to toxins and stress in our everyday lives, many people are already deficient in these nutrients. We typically recommend at least 5,000 IUs of vitamin D + K2 daily and at least 2,000 mg of vitamin C daily.
Zinc: Zinc is another powerful immune system booster and a key mineral that everyon needs. To protect you from infection, we recommend 30mg twice a day, but your dose may vary based on age and other factors.
Glutathione: Glutathione is a critical component in the body’s detoxification process and is the body’s master antioxidant. We often recommend a liposomal form at the clinic, which is easily absorbed.
Licorice root and andrographis: These are two herbal medicines long used in ancient Chinese medicine that actually help prevent viruses from taking hold in our bodies. And if the virus can’t take hold, it can’t create disease. Take that, COVID!
But please don’t rush out (or open a new browser tab) to buy all of these supplements right away!
It’s really important to give an individual the right combination of supplement support that they need, since no two bodies are the same.
“We can help people come up with a regimen that their body will accept, because what works for one doesn’t work for another. Your treatment should resonate with your body, so we’re really happy to test that,” said Susan.
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To develop a treatment plan that works individually for you, call us at 262-395-4023 or fill out our contact form online .
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Nebulize to Immunize
Another preventative (and inexpensive!) treatment that we are recommending to all of our patients is using a nebulizer. You may have heard of a nebulizer in the context of treatment for asthma, but it is useful for much more than chronic respiratory illness. A nebulizer can deliver powerful yet safe pathogen-fighting substances directly to the lungs, which we know are particularly sensitive to coronavirus. (And flu! And colds!)
We recommend nebulizing a 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide solution diluted with saline to tolerance, with an optional 1-2 drops of iodine. You can also nebulize colloidal silver. This practice is completely safe to do 2-4 times a day, if necessary, and important to start at the first sign of cold symptoms, such as a sore throat.
“Patients who have experienced the COVID infection and have had the infection linger in their system, once they started with the hydrogen peroxide and the iodine, followed by silver, nebulized, all of their symptoms completely mitigated,” explained Susan. “So I think that’s an excellent and very empowering tool for people to have at home. It gives you a sense of control in case you start to feel symptoms arise.”
We recommend the Omron Comp Air NE-C801.
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Address Your Stress
Just as much as we must look after our physical health, it is absolutely critical to actively manage our mental health as well. Stress and anxiety play a massive role in how well our bodies can fight disease. A calm and centered mind is not only prepared to adapt to the challenges that may occur with our physical health, it is more likely to prevent physical health issues from arising in the first place.
“As we’re eight, nine, ten weeks into this pandemic, you’re seeing fear as a great catalyst to people feeling unwell,” said Susan. “What I want people to do is to trust in themselves again. We trust ourselves by trusting that our bodies have an innate ability to heal. All of us do.”
One of the easiest ways to cultivate this trust in our bodies and an ability to remain calm is with guided meditation. You can find many 10-15 minute meditations easily available on YouTube or on free apps like Insight Timer. It may take some practice, but the benefits are well worth the time invested.
“Start using meditation apps, start listening to guided meditation, and step out of fear. Because fear and stress are the greatest catalysts to disease.” - Susan
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You Can Take Control
The bottom line is this: you can take control of your health and your family’s health during this time, and you have access to many tools and wellness-supporting practices, including:
Knowing that the best way to support your overall health is to strengthen your immune system, your body’s natural defense to harmful invaders;
Supplementing with appropriate vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that boost the immune system;
Purchasing a nebulizer to have on hand if you or one of your loved ones begins to show any symptoms;
Taking time each day to practice de-stressing exercises, such as meditation, prayer, yoga or any other calming activity that is unique to you.
Finally, remember to drink plenty of good filtered water, get decent sleep, eat healthfully, and get out and get some sunshine and exercise. These are the foundations that promote wellness, pandemic or no pandemic.
And if you want extra in-clinic support, our doors remain open. Call or email us, anytime.
As always, our thoughts of healing and wellness go out to each of you; we will get through this!