COVID-19/Coronavirus Update March 17th

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We value your health and the health of your family, and are striving to do everything in our power to keep you as safe as possible.  For this reason, we have been avidly following research about Coronavirus, and are updating our treatment procedures and preparation daily in response.  We recognize this is a dynamic situation and are following state and federal guidelines.  At this time, our office will remain open; however, any non-essential in-person meetings are being changed to phone consults to help limit everyone’s exposure.  You can get your medications and supplements through the back door and pay online with a credit card as well if you are concerned about coming inside the clinic.

We are dedicated to doing our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff.  In this effort, we are asking that if you are experiencing any symptoms including sore throat, fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, PLEASE STAY HOME.  Our clinic is equipped neither for testing nor isolation.  If you become ill, please refer to the links at the bottom of this message for viral testing and treatment facilities.  We are equipped to facilitate your treatment via phone and telemedicine and are happy to do so if you suspect you could be infected.  Please read below to learn about the strategic immune support protocol we are implementing.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:

Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning:

Disinfecting surfaces at the front office, treatment areas and high traffic areas such as door handles, phones, pens and other frequently touched places at least hourly is one key way we are working to minimize the spread of virus.

  • Screening patients thoroughly before making appointments and asking those with suspicious symptoms to stay home and opt for a phone consult instead. Phone consults for non-essential in-office visits help to limit traffic and exposure for everyone.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help limit exposure by following self-quarantine procedures.
  • Asking patients to wash hands upon entering the clinic with real soap and water for 20 seconds – that’s 2 happy birthday songs repeated.
  • Masks on appropriate patients.
  • Fresh Airflow through open windows.
  • Supplements through the back door – call ahead to pick up your supplements or medications through the back door and pay online if you prefer not to come inside.
  • Striving to keep 6 feet between patients in the lobby and IV rooms.

What can you do to prepare & limit your exposure?

  • Know the symptoms: Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Please call and change your appointment and stay home if you are sick or exhibiting early symptoms of illness.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask if you have a cough to protect others or cough into your elbow rather than your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, and handles using a household disinfectant on a regular basis.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating; after going to the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

BEYOND THE CDC – The Naturopathic Approach: Immune Support 

If you have any the following preexisting health conditions you may be at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19: autoimmune disease, are taking immunosuppressant medication, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, COPD, steroids or are undergoing chemotherapy.  We can create individualized protocols for you if you fit into the high risk category.  Please call to schedule a phone appointment.  928-774-1770

Below are respiratory & immune boosting strategies for prevention for adultsPregnant or breastfeeding women and children can call the clinic for a modified protocol that is age/weight appropriate.  Before using the below immune protocol, consult with your healthcare provider to be sure these nutrients are safe for your condition and will not interfere with your medications.  We are happy to do phone consults if you are unsure.

Adult ​​​​Short term protocol: 1-3 months max

  1. Good Hydration –  Stanford hospital board reported hydration is currently the #1 treatment because it helps keep your mucus thinned and flowing instead of stuck and congested.  Always keep mouth and throat moist, never dry, by taking a few sips of water every 15 minutes.  Drinking warm water will move the virus down your GI tract where your stomach acid will kill it versus down your airways.  Gargling with warm water nightly will help support the mucosa of your mouth and throat.  Recommended daily dose of water = 1/2 your body weight in ounces.
  2. Mucolytics
    1. NAC or Mucinex (guaifenesin without dextromethorphan)
      1. Mucinex (NOT DM) 500mg 2x daily with at least 16 ounces of water
      2. NAC 500-1000mg 3x daily with meals
    2. What NOT to take – Sudafed, Dayquil pseudoephedrine containing medications will dry out your mucus membranes rather than help your body’s natural immune function by allowing mucus to flow.
  3. Vitamin C 1000mg 3x daily with meals to bowel tolerance.
  4. Zinc 15mg 3x daily with food.
    1. Vitamin Code Raw Zinc by Garden of Life will not make you nauseous if lozenges make you nauseous.
  5. Vitamin D3 5,000 – 10,000 IU daily with food.
  6. Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily with food (this is not a safe dose for children or pregnant women).  Symptoms of sudden vitamin A overdose include increased pressure in the space between the skull and the brain, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and skin peeling.
  7. Elderberry Syrup 1 tablespoon 3x daily with food.
  8. Probiotics – 1 cap 3x daily with food.

Echinacea is not recommended in autoimmune diseases, and if taken is only beneficial in the first few days.

You can order the above supplements from Wellevate, our online dispensary through your doctor’s link:

Dietary Considerations

  • Avoid sugar and alcohol as they will deplete your immune function for 4-6 hours after 1 serving.  This gives the virus a headstart while you immune system is suppressed.
  • Avoid dairy products if you get sick as regardless of allergy, it is mucus forming and will thicken your mucus.
  • DO EAT more brightly colored vegetables and fruits for the antioxidants and nutrient dense vitamins & minerals they provide to support every body system.

Lifestyle Consideration

  • Good Sleep Hygiene is your first defense – ideally 8-10 hours per night.
  • Fresh air is key for mental health and lung function, get outside and get some exercise daily. Change the air over in your house as well to release toxins and carbon dioxide that build up from cooking and breathing.
  • Warming sock treatment – home hydrotherapy.  Click this link for how to do yours at home.  WarmingSocksSelfCare.docx

Stay Informed

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

If you have any questions related to your existing appointment or to schedule a new appointment, please call us at 928-774-1770.

Thank you for doing your part by following the CDC recommendations and those set forth by the Flagstaff Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine.

Stay healthy and hydrated.  We are here for you.

❤️

Heart Health Begins in Childhood

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More American adults than ever before are struggling with obesity and diabetes. If this is any indication of the future for our children, our nation is in real trouble.  One in 5 youths have some form of high cholesterol, with a higher prevalence in girls than boys.  While our children are still under our roofs we have the unique opportunity to teach them healthy eating habits in two ways: providing only healthy snacks at home and eating only healthy foods ourselves.

Skip the Sugar, altogether whenever possible:

Sugar and simple carbs (anything made from a ground grain, including corn) raise blood glucose levels.  Our bodies, always in preparation for starvation, store excess  glucose as fat (triglycerides).  Over time, high triglyceride levels elevate other forms of cholesterol, thus creating the beginnings of deposition of fatty streaks in arteries and insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes.

How much sugar is ok? Naturally occurring sugar in fruit is not free sugar and is ok to eat. Otherwise, follow the guidelines below:

    • Adults max 30g of free sugar a day, (roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes).
    • Children aged 7 to 10  no more than 24g of free sugars a day (6 sugar cubes).
    • Children aged 4 to 6 have no more than 19g of free sugars a day (5 sugar cubes).
    • Toddlers and young children do not need anything more than fruit or honey as a sweetener in daily life.  REALLY avoid those sweetened drinks and sodas.  You will find they are better behaved and happier generally because they don’t feel out of control from sugar highs.

What sugars are best? Honey & maple syrup have minerals and vitamins other things don’t.

Healthy Fats will NOT make you fat, sugar will:

Healthy fats protect the brain and nervous system. They are also the backbone of all our sterol hormones and the lining of every cell in our bodies.  Children’s brains are growing exponentially faster than adults, so their need for healthy fats is higher.  Including healthy fat in every meal and snack will ensure stabilization of blood sugar, leaving our kids feeling satisfied after eating with great energy to play and learn. Here is a simple healthy fat guide:

Oils to Eat Daily

    • Avocado & avocado oil
    • Coconut products (Not to be confused with palm)
    • Fish (smaller fish accumulate less toxicity because their lifespan is shorter)
    • Dairy products from healthy animals; avoid low fat & fat-free products.
    • Meats – healthy animals = healthy fat ratios = healthy hearts.
      • Grass fed/grass finished beef
    • Nuts & Seeds are full of healthy Omega’s
    • Eggs from healthy chickens who ate bugs and worms,  got sunshine daily and exercise as they would naturally in nature.

Oils to avoid:

    • Canola
    • Trans-fats and hydrogenated oils,
    • Foods that are fried, especially deep-fried
    • Shortening
    • Margarine
    • Fats from diabetic or unhealthy animals that were likely corn fed to fatten them up at the end of life.

Avoiding unhealthy fats and an abundance of added sugars can save your children from a lifetime of health issues including diabetes, obesity, arterial plaque and inflammation.  Children who eat healthy balanced diets have stronger immune systems, greater emotional stability, learn more effectively, behave better, and have more energy for healthy outlets.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2812791/

What is the recommended daily sugar intake?

 

Naturopathic Kids Corner

by Dr. Erin Victor

winter kids backgroundsImmune Health through the Winter Months

It is normal for children to get sick 2-3x a year, which helps develop their immune competence.  It is abnormal for children to get sick more often or for them to be chronically ill with colds, ear infections, strep throat, post nasal drip/runny noses etc.

When a child is consistently sick, we need to look deeper to discover the underlying obstacles that are draining the child’s ability to mount a sufficient immune response to overcome the infection fully.

Here are a few wonderful tools you can try to help strengthen your child’s immune function beyond the basics of washing hands & avoidance:

  • Vitamin D3 – In a cold climate like Flagstaff, vitamin D absorption is at an all-time low for kids and adults alike.  Consider adding this powerful vitamin to your child’s daily regime to improve immune function and prevent future illness.  As with any vitamin or mineral, check weight ranges to find the right dose for your child.
  • Elderberry syrup – Rich in antioxidants, anthocyanidins and vitamin C, this delicious syrup proves itself repeatedly in stimulating antiviral immunity and supporting a healthy immune response.  Dosing for prevention is typically 1/2 tsp daily in children over 2 years old.  In sickness, 1 tsp 3x daily to aid the immune fight.
  • Probiotics – Invite in the healthy flora to keep the “bad bugs” from finding a foothold.  Healthy flora should abundantly line the respiratory, GI and urinary tracts.  In children who have had multiple antibiotic rounds or a high stress environment, it is difficult for their systems to reestablish normal flora levels.  Probiotics are a simple & inexpensive way to rebalance the most profound areas of immune function.
    • Make sure you get a product that contains bacteria in the billions and has two or more varieties of microbes.  To test whether the microbes are alive, open a capsule in a small amount of milk overnight in a warm place.  If it is not curdled in the morning, the microbes are dead.  Take it back to the store.
  • Sugar avoidance – Did you know that 1 serving of sugar inhibits immune function for up to 4-6 hours after ingestion?  Imagine that happening at a birthday party, church function or at school during lunch when your child’s immunity is most at risk for exposure.  Avoid sugar and corn syrup in favor of fruit and even dried fruits, which are just as sweet and lack the immune inhibition side effects.

We have many other tools and informative laboratory tests that can assist in digging deeper if your child is not responding to basic immune support.  Contact a naturopathic doctor in your area to identify potential immune draining obstacles in your child’s life.

*As with any medication or vitamin supplement, check with your doctor to make sure this treatment is appropriate for your child’s specific condition.