I have remained relatively quiet over the last few weeks about the Coronavirus COVID-19 as the outbreak and its ramifications have been developing. However, it’s time to share some information.
We don’t know yet how this medical scenario will play out. Alas, the best we can do is arm ourselves with knowledge, take the appropriate action steps to support and protect our immune system, and do our best to avoid mass hysteria.
COVID-19 is NOT the “flu.” Influenza, aka the flu, has been around for a long time and there are vaccines that can help protect us. These vaccines are formulated by a best guess of how the strains will present each season and are limited by this process. This year the flu vaccine is only 45% effective in adults and 55% effective in children, but the vaccine generally lessens the severity for those who come down with the flu.
However, at this time there is NO vaccine for COVID-19. I’m sure, though, that there are probably quite a few pharmaceutical companies working hard to be the first to create one. A vaccine will not be available anytime soon, however, as testing requires time, so we have to do our best without one for now.
Some say, “It’s just like a cold.” It is not really “just a cold,” especially if you are immune-compromised. People who have compromised immune systems have diseases that affect the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver. They may be cancer patients, those on chemotherapy, or those taking anti-autoimmune drugs.
The elderly are also at risk. How does one define “older”? With each passing year, I am more sensitive to this question, so let’s just say at least 65 years old. Additionally, smokers and those who are obese are at higher risk.
The main route for the spread of this virus is through coughing, sneezing, and talking. The robust viral droplets can land on your skin, clothes, hands, and eyes or be inhaled into your mouth and nose.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild to severe, and, yes, for some they have been fatal. The symptoms are:
– Cough (usually dry)
– Shortness of breath
– Body aches
– Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
– May result in pneumonia
Reference of symptoms of Coronavirus vs. Influenza vs. Common cold
A popular question I often receive in the office is “What vitamins and supplements should I take to help support my immune system?” Boost your immunity naturally. It is well documented that acupuncture treatments boost immunity. Also Custom Immunity Support Kit, based on your constitution/medical conditions can be tailored here for you by me. This may include herbs, co-factors, botanicals, nutraceuticals, probiotics, supplements, but remember, herbs are actually herbal medicine and just like medications there are real interactions that only a trained provider would recommend. Do not guess, just because someone you know takes it, because of it maybe highly problematic for you and your health conditions. Do not take the word from someone at the vitamin store. I recommend a custom Viral Support Kit as a prevention tool. Call me (714-962-5031).
Here is my current list:
-A Solid multi-vitamin with minerals and fish oil (ask me what I use!)
-Vitamin C (3000 mg)
-Short chain fatty acids
-Herbal throat spray
-Chinese herbs – different ones for different symptoms and concerns with considerations medication and conditions
And if I feel symptoms are brewing, I start on hot water with lemon juice, ginger, and honey.
Get acupuncture now to increases immune response. Acupuncture time tested and proven to increase body defenses! It is time for self-care for sure.
Call me with any questions!
Lastly, I eat dark chocolate because I like it and it’s good for you!
Please stay well. Although there was some humor injected into this written piece, I want you to take this event seriously. I don’t want you to panic; I want you to take action.
I am hoping this Coronavirus will lessen by May or June as viral bacteria droplets disintegrate faster in warmer weather (this is when we usually see a decrease in influenza), but we don’t know yet if that will happen.
Arm yourself with knowledge. Keep a sane mind and thought process. Purchase extra items such as canned foods, paper goods, and cleaning supplies when you can.
Consider avoiding the constant barrage of news.
MOST OF ALL, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND DON’T FORGET THE POWER OF THE WORDS OF LOVE.
Autoimmune diseases (i.e., Hashimoto’s, Thyroid Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Crohn’s and Colitis, etc.) are sweeping our communities. It’s estimated that about 20% of the population has an immune condition leaving both doctors and patients baffled because of severe symptoms with normal lab results. Once the immune system creates significant damage, the diagnosis is finally given way after symptoms started and damage occurred. At this point, patients are only offered symptomatic relief with medications. Does this sound familiar? Hence, the root cause remains unevaluated and the patient is left with very few options. Real help is here in Huntington Beach / Fountain Valley at Bennett Acupuncture and Functional Medicine.
Dr. Bennett takes a Functional and herbal medicine approach that looks for the root causes instead of simply shutting off the immune system. Plus, acupuncture will help regulate the healing process. Why will functional medicine get to the root cause? The underlying causes may include diet, environment, stubborn infections, toxins, imbalanced gut bacteria, and several other variables. Dr. Bennett has worked with hundreds of patients, and she believes each person requires a personalized approach to unravel their condition. A one-size-fits-all approach will never work out well in the long run; that’s why we always work with patients to find and address their root cause(s). Our approach is safe, powerful and effective.
Dr. Bennett has served the people of our community and wants to give back to her community. We want everyone to have the best tools to help themselves conquer their condition and live the best life possible. We have a limited number of special one on one meetings with Dr. Bennett to find out what foods you must include in your diet, how to balance your immune system, how to unravel years of inflammation, safely use herbs, what supplements to take and what to avoid. Also, Dr. B. will order lab testing you must have done to find the cause. Call us at 714-962-3031 or visit .https://bennettacupuncture.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds each a grasp and one of many few within the space with a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese language drugs, plus two diplomats. She has accomplished further coaching in practical drugs, fertility, natural drugs, and utilized scientific vitamin. She has been training in Fountain Valley and Huntington Seaside for over 13 years. Dr. Bennett additionally serves many individuals from Huntington Seaside, Fountain Valley, Newport Seaside, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Seaside, Newport Coast, Tustin and Orange County. She may be reached at 714-962-5031 and new sufferers are welcome.