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We are sure you are getting flooded with information about what people are thinking and what companies are doing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. People all over the world are rightfully concerned about the novel Coronavirus, and of course, there’s particular concern for the elderly and those with immuno-compromised states or “underlying health complications”, which you are going to be hearing a lot about in the coming weeks and months.
As always, all of us at in2GREAT are deeply committed to the health and wellness of all our employees and our patients during this time, and we aim to educate and promote a proactive approach to potential health care concerns.
Our patients vary greatly between those who are optimally-well and those who are struggling with severe chronic illnesses. Because of this, it’s important for us to share with you our considerations in how to best handle this current pandemic, understanding that no single communication would be adequate for the variety of patients we serve. This is our best effort to communicate with you our thoughts and efforts regarding COVID-19, and to provide you with some education and support at this time (as of March 17th, 2020).
We are monitoring updates from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our local government regarding COVID-19 safety measures, and we are planning accordingly without falling prey to fear-based initiatives and information. We will continue to evaluate the scientific information on a daily basis, and if anything changes we will post updates on our website.
What you need to know about the clinical course of COVID-19
Most people who have tested positive for the virus appear to have mild infections and symptoms which mimic a cold or influenza. With that being said, the median age of those infected is 50 years of age with a slightly higher rate in males vs females. Children at this time appear to be less susceptible and have much milder symptoms than adults. However, that does not mean children are not infected and spreading the virus asymptomatically. Pregnant women do not appear to be at a higher risk than the general population at this time. The mortality rate is incredibly low with this infection and the majority of those who have unfortunately passed are people who are already significantly immuno-compromised, or do not have access to proper medical care.
Those that are infected typically have the following common symptoms:
- Fever, chills
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose, sore throat
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing
Keep in mind however, not all people infected will present with these symptoms which is a big reason we feel that practicing social distancing at this time is an ideal yet simple precautionary recommendation due to the lack of true knowledge and understanding about this virus.
What we’re doing about it at in2GREAT
Our office is currently open normal hours, and we do not expect a lapse in service at this time. However, we are taking precautions and will be adaptive based on recommendations made by official health organizations, including the following:
- Social distancing, we feel at this time, is a reasonable and responsible precautionary approach and something which can help reduce spread and exposure
- More frequently washing our hands
- Avoiding the unnecessary touching of faces
- Avoiding any skin-to-skin contact with clients and colleagues (i.e. handshakes)
- Increasing overall cleaning and disinfecting practices in our office
- Requesting that employees who feel or appear ill promptly seek medical attention and remain at home until they are free of all symptoms
- Prescreening patients who book services for symptoms
Would you prefer to stay home? We’re here for you.
As a reminder and for your ongoing convenience, we offer telephone and video appointments. We encourage you to take advantage of these at this time unless there is a need to visit us in person. Contact us for more information on how to book a remote appointment.
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A number of our supplements are available for purchase online through WholeScripts. If you have not created an account with WholeScripts or Encore Life yet, please call or email our office and we can help you register.
Please Note: You must receive a practitioner code in order to set up your account. Due to high demand, many of the immune-supporting supplements are not available during this time—thank you for your patience as WholeScripts restocks.
Some important information for those visiting our office
Many of our clients are battling chronic illnesses which place them in immuno-compromised conditions. For all our clients’ consideration:
- Please wash your hands upon entering the building, prior to entering our office. Restrooms can be found just off the main lobby.
- Please avoid bringing additional guests including children into our offices at this time.
- As an additional precaution, there will only be paper cups available for water and tea.
- If you’re feeling ill for any reason or if you have a temperature above 99.7 degrees Fahrenheit, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment with us or change to a virtual appointment. You can do that by phone (913) 906-7787 or email email@example.com.
Some additional information to help keep you and your loved ones safe
Here are some tips and valuable resources for you to read, which will help you make smart decisions about keeping you and your family safe:
- Frequently wipe down and disinfect high-contact surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, steering wheels, and cellphones.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Consider gloves as an extra preventative measure, but remember—gloves aren’t magic! If you touch a contaminated surface or object with a gloved hand and then touch your face or someone else, you could risk getting yourself or someone else sick.
- Read this: How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart This article explains why it’s necessary to practice social distancing to protect those most vulnerable and prevent a strain on our healthcare system.
Take these proactive measures to stay strong and healthy
1. Reduce Stress
Stay informed but do not fall prey to the panic and fear initiatives occurring. Here’s some more information from Annie Hopper, founder of DNRS (Dynamic Neural Retraining System), “While it is good to stay abreast of the current situation, we suggest limiting the amount of time spent watching the news or checking for updates to once per day or less (and keep it brief). We don’t want to over-stimulate the fight, flight or freeze response and as much as possible, we want to keep our thoughts, feelings and emotions out of overwhelming fear about the situation. The best way to stay out of overwhelming fear is to keep our conversations and mind occupied on other things that bring us joy, or to look for the ‘gift’ within this experience. Is this bringing us closer to our loved ones? Is this creating a sense of connection somehow? Is this strengthening our sense of gratitude for simple things?”
2. Eat Well
If you can, eat whole, locally-sourced, nutrient-dense, and properly prepared foods.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drink at least 60-80 ounces of well-filtered water per day.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
Seven to nine hours is ideal. If you are feeling tired, listen to your body and honor it by allowing it to rest. Rest allows our body to heal and our immune systems to be active.
5. Get Outside
One of the best anti-microbials is good ole sunshine and fresh air! Take a walk around the block, hang out on your patio, etc. Remember to practice social distancing, keeping at least six feet between yourself and others. You may need to move off the trail or sidewalk in order to accommodate.
Get your blood pumping and your lymphatics working—now is a great time to check out some online workout videos.
7. Give Your Immune System a Boost
Before you get ill and start experiencing symptoms, consider Vitamin C IV or Oxidation Therapy. Phase II clinical trials are currently underway studying Vitamin C IVs for their beneficial response to COVID-19, with dose ranges from 12,000 to 24,000 mg per day. Both high-dose Vitamin C IVs (anything above 10,000mg) and Oxidation Therapy can naturally provide antiviral benefits. There are currently no studies available on oral Vitamin C supplementation and the novel Coronavirus.
8. Ensure Proper Vitamin D Levels
Aim for a range of 70 to 100 ng/mL on blood testing.
9. Consider Other Nutrients & Herbs to Support Your Immune System
Here is a list of some other nutrients and herbs to help support your immune system, with potential antiviral properties:
- Zinc Glycinate
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
- Vitamin A
- Oregano Oil
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Colloidal Silver
- Manuka Honey
- Bone broths with added garlic, ginger, seaweeds, and mushrooms
New Services, Coming Soon!
We will be launching a “Home Survival Kit” which is recommended for patients looking for added nutritional support during this pandemic. In addition, we are designing a custom IV for patients who want to be proactive about boosting their immune systems before the first signs of illness. Join our mailing list here to receive advance notice and special offers about these services:
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact our office about our immune supporting IVs currently available.
Your well-being and peace of mind mean everything to us
We’re in this together, and we’re here for you. With all the uncertainty at this time, many parts of our lives may be on hold for a short period in order to assist with slowing the rate of infection and to avoid overwhelming and over-burdening our healthcare system.
The reality is, the majority of our population will likely contract this virus at some point during this or next year, and for many, it will pass without serious illness or issue. Most people will recover from it just like any other “cold or flu-like bug”. My best advice is to take proactive precautionary measures to limit exposure, reduce a spike in cases during this critical time period, and stay strong and healthy by following the approaches outlined above.
As always, thank you for choosing in2GREAT as your health and wellness partner.
Dr. Corey Priest and the in2GREAT Functional and Integrative Health Team
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