Hello again: Here is an update from the Virginia Chiropractic Association regarding face masks and the Governor's mandate you need to be aware of: "According to Ms. Tai Maynard of the Virginia Department of Health earlier today regarding Governor Northam’s Executive Order #63:

  • Doctors’ offices ARE included in what the governor refers to as 'public spaces.' It is expected that the doctor and employees will wear face coverings.
  • Patients are considered 'patrons' in the governor’s EO, so they are required to wear face coverings, too.
From the EO, the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to following: 1. While eating or drinking; 2. Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment; 3. Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without ... Read more

Hello again everyone: Last week we talked about the elephant in the room, which is that everyone agrees that your pre-existing health status has everything to do with if you get COVID-19, how severe it may be, and how long it may last…yet no one talks about how to improve your health/pre-existing condition…unfortunately, no one is talking about how to increase resiliency and wellness as a component of prevention and recovery. Well, here is something you can do now to improve your immune health as well as your overall health: Read more

Hello again everyone: The elephant in the room that very few seem to recognize is all about your health status before you get sick. Conditions such as asthma, allergies, smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, being overweight, diabetes and pre-diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, heart conditions, high blood pressure, liver disease, persistent high stress, lack of sleep, being older, living in nursing homes, poor nutritional status, etc. are all being mentioned as pre-existing conditions that can severely worsen your outcome if you become ill with COVID-19, or any other viral or bacterial illness for that matter. The CDC stated: “Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.” While all of this is being mentioned, no one seems to be ... Read more

Hello once again everyone: We all hope that you are doing well and living a supportive/preventive lifestyle while we all endure this pandemic crisis. Here is some more information that you can use to improve your immune and overall health. As you are probably aware, when a corona virus infected individual goes into a ‘cytokine storm’ is when things get life-threatening, so strategies that may possibly mitigate such an event are worthy of consideration. It is not a long article and worth the read, but here are some quotes from the article that seem the most pertinent: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7102583/ Selected quotes from this article: “This article summarizes the likely benefits of melatonin in the attenuation of COVID-19 based on its putative pathogenesis.” Melatonin, a ... Read more

Hello again one and all: We hope you are staying well, and here is some more news about a safe antiseptic disinfectant/sanitizer to reduce your risks. It is called stabilized hypochlorous acid, and despite the name, it has been around for decades and has been proven safe and effective as a disinfectant. It is also known as electrolyzed water. There are literally hundreds of references, and here are a few: Read more

Hello again everyone: As you are all aware, people with certain pre-existing health conditions are at greater risk of developing the more severe forms of reaction to this corona virus, including the ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) that can lead to death. And did you know that plain old exercise is known to reduce those risk factors substantially and can be viewed as a potential treatment?? This link takes you to a short article that is worth reading in its entirety: https://newsroom.uvahealth.com/2020/04/15/covid-19-exercise-may-help-prevent-deadly-complication/ It turns out that exercise causes our muscles to release a potent antioxidant that scavenges free radicals that create inflammation and cell damage/death, and this includes acute lung diseases. The ... Read more

Hello again: Recently I was informed of a natural substance that has significant anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and immune modulating effects that seem important, especially for the oral cavity (where viral infections enter/start). Bee propolis has a long history of assisting the health of the oral cavity, including teeth and gums and this is due to the multiple properties and abilities to improve healthy function and anti-infective capacity. Read more

Hello again everyone: As care givers get more experience with this virus, there are intriguing details emerging that may assist treatment and prevention. In this MEDPAGE TODAY article, you will learn about the discoveries of several types of COVID infection and that the lung changes can vary. This is helping to explain why ventilators may or may not work, depending on the type of lung problems. Part of it is due to micro-emboli (tiny clots) that block the lungs from exchanging air. https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/86046 Bottom Line: The good news is that this does not change any of our supportive and preventive measures that we previously outlined. The reason for this is that the nutritional supportive care has components that reduce the risk for blood clots. It is important to ... Read more

Hello again everyone: Did you know that the first phase of all healing involves inflammation, and that this is inherently an immune process? What that means is that there is inflammation that is needed and purposeful at the start of any infection, wound or any type of tissue injury. It also means that there is inflammation that is NOT needed. Furthermore, without adequate inflammation, the immune process to defend us from infection cannot get sufficiently off the ground if we do not allow purposeful inflammation to progress. With COVID-19, later in the infectious process there can be an overwhelming inflammatory ‘storm’ by the immune system, and this can lead to organ failure and death. So the trick is initially to allow some inflammation and then later on to tamp it down to some extent. You can support this mechanism in the following way: part of the natural immune and tissue ... Read more

Hello again: I think it is important for everyone to be up to date with news and information about this pandemic we are living through, which is why I am sending the latest news from the Institute for Functional Medicine where I study and have a membership. This link even includes a Webinar that is worth listening to if you want a deeper dive into the reasons and rationales for their approach. There is also a link to a two-page list of supplements with dosages and benefits. You will see that it is pretty much like the one I published several weeks ago with two exceptions, one of which I did not know about. They talk about Elderberry being beneficial, however, I still feel that this herb requires caution in that those with autoimmune issues should not take it for very long (less than 2 weeks) as it can aggravate autoimmune conditions. Also, taken later in a viral illness, there is ... Read more