How are you and your family doing during the home-bound days and weeks most of us are experiencing? I wish you all Safety, Health, Calm and Freedom from illness.
A great big Thank You to all of you who are working in stores, delivery, media and healthcare to help us all stay safe and healthy during this time of advised isolation.
To all of us who have had to let go of everything on our calendars, experiences we were looking forward to and which we may have been planning for months, I am truly sorry, and I thank you for making your well-being priority.
I, like many, of you have Stayed Home during this past week to help minimize the spread of the virus and will continue to do so for as long as it's advised. I can't tell you how much I look forward to returning to provide acupuncture to help you all to stay well and prevent illness. Until then, I am developing programs that will help me to continue to help bolster your well-being (as well as my own).
- Self-Care – I have returned to regular exercise and Qi Gong, reinforcing healthy eating and water intake habits, and consistently getting 8 hours of quality sleep
- Learning More About Viral Prevention – I have been educating myself on lifestyle choices (see sample list below from International College of Integrative Medicine), supplements (see sample list below from Orthomolecular Medical Physicians), Qi Gong (online classes coming soon), tools (such as CopperZap), the I Ching, acupuncture, moxa and herbs (available via Tele-Medicine), as well as keeping up with medical information (including this very helpful and clarifying vimeo video from a NY emergency room doctor).
- Creating Acupuncture Courses – As I am passionate about studying and teaching acupuncture, I instinctively decided to create courses on preventing and treating viral infections (including the coronavirus) and strengthening the lungs and the immune system. Creativity is an excellent outlet at this time when many of our actions are being restricted.
- Tele-Puncture – Available this week! In the privacy of your own home! Technology has not yet figured out by which we can put pins through the screen ( 😊), but we can still connect to prioritize what You can do to help yourself at this time of isolation and beyond (remembering that 80% of the battle for our health is up to Us).
- Video Healthcare Tools – I plan to offer self-care tools soon, including Qi Gong, Acupressure, and Exercise videos.
Thank you to those of you who have reached out with concern for me and my practice. I know I will return very soon with a renewed sense of conviction for my work and pure heart-felt appreciation for you. Through this experience, we all have been reminded of the undeniable truth that we are in this together, and that our actions and intentions truly make a difference on the whole.
Special thanks to my niece Sydney (age 8 1/2) for her beautiful expressive artwork above, reminding us to stay connected with loved ones, and to my niece Erin (almost 12) for her insightful plaque below, reminding us we have a choice with our attitude, purpose, and response to adverse events.
In Good Health for us All,
PREVENTION OF VIRAL ILLNESSES AND SELF-CARE ADVICE
From the International College of Integrative Medicine
- Eat clean food (fresh, local, mostly produce, free of preservatives, dyes, additives and pesticides) – lots of fruits and vegetables, and also nuts and seeds.
- Drink clean water (filtered, not from a plastic bottle).
- Exercise most days of the week. (30 min to target heart rate 5 days per week)
- Sleep soundly 7-8 hours per night.
- Spend time daily in gratitude, prayer, and meditation.
- Consider daily saline lavage of mucus membranes (neti pot).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. (14 days quarantine after known COVID-19 infection)
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Pay attention to instructions. Some cleaners require 10 MINUTES of contact time for disinfection to occur.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Take your basic supplements daily:
The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:
1. Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.
2. Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)
3. Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)
4. Zinc: 20 mg daily
5. Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily.