Please be aware that no claim is being made that the following recommendations are curative nor will prevent you from acquiring the Coronavirus. The recommendations made are to support your immune system during this time.
Tracking COVID 19 in RealTime HERE by John Hopkins University: “We are tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time on our interactive dashboard with data available for download. We are also modeling the spread of the virus. Preliminary study results are discussed on our blog.”
Immune Support Guidelines
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin
With the Coronavirus being declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as pandemic, with no vaccine in place yet, we need to take measures in supporting our immune system. California & Washington have confirmed cases in which individuals infected did not travel to a hot spot or for that matter did not have any contact with an individual who may have traveled to high-risk areas. This indicates that great cautions need to be taken when we step out the comforts of our homes on a daily basis, when working, taking care of personal errands, and socializing. We don’t want to live in a state of fear and isolation either as that may affect our mental health. With great urgency I wanted to provide you some guidelines of what you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds (the length of singing “Happy Birthday” for 2-3 times)
- Wash hands after going to the restroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and any other time you that you contacted an object that has high public exposure
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your face after being in contact with doorknobs, cash, furnishings/objects in public spaces
- Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue and then dispose of it into the trash
- If you believe you may be infected:
- Monitor your symptoms and call the office before coming into the clinic—I may direct you to call Urgent Care if symptoms suggest a need for testing as I am not able to test you at the clinic
- Stay home, unless medical care is suggested and/or required
- Separate yourself from other people and animals inside your home
- Having traveled to hot spots or being in contact with someone who has traveled there is no longer a pre-requisite as there has been confirmed cases in California & Washington that have indicated this and a reminder that we all need to take precautions as we live our day-to-day lives in public
- Utilize Intermountain Healthcare’s online tool called GermWatch, which tracks disease activity weekly in Utah to stay well informed
- Have a 2-3 week supply of food and water on hand in the event that you may be quarantined
- Get enough sleep—sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system
- Stay Hydrated to help your immune system work at it’s optimal: Drinking water – half your body weight in ounces with a dash of Himalayan Salt
- Implement clean eating by reducing overly processed foods – the more processed the food is the more your body has to work to break the food down to extract the nutrients it can receive from it
- Implement foods/spices that may be anti-microbial: garlic, onions, horseradish, gogi berries, oregano, thyme, local raw honey, coconut oil, yerba mate
- Implement foods/spices that may be immune boosting: mushrooms, citrus fruits, ginger, maple syrup, colorful foods (natural, not man-made)
- Immune Boost Tea that you can drink frequently during this season (you can chill it and drink it cold if preferred but omit the coconut oil in that case—following measurements are approximate):
- 1 quart of water
- 1 tbs of thyme
- 1 tbs of oregano
- 1 tbs of coconut oil
- local raw honey to taste
- *Optional – can add Yerba Mate (has been found to be Anti-Viral in a research study: Effects of Ilex paraguariensis A. St. Hil. (yerba mate) on herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 replication.
- Contrast Showers: Alternating hot/cold during your shower improves circulation and by default improves your immune system
- Shower in warm/hot water for 3-5 minutes
- Turn the water to cool/cold water for 1 minute
- Repeat 3-5 times
- Always finish with the cold water
- *Optional for those that don’t have thin and/or sensitive skin—dry body with towel and add some friction along your limbs with motion towards lymph nodes
- Cold Socks Treatment (*contraindicated with individuals who are diabetic, have Raynaud’s, arterial insufficiency or advanced intermittent claudication)
- In the evening prepare by having two clean pairs of socks available, cottons socks (90% + cotton) and wool socks (90% + wool)
- For the cotton socks, soak the sole part of the sock in water and wring them out then place in the freezer.
- Before going in bed, remove cotton socks from freezer and then place on feet
- *If this seems uncomfortable then wring out the socks after being soaked with cold water will suffice
- Warm up feet before the application of cold socks on. May get a small tub of hot/warm water to let your feet soak. If you came out of the shower then you can dry feet by adding friction to cause them to warm up.
- Put on cold cotton socks and cover by adding the wool socks over them
- Keep feet covered through the night and stay bundled
- Feet will begin to warm up right away, within a few minutes
- Like contrast showers, this technique will assist with circulation and increasing immune support
- Botanical Essential Oil room infusions: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Pine, Rosemary, Sage
- Have general labs ran and assessed to determine current state of health and determine if there are any co-morbidities that put you at greater risk
- Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (this needs to be checked before considering High Dose Vitamin C IV therapy)
- Here is a link that can allow you to order the test from Ulta Labs:
- Acupuncture—can support immune response
- Homeopathic Engystol—can be given intramuscularly or added to an IV therapy (helps support immune function)
- High Dose Vitamin C therapy (great if you are in close proximity of someone who is sick and/or you experience signs and symptoms of being sick yourself)
- Myer’s Cocktail IVs (great if you are running on “empty” and need a boost)
Supplements Recommendations for the next 2-3 months:
*Take several of the following suggestions listed below
- Omega 3’s—2-3 grams daily (EPA + DHA = Omega 3s) [natural anti-inflammatory and support our body at a molecular level to help the integrity of our cell walls]
- Probiotic—20+ billion CFUs daily (supports immune function)
- Elderberry syrup—2 tsp daily (supports immune function)
- Vitamin A—5,000 IUs daily
- Vitamin C—2,000 mg daily [if you happen to get sick, it would be best to increase your dose to bowel tolerance, that is take about 1,000 mg hourly until you begin to have gastro-intestinal upset—the following day take 75% of the total daily dose reached before bowel tolerance in divided doses.
- Vitamin D—10,000 IUs daily [if you happen to become infected, it would be best to increase your dose to 10,000 IUs per pound in your body weight (ie. 150-lbs individual would take 150,000 IUs daily while infected)]
- Zinc—20 mg daily
- Astragalus tincture—1-2 dropper(s) daily (anti-microbial/anti-viral properties)
- Andrographis—300 mg daily (anti-microbial/ anti-viral)
- Yin Qiao—1-2 tables daily but if you become sick then you can increase the dose
- Licorice in the form of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL )—400 mg daily (helps with adrenal support and also anti-viral)
Purchase Physician Grade Quality Supplements from the following:
Follow the link to Fullscript:
- If you already have an account, then just log in
- All supplements/orders will have a 25% discount, instead of the standing 10% off, for the next two months in wake of preparation needed to support your immune system as the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provide additional guidance
- Once signed up you will see on the left side of the panel a section called “Catalog”. There you will see a section labeled “Practitioner Categories”. Under there I added a group called “Immune Support” so you can find products suggested on this handout easier.
Feel free to forward this guide to friends and family. They may also create an account with Fullscript so they can also be extended the discount.
We are looking to prepare our bodies to be ready for the environment we are living in. Supporting our immune system is the best line of defense we can possibly gift ourselves.
Dr. Carmel Ferreira, NMD, LAc