This virus has brought to a head a lot of issues that I have with our predominant medical system. One of the things we know from our limited experience with COVID-19 is that people with pre-existing conditions have a harder time fighting this virus. We also know that, when we follow the Naturopathic model of disease prevention and natural treatment of viral infections, there is more you can do to prevent COVID-19 from becoming deadly than physically distancing yourself. 

If we spend the time now to work on reversing the pre-existing health conditions that cause the most negative outcomes from COVID19, we can potentially save lives. I am available to “see” patients by telemedicine right now. Let’s work together now to improve your outcome to COVID-19, your health, and your life.

When helping a patient with any health condition, a Naturopathic Doctor will look to find the cause of the disease. Often, a disease cause is multifactorial, and, in addition to taking herbs and nutrients and perhaps even medication to help address those causes, the patient also has to do some work. We address diet (it really, truly does matter!), sleep, stress, toxin exposure, social issues, light exposure, and more.

The ultimate goal is to improve the health of every person. Even if we cannot cure the disease, we can certainly change your underlying health for the better which will improve your symptoms and, in the long run, the quality of your life. 

With this in mind, preventing complications from COVID-19 is completely within reach. We do not need to sit around and hope that we do not become infected. If we become sick with COVID-19 we don’t have to just hope that it does not progress into Acute Respiratory Distress. We can actually DO other things that help to promote our health and, if we do get sick, we can do more to help our body’s fight the infection. 

We do not have to watch and wait.

I have written two previous articles on what you can do to help improve your immune function and how to fight off a viral infection. You can read them here and here

We do know that people with underlying health conditions are most likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19. I want to stress that there are alternative ways to think about handling these health conditions, if you have them.

People with the following pre-existing health conditions are having the hardest time with COVID-19:

  • Immunocompromised
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Neurologic disorder
  • Neurodevelopmental or intellectual disability
  • Smoking

The allopathic disease management model does a great job keeping people with these conditions alive longer. However, Naturopathic and functional medicine excels in the area of reversing and preventing these, and other, chronic diseases. 

Wellness, now more than ever, is a necessity, not a luxury. You can, right now, take action to correct your underlying health conditions. Not only will it make you feel better, you can potentially save yourself from a more serious COVID-19 outcome. 

Until this pandemic is over and it is safe for us to see each other, I am offering appointments by telemedicine. I would love to help you get healthy now. 

We have the time to work on your health now. Let’s make the most out of our current situation and come out of this as a better, healthier version of yourself.