Help Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus

The news media is having a field day with the Coronavirus outbreak. Many of our patients are coming to us with concerns and wanting to know what they can do to protect themselves and their families from becoming sick.

Rather than address everyone one at a time I wanted to share what I know about it and hopefully help you remain well and set your minds at ease a bit.

The Coronavirus is a variant of SARS which is an infection. It causes severe respiratory symptoms similar to pneumonia. There currently is no vaccine available on the market for this strain of the virus. The CDC believes they will have one ready, but not for another year to a year and a half which doesn’t help to combat this 2020 outbreak. As it is a viral infection, antibiotics, which work on bacteria, are not an effective helper.

As of today, there have been 3 cases confirmed in Florida.

The very first case confirmed was a man in his 60s who is hospitalized in Manatee County

The second patient is a young woman in her 20s who lives in Hillsborough County. She visited Italy recently. She is in stable condition and remains in isolation at home.

The third is the roommate of the second patient. She is under isolation, but so far has not shown any symptoms.

The best advice is not to watch the news continually. Don’t panic or get too overly stressed out about the possibility of it. Stress can break down your immune system.

Wuhan, China is a very heavily populated city. Because of the overpopulation, it is not uncommon for apartments to home 6 to 10 people. Those close quarters are the ideal breeding ground for communicable illnesses. Hospitals there are overwhelmed, they do not have enough supplies, space, or doctors to handle the influx of people with flu-like symptoms and provide supportive care.

America is just not the same. We live in a society of better healthcare and have a lot more personal space. Airplanes would be a good example of a place that may be a possible hazard due to the recirculated air and tight quarters.

Those at the Highest Risk

Anyone with HIV, a compromised immune system, the elderly, and small infants. If you are concerned it is best to stay away from large gatherings of people as much as possible.

The Best Prevention

Wash your hands regularly. Not just after using the restroom, but throughout the day and especially when you have been out and about and return home.

-Take Emergency (Vitamin C powder) 2 x a day.

-Keep your stress as low as possible.

-Get adjusted. Chiropractic realignment ensures that your nervous system is allowing your whole body to get the electrical impulses it needs to work properly on the level of all your organs.

Elderberry syrup – is an immune stimulant. Taken daily can raise your immunity.

-Get rest and make sure you are caught up on sleep.

-Eat a good nutritious well-balanced diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables.

-Limit alcohol intake (too much can detrimentally affect your immune system).

-Masks are for the ill to prevent others from catching it. The only time you really need to wear a mask is if you are traveling on an airplane, it certainly cannot hurt.

If you do get sick

  • Don’t panic
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink lots of liquids
  • Vitamin C and Elderberry are helpful in fighting off infection as well as preventatively
  • Do quarantine yourself – going out only spread germs
  • Take hot showers and baths with Epsom salts to help detox
  • Take charcoal capsules (they can help to detoxify the body and speed healing)
  • IF YOU DO DECIDE TO GO TO THE ER OR A WALK-IN CLINIC and you suspect you COULD have the Coronavirus, please CALL AHEAD so they know you are coming and you do not unintentionally infect others. 

Keep your spirits up. Much like any other cold or flu you have had in your life, this too shall pass.

We hope this helps set your mind at ease. Knowledge is power.

Originally posted: http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/news/help-protect-coronavirus-fort-myers-florida/

The healing power of chicken soup

When most of us start feeling like we are coming down with the sniffles, a cold or the flu, one of the very first things thought of is chicken soup. Whether mom, dad or grandma made it for you as a kid when you didn’t feel good, it is warm, comforting and delicious. Somehow, magically, it does seem to help.

Is it the power of the mind and suggestion? Or is there really something healing about this homemade fusion of meat, vegetables and spices?

Though it is not known exactly why this soup is so powerful there is some science to back up the claims.

HOW Chicken Soup Helps

  1. It has a proven anti-inflammatory effect which can help decrease upper respiratory infections.
  2. It helps to increase the movement of nasal fluid which allows the body to shed the germs, bacterial or viral load faster and more efficiently.
  3. Because it is a hot soup, it raises the body temperature allowing the body to help more efficiently burn off the illness.

 

How to make “Seriously Healing Chicken Soup” – A big thank you and recipe credit to Shannon of http://www.nourishingdays.com/.

Ingredients (organic preferably)

  • 2 tablespoons butter (grass fed if possible)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 whole head of garlic (at least) plus 3 extra cloves
  • 1 dash of ginger
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (at least) plus extra to finish
  • diced chicken (optional)
  • chopped leafy greens or other vegetables as desired
  • splash of vinegar or lemon juice
  • pink salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add diced onion, celery, carrots, and a pinch of sea salt. Saute for about five minutes, or until onions are translucent. Meanwhile chop up all of the garlic, setting aside 3 cloves that are finely minced. Add garlic to vegetables, saute one more minute, and add stock, thyme, and chopped leafy greens or other vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cooked chicken if using, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, and season with sea salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and taste the broth for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. For those who are under the weather add the remaining finely minced raw garlic and sprinkle in some extra thyme for good measure. Serve piping hot.

 

Each and every ingredient alone serves a purpose in healing and nourishing the body.

 

Grass Fed Butter: Packed with Vitamin K2 which helps clear arteries.

Onions: Contains a molecule known as quercetin – which works as an antioxidant

Celery: Contains antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin K, folate and potassium

Carrots: Contain beta-carotine and Vitamin A – anti-cancer and very healthy for eye health

Garlic: Anti-biotic/Anti-viral

Ginger: Has been shown to help boost immunity and help lessen nausea

Chicken Stock/Chicken:

Thyme: Has been shown to help stop coughing, boost immunity and acts as an anti-fungal

Greens: They are a good source of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which help prevent arthritis and maintain healthy eyes, hair, and skin

Vinegar: full of proteins and enzymes that help with gut bacteria health and over all wellness.

Lemon Juice: High in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus

Pink Salt: Contains all 72 trace minerals

Pepper: Helps the body more readily absorb nutrients in food.

 

Combined – they can work wonders!
So enjoy a bowl of soup no matter how good or badly you are feeling – it will do your body good!

 

 

Resources:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/the-science-of-chicken-soup/?_r=0

http://www.nourishingdays.com/2011/02/seriously-healing-soup-and-the-healing-properties-of-garlic-thyme/

http://exploreim.ucla.edu/wellness/an-inside-scoop-on-the-science-behind-chicken-soup-and-the-common-cold/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270678.php

http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/

http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-butter-superfood-for-the-heart/

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

 

 

The Water Cure?

Having recently been under the weather with a bad chest/head cold and cough, as many others are right now, I thought I would share a tip that was incredibly helpful and completely free.

Hot liquids during a cold are comforting, but are most of us drinking the wrong ones?

Both tea and coffee have a dehydrating effect on the body. So while they may be comforting and taste good, they actually may be doing some harm during a cold rather than the good you are going for.

It was suggested by a friend who had lived in Thailand for a time that over there they drink hot water. Just hot water. As hot as you can get it down. I added lemon to mine, which is also helpful in detoxifying (plus it makes it taste good).*Please use good clean non fluoridated water*

When you drink just plain water or water with lemon you are rehydrating the body and clearing the organs, especially the kidneys, which during a cold need all the help they can get as they are working over time to try and filter and get you back to health.

I decided this made sense to me and I had nothing to lose by trying it. I boiled up a pot of water, squeezed some lemon and drank it down. The heat felt wonderful. My body temperature began to rise and with that my nose began to drip like a faucet and my eyes started watering as well.

I drank hot water with lemon all day and evening.
The next day?
I felt markedly better!

Now, as this was a lingering cold at this point (going on nearly 3 weeks) I had tossed a lot of herbs, vitamins and pretty much everything I could think of at this cold so I am not claiming that water was the cure… But

I will say this: From here on in if I do get another cold? It will be one of the very first remedies I try.

The Truth About Toxic Mold Illness

Toxic mold illness (mycotoxicosis) is often times misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia, Lyme’s Disease, Lupus, MS, CFS, Colds, Flu, even Cancer. Toxic mold illness can happen when you live in or spend time in an environment, which is contaminated with mold. It happens in buildings where water damage has occurred and has not dried properly.

Drywall, once infested with mold has to be taken out and replaced. It should be done professionally by a company that does mold remediation so as not to spread the spores or to breathe it in directly.

The problem is that often you may not realize you even have this issue in your home or place of work. Black mold often doesn’t outwardly show and often doesn’t really smell moldy unless you are close up to the source itself.

It may lurk behind tile, under corners of rugs or carpeting, ceiling tiles, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, and the areas around plumbing pipes in back walls of closets where you often don’t look and the lighting is shadowed. Basements are also a hot spot for mold growth as they aren’t generally air conditioned or regulated by heat and moisture can infiltrate boxes stored, going unnoticed for long lengths of time.

Though it occurs mostly in humid environments it can grow in virtually any home in any state.

How would you know if you had mold in your house?

Well of course visual inspection – looking in air vents, popping a tile off in the shower… But your body will also begin to tell you. You may start feeling generally badly, getting chronically sick, having lower and lower energy levels, having issues with sinus infections coming and going.

Molds produce irritating substances that can act as allergens. Some kinds of mold produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins, though mold itself is not poisonous or toxic.

“Stages of Mycotoxicosis: For Inhalation of Mycotoxin (produced from mold)”

Stage 1

  • burning sensation in the mouth, tongue, throat, palate, esophagus, and stomach
  • burning within the eyes, ears and nose
  • tongue feels swollen and stiff
  • Gingivitis
  • vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain
  • Excessive salivation
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • tachycardia
  • fever and sweating
  • congestion

Stage 2

  • headaches
  • mental depression
  • loss of short-term memory
  • loss of problem-solving ability
  • various neuropsychiatric manifestations
  • meningism – the triad of nuchal rigidity (neck stiffness), photophobia (intolerance of bright light) and headache.
  • severe malaise and fatigue
  • narcolepsy
  • loss of temperature control
  • hyperesthesia or numbness of body areas
  • cerebellar dysfunction including hypotonia, attitude and gait, dysmetria, asthenia, vertigo, disturbances of speech, and loss of balance
  • ADHD
  • visual disturbances, floating objects, light sensitive, lack of tears, burning and itching
  • Ears: burning, itching, and loss of hearing
  • Immune and hematopoietic: progressive loss of white and red cells including a decrease of platelets and hemoglobin, and high susceptibility to bacterial, mycotic and viral infections, debilitating chemical and allergies
  • Gastrointestinal: metallic taste in mouth, tooth loss, gum problems, stomatitis, sores in gums and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, excessive flatulence, abdominal distention, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and diabetes mellitus
  • Respiratory : burning and bleeding from nasal membranes, respiratory difficulty, asthma, extreme susceptibility to cold, flu and pneumonia
  • Skin: thinning of hair on head, burning on face, rashes, irritation, and edema
  • Renal: proteinuria, possible hematuria
  • Reproductive: irregular ovarian cycles, increased menstrual flow, fibroid growths in uterus, cystic development inmammary glands, and tumors of mammary and prostate glands
  • Musculoskeletal : somatitis, muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, joint pain, enlargement of joints in hand, and clubbing of fingers.
  • Cardiovascular: chest pain, palpitations, ruptures of atrial walls, myocardial infection and aneurysm of arteries
  • The skin and mucous membranes may be icteric, pupils dilated, the pulse soft and labile, and blood pressure may decrease or increase
  • Visible bruises may appear on the skin
  • Thoughts of suicide may be prominent
  • Degeneration and hemorrhages of the vessels marks the transition from the second to the third Stage of the disease and may not be consistently observed.
  • The degeneration of the vital organs including serious respiratory insufficiency or asthma and CNS degeneration will take the patient into Stage three along with development of necrotic angina.

Stage 3

  • The transition from the second to the third Stage is sudden.
  • resistance is already low, and violent severe symptoms are present, especially under the influence of stress, or associated with physical exertion and fatigue
  • lung, brain or heart failure (heart attack), with or without the appearance of petechial hemorrhage on the skin of the trunk, the axillary and inguinal areas, the lateral surfaces of the arms and thighs, the face and head, and in serious Cases, the chest
  • Aneurysms of the brain or aorta may be observed by angiography
  • Hemorrhages may also be found on the mucous membranes of the mouth and tongue, and on the soft palate and tonsils
  • severe interstitial thickening or scarring of the lungs, or respiratory failure
  • Nasal, gastric and intestinal hemorrhages and hemorrhagic diathesis may occur.
  • Severe degeneration of the skin on the face, eyelids, and loss of lashes is also often present
  • difficulty and pain on swallowing
  • Necrotic lesions may extend to the uvula, gums, buccal mucosa, larynx, vocal cords, lungs, stomach, and intestines and other internal organs such as the liver and kidneys and are usually contaminated with a variety of avirulent bacteria
  • Bacteria infection causes an unpleasant odor from the mouth due to the enzymatic activity of bacteria on proteins
  • Regional lymph nodes are frequently enlarged
  • Esophageal lesions may occur and involvement of the epiglottis may cause laryngeal edema andaphonia (loss of voice). Death may occur by strangulation
  • Bronchopneumonia, pulmonary hemorrhages, and lung abscesses are frequent complications
  • Tumors may develop of various organs, including skin, urinary bladder, brain, mammary gland, bone, immune, liver, prostate, possibly resulting in death.
  • The most commoncause of death is brain failure due to both direct effects of the mycotoxin on the central nervous system and indirect effects due to respiratory failure or lack of oxygen to the brain caused by the severe caustic inflammation (fibrinous exudation) reaction with the lung tissue, rendering it non-functional.
  • The course and duration of this Stage 3 depends on the intensity of the poisoning and complete removal of the patient from the premises or source of mycotoxin. Therefore, the duration of the recovery period is variable. There is considerable cellular necrosis and scarring to all major organs of the body in which cells will not regenerate, including the brain, spinal cord, eyes, lung, heart, liver, pancreas, kidney, adrenal, and blood vessels. If the disease is diagnosed during the first Stage, hospitalization is usually unnecessary, but allergies and asthma should be monitored closely. If the disease is diagnosed during the second Stage and even at the transition from the second to third Stages, early hospitalization may preserve the patient’s life. If however, the disease is only detected during the third Stage, death cannot be prevented in most Cases.

*Toxic mold can make pets sick as well as humans.

*The above is a list of the symptoms described in the paper “Stages of Mycotoxicosis: For Inhalation of MycotoxinBy Dr. William Croft.

Even in some non-allergic individuals, mold can irritate the eyes, skin, and airways. It can sometimes be mistaken for chronic seasonal allergies.

Sometimes, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

The medical community has downplayed the issues associated with mold for years now often making patients feel as if these symptoms could be all in their head, even attempting to medicate mental illness, when the fact is that the sickness is very physical and very real. It can be debilitating and become life threatening if not diagnosed and treated.

How can people decrease mold exposure?

Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem.

Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with soap and water, Apple Cider Vinegar or Regular Vinegar, Baking Soda, Borax, Tea Tree Oil, even Ammonia…. please do not use bleach. It only bleaches the mold so it can’t be seen. It does nothing to ‘kill’ or neutralize the mold/spores which then end up being spread into the air during cleaning.

1. Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
2. Wear non-porous gloves and protective eyewear.
3. If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. You can get it by going to the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html

Specific Recommendations:

1. Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%. Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.

2. Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.

3. Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.

4. Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.

5. Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.

6. Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

What do you do if you already have been exposed to mold and are sick?

1st and foremost – eradicate the source. Get rid of the mold and if that is not possible. Move. Continual exposure will make you sicker over time.

Medical doctors will most likely recommend antibiotics, nasal steroid inhalers, cortisone, anti fungal drugs and even antidepressants. There are inherent problems with each of these.

Antibiotics work on bacteria – Not fungus.

Nasal Steroid & cortisone inhalers – It may decrease inflammation making you feel temporarily better but they also suppress the immune system. When your immunity is down it actually increases the fungal growth.

Anti-Fungal Drugs – highly toxic and possibly damaging to your liver.

Anti-Depressants – Many anti-depressants have a wide range of side effects which can add to the problems.

A better suggestion:

Change your diet and starve the mold out.

Cut out foods that feed fungal growth—sugars and grains

They need sugar in order to survive.

Also remove Milk, Fruits, Alcohol, Rye, Peanuts, cottonseed oil, Corn, Barley, Sorghum, hard cheeses as these may reintroduce molds into the body unwittingly.

The closer you stick to a basic diet of fresh organic vegetables, lean organic meats, and fresh, pure water while recovering, the less risk you’ll have of additional mold exposure and reactions.

Additional to do’s:

Take probiotics.

Add in fresh juice to your daily diet. Juicing helps alkalize your body, and for the most part, fungi can’t grow in an alkaline environment.

Garlic – is a potent antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, immune system stimulant, and detoxification agent..

Ginger – is also an antifungal and antibacterial. It helps dislodge congestion in your respiratory tract, and is also a great digestive aid.

Cayenne – is a catalyst for the other herbs.

Goldenseal, with its active ingredient berberine, has antibacterial and immune-enhancing properties.

Glutathione maximizes the activity of all the other antioxidants. The best way to increase your glutathione level is by consuming a high quality whey protein. It should be cold pressed, undenatured, derived from grass-fed cows, and free of hormones, chemicals and sugar.

Omega-3 fats are also very important, from a mixture of plant and animal sources. The best source of animal-based omega-3s comes from krill oil.

Artichoke leaf extract: is toxic to many types of fungi, including both molds and yeasts.

Research suggests vitamin D may prevent mold allergies

Air purification: To ensure you are breathing the cleanest air possible

Provocation neutralization: This is a little-known treatment strategy that Dr. Doris Rapp describes as “one of the best hidden secrets.” Provocation neutralization (PN) offers allergy sufferers permanent relief with virtually no side effects, whether the allergy is to mold or something else. The success rate for this approach is about 80 to 90 percent for allergies, and you can receive the treatment at home. It is certainly worth a try if your sensitivity is related to mold.

Provocation refers to “provoking a change” and neutralization refers to “neutralizing the reaction caused by provocation.” During provocation neutralization, a small amount of allergen is injected under your skin to produce a small bump called a “wheal” and then monitored for a reaction. If you have a positive reaction, such as fatigue or headache, or a growth in the size of the wheal, then the allergen is neutralized with diluted injections (drops that go in your mouth) of the same allergen.

Is the damage permanent?

Once a person is no longer around toxic black mold their symptoms should gradually lessen. Some of the health problems caused by toxic black mold can be permanent. A person has lived with toxic black mold their immune system won’t be as strong as it used to be and they’ll be more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins in the future. The longer you are exposed, the greater the chance of more serious damage…

If you have unexplainable symptoms and suspect a mold problem please look into it and get it taken care of right away.

A wonderful reference I came across for all kinds of information – Please visit:
http://gsgrl2000.wordpress.com/ “Mold can make you sick!”

For amazingly helpful additional information, thanks to Patricia Lawson –  Research Coordinator with the National Contractors Association of America – please visit:

Mold: Signs, Types of Mold, Clean-up, Effects on Health, Toxins, Mold Prevention and more
http://www.royalroofinginc.ca/mold/

In addition you can find more info on the topic below:

Mold and Moisture in Homes – Minnesota Department of Health
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/mold/

Mold: Standards, Hazard Recognition, Detection Methods, Control and Clean-up – U.S. Department of Labor
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/standards.html

Molds and Your Home: What You Need to Know – New York State Department of Labor
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/7287/

Article Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/article.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/01/recovery-from-toxic-mold-exposure.aspx

http://www.survivingmold.com/diagnosis

http://blackmold.awardspace.com/black-mold-toxic-stachybotrys-mycotoxins.html

http://agoodhealthadvocate.com/health/health-departments-are-denying-people-get-sick-from-mold/