Fear and quarantine have put a heavy stamp on humanity this year, to say the least. The recently reported rise in cases, despite wearing masks and practicing social distancing, prompted new restrictions recommended by officials. These restrictions, during a time when we usually gather and celebrate with family and friends, is very sad for us all as its impact on the pandemic is highly questionable at best.
With endless mixed messages from health authorities, many are confused and frustrated with so many aspects of this pandemic and wondering:
- Who is most at risk for more severe effects of COVID?
- How do I conduct myself in public?
- Should I even be in public?
- Are my kids OK to be with friends?
- Can I even visit other healthy friends and family members?
With all these concerns there are some very important, if not critical, things we should be adhering to with our lifestyle in order to support our immune system, giving it and our bodies the best fighting chance to defend any invading pathogen, viral, bacterial or other, in a most effective way.
Quarantine will decrease your exposure, but it does not decrease your risk factors. The known risk factors from the CDC are: poor sugar control and diabetes, hypertension, lung disease and obesity. The CDC data mentions these risk factors but unfortunately the conversation about how to address these does not move any further and people are left to believe that quarantine and wearing masks is all that is needed and so all they need to do.
People have been wearing masks and many are now working from home, social distancing and avoiding crowds, and yet the cases we are told have been spiking. These are external measures to decrease exposure and they do not address the fact that most of us have lifestyles that foster or invite disease. How about internal measures? How do we fortify our physiology and optimize our immune system to be most resilient in times of greatest challenge?
It has become evident that many have actually increased their risk factors during quarantine, by eating comfort foods that are immune suppressive, not exercising, gaining weight, having increased stress and increased alcohol consumption. This global health pandemic should be a wake-up call for us all to determine our health status and our risk factors to chronic diseases as well as to COVID-19.
How do you reduce risk factors to COVID-19?
Working with aggressive lifestyle changes to decrease risk factors by establishing blood sugar regulation, exercise, stress management, whole food nutrition and supplementation can transform, decrease, or eliminate these risk factors. This is powerful because it provides us with a much greater degree of control. And maybe what’s more important, these positive lifestyle action steps are health and life giving thus provide a true sense of hope.
At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation, we have made steps to educate, support and help our patients implement aggressive lifestyle changes that will support their physiology, optimize their immune system responses and eliminate risk factors that create poor response to COVID or any other health offender.
We recognize that each patient represents a unique, complex, and interwoven set of interactions that create the terrain for either better health or disease. In our approach, we assess core clinical imbalances, fundamental physiological processes, environmental inputs, and genetic predispositions in a highly individualized patient care model to help you optimize your health. This is achieved in each individual by exploring their specific lifestyle habits, utilizing cutting edge laboratory testing, physical examination, and identification of specific risk factors for disease.
Once individual drivers of disease are identified in a patient, we can then make recommendations and provide therapeutic interventions to eliminate the driving forces of those imbalances and fortify the body’s efforts to rebuild and heal.
For those that want to take aggressive charge by building immune resilience, thus minimizing their risks to COVID-19 or any other health offender that may come their way, please request a Complimentary New Patient Consultation: Click Here.
About the author: Dr. Vince Sferra
In 1998, when Dr. Sferra founded Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR), he envisioned a society that consistently acted on their responsibilities toward greater health for themselves and their loved ones. He believes it is the consistent choices we make in what we ‘eat, think and do’ that will have the most significant impact on your health. Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation was founded as a holistic healthcare center that provides services to address the body’s nutritional needs, mental outlook, and physical state. These became the pillars of NMR’s Triad of Health, helping to address a myriad of health problems at their source to achieve long-term health instead of just symptom relief.