Coronavirus Naturopathic Guidelines (CoVid-2019) Part 1:Overview

Part 1: Overview of the Current Situation as of March 2nd, 2020

I am getting many questions about the corona virus outbreak so I have compiled this information response so that you and your family can be sensibly proactive.

There are three parts to this newsletter: Part 1 Overview, Part 2 Prevention, Part 3 Treatment.

The clinic has uploaded these guidelines to make them widely available. We encourage you to ‘like’ and ‘share’ and spread the word. These guidelines are for information only, and while they inform our daily clinical practice and may save the life of you or a loved one, they should not be construed as individual medical advice.

Please discuss these interventions with your Naturopathic Physician or other health care provider.

This especially pertains to the treatment guidelines in Part 3. These guidelines laid the foundation for the most effective and life- saving clinical interventions during the Spanish Flu Epidemic. They are based on the physiology of our immune system and that has not changed since then. They are naturopathic guidelines on the proper use of rest, fresh air, physical treatments including hydrotherapy, and diet during infections.

It is my sincerely held belief that neglecting these guidelines as a foundation of care will result in more and worse infections and a greater loss of life. Likewise, it is my sincerely held belief that following them will help to lessen cases, reduce infection complications, improve infection outcomes and save lives.

Eric Blake ND, MSOM, Dipl. Ac.

 

What is the Corona Virus and what are the symptoms of an infection?

The corona virus is a large family of viruses, and one family of the many viruses that can cause the common cold and other respiratory infections.

Initial symptoms of infection are those common to any number of respiratory infections and might be:

 

Why is there so much concern if it is a common cold virus?

CoVid-2019 is a version of the corona virus that was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This version of the corona virus is a new one and in certain groups of people (particularly older than 50 or those persons already having a chronic health condition) can lead to what are called lower respiratory infections that can be quite severe. Lower respiratory tract means the deeper lungs and such as pneumonia. There are fatalities and what the rate of loss of life is for those infected is not clearly known. However, the data that is coming in is showing that older persons are succumbing at a much higher rate, especially older men, and especially older men with underlying heart disease.

 

Symptoms of more severe disease may include:

In severe cases this can unfortunately lead to sepsis and septic shock and even death.

 

Why does there seem to be so much confusion in the news about what to do?

Part of the challenge of understanding the potential severity of this new version of this age-old virus is that it takes time and cases to put it all together. There is an evolving understanding of spread and communicability.   Some of the challenges of understanding this new virus is that many of those exposed may never get ill or have symptoms and the symptoms that do occur initially look like any other common cold or respiratory infection. The more severe symptoms can develop 2-3 weeks later. One enormous challenge is the limited availability of testing. That makes differentiating who has symptoms from the virus very difficult from others who have the flu or any other number of respiratory infections.

How does somebody get tested for CoVid 2019?

Currently laboratory testing in the US is very limited. Unlike the flu there are no in office rapid testing kits available. There are very few laboratories that can test for it , commercial labs at the time of this writing do not test, and the supply of test kits is minimal at this time but is expected by early march to increase in number. This will be controlled by public health officials (Federal, State, and County health authorities)

Who is being tested for CoVid 2019?

Current CDC guidelines for testing and monitoring are those persons that have severe symptoms and:
1) Have been themselves or been exposed to someone who has been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, within the last 2 weeks.

2) Have been exposed to a confirmed case of CoVid-2019 within the last 2 weeks

Or 3) Have a severe respiratory infection requiring hospitalization without other identifiable infectious cause.

What this means is that those who have become very ill and have the symptoms of more severe disease are the ones likely to get tested.

Who is not being tested for CoVid 2019?

In reality common cold viruses such as the corona virus spread widely through the population. As noted previously, many persons will not have symptoms and most will have mild symptoms. Those symptoms that they do have would be indistinguishable from other respiratory infections. These persons, the majority of those exposed and infected, will never be tested and thus not reported. Therefore, in all likelihood, because we are testing limited numbers of persons, and these are the most ill, this may likely lead to an overestimation of the virulence of the disease.

What is a sensible and logical approach to preventing coronavirus and its’ complications?

Because the likelihood of testing to occur is only in the most ill this can lead to an overestimation of virulence and danger. This would be false evidence appearing to be real. And False Evidence Appearing Real will promote fear, confusion, and anxiety. Chronic anxiety and fear increase stress hormones, increases inflammation, and suppresses the immune response.   Therefore, let’s commit to positive, proactive, and beneficial approaches that will help us through the coming season.

Are we still in the flu season?

Yes, we are still in the flu season. Currently there are also cases in Portland of whooping cough. And the likelihood that respiratory infections are caused by the flu or the many other types of viruses or bacteria that we are commonly exposed to is much higher than that it is corona virus.

It is essential that we do not miss the forest for the trees and that we incorporate overlapping approaches to protect ourselves. Because corona virus does not offer and clearly differentiating symptoms early in the process and we are already in a respiratory infection season we are recommending a more vigilant response to acute onset of symptoms.

Our fever, flu and infection guidelines still hold for flu prevention and already overlap for protection against coronavirus. So, if you are a patient and already following our guidelines and advice from the Fall you are ahead of the curve. Because of the direction that things have turned with the spread of coronavirus the guidelines below are updated to reflect this need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author
Dr. Eric Blake Medical Director of Portland Clinic of Holistic Health

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