By Dr. J. Renae Norton
We are going to get through this!
First, I want to thank all of you for the feedback on the first article that I wrote last week. I really appreciate your feedback, I am very happy that you found it helpful and I am really glad that you wanted to share it with your family and friends.
In today’s article I want to dive in a bit more as I have received dozens of questions that really need to be answered. I am hoping that this article answers all of those questions, but if you still have a question, please contact me or Alli directly and we will do our best to get you the answer. Secondly, I want to focus on how to prevent the virus and finally what to do if you contract it. Let’s start with a few definitions.
What is Coronvirus?
(CoV) are a large family of viruses found in a variety of mammals and birds that have been transmitted to humans. In humans, they can cause a number of conditions, ranging from mild respiratory infections to more serious illnesses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that was recently identified in humans. All of the CoV viruses started out as zoonotic viruses, which means that they can be transmitted from animals to humans.
SARS, for example, is believed to have originated from civet cats while MERS was first transmitted to humans from dromedary camels. Seriously? Like other respiratory infections, coronaviruses can also be spread from person-to-person through contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood or urine. The most common transmission is saliva from coughing. As of now, scientists have still not traced where exactly COVID-19 originated.
Currently, it’s also unclear exactly how contagious COVID-19 is, but from all accounts, it is one of the most or even the most contagious viruses to come along in a while. That said there are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself.
Just a reminder from last weeks article:
- My recipe for fighting infection: 1-2 drops food grade oil of oregano, 4 drops food grade oil of lemon, 1 tsp Manuka honey, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of hot water. Take it 3 times a day while infected and then 1 time a day for 3 days. Do not take continuously for more than 2 weeks.
- Vitamin C in the form of Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) and Kakadu Plum
- Vitamin D3.
- Licorice root or Glycyrrhizin
- Chicken Soup.
- Near Infrared Sauna to raise body temperature 1 degree
Now we are going to add:
Stay Calm – What I did not discuss last week is the value of staying calm and being positive. In my practice I help patients to focus on the law of abundance instead of the law of scarcity. What is happening in the grocery stores right now is a good example of the law of scarcity. There is no toilet paper! The problem with that is that it will drive the cost of toilet paper up and prevent people who have trouble getting out to shop, such as the elderly or the infirm, from having any at all. Does anyone remember when we did not have toilet paper? We sprayed our privates and air-dried or dried with a piece of rag that we then washed. Ok, not great but totally doable.
There are several strategies that I use to help my patients manage stress. The research is clear, stress increases the likelihood that you will become ill. In other words stress lowers your immunity to disease, so there has never been a better time to work on staying calm.
Some methods that I use in my practice to help my patients reduce stress:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – reduces the fight or flight response. It does so by simply changing the words that we use from words that inflame us to words that keep us in neutral. This technique literally lowers cortisol levels. If cortisol levels are too high for too long we are more at risk for disease.
- Another technique is called “Optimism Without Expectation” – Optimism with Expectation = “I know I am going to get this job!” Optimism without Expectation = “If I do not get this job, I will get another job, maybe even a better job or something else will come along that is better.” In the case of the coronavirus Optimism with Expectation = “This is not a big deal, everybody is making a mountain out of a mole hill. Nothing to worry about here.” Optimism without Expectation = “Even though we are in uncharted territory, and the changes we face may be difficult, if we all work together to prevent the spread and to take care of ourselves and those we love we may come out the other side better for the experience. There is value in learning how to deal with adversity.
- Emotional Freedom Tapping – is another technique that I use to help patients move past anxious thoughts. It is considered to be a form of psychological acupuncture. It is truly amazing in terms of alleviating distressing thoughts.
- Breathing exercises – especially deep breathing. Not only good for relaxing but also good for the lungs.
Several of you have asked about being diagnosed. Presently in the United States testing is not being conducted because we do not have the tests at this point. Hopefully mass testing will begin sometime soon. Currently, healthcare providers are diagnosing coronavirus by conducting a physical exam, taking your medical history and performing lab tests, including bloodwork, sputum tests or throat swabs. Those who have recently traveled to China or have been in close contact with someone who is infected are at a higher risk.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to other respiratory infections, including the common cold. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
If you have any of these symptoms stay home if possible, use tele-medicine and reserve a hospital visit for if the symptoms become severe. Presently there is not a treatment for the virus.
You can also help by talking to your congressman about getting testing mandated for everyone. Without the testing we are flying blind.
In severe cases, coronavirus may also cause more serious issues, including pneumonia, kidney failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome or even death. Testing is the only way we can prevent the spread and contain the death toll.
Watch for more information coming soon! Until then, be well.
Dr. Renae Norton
These days who isn’t? Through therapy, I can help reduce your stress levels especially in these trying times leading to a healthier and happier life…. and I can do it ALL over the phone! So reach out directly to me at 513 205 6543 today!
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