By Dr. Amy Loschert, ND, FABNO
Dear Patients, Friends and Community Members of the Salish Cancer Center:
This Spring will go down in history as one of the most life-changing periods of time in our century. We are living this right now, but it is helpful to remember that the present does become history, and our day to day lives will return to a more “normal” state again. In the interim, I wanted to dispel some myths that are going around about natural supplements since that is my domain here at Salish as the Naturopathic Doctor on staff. I want to be clear that there are no vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutrients or other natural medicines that have been shown in human clinical trials to prevent or treat Covid-19
While some natural medicines in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutrients can help enhance immunity, such measures should not replace social distancing, quarantining when necessary, or any other recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the novel coronavirus and Covid-19 infection.
Please remember that even if a person’s immune system is strong, that patient may still carry and transmit the virus. While this pandemic is unfolding quickly, the prevalence of carriers in communities is currently not known.
Consuming fresh, whole foods, drinking water and daily doses of fresh air is vital as are stress reduction activities such as walking, meditating, yoga, stretching, and mindful creative projects. Wouldn’t it be great to have a less stressful life after this outbreak than before it? This would be a great time to simplify your life by organizing and getting rid of extra clutter in your house, develop an at-home exercise routine, Spring cleaning anyone? Sometimes a shift in our mental outlook is the best remedy for the blues. So, consider what you can do to make lemonade out of lemons while you have more time at home. Let’s really appreciate and enjoy our families and trust that today will one day be part of history, and we get to shape what that looks like for ourselves and each other.