Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Boosting Our Immune Systems

Now that the COVID-19 has arrived, we all must do our part to reduce the chance of it spreading more rapidly. At the same time, we need to consider what steps we can take steps to boost our own immune systems and reduce our chances of catching the virus. Please understand that is our duty as healthcare providers to follow the current CDC and national guidelines and set the example. Restorative Health will remain open and will operate on a modified basis. Starting Monday, March 16th, we will take the following precautions for everyone’s safety: 

1. Online or Phone Appointments

If you are experiencing any form of respiratory illness, fever, dry cough, flu-like symptoms, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office. Please contact your primary medical doctor.

If you have traveled domestically or internationally in the last week, or have been exposed to persons under investigation (PUI), we will not see you in the office.   

In order to continue providing consultative services, even to those who are at a higher risk of having the virus, Dr. Threlkel is offering online or phone appointments for all new patient and follow up visits. To contact Dr. Threlkel, submit a contact form here.

2. For Services That Require in Office Visits

We will still provide IV therapy and sauna but please do not come to the office if you are ill for any reason. We reserve the right to not treat you under such circumstances.   

We appreciate your patience and hope you understand why we are taking precautions like these.

3. Safety Measures In Our Office

For well patients coming in for their in-office therapies, we ask that you immediately use the hand sanitizer at the entrance prior to coming into the office. Furthermore we ask that you do not use your cell phone, laptop, or other reading materials while in the office. If you do, we will ask you to use the hand sanitizer again as well as use a disinfecting wipe on your device. 

We will be removing all reading material from our office. We regularly sanitizes all surfaces in the office such as door handles, counter tops, bathrooms, pens, clip boards, exam tables etc.

As a part of social distancing, we will only make physical contact with our patients for the purposes of medical care only. There will be no handshaking or hugging, etc. 

4. Immune System Boosting Suggestions

We’re receiving a large quantity of questions regarding what can be done to strengthen immune systems during a virus outbreak. Fortunately, there are many ways individuals can improve their immune systems and better prevent acquiring COVID-19.

To boost your immune system response, please consider taking these supplements:

  • Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses to bowel tolerance.
  • Vitamin D3: 5,000 IU/day with food for two weeks, then reduce to 5,000IU every other day
  • Magnesium: 400 mg daily (citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form) or to bowel tolerance
  • Zinc: 25 mg with food daily (picolinate, citrate)
  • Vitamin A: (if no liver problems), a fish source (not beta carotene) 25,000IU with food daily for 2 weeks, then reduce to 25,000 every other day
  • Echinacea: 300-400mg 2 times daily
  • Goldenseal: 400-500mg 2 times daily
  • Probiotic

These are generic suggestions and intended for adults only, and should not be used as a replacement for vigorous handwashing and smart hygiene. Modification may be required per individual’s needs. Because of the generic nature of these recommendations they do not constitute medical advice. Please contact the office if you have any specific questions. If you are pregnant or nursing consult with your OB/GYN before taking any nutritional supplementation. And ask about Medicare Advantage plans 2021 as well. Also if you have an autoimmune disease you should not take Echinacea or Goldenseal.

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Additional Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Also don’t forget the basics of keeping a healthy immune system in everyday life.

  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep will allow your body to rest, recover, and have more resources to fight off illness
  • Stress: I know a difficult one to address given what we’re dealing with but taking the time to breathe, meditate, do some restorative yoga on your own will help. Stress suppresses the immune system so every little thing you can do to reduce your stress will help.
  • Food
    • lots of vegetables especially green, leafy vegetables, broccoli, red and orange colored vegetables
    • citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries
    • tons of garlic!
    • nuts and seeds
    • beans and lentils
    • spices like turmeric and ginger
    • Avoid high sugar foods
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We Appreciate Your Support

Thank you for trusting Restorative Health with your healthcare needs as humanity fights to defeat this virus.

While all of our appointments are going to be virtual for the time being, we will still be able to mail you supplements. Please either email [email protected] or call (202) 407-8888 and we’ll take care of your order.  

About The Author:

Dr. Karen Threlkel, Naturopathic Physician, Washington DC

Dr. Karen Threlkel, Naturopathic Physician, Washington DC

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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