We are here to help you if you have any questions about the recent CoronaVirus news.
Below are some common questions and answers that we hope will help ease any concerns you have, and more importantly empower you with knowledge and practical medical advice to help get us all through this pandemic.
We have had recent contact with our advisory medical association to provide updated information and we will provide links to the CDC for additional information.
What is the concern?
The concern is that COVID-19 is a novel new virus, which mutated from a virus affecting animals to one that affects humans. The concern for COVID-19 is that it’s shown sustained person-to-person spread and has caused some deaths in immunocompromised & elderly individuals.
Should I be concerned?
If you are immunocompromised, have a respiratory illness, or are elderly you should take precautions and follow CDC travel recommendations.
When should I be concerned?
If you are immunocompromised, elderly, history of breathing problems and you develop a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Should I do more to protect myself and my family?
No one wants to get sick, or spread a cold or flu illness to someone who may be immunocompromised, has lung health concerns, the elderly, or very young.
1. First-Line Defense:
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Stay home if you have been exposed to a family or household member who is sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or cloth if you are sick and around people, or at a mass gathering in a community where the pandemic is already occurring.
- *CDC website Personal NPI’: Here are even more NPI’s for Home, Work, Travel 2 Nonpharmaceutial Interventions (NPI’s)
During a flu pandemic, there are measures you can take in addition to these everyday preventive actions. They include:
2. Second-line Defense: Lifestyle
- Keeping your immune system strong and healthy is your best second-line defense, especially with viral infections.
- Here are some natural supplements and simple health concepts that can really make a difference. They are free, simple, and effective.
• Reduce sugar and inflammatory foods
• 20-30min of exercise to move your body
3. Third Line of Defense: Supplements
-Think of supplements as fuel and natural medications to build up your body’s natural defenses. We offer all of these at the practice PhxMHC and will have these available at a discount for all of our patients.
Natural Defense Package:
• BiocidinTS. First line defense, recommended by Dr. Le Provost
• Vit C+. Fuel for your immune cells
15% discount on this package
Super Defense Package:
• Natural Defense Package +
• SuperBioVeg, packed with herbals for your immune system.
• Bronchial Wellness Syrup, natural lung support
25% discount on this package
*All supplements above are intended for current PhxMHC patients; please call or contact the office so you may consult with one of your physicians first before starting any supplements or medications. Phone: 602-908-5422
4. Fourth Line of Defense: Medications
- There currently is no cure for these types of viral infections. But, we do have medications that can drastically help to increase your immunity and build up your body to fight viral infections.
- We are suggesting supplements and peptides8 that can stimulate your immune system to fight off any potential infections. We do offer these at the practice and have had excellent patient success.
• Thymus Alpa-1: Stimulates the immune system
• Selenak10: Antiviral characteristics
Peptides are prescription medications that can be very effective. Please call our office and speak with any of our doctors to answer your questions.
There is always a risk for illness, cold, flu, and infections. Now is a good time to reflect upon yourself and your family’s lifestyle; ask yourself if you are taking basic lifestyle measures to stay healthy.
Our bodies have the most powerful system of protection, our immune system. Our immune system fights every day to take care of us, let’s take some time to take care of it. Your immune system only asks for a few basic things; plenty of sleep14, low stress,15 and healthy whole food.
CoronaVirus, take basic standard cold/flu prevention measures to protect yourself.
Symptoms: Common cold are normal, only concerns are if you get additional fever and shortness of breath. See CDC Guidelines here Contact your healthcare provider first for further direction if you develop:
- Shortness of Breath
Unless you fall into one of the high-risk groups mentioned above, follow the protocol for standard cold/flu care. Contact your medical providers if:
- You have been in close contact with a known infected person and have symptoms
- Have traveled to known ongoing transmission sites, click here
- Link to AZ Department of Health
- Stay calm.
- If you come down with a cold, do not go to work, stay home, stay warm, stay hydrated, and monitor symptoms.
- Contact our office if you feel you may be at risk so we may discuss further steps. We have tools that may assist you.
- We do offer advanced Support IV therapy for hydration, Vitamine C, & Nutrient Immune Enhancement, Acupuncture, Peptides, and many nutriceuticals to help prevent and get you through any health condition.
We thank everyone for their interest in staying healthy and strong, while helping to keep others safe during this time. Thank you to all our valued patients.
- CDC Prevention
- CDC NPI’s Home, Work, Gatherings
- Sleep and Immune Function
- Alcohol and the Immune System
- Stress, Illness, & the Immune System
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus Inhibits Ciliagenesis in Differentiated Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells: Effectiveness of N-Acetylcysteine
- The Roles of Antimicrobial Peptides in Innate Host Defense
- Human Antimicrobial Peptides as Therapeutics for Viral Infections
- The human cathelicidin LL-37 inhibits influenza A viruses through a mechanism distinct from that of surfactant protein D or defensins
- The Human Cathelicidin LL-37 Has Antiviral Activity against Respiratory Syncytial Virus
- Modulation of thymosin alpha 1 and thymosin beta 4 levels and peripheral blood mononuclear cell subsets during experimental rhinovirus colds
- Interleukin-18-mediated interferon-gamma secretion is regulated by thymosin beta 4 in human NK cells
- CDC Disease Burden of Influenza
- Sleep and Immune Function
- Affective immunology: where emotions and the immune response converge