I live in Kirkland, WA – literally the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S, where I have been in clinical practice for the past 16 years. Since I have a 10 year old daughter and a husband who both regularly use an inhaler, this is doubly concerning for me. This is personal.
It is also important not to panic. Here I am, in a hot spot, literally flanked on three sides by this, and I am not panicking. I am reading, thinking and planning.
I am a mom first.
Second, I am a health care provider. I have served my community as a Functional Medicine Practitioner for the past 16 years. My focus has been functional gut disorders, and for this, I am affectionately known as ‘SIBO Guru’ (SIBO stands for small intestine bacterial overgrowth). In my practice, I have offered therapeutic support to address viruses of all kinds – influenza, coronavirus (two strains of coronavirus are in large part responsible for the common cold), rhinovirus, HSV, hepatitis, Epstein Barr and more.
Although there is no current medication to treat COVID-19, and no vaccine to prevent it, I know that I have options. I know from my Functional Medicine Training and clinical experience, that there are things within the natural world that I can use to boost up my families immune system and, if we should contract this, to help our body’s fight a virus.
I am going to share all of the steps that I am taking with my family with you in my free book Functional Medicine Approach to the COVID-19: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Protect Their Kids. Let’s channel our anxiety into action!