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Q/A: SARS Prevention by Dr. Wright

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Q. I plan on traveling this summer. What should I do to prevent SARS?

A: Your risk of contracting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is less than the risk of contracting other more common contagious illnesses. SARS is an acute respiratory illness characterized by a temperature over 100.4 F, body aches, headaches, and a dry cough that can advance to pneumonia. It is thought to be caused by a coronavirus and to be spread from person to person by droplets contacting mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Regular hand washing is essential to preventing SARS and all other infectious illnesses. Keep your hands away from your face to reduce transmission. Travel with an alcohol based hand wash solution to use when hand soap is not available, though don’t overuse it and dry your skin to the point of cracking. Use a personal air purifier to reduce disease transmission in closed spaces such as airplanes. If traveling to Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Viet Nam, or Toronto, minimize close contact with large numbers of people. The CDC does not currently recommend wearing a mask in public areas, but travel with one in the event you get ill or are exposed to SARS.

You can decrease your risk of contracting SARS or any infection by taking Transfer Factor for passive immunity. Additionally, take Flu Ban, a homeopathic product containing the antimicrobial Olive Leaf extract, and IMM Formula for immune support provided by thymus, astragalus, and echinacea.

At the very first sign of any symptoms continue taking the above products and also take one teaspoon of Argentyn-23 every twenty minutes for 4 to 6 doses, then 1 tsp. three times daily. (The brand Argentyn-23 is an extremely small molecule of silver, accounting for its superior antimicrobial effects. Don’t substitute other brands.)

Be prepared by traveling with a remedy kit to prevent and treat acute illnesses.

Minding Our Own Business

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Our staff is trained to assist patients with their phone and email questions and requests. GSMC employees have been spending up to 40 percent of their workday handling patient phone calls and emails. A single phone call or email can easily result in a half hour or more of communication, documentation and phone time. This amount of time is detracting from employees performing duties for patients who are in the clinic receiving treatment. We are taking steps to remedy this situation while continuing to give great service. We need your help. We ask that you make a list of your questions and requests prior to calling to help streamline the process. If you feel hurried along a bit on the phone, know that we are taking steps to be more efficient in attending to your needs. Watch us be more efficient and still get the job done!

Strontium/Bone Density

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

The element strontium has a significant effect on building bone, as reported by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. in the newsletter Nutrition & Healing, February 2003. This was the case whether strontium was given with calcium, with hormones, or alone. A three-year randomized double-blind study of women with osteoporosis using 680 mg of strontium daily resulted in a 41 percent reduction in vertebral fracture risk, and an increase of 11.4 percent vertebrae density in the strontium group, compared with a 1.3 percent decrease in the placebo group.

Elemental strontium is safe – and different from radioactive strontium 90.

Take 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium per day while taking strontium, in addition to magnesium and other minerals known to support bone health. Ask your GSMC doctor if strontium might be a good addition to your healthcare.

GSMC carries Strontium Support that supplies 227 mg of strontium per capsule.

Q/A: Pollen Allergy by Dr. Wilson

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Q. Help! The pollen is so bad this year. What can I do for the allergy symptoms?

A. I find different remedies work for different people. Some respond very well to the use of Neti Pot to deliver passive (not forceful) saline irrigations that remove pollen from the nasal passages.

Avoidance of pollens is an effective and necessary strategy. Pollen levels are highest from 5 to 11 a.m., so plan outdoor activities accordingly. Keep the fresh air intake in your car closed while driving, and keep your home’s windows closed and air conditioning on to lower pollen exposure. Keep your bedroom especially free of allergens, as you spend a third of your life there. Regular vacuuming, and dusting, and continuous HEPA air filtration helps by reducing levels of not only pollen, but also danders, dust, mites and molds.

A number of natural remediescan be very helpful to decrease symptoms of pollen allergy. Quercitin (available in nasal spray or capsules) and Stinging Nettlestop the release of histamine from mast cells, much like antihistamines, but without the side effects. Stinging Nettle and Quercitin are both available in a blend of herbs called D-Hist.

I find a homeopathic preparation, Allergiplex, to be very helpful for pollen allergy. Vitamin C and Flavonoids are basic and important treatments for seasonal allergy symptoms. Less commonly, but no less important, Thymus or CoQ10 is just the ticket for some. Similason eye drops #2 can soothe the most irritated allergic eyes.

Strictly limit sugar intake. Cross reactions between foods and pollens can occur. For example, raw carrots and apples may result in symptoms when birch pollen is present. Avoid known cross reactive foods during pollen season.

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