What is a Cytokine Storm?

Your immune system does everything it can to clean up environmental pollutants, bugs, pathogens, viruses, and infections of all sorts. It uses a delicate mix of anti-inflammatory and inflammatory cytokines to bring more nutrients and white blood cells to the rescue. A cytokine storm can happen when too many inflammatory cytokines come into an area like the lungs. Signs and symptoms include high fever, inflammation (redness and swelling), and severe fatigue and nausea. Sometimes, a #cytokinestorm may be severe or life-threatening and lead to multiple organ failure.

We have some amazing whole food supplements and herbs that help reduce the risk of this happening. Protect yourself by reducing inflammation, supporting your immune system, and becoming healthier day-by-day! Call us to get a phone appointment to assess what you are doing and provide a supplement program with dietary recommendations to strengthen your immune system.

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UPDATE CORONA VIRUS: BAD NEWS GOOD NEWS

BAD NEWS– We are not out of this yet. This virus is still spreading, and to complicate things, we are in the “Flu and Para-Influenza (HPIVs) season. These viruses all cause respiratory illnesses. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, and cough. There is no specific antiviral treatment for HPIV illness nor specific approach for Corona virus yet. Most people with HPIV  illness will recover on their own as well as the Corona virus (85%), but this new Corona COVID-19 as well as the more well-known “flu’s and para-flu’s” can lead to more severe situations , such as pneumonia, kidney failure, and death (cdc.gov/).

The Missouri Influenza Report for 2019-2020 (as of 3/21/20): season-to-date total of laboratory-positive influenza cases is 107,923 and season-to-date total deaths at 1,261. Corona virus (COVID-19): as of 4/05/20 there are 2,291 confirmed cases and 24 deaths (cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm)

GOOD NEWS– At this point, in Missouri, COVID-19 is not much more lethal (1%) than the above referenced Flu/Para Flu viruses. We are in better shape than the National statics -Confirmed Cases-311,536   Total Deaths 8,499 (2.7%). In state of New York the fatalities are almost half that of the national number at 3,568.  Realize this can change overnight as more cases are identified and invariably more persons will pass on. We must remain vigilant with common sense protocols (cleanliness, physical [social] distancing, staying home if we are symptomatic, covering our mouths when coughing/sneezing, etc.) we use for all germs, bacteria, and viruses. Our scientists and medical communities are working night and day on our behalf with many “Pharmaceutical” approaches.

There have been references to non-pharmaceutical approaches that nourish our immune system, they are called “Nutraceuticals” (www.vitaenaturals.com/).  Vit. C, Vit. D, Quercetin, Zinc, Selenium are just a few that you hear thrown about. As stated in my previous blog “AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE”!  A good Pre-Biotic & Pro-Biotic for our gut is helpful. The gut is part of our immune system. Garlic, Star anise (a flower-shaped spice containing shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of Tamiflu), Ginger, Resveratrol (a type of natural phenol found in Peanuts, Pistachios, Red Grapes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Strawberries), Vitamin-C rich foods (Gooseberry {Amla}, Red & Yellow Sweet Peppers, Oranges, Kiwi, Clementine’s, Ruby Red Grapefruit), Vitamin D3, minerals like Zinc and Selenium (found in Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Unsalted Cashew Nuts, Unsalted Pistachios, Shiitake Mushrooms, Chicken, Most Vegetables, Lentils, Avocados, Blackberries, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Guavas, Cantaloupes, Apricots, Peaches, Kiwifruit, & Blueberries)

The federal government’s 2015-2020 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 8th edition” notes that “Nutritional needs should be met primarily from foods. … Foods are nutrient-dense and contain essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and other naturally occurring substances that have positive health effects.”

If you would like more information, the Wilmington Clinic is operating 6 days a week.

Please give us a call 314-353-1477

US Dept of Homeland Security names Chiropractic Physicians as Essential

Essential, sanitized, and ready to serve…

We want you to feel safe in your decision to continue visiting our practice.  The Wilmington Clinic has a carbon-based, hospital grade filtration unit and uses ultra violet technology to combat viruses and bacteria.  Our facility is equipped with large rooms to promote physical distancing (we like that better than social distancing).

Some additional steps we are taking to promote continued health at this time include checking temperatures upon arrival, spacing treatments out to ensure physical distancing, and adding extra sanitizing protocol between each patient.

We know it is a big decision for you to trust our facility and physicians at this time!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

CORONA-VIRUS FACT vs FEAR

FACT-Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses found in a variety of mammals and birds. In humans, these viruses can cause several conditions, ranging from mild respiratory infections to more serious illnesses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that was recently identified in humans.

The symptoms of coronavirus are like other respiratory infections, including the common cold. Some of the most common symptoms include: Fever, Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing/Chest pain (because it affects the deeper portion of your lungs as compared to the “bronchitis” type of lung issues we get as secondary conditions from the “colds, sinusitis, flu, etc.”), Runny nose, Headache (secondary to possible fever), Sore throat ( due to the tonsil/adenoid/lymph node  involvement which is the immune response as our body is “fighting” the virus/bacteria).

In severe cases, coronavirus may also lead to more serious issues, including pneumonia, kidney failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and death. But before “FEAR” takes over we must accept that these potential risks are accepted with all the FLU’s we as Americans deal with each year. This year it was Influenzas A & B, in years past we all recall the Swine Flu, Asian Flu, H1N1 Flu, etc. Both viruses—influenza and coronavirus—are highly infectious diseases with similar symptoms, transmission, and prevention methods. This new virus is NOTHING LIKE the Ebola virus. That virus had an extremely high percentage of death associated with it. 

A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale that crosses international boundaries, usually affecting many people.”

On March 12, the World Health Organization (WHO) began describing the outbreak as a pandemic. A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale that crosses international boundaries, usually affecting many people…. A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills; it must also be infectious. For instance, cancer is responsible for more deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not infectious or contagious.

As for the data we do have, that information shows a low fatality rate and high survival rate for COVID-19. In a new article published February 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), authors looked at the worldwide case records of 72,314 patients, 44,672 of which were confirmed as having COVID-19. Of those confirmed cases, 36,160 cases, or 81%, showed only mild symptoms, while 14% were severe and 5% critical. The overall case-fatality rate, corona-virus cases that ended in death, was only 2.3%, or 1,023 deaths out of 44, 672 confirmed cases. In America we have greater access to:  clean water, high hygiene and health habits, better quality and control of our food sources, sanitation and removal of our personal and lifestyle wastes, a better medical care system for those who do get more severe complications, and a highly sophisticated communication ability than most of the other poorer nations that this new coronavirus has impacted. So while hearing the news daily keep in mind that the “media” are driving this hysteria to a whole new level. This is NOT the Bubonic plague, Malaria, Anthrax or any of the other pandemics/epidemics we have heard in the past. Its just the newest one and believe me there will be more in the future. Viruses as well as bacteria, parasites, molds, and fungi are constantly mutating. Our bodies live everyday with these critters on and in us.

This is what leads me to my point today referencing the old cliché:

“AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE”!

STEPS TO TAKE TO HELP PROTECT YOURSELF

Wash Hands Frequentlyas simple and basic as that sounds it is the hallmark of most if not all transmissions of virus and bacteria spread!!

Maintain Distance-Ideally, try to maintain at least three feet of distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This can help prevent you from breathing in any liquid droplets containing the virus, which can be sprayed through the nose or mouth through coughing and sneezing.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces-Viruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours (some experts are stating that the human coronaviruses can remain infectious from 2 hours to 9 days). Washing and disinfecting surfaces that you regularly use can help block the spread of germs to prevent infection.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth-Your hands can pick up viruses from the surfaces that you touch. Touching your face with unwashed hands can transfer these germs, which can then enter the body and cause infection.

Practice Cough Etiquette and Respiratory Hygiene-Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or using a tissue to cover your mouth can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Be sure to also dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands thoroughly after exposure to any respiratory secretions.

What About Natural Approaches?  

First and foremost, clean hands and do not touch face, eyes, nose and mouth.

Hydration This virus as many others enters through our breathing. The mucus (snot) we make each day (4-5 pints/day) is our first line of defense against these attackers. If we do not drink an ample amount of H2O, the mucus becomes thicken and less protective allowing the virus to have a greater access point. In addition, mucus contains a variety of antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal proteins.  Inorganic salts, antimicrobial enzymes (such as lysozymes), immunoglobulins, and glycoproteins such as lactoferrin and mucins, just to mention a few. Mayo Clinic published a recommendation- “a minimum of 16 oz. of water within the first 10 minutes after waking up”! For many decades our clinic has stressed the importance of rinsing these same nasal passages especially in the morning with saline solutions. This practice is as important as bathing and brushing our teeth. It immediately cleans the overnight mucus thickening that occurs as we sleep. When our patient’s do get sick, we add other agents to this saline rinse to enhance the effect .

Nourish our Immune System It is a fact that certain nutrients in food do have a profound effect on our bodies by maximizing healthy functions. For example, we all know that the lack of Calcium in our diet increases the risk of weak bones later in life. Science has demonstrated that Vitamin C complex & Vitamin D support a healthy immune system [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2010 May;91(5):1255-60)]. The authors further state that our needs are best served by foods high in these nutrients as well as other lesser known nutrients (Phyto/anti-oxidative food chemicals) such as found in fruits and veggies, for example, citrus fruits, tomatoes, red/yellow sweet peppers, berries, green leafy vegetables, squashes, carrots, etc..

Herbs and Spices There is research about “Adaptogenic” Herbs and Spices- substances that improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress (emotional, chemical, physical).  In other countries, Ginseng for example, is a widely accepted herb used for supporting health is one example of an “Adaptogen” [Journal of Alternative/Complement Med. 2012 Nov;18(11):1061-9)]. Others are-Echinacea, Aloe Vera (Researchers have taken renewed interest in aloe vera as a powerful herb and superfood. Two of its compounds, Acemannan and Aloctin A, support immune and adrenal health [Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine], Oregano, Andrographis and Moringa Oleifera (Seeds, leaves, roots, and oils of the Moringa Oleifera plant are used throughout Southeast Asia) an ingredient in many common dishes. As part of traditional medicine, it supports the immune response, eases swelling, and promotes energy and adrenal health [Nutritional Characterization and Phenolic Profiling of Moringa Oleifera Leaves. Int J Mol Sci. 2015 Aug 12;16]).

In conclusion, there are many other helpful “Natural Approaches” to support our immune systems which include Essential oils, Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, etc.  Once you become ill, your lifestyle, age and past medical history may necessitate medical advice as your situation dictates.  For additional info, please contact the Wilmington Clinic.

    2020 THE NEW DECADE!

    New Year’s resolutions are many, but New Decade goals are a whole new ball game. Our bodies change in 1-day, 1-week, 1-month cycles as well as 1-year, 3-year, 5-year cycles. For example, some fevers can be a 24-48-hour cycle depending what is causing the fever; many of us will “pull something” in our neck or back (again depending on many factors) can be resolved or at least greatly improved within a 1-week to 1-month cycle. More serious conditions such as coronary disease, cancers, degenerative joint conditions (arthritis of spine, hip, knee, shoulder, etc.), auto-immune conditions and many more take the longer cycle: 1-year, 3-year, 5-year cycle before we become aware of them. Most of us make promises (resolutions) such as start a new diet, exercise more, be nice and forgive others, which is all well and good, but one thing that some of us lose sight of is a very simple one- “Good Posture”. Many of you have come to the clinic over the years with neck, headache, low back and leg pain that your posture at work and/or home is a causative and/or contributing factor to how you feel. Posture also affects heart, lung, digestive and eliminative functions too. The big secret to “Good Posture” is not just exercise (which is good for overall health) but your constant awareness of your posture. Your “Mind-Body Connection” must become a habit like bathing and dental hygiene. So, pull those shoulders back, tuck that chin and “engage” that six pack as you sit, stand, and walk to make the next decade be the best that you can be!

    P.S. Google Bruegger’s and YTWL postural exercises.

    FOOD CAN BE YOUR MEDICINE!

    A “newly discovered chemical” in food called Apigenin ( a type of flavonoid that is high in celery and chamomile) has been demonstrated in lab tests to be “cytotoxic” (cell killing) to Pancreatic and G.I. tract Cancer cells.  The scientists have suggested that Apigenin has a potential protective role against these extremely aggressive forms of Cancer.  After 45yrs of studying health, I am glad to see that health professionals and the scientific community are analyzing foods and their “chemistry” as opposed to only trying to make “chemicals” that have a beneficial affect on our health. It’s my opinion, in the future we will see more “newly discovered chemicals” in our food and how they benefit and protect us.

    Remember…”Food is Medicine and Medicine is you Food….”we are what we eat”!!!

    BERRIES, BERRIES, BERRIES

    Good news…..medical science has added “new evidence” that BERRIES are good for you!  Those of you who were kind enough to attend the health class series dealing with the Immune System became aware of the research that  supports:  “food is our medicine and medicine can be our food”! The latest in the journal  “Phytother Res. 2016; 30(8): 1265-86” Pharmacology and Health Benefits of Anthocyanins (the ‘blue’ of blueberries)  reports the biological effects as: “antimicrobial” (germ fighting), “cell-protective” (antioxidant), “antitumor”, “lipid-lowering” (cholesterol effecting), “neuroprotective” (brain aging protection). Just as our grandparents would say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”… now science has added another food to keep our bodies strong and resistive to disease. Can’t wait to learn what else they “discover” in our food because there are more than  10,000 food based chemicals identified so far …. I guess “they” will be real busy figuring out all of what that means!! So, add 1-2 cups of mixed berries to your 2-4 servings of fruit per day.

    OLYMPICS!

    For those of us watching the Olympic athletes compete to be their best, we get a chance to see how far one will push themselves to accomplish this.  Many competitors train excessively and make great sacrifices to achieve their quest for greatness.  It is not surprising that many of the participants look to a variety of approaches to treat and manage their strains, sprains, and injuries.  We have seen them wearing supportive “taping” techniques (kinesio taping) popularized in the previous Summer Olympics by the USA Beach Volley Ball team.  Now the “newest” example of specialized procedures to help has been observed with Michael Phelps, the USA swimming champion, exhibiting those “mysterious perfectly round” bruises!  He is using a method called “cupping” to treat Acupoints more commonly called Myofascial Trigger Points in Western Medicine terminology.  Many folks have heard of “Acupuncture” but are not aware that there are multiple ways to address “Acupoints/Trigger points” without “puncturing” them.  Pressure has been and still is the most popular, beneficial and least risky approach to treat them.  Needling (Acupuncture), Scraping (Gua sha is the Asian term; IASTM and/or Graston are the Western terms) and Cupping techniques were developed as additional ways to stimulate the “points”.  Today we have a better understanding of these areas of the body that include muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, skin, and periosteum (tissue that covers the bone) and how they have a huge influence on how we feel and function.  Most of us are not “gifted athletes” competing on the world stage but we are all working and playing hard in our daily lives…. either pushing ourselves hard, doing the same thing over and over again at our jobs, or just not taking care of ourselves the way we should.  Myofascial (Acupoints) treatment should be part of your health care for maximum health and function.

    TO LOOK YOUNG!

    One of my patients (who is an official member of the “seasoned citizens” club) posed a common question- “I am 75+ years old but I feel (and everyday tell myself) that I am 45+ years old.  I am always active with my family, my Church and my favorite hobby-Golf.  But I have noticed that my skin is thinning, bruising easier, and just looking older than I feel…Why and is there anything I can do??”

    Well, first off this individual is starting their day off the “right” way with positive and prayerful affirmations for their Mind. Secondly, each one of us has a specific gene makeup that is passed down from our parents that directly influences our health in all aspects. It is what we do during our lifetime that we can control that either minimizes or maximizes these genetic predispositions. The skin is called the integumentary system and is an organ system consisting of the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands. The skin is only a few millimeters thick yet is by far the largest organ in the body. Under what we see in the mirror is a fiber mesh work of collagen and elastin–type’s proteins that keep skin firm. As we age, this fiber network weakens and skin sags. In addition, it thins because it loses fat. Some of this “aging” is related to our genetic code. But no matter what kind of skin one has inherited, you can keep the skin you have looking young by taking action!

    The outside elements-sun, wind, cold, etc. greatly stress this incredible “organ” so protecting it would be the first line of defense to slow the process. And as with every other part of our body, what we nourish it with also has a tremendous influence.  At this time, medical science has affirmed that adding flax seed and fish oil to the diet has improved the overall health of skin by enriching from the inside out (‘British Journal of Nutrition’ Sept. 2008; Ray Sahelian, M.D.). Hydration was also noted for skin health-eight 8oz. glasses of water each day (just like we all have heard a ‘thousand’ times before!). Japanese researchers have shown the antioxidants (a sub category of 40,000+ phytonutrients in food) found in edible seaweed, algae, chlorella, spirulina, etc. protect the skin from damage done by ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Tomatoes provide an important chemical-Lycopene- that also is an antioxidant that has been linked to protecting the skin. In addition, it was discovered that more of this antioxidant becomes available with cooking. The list continues with a variety of vegetables and fruits (carrot, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, green leafy veggies, apricot, watermelon, all berries, etc.). Olive oil, Coconut oil, Almonds, Walnuts, and Brazil nuts all contain essential types of fats, “EFA’s”, that keep the skin supple. Topical applications of some these oils, in particular coconut and almond oil, are very popular. Many companies now add “antioxidants” (vitamin C, A, and others) to their skin formulas with all types of ‘celebrity’ endorsements and ‘clinical’ testing to promote these products. It is my opinion, we should put as much emphasis on “what we put in our body” as well as “what we put on our body”.  And lastly, there are more than 40 muscles that contribute to our facial expressions, so remember to “exercise” your face not just your body muscles.