Cold Prevention Protocol

Cold Prevention Protocol

As we are entering festivity season our health is being taxed by endless parties, stress of the holidays, alcohol, sugar and sub-optimal nutrients. All of these will cheer us up temporarily, but will weaken our defenses. The next thing you know, cold and flu symptoms will start popping up. To better protect your body during this vulnerable season make sure you follow these simple recommendations and be prepared before symptoms start creeping up on you. Make sure you have mentioned products to support your body to stand strong and resilient against the cold and flu season.

This is what I do and recommend to my patients and family.

Follow this cold prevention protocol on a daily basis to protect yourself against cold and flu:

  • Argentyl 23 (silver hydrosol solution) available in the spray or gel form. This silver solution is a safe and powerful antimicrobial substance. Unlike antibiotics that kill only bacteria, silver solution kills viruses, bacteria and fungi. Use Silver water once per day for prevention, and more frequently if you are sick (4-5x/day). Continue for few days after complete recovery. You can also use it as a hand sanitizer without harmful additives. The gel preparation is great to use on any skin wounds instead of antibiotic ointments.
  • Take Echinasia Premium by MediHerb (this is a pharmaceutical quality product and guarantees the best quality with a reasonable price) – 2 tabs per day
  • Vitamin D3 – 2,000 to 5,000un per day. Studies show that adequate supplementation of this essential nutrient is crucial for stronger immune system. Also, next time you have your blood test ask to check the level of 25-OH Vit D. If you are not a good daily supplement taker take 50,000un of Vit D3 on 10th, 20thand 30thday of the month. Set your alarm!
  • Probiotics – 20-25 Bln wide spectrum professional grade probiotics taken with food 3-4 times per week. Always keep probiotics in the house! These are your immune system’s best friends!
  • Eat plenty of fresh and  fermented foods on the daily basis (sauerkrauts,  pickles, etc. ) – those are the great sources of phytonutrients that wholesomely protect you on many levels.

If you are sick:

  • Immediately take Oscillococcinum ® – a powerful homeopathic medicine proven to shorten the duration of cold/flu symptoms IF TAKEN EARLY!! Ideally should be taken at the first sign of sickness and within the first 24 hours. I also recommend to take one dose after exposure to someone who is sick with upper respiratory infection symptoms, like someone at work or at home. This is also an excellent preventative method for kids if given weekly (on Sundays) during the cold season.
  • Vitamin D3 take 50,000 units once a day, for 3 days ONLY. This nutrient blocks multiplication of viruses and abrupt development of the cold/flu. http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/29
  • Zinc at 25-30mg twice per day until recover. Be sure to take with food, as Zinc may upset your stomach.  Currently I use Zinc Liver Chelate, which is a food source of the zinc and other factors that provide better bio availability of this vital nutrient into your blood.
  • Probiotics – double the dose (40-50 Bln colony forming units) if you are sick or getting sick until you are fully recovered, then go back to the standard dose
  • Andrographis (MediHerb) – 2 tab every 2-3 hours for the first day, followed by 2 tabs 3 times per day until full recovery. It is powerful antiviral herb that help you fast to recover from any viral infection.
  • Echinasia Premium (MediHerb) – 2 tabs 3 times per day until full recovery.
  • Immune triad: Cataplex C, Cataplex F and Calcium Lactate  2 tabs of each x 3 times per day for the time of being sick and a week after being symptoms free. Call the office to obtain the instructions how to order these products on line or to have it delivered to you.

Home Remedies:

Purchase a good quality honey (ideally raw and locally made) and the bright golden colored spice curcumin, found in any spice counter. Make a 1:1 ratio mixture of the curcumin and honey (one tablespoon of curcumin and one tablespoon of honey). You should end up with a mayonnaise-like consistency. Take ½ teaspoon of the thick mixture and suck on it for sore throats or to simply tune up your immune system. Do this 2-3 times per day if you are sick, or once a day as an excellent preventative measure. If you prefer to drink it mix it with a glass of hot water steeped with pieces of  ginger. It makes a great winter drink because it is very warming and invigorating.

Drink one cup of green tea (or plain warm boiled water) every hour, it will help your body to detoxify from dying bacteria and viruses.

I find that my compliance with daily supplement has improved since I started using the pill tray( call the office for a free tray). If I feel too lazy to swallow them I just put them into the blender on the morning and drink it with my morning protein shake. Have you tried my Best Breakfast Complete or Advanced Detox or Whey-To-GO shake? Make sure you try it the next time you are in the office.

Also remember, if you need to get back on your feet faster we offer intravenous drips (IV drips) for cold and flu treatments with mega doses of Vitamin C, Zinc and other nutrients to support your immune system and speed up recovery. Call our office to schedule IV drip session.

Stop by at our office to stock up on all the cold and flu prevention and treatment supply.

Stay Healthy Wealthy & Wise,

Elena Klimenko, MD

Homeopathy: Finding the Cure in the Cause

How Can Homeopathy Help?

Like cures like. That’s the concept behind homeopathy, a centuries-old system that stimulates the body’s innate healing ability. In 1796, Samuel Hahnemann, M.D. observed that Cinchona Bark, a medicinal plant used by native people in South America to treat malaria, could also caused the symptoms of malaria in healthy people. After testing the theory on himself, he continued his research, establishing the “dynamic” effect of a homeopathic substance: The small amount of the disease-causing agent in the remedy stimulates the healing process and with fewer side effects.

Let’s look at the example with regular onion. You remember how you feel when you peel and chop fresh onion in the kitchen? The eyes are burning and tearing, your nose starts running and all you want to do is to get out from that kitchen to the fresh air. Now, imagine you have  seasonal allergy, hay fever, and your symptoms include burning, itchy eyes, runny nose and all those symptoms get better on the fresh air. In this case, the small quantity of onion (Allium Cepa), prepared according to homeopathic traditions will help to alleviate those symptoms.

Whether you have an acute illness, such as a cold or flu, or a chronic illness, such as chronic sinusitis or even thyroid disease, homeopathy can play an essential role in your wellness. Within the homeopathic model, as in most holistic approaches to health, illness is believed to be caused by imbalance within a person. Employing the system of “like cures like” — often along with other therapies — balance is restored; the body begins to function as it should and the symptoms of disease go away.

A homeopathic physician will conduct an extensive interview with a patient, identify potential remedies, and closely monitor a patient’s progress until the person is well. During treatment, symptoms may come and go as the body heals. While it’s a very safe therapy, it’s important to work with a practitioner who has been fully trained in order to achieve the best results possible.

Elena Klimenko, MD, is a board certified internist and certified in clinical homeopathy and functional medicine, will help you decide which homeopathic medicine is right for you. In her practice, she uses lifestyle modification and natural remedies, such as homeopathy, herbs and food based supplements  to address the root cause of your medical symptoms and guide your body towards optimal health. Call today to speak with Dr. Klimenko at 212-696- HEAL(4325).

References

  • Cody, G.W. & Hascall, H., “The History of Naturopathic Medicine: The Emergence and Evolution of an American School of Healing” in Pizzorno, J.E. & Murray, M. T. Textbook of Natural Medicine (2013). p. 37.
  • Lange, A. & Gaylord, S.A., “Homeopathy” in Pizzorno, J.E. & Murray, M. T. Textbook of Natural Medicine (2013). p. 314-32
Natural Therapies for a Good Night's Sleep

Natural Therapies for a Good Night’s Sleep

Before your head sinks into the pillow at bedtime, there are some very simple things you can do to prepare mind and body for a night of deeply restful sleep. The evening hours are a time when the busyness of your day should begin to wind down. It’s important to create a bedtime ritual that will help tame the thoughts that may still be racing through your mind and which can prevent you from falling or staying asleep throughout the night. In addition to the lifestyle tips for better sleep that are described in this month’s feature article, try adding some of the following naturopathic and holistic approaches to your evening routine.

  • Enjoy a warm bath including Epsom salts and/or lavender oil.
  • Listen to the relaxing sounds of ocean waves, classical music, or chimes. There are specialized acoustic recordings that are orchestrated to affect specific brain wave patterns for relaxation or sleep. Call our office for a complimentary download of MP3 file.
  • A guided recording of progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, restorative yoga poses, can help the body create the ‘relaxation response’.
  • Herbs and other botanical or aromatherapy treatments are useful for calming down after a stressful day. In addition to the herbs discussed in this month’s newsletter, you might want to ask your physician about teas, tinctures or capsule preparations of valerian, skullcap, passionflower, or lemon balm and kava kava.
  • Try meditation, beginning with just 10 minutes a day. Meditation has numerous health benefits and recent studies show it can significantly affect quality of sleep.
  • I also like to recommend some homeopathic medicine for sleep. Quietude is a great combination of homeopathic medicines that helped many of my patients to avoid sleeping pills. Just dissolve 1-2 tabs after the dinner and before bedtime to get faster onset and uninterrupted sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night take another dose.
  • Melatonin is sleeping hormone helping us to fall asleep and staying asleep. Almost of all of us drop the production of it after 40 years of age which also corresponds with the process of aging. Starting a supplementation of good quality of melatonin at 3mg at night time can be a great help before running for a pharmaceutical prescriptions.

Get a good night sleep or call our office for a free copy of the sleeping meditation recording. Stay Healthy Wealthy & Wise.

Elena Klimenko, MD

Integrative Medicine Specialist

References
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Meditation May Be An Effective Treatment For Insomnia.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 June 2009. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090609072719.htm
  • Corliss, J. Mindfulness meditation helps fight insomnia, improves sleep. Harvard Health Newsletter. 18 February, 2015. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726
  • Murray, M. “Insomnia” as cited in Pizzorno, Joseph E. (2013). Textbook of Natural Medicine. St. Louis, MO Elsevier. (chapter 182).
  • Mars, B. & Fiedler, C. (2015). The Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press. (pp. 29-29, 45, 193, 200).