COVID-19 PROGRAMS -1:

why, what & who for?

Dr Alex is a Medical Doctor with a PhD in Immunology, Virology, Molecular Genetics & Pathology.

And:

A > She has developed a landmark system for generating putative solutions to unprecedented / new clinical problems, and presentations where treatment options within mainstream medicine are either limited or unavailable – minimally adding extra angles for their effective management, where treatment is not a realistic option.

B > She specializes in generating Individual Programmes using an *advanced *scientific base and Naturopathic Medicine (principally herbs and nutraceuticals) – which in itself means ‘added’ options, as it is based on clinical science and a special type of medicine that isn’t mainstream.

C > She is a world leader in Naturopathic Anti-Viral and Immune-System-Modulating Medicine, lecturing post-grad professionals worldwide – which is relevant to how we resist viral infections, and how we progress when we have them, and how we recover from them, as well as to how a virus like COVID-19 does critical damage. All key knowledge during this coronavirus challenge.

All in all we believe that Dr Alex has a unique contribution to make in our collective war against the challenges of COVID-19. Each person contributing to their own strengths, for the benefit of others.

This is NOT in lieu of mainstream medicine, but as an adjunctive clinical service which we hope will play a part in reducing the burden of severe infection in individuals and on mainstream services.

Dr Alex’s contribution to your own health status & health prospects may be vital – until there are mainstream treatments that have higher efficacy, are readily-available-whatever-the-level-of-demand, and are less intensive than the extremely important supportive measures currently available, and/or a vaccine.

These will come! In the meantime, let us help you alongside.

It is extremely likely that, without active initiatives to shield ourselves physically, we would all (or almost all) be exposed to COVID-19 within the next months. Gladly active seclusion and self-isolation gives us the benefit of more months to get these Individual Health Programmes devised person-by-person, and to get these meaningfully underway.

We all know the risk of the most severe disease, and possible death, from this new infection is currently said to be closely-linked to:

a) Older people (whose immune systems may behave differently, and may have accumulated a pre-existing burden of disease) and/or

b) People with certain medical vulnerabilities / underlying health conditions.

To date (mid-May 2020), in the UK, 26% of people who have died from COVID-19 have had diabetes (it is not clear yet which type, I or II, has greater risk, but as older people usually have Type II, we are assuming at this time that Type II is a greater proportion of this group).

Overall, death rates are 4 times higher in people with diabetes, according to diabetes.co.uk. One TV doctor puts this down to chronic suppression of the immune system because of diabetes. However Dr Alex believes it is far more complex than that – involving pre-existing ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ vascular changes, complex immune system issues, inflammatory pathways, and viral ‘replication co-efficients’ in people who have high blood sugar during their hospital stay. For example please read here and here.

Chronic inflammation of certain types in diabetes may ‘prime’ the cytokine storm process and lead to more severe, less controllable, virally-induced pathology in persons alerady at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and abnormal coagulation responses (clotting) during severe illness.

Also 18% of persons who died had dementia, which also involves similar chronic inflammatory profiles. 15% of deaths were in people with chronic pulmonary disease – which is not a surprise (while concerning for those affected, obviously), given the toll COVID-19 can place on even normal lungs can be tremendous.

But everyone is at risk. Bizarrely, despite the main messaging, the profile of the early attenders to ICU in the UK do not really fit the ‘old-unwell’ profile very closely. The majority were male and without severe pre-existing health conditions. And 15% were between 30-49 years old. In Italy they started out older, and now are younger. In Germany they started out younger, and now are older.

At this time, worldwide, the risk of dying from an infection with COVID-19 is less than 1% for people with no underlying health conditions.

We are, though, all also at risk because the virus may change, because there may be disparities between viral and population behaviours in different countries, and in citizens of different origins – and because as the world changes around this virus, there are untold factors at play.

We are offering Targetted Individual Health Programmes to seek to reduce the risks for people with vulnerabilities. And Programmes for people who are in less-at-risk categories, as well, devised according to their individual profiles.

Preparatory Programmes – that is, to get you ahead of the COVID-19 infection, and to be in the ‘best possible place’ healthwise in view of your likely worst risks in the event of catching it (without making claims, that could be re-phrased as: seek to protect you from your worst possible outcomes).

Pre-Proactive Treatment Programmes – that is, working with you NOW to establish what are most likely to be the specific naturopathic approaches that you as an individual might take, at different phases of the infection, once you show symptoms.

We are not offering any acute ‘treatments’, as we need to carefully evaluate each case very individually and you will also need to source the nutras we advise. Also we want to make certain you don’t imagine that naturopathic intervention is the way to go when you need acute help during your COVID-19 infection – no matter how specialized.

So the idea is that you will have your Personal Dr Alex Arsenal Ready At Hand in the event of acquiring the infection. If we sought to treat only once someone is infected, we would clearly be lagging behind that individual’s own infection timeline and it is critical that the right measures are used at exactly the right times.

If you need help with acute or current symptoms, please call NHS 111 or 999.

The aim of your programme needs to be focused, clear and relevant to YOU.

This will depend on many factors – even where you are apparently healthy, given that no matter how well we are, we all have predispositions, so we can naturally assume that different individuals with different profiles are likely to react to the infection in different ways.

To seek to reduce the severity of the disease in individuals who are not thought to be at especially high risk, but who nonetheless may wish to be as ‘prepped’ as possible, in case of infection.

In alignment with any clues we can glean from you as to how your ‘system’ may react and behave, as gleaned from your personal biography and own medical history – even if scant – and your family history.

a) INTERVENTION THAT AIMS TO BE ‘ANTI-FACILITATIVE‘:

To seek to offset some of your current pathology (eg respiratory, cardiological, diabetes) in direct relation to known COVID-19 infectious ‘patho-physiology’.

To ideally make you less ‘hospitable’ or ‘less vulnerable’.

This means that, where that is a realistic option, we treat you (in relation to your current health issues) in a targetted way – in accordance with what we believe to be the factors relevant to you as an individual, that would most likely predispose you to a worse outcome on acquiring the infection.

To make you less ‘permissive’ to the infection, or to having a worse prognosis on acquiring the infection.

Clearly the extent to which we can do this in the timeframe will be limited to target areas as revealed by the patho-physiology of the infection, as the science emerges – and while in constant revision, that science is starting to become available now.

For example, there may be a role of certain anti-hypertensives to the progress of, or protection from, the ‘worst ravages’ of the infection.

For example, individuals with certain respiratory illnesses may be more vulnerable because of the mechanisms the viruses use to enter the host (ie you) whereby the issue is the size of the ‘initial innoculum’. Or, radically different, because of the effects of the virus on the viability of the respiratory tract for exchanging oxygen through ‘non-regenerative’ lung cell damage.

b) REDUCING THE EXISTING BURDEN OF DISEASE:

To more generally treat your current pathology (eg respiratory, cardiological, diabetes) naturopathically.

This is not just about ‘making you healthier’. It is also about reducing ‘system rigidity’ that makes it difficult for a person to adapt physiologically, and thereby withstand a serious threat.

It is more about ‘more resilience’ than ‘more health’ – but we also hope that from your work with us you will understand better the potential value to you of a *Specialist Naturopathic Physician’s contribution, to how you feel generally, healthwise, by helping you achieve ‘better health’.

The specific target in this instance is to seek to improve your existing burden of disease. The value of this contribution may become ever more valuable as:

Your Primary Care Physicians become increasingly less able to refine your treatment during the pandemic (though they remain your first port of call, always – they anyway deal with different angles, which are evidence-based, and we are most certainly not replacing them)

Your efforts to shield yourself physically from acquiring the infection, buy us some time to try to make a positive ‘naturopathically-mediated’ dent in your current health profile, and improve your overall resilience in the face of a sudden big health ‘jolt’.

To aid in speeding up the return-to-normal-health of individuals who have had the infection – who may have enduring symptoms consequent of the infection, or effects subsequent to the infection, once they have been given the all-clear.

For example, enduring fatigue – which is common after many types of viral infection, and will dissipate in many, but become a more prolonged problem in others.

For example, altered immune system activity – for example new ‘allergies’ or intolerances, or susceptibility to other infections. This can be because viruses can hijack different facets / factors of the immune response and the profile and ‘settings’ may need to be ‘recalibrated’.

If you have any questions, all you need to do is contact us to get started and we will take it from there. 

AIM: To reduce the risk of severe infection
in standard-risk individuals

AIM: To reduce the risk of severe infection in
individuals who are at high risk

AIM: To reduce the existing burden/improve control of diseases which may place you at increased risk with COVID-19

WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO APPEAR TO BE GETTING WAVES OF INFECTION

WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO RETURN TO NORMAL HEALTH & VITALITY AFTER COVID-19 INFECTION

Psychological help

Of course many people have found themselves struggling mentally and emotionally with COVID-19. For some it’s the fear of the virus itself, for others the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. For many there are new and totally unexpected financial concerns.

You may have already had personal challenges which may seem to have become magnified, or which are even forming new preoccupations in your relatively-restricted day.

You may find that you have new mental health issues during the COVID-19 lockdown, because you are not used to being ‘dislocated’ from society, or especially well adapted to it. You may be alone. You may be away from family. For many there are ways to reach out, for others less so. Even as the lockdown is eased and we return to some sort of normality, some people will striggle by the way things have changed.

Our psychotherapeutic interventions tend to be much faster than most systems – if you feel you need a different sort of help to get you past psychological problems that you already had. And we can support you, and help you process and get beyond new struggles, as and when these emerge.

All you have to do is Contact Us.

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