Corona Virus / Covid-19….The New Reality

Corona Virus / Covid-19….The New Reality

These certainly are challenging times for all of us.  Who could ‘ve ever guessed that 2020 would present with a paradigm shift in our ability to lead a normal life – and this on a global scale? In the media, there have been various models and charts, different scenarios and protests, real and “fake news,” a variety of experts, plus serious daily news conferences with Governor Cuomo, and the afternoon  “All About Me” show with a revolving cast members… and scarves too.

There are multiple discussion on a daily basis, including lack of testing kits, the relationship between Bill Gates, the WHO and Dr. Fauci, the race for vaccines, inaccurate testing methods, undercover 5G implementation, whether Wuhan lab (with a 3.7million research grant from the US) or the wet market is the source of this pandemic, global surveillance concerns, censorship on social media platforms, unemployment, short and long-term economic implications, and more…

No matter what, it has been shocking to witness the spread and number of deaths on a global scale.  Furthermore the PTSD from brave frontline emergency and medical professionals is a major concern.

As we are experiencing the social distancing, gloves and masks in the USA, it is the same in South Africa. They quickly jumped into a stringent lockdown; even liquor stores, jogging, dog walking, and any transportation of alcohol are still forbidden.  As of this week, they are now allowed to buy cigarettes and are proceeding to stage 4 from a 5-stage lockdown. And when the South African president addresses to nation, it is presidential indeed…

In The News This Past Month?

  • A pharmaceutical intervention deemed as “ anecdotal”, and later professed to be harmful. With any studies it is important to be critical…. Not everybody tolerates chloroquinone, esp. with cardiac issues, yet it is still used long-term for various vectorborne infections.  The common medications in question, e.g. Azithromycin and chlorquinone, have been used in the past thirty years in the Lyme – literate medical community. With worldwide application, for five days only, it is important “ not throw out the baby with the bathwater…”.
  • Zinc: If you are supplementing, be aware that too much zinc can make you nauseous.  Also, supplementing too much zinc for too long can affect the zinc / copper ratio in the body. It is something to be aware of and can be checked in a blood test (but not happening right now.)  This is not a concern with eating a zinc rich diet, as copper will be in these foods too.
  • Tom Hanks and Vegemite
  • Nitric oxide is helpful; a study is currently under way. Yip, it is well known in the ‘erectile dysfunction world’…
  • High dose Vitamin C, and another nutrient called quercitin that is also anti-inflammatory for respiratory pathways, are effective carriers to transport zinc into the cells.  Vitamin C is water soluble, so it must be replenished on a daily basis. (Currently stores are sold out of many vitamin C supplements. There are options online if you wish to supplement during this time.) Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C include oranges, kale, sweet yellow peppers, kiwis, blackcurrant, broccoli, parsley, lemons, and strawberries.
  • Other interventions well known in the Lyme community (and alternative cancer treatments) include blue light UV therapy, IV treatment with antioxidant glutathione and vitamin C.  There are sufficient scientific studies to show efficacy of IV infusions with vitamin C and serious infections.
  • Mario Cuomo … and his wife… and his temper….
  • Glutathione has shown anecdotal promise by doctors using it presently in Covid-19 treatment. Glutathione IV or in a liposomal form – it, too, is sold out…it is also used in the Lyme and mold- sickness community.
  • In therapeutic treatment for chronic infections there is practitioner-guided use of MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement). YouTube videos and books about it have been censored and yanked from Amazon over a year ago… 
  • Use of estrogen pills in men
  • Blood thinning, including nebulized heparin, protease enzymes, and an amino acid called NAC.
  • Use of acid blocking medications in a NYC hospital as part of treatment (new)
  • With viral infections, vitamin D is essential, we hear enough about supplementing and the need for vitamin D. Vitamin A is also anti-viral.  For a therapeutic effect, higher doing of vitamin D and A is helpful, especially coupled with vitamin K. Dosages can go up to 5000iu and much higher under professional care. As both vitamins are fat- soluble, they accumulate in the body. This is why long-term high-dose therapeutic dosing is contraindicated, esp. with vitamin A.

Closing Words

In-between discussions of how testing is done, or not, how deaths are counted in Europe, or not, lockdowns in various countries, or protesters against it…. It has been a whirlwind of information on a daily, even hourly basis.  At the same time, Nature now has time to breathe and detox from human-created pollution on planet earth.

Rika Keck

NY Integrated Health

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Help! Why can’t I lose those extra pounds?

Help! Why can’t I lose those extra pounds?

Any diet that advertises a magic weight-loss fix is simply bogus. I personally dislike the word “diet” as it conjures up a sense of restriction and sacrifice. In my past, I have used calorie restrictions, synthetic foods, diet sodas, a low-fat diet … I have been there. I thought that it was good to do that, never mind that I had a lot of headaches and often felt ill. Once I learned differently about chemically altered foods and the no-fat nonsense, I was so happy, as I love to eat—especially fat! It is amazing what can happen when our unique nutritional needs and lifestyle are addressed. You feel that energetic bounce and positive mood in your step when you release the feeling of being deprived and hungry!

The more one places focus on the weight one does NOT want, the more weight one is likely to attract. Just like the saying, “When it rains, it pours.” This is where the mind-body comes into play. Focus on the positive; keep reassessing your need for habits that keep you from reaching your goal. Get out there with fun friends, exercise smart instead of beating yourself up. Promote positive thoughts; stop those toxic emotions and the mind chatter that attracts more toxic energies and cravings. It also adds the pounds by messing with your brain chemicals and stress hormones. (Even with lap band surgery, 30-40% of patients regain all the weight back…)

What also matters is that you become aware of when you are not making health-supporting choices and you take note of individuals who are trying to sabotage you in your efforts. It is about becoming aware and mindful of your immediate environment and your relationships.

Pay attention to the choices you make when you are angry or upset!

Take note of people and situations that can trigger additional mental or emotional stress for you. This understanding of how well (or not) we manage our lives on a day-to-day basis and deal with curve balls along the way will help get us out of lingering fatigue, health problems and depressed moods—but only if we take appropriate action and keep the big picture of building long-term wellness in mind.

A lack of self-confidence and self-esteem may lead to addictions, substance abuse, “food medication,” and can sabotage your best efforts for weight loss or health building. Is your illness now your identity? Does your situation create you as a “victim” and thus you receive the attention you need? If you become well, are you dreading that you might have to take action, take responsibility or make decisions you are afraid to make? These are tough questions, especially when you have not been well for quite some time.

Addressing the mindset within the context of a woman’s self confidence is imperative if we want to become un-stuck in life. Just addressing thyroid function or an irregular pap smear is not enough for women’s wellness anymore, nor has it EVER been. So, remember that you are not just a physical body but also an integration of body, mind and spirit and long-term healing can only occur with this in mind.

The ‘monkey-mind’
Don’t forget that negative judgments live rent-free in your head! Become present, live with a sense of gratitude instead of criticism. Just by starting your day with positive thoughts you will increase your energy and it will directly affect your behavior. Listen to lovely music while sitting on a park bench in nature, visit a museum, surround your life with color or meet a friend for lunch. We are so busy being everything to everybody else that there is nothing left for us. It is time to set boundaries, creating “me-time” for reflection and self-care.

Without health and creative energy, life can be very challenging and it can be difficult to keep a positive mindset. This is the time to commit to change. Life is precious, every day matters and when you go to bed at night; you want to feel that it has been a very good day. I always remember that today will not come back again, so let me be present now—instead of worrying about tomorrow or what happened in the past.

Genetics
Genetics can play an important role and the field of genetic medicine is simply “exploding.” The human genome project, which was incidentally designed for future drug development, opened the doors for a revolution in medicine as epigenetics and the gut flora, referred to frequently as the microbiome or microbiata, came to the forefront. Also consider the fact that our environment shapes our genes and it has a much greater influence on our disease risk than genetic probability predicts.

We know that certain genes can be triggers for disease but we also know that we have resilience. How can we support them best is the million-dollar question. Harmful genes can be switched on by our environment, how we eat, sleep, move, think etc. The goal is to keep disease-promoting genes silent. What can we do on an individual level to support our unique genetic code?

Take Action
Rebuilding wellness and restoring energy is a “participation sport.” It requires action and commitment—and no one can do that for you. It requires a specific mindset accepting that building health is a long-term commitment and a self-responsibility. Sure, we get curveballs along the way, e.g. being invited to a wedding weekend where there will be indulgences, but curveballs are part of the process. What we learn from them is what matters, as personal experience is the best teacher, for example, if you eat a food and it does not agree with you, you’ll know it—and you are certainly less inclined to eat it again.

Whether you are travelling on business, experiencing the loss of a loved one, or are in an acute crisis, these curveballs can temporarily throw us off our health path. Recognize them as such and leave the guilt trip behind—it is the past—and get back in the game. This is reality and it is important to “keep it real.” If you work with a holistic health consultant, their support during tough times or relapses is invaluable.

We Live In A Toxic World!
An important question that we must ask ourselves: Are we doing enough to combat the overload of 24/7 stress and toxins our body is experiencing every day? This is not addressed in conventional medicine, yet it plays such an important role in causing or contributing to our health problems. It takes clinical and critical thinking to sort through the maze of symptoms, as the root causes are different for everyone.

Closing Words:
True health starts with what we eat, how we live, how we think, how we love—it is all about how we take care of ourselves on a daily basis. It is also about our environment. How many toxins are surrounding us in our personal care products and in our home? Is it in our makeup or in the mold in the walls? Could it be the tap water or the commercial washing powder that is creating a contributing factor to our health challenges, e.g. thyroid issues with stubborn weight gain? Within these foundational concepts is where our healthcare and self-care begins.

Rika Keck
NY Integrated Health

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How To Protect Yourself Against A Tick Bite?

How Do You Protect Yourself Against A Tick Bite?

Wearing light colored clothes makes it easier to spot a dark or black ‘crawlies’.  While outdoors, do a few body scans throughout to check that nothing is crawling on your clothes, legs or arms if you are, e.g. gardening in shorts and t-shirt.

Then there are additional options to prevent a tick bite. These can be essential oils combinations, or chemicals. If you opt to use chemical sprays, be sure not to inhale the vapors, as they are toxic to your brain. Here are some options to consider:

1. Prevention:

  • Non chemical (I am not endorsed by any but have used the first two myself):
  • Use sprays on shoes, socks, clothing, even hats (keep away from eyes, nose an mouth. Warning: Essential oils are very potent, so only spray outdoors.)
  • Nantucket Spider (online, health stores, some garden supply stores)

https://nantucketspider.com

Bottom Line Deet-free natural sprays:

https://bottomlinestore.com/catalog/product/view/id/11432?utm_campaign=2019-06-

  • Other: Essential oils including cinnamon bark, clove bod, neem, oil of oregano, lemongrass, cedar wood. This must be diluted in carrier oil, as they are potent and can burn the skin.
  • Chemical choices: Permethrin spray

Permethrin – treated clothing: http://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/tick-defenses-permethrin-and-lymeez-tickwear/

Picaridin: https://sawyer.com/products/picaridin-insect-repellent/

2. Leave outdoor clothes and shoes in a separate area when you come into your home. Check your pets.

3. Take a hot shower.

4. Do multiple body check throughout the da , esp. in the creases or warm, moist areas such as the armpit, waist or behind the ears.

What to do when there is a tick attached:

  • Do not irritate the tick, it will become stressed and will feed faster, and thus will regurgitate potentially more pathogens.
  • Use fine tweezers, as though you are going to pick up a poppy see d (order online)
  • ILADS.org
    • “Grasp it from the side where it meets the skin, and, using steady gentle pressure, gently pull in the opposite direction from which it embedded, until the tick is released. Expect to see the skin “tent” as you gently pull. Place the tick in a lidded container or zip-lock bag. Wash and disinfect the bite site, your hands, and your tweezers. Avoid handling the tick.”
  • If the tick is attached where you cannot reach it, contact your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER where they can remove the tick safely.
  • Contact your health care provider immediately and discuss prophylaxis treatment. If this is not an option, go to the nearest ER.
  • If on hand, apply oil of oregano on the tick bite site (in a diluted form).
  • Whether or not you choose to get prophylactic treatment after a tick bite, it is imperative to be vigilant for symptoms that might suggest active infection. Common Lyme symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. ILADS.Org

Recommended treatment based on guidelines from ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)

  • The preferred regimen is 100–200 mg of doxycycline, twice daily for 20 days.
  • However, here has never been a study demonstrating that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures chronic Lyme disease.
  • Doxycycline is preferred when concomitant Anaplasma or Ehrlichia infections are possibilities.
  • Short treatment courses have resulted in upwards of a 40% relapse rate, especially if treatment is delayed.
  • It is important to note that Doxycycline  (or other tetracyclines) will not address malaria-type infections, e.g. Babesiosis, that can infect an individual with a tick bite. This is also applies to infections including Bartonella and Mycolasma, or the Powassan virus. It is these infections that can induce illness while the individual thinks they are still sick with Lyme disease.
  • The gold standard Western Blot test is unreliable in accuracy, presenting much false/ negative result, but also false/ positive results.

ISSUES WITH DIAGNOSIS & DIAGNOSTICS

  • Testing too early after a tick bite will reduce chances of an accurate result, as the body needs 4-6 weeks to make antibodies against the infection. Also, some individuals with a suppressed immune system will not make sufficient antibodies in response to a Lyme disease infection.
  • Ultimately, Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis based on medical history, and physical findings.

“There is a distinction between diagnosis and diagnostics. A diagnosis encompasses the considered explanation for a patient’s symptoms based on the elements described above, as well as the process by which the diagnosis itself is reached. Diagnostic refers to laboratory and other test modalities used to aid in reaching a diagnosis. Challenges exist in both areas when considering Lyme disease.” ILADS.org

Rika Keck, NY Integrated Health LLC

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