OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE
While there are people who sincerely take care to build and guard their immunity, immunity was not always a commonly used word. Eating well including organic, whole, locally sourced food was often left to “those people who do that” because mainstream media and advertising of all types assured us that the food we were purchasing from our local grocer was nutritious, fortified and certainly good for us and our families. Long before Covid-19 showed its ugly face, the burgeoning number of aging baby boomers, folks with auto-immune disorders including children, and people looking to avoid major health issues like cancer and heart disease, started investigating building their immune systems with healthier diets, active lifestyles and supplementation.
THERE ARE NO PILLS FOR VIRUSES
If you have ever gone to the doctor with a fever, chills, upper respiratory, lower respiratory, body aches and a grocery list of other symptoms only to be told, “It’s a virus, it’s just going to have to run its course”, you are not alone. They often send you home with directions to rest, alternate Motrin® and Tylenol® to control aches and fever, drink plenty of fluids and soup. Now, tests are available to detect if you have a particular strain of the flu and if it is caught early enough, they may prescribe, Tamiflu® but it is not for everyone. In many cases, if a virus is detected and what you are experiencing is not bacterial, you will be sent home without a prescription and the best you can hope for is over-the-counter medications for symptom relief. You know when you are sick, and it is disheartening when you or a loved one are ill, and you are meant to feel that you are basically left to your own devices to recover from a virus. It can be downright scary.
BUILDING IMMUNITY WITH DIET AND SUPPLEMENTATION-YOU CAN DO THIS!
For individuals who are looking to build their immunity and create a healthier lifestyle, this is doable for most everyone. Even people suffering from diabetes or on medications can benefit from changing what they eat and drink, how much rest and exercise they get and supplementing with vitamins and minerals. We now know that there are also naturopathic therapies available to help us build our immunity, rid us of free radicals and toxins and reduce oxidative stress. If you need help getting started on this journey to a stronger, healthier more immune physical condition, Functional Medicine with a Functional Medical Practioner is a good place to start.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE TO BUILD IMMUNITY, BE THE BEST YOU AND PROVIDE OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
Functional Medicine for the treatment of a variety of illnesses and for building a strong immune system, involves a relationship between a patient and their Functional Medicine Practitioner. Looking at more than just the symptoms, they discover the core reasoning for medical conditions associated with diet and lifestyle issues and what can be done to reduce or alleviate these symptoms. This can be achieved through testing, checking for other disorders as well. Blood and other laboratory tests, medical history, review of lifestyle, environmental factors and diet both historically and currently are reviewed before a treatment plan is devised. When testing is complete, the patient and doctor develop a treatment plan that may include diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation and immune boosting therapies.
WHAT IS OZONE THERAPY AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO BUILD MY IMMUNITY?
Ozone therapy can be achieved using HOCATT or hyperthermic ozone and carbonic acid treatment. This therapy is a super detox down to the cellular level. The main modality, transdermal ozone, is generated from pure oxygen. In a 30-minute session, the immune system is stimulated (activated) to speed healing by improving circulation, cleaning arteries and veins and oxidizing toxins facilitating their excrement. Inflammation and pain are reduced, nerves are calmed, and free radicals are scavenged. Viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites are inactivated. Hyperthermic acid and carbonic acid treatment or HOCATT therapy is available at Michigan Health and Wellness.
RESEARCH AND FINDINGS ON THE BENEFITS OF OZONE THERAPY AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE ON VIRUSES AND IMMUNITY BUILDING
Dr. Paolo Tordiglione, a senior consultant in Neuroanesthesia at the University of Rome in Sapienza, Italy, is a pain medicine and ozone therapy expert. Dr. Tordiglione’s research has found ozone therapy to be beneficial in treating Covid-19 and other viruses. Ozone therapy is germicidal and can kill viruses, inhibits inflammatory pathways and boosts anti-inflammatory ones, regulates the immune system through multiple pathways, activates antioxidant defenses, and improves our tissue’s ability to utilize oxygen, among many other attributes. (Hyman, 2020)
Dr. Patrick Hanaway is a board-certified family physician trained at Washington University. He was the founding Medical Director of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Dr. Hanaway has found integrative practices have actually shown to reduce hospitalizations for Covid, eight times more than conventional treatments alone. Functional and integrative treatments are key in addressing those who suffer from post-COVID-19 syndrome. Dr. Hanaway also shares his experiences in treating other diseases using diet and fasting for maximum benefit. (Hyman, 2020)
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is low pressure oxygen therapy increasing the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. Increasing blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gasses and tissue function to promote healing and fighting infection. When oxygen reaches damaged tissues, the body can support its own healing process enhancing the ability for white blood cells to kill bacteria. Hyperbaric therapy is a relaxing, non-invasive therapy and is one of the lowest risk medical treatments available.
Pressotherapy helps the body by boosting both blood circulation and lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and waste products from the body. Revitalization and oxygenation occur in the tissues while gently detoxifying the body.
To learn more call Michigan Health and Wellness for a FREE consultation. Functional Medicine, Functional Neurology, Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Therapy and their relation to the treatment of viruses, other diseases and immunity building are managed by our clinical director, Dr. Tony Aboudib, DC. Dr. Aboudib attended post-graduate studies at Carrick Institute for graduate studies in clinical neuroscience, American Functional Neurology Institute, Functional Medicine University, Institute of Functional Medicine and Kharrazian Institute for graduate studies. For more information call 231-421-5213 or go to our website www.michiganhealthandwellness.com
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