Sharon Delaney, CNM, ARNP, MPH
Integrating her knowledge of the relationship between public health and personal health to provide holistic women’s healthcare, Sharon brings her expertise to her current women’s health practice at Spokane Valley Holistic Healing, and is excited to offer antibody testing to the community.
We are pleased to announce that we now offer antibody testing for covid-19 (SARS CoV-2) through both Boston Heart Diagnostics and LabCorp. This blood test will tell you whether or not you have previously had covid-19. Because it takes up to 2 weeks to fully develop antibodies once exposed to the virus, it makes sense to have this test done at least 2 weeks after being sick with covid-like symptoms. However, some people have mild or no symptoms, so the antibody test will tell you if your body has developed an immune response, regardless of whether or not you felt sick.
It’s very important not to confuse antibody testing with the PCR nasal swab test that looks for the presence of actual virus. This testing is done elsewhere, as we do not have the facilities and PPE for conducting the test for covid-19. If you have already tested positive for covid-19, an antibody test will give a better understanding of how much of an immune response you had.
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or uniformly successful treatments for COVID-19. However, emerging research on several specific botanical and nutraceutical agents is promising, as such agents can improve the body’s ability to fight off and recover from the illness. Pasted below is a link for a good summary, much of which I have discussed in earlier blogs.
Sally Shaw L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
I am an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist in the process of transitioning my practice and joining with CDA Acupuncture and Holistic Healing. I am very excited to joint the team in the coming weeks and looking forward to sharing my knowledge and healing experience with this community to help patients rebalance their body, mind, and spirit. As luck would have it, I picked a very adventurous time to make this move.
Who thought in our life time we would live through a world pandemic? Certainly not me, but here we are finding ourselves wondering…. What in the world is going on. Are you like many people who are uncertain of the accuracy of information being poured all over the news and social media. Are you scared and not sure what your best options are to stay heathy. Recently a live webinar hosted by Dr. John Chen, Ph.D., Pharm. D., O.M.D., L.Ac. was made available to people in the medical community focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). My goal with this blog is to summarize and break down the information in the webinar, explaining what the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is, the pathology, symptoms and treatment options that are being discussed today in both Western conventional medicine and TCM and then focus on TCM’s role in treatment, prevention and recovery.