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The official statement of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), for which I am a member, states emphatically that “All healthcare providers should refrain from making health claims or proclamations about a "cure" or product that can "prevent" or successfully treat COVID-19. There are currently no nutrients, botanicals, vaccines, pills, lozenges or other prescription or over the counter products available to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 specifically”. They also advise naturopathic doctors to follow public health guidelines, and standard preventive medicine protocols, including basic naturopathic and lifestyle protocols that can support the immune system and mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
I agree with the above assertions. As the COVID-19 is a novel virus, this means there has been very little proven research with this particular virus. However, we are learning a lot about how this virus works and how it can cause quite a lot of harm to a number of individuals. Most medical doctors and the profession of conventional medicine look to pharmaceuticals, a major arsenal in their tool bag to treat and help their patients. As a naturopathic physician, I don’t want to shy away from using the tools I have been trained in and have been using successfully to help patients over the last 16 years I have been in practice. As a primary care physician in Washington and soon to be licensed in Idaho as such, there are recommendations I can make based on experience and also looking at the science behind the disease process of this current pandemic and on extrapolating research on botanical extracts and neutraceuticals which have already been learned on similar viruses to the COVID-19. As “There are currently no nutrients, botanicals, vaccines, pills, lozenges or other prescription or over the counter products available to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 specifically.” I believe in embracing the founding principles of naturopathic medical practice during this time of disruption and uncertainty and I see this as an essential service to the community in which I deeply care about.
"I believe in embracing the founding principles of naturopathic medical practice during this time of disruption and uncertainty and I see this as an essential service to the community in which I deeply care about."
Naturopathic Practice Defined:
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
We need to treat the cause – this means don’t suppress the symptoms like bringing down a fever. Unless your fever gets too high, a fever is an important part of your functioning immune system, and lowering your temperature hinders your white blood cells and immune system from doing it’s job properly. My next blog entry will discuss measure we can take to increase your immune system, but most importantly, go into details of prevention.
What measures can we take to decrease the likelihood of developing viral pneumonia, cytokine storm and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. By understanding the disease process, there are things that we can do. Reports talking about peak disease still being at least 2-3 weeks away for most locations, let’s be pro-active, and do what we can to decrease contracting the virus, and decreasing our own personal chances of developing ARDS and burdening the hospitals and health care system.
It is important that we follow all public health guidelines and preventive measures. Please see earlier blog posts, and check back here or other sites to stay on top of the latest recommendations.