At One Doc we, like health care providers around the globe, are dedicated to helping our patients and our community be safe and well during this global pandemic.  So much is unknown about COVID 19 – many solutions lie in the future.   At the same time, it’s helpful to remember that people have prevented, treated and recovered from viral illness for thousands of years.  The same is true for this new virus.  We will help you using tried and true strategies in natural medicine and health lifestyle choices.  We are also following Montana and federal Public Health directives and staying informed about new information regarding diagnosis and treatment.

COVID-19 is a virus, in some ways similar to the flu, in some ways similar to the common cold.  Because it’s a new virus, none of us have any immunity to it yet.  Your best bet is to do the things that you know have helped you stay healthy during cold and flu season in the past and to get help from your doctor if your own measures are not enough.

 

Here are our answers to questions as of March 16:

 

Our office is open for our regular hours.  Dr. Starbuck is available for emergencies via her usual paging number which all patients should have.

 

For the next 4 weeks, we are allowing only patients and people picking up medicines in to the office.  We want to observe the public health six feet distance recommendation in our waiting room so please do not bring children, friends or family members to the office unless they have a scheduled appointment with Dr. Starbuck.

 

If you suspect you may have COVID 19, please call the office.  Do not come in.  We will schedule a telephone consult with Dr. Starbuck for you immediately.  Dr. Starbuck will assess your symptoms and advise you of the best next steps for evaluation and treatment.

 

Follow Public Health directives regarding hand washing and limited social interactions. Soap and warm water work well to kill germs and can less irritating to the skin than hand sanitizer.  For home use, bar soap is Dr. Starbuck’s favorite because generally its packaging has a low environmental impact.

Stay hydrated.  We recommend that you daily drink ½ ounce of water per pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water daily.  There is no health benefit to overhydrating.  Please avoid plastic bottled water.  The emptied bottles are horrible for our environment and the quality of the water inside plastic bottles is unknown.  In most of Montana, tap water and well water are your best choice.  If you don’t like your tap or well water, you can refill your own containers for less than a dollar per gallon at many stores.

Get fresh air several times a day.  Take a walk, make plans for a garden, get a start on spring yard chores.

Avoid herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, weed killers, fertilizers, insect repellants and other poisons.  These chemicals not only degrade our environment, they may damage your liver, kidney and immune health when you use them.

Eat foods high in vitamin C, bioflavonoids and beta carotene.  Leafy greens, orange and yellow vegetables, and fruit are great sources of these immune system and lung healthy nutrients.  Add chopped fresh parsley, spinach, or chard to your soups or baked foods just before eating.  Sprouted seeds and beans are loaded with nutrition – it’s the perfect time to learn how to grown your own at home.  Use the internet for instructions.

Herbs and nutrients can be potent anti-viral medicines but there are none that we know will absolutely cure COVID-19.  At One Doc we urge caution and thoughtfulness in determining what sort of supplementation is best for you and your family.  For help with this, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Starbuck.

Remember that love and kindness are great medicine. In difficult times, the basics work best.  Love, kindness, deep breathing, slowing down, seeing the beauty in small things all have a positive effect on our health.  Dr. Starbuck often turns to the poetry of Rumi, a 13th century Sufi mystic whose work inspires many to be their best selves.  We will close with a few of his words:

 

‘Never lose hope, my heart,

miracles dwell in the invisible.’

 

Stay well.