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Expert answers: can cannabis and CBD affect coronavirus? – Health Europa

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

The biggest question Im getting asked is around how CBD and medical cannabis may affect contracting or recovering from coronavirus, and about what else we can do to stay well.

People are asking if cannabis and CBD can help buffer the immune system against getting COVID-19 in the first place, and if you do get it, can CBD and cannabis help treat it? What about the possibility that NSAID anti-inflammatory drugs may have a negative effect on the virus once you are infected and wait a minute CBD is an anti-inflammatory too, so what does that mean for CBD?

These are all valid questions and so far, even in terms of the anti-inflammatory drugs and the effect on corona, it is still unclear what the relationship is, if there is one. Many doctors are still recommending sticking to Acetaminophen for the fever for now and avoiding NSAID over the counter drugs until we know more.

As for CBD and cannabis, we dont have any studies showing it has any effect on the coronavirus, although there are some interesting studies on medical cannabis and smoked cannabis use and HIV progression.

On Facebook and social media, many CBD and cannabis advocates are claiming that they boosted their immunity successfully against all viruses using the plant, and recommending others do the same.

As both a cannabis specialist and doctor trained in natural medicine and western medicine, it is important to let people know the facts and be totally honest about what we dont know. Its also critical not to make false claims when we are all understandably a bit scared, and of course want to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The miracle cure claims that some members of the natural wellness community can sometimes make, even when well-intentioned, can have harmful effects on peoples behaviour and also tarnish the industry as promoting snake oils.

This effect can distance our more conventional medicine and research colleagues who are not well versed in botanical medicine, and hurt the progress plant medicine has made in recent years in gaining support and credibility through academic research and inquiry, partnering with the research and those physicians open-minded enough to consider them.

Plant medicines like CBD and medical cannabis do so many amazing things that there is no need to stretch the truth or make claims that cannot be backed up, at least not currently.

Probably the best way we can support our immunity is avoiding alcohol, staying active while we stay home (dance parties in the living room anyone?) and taking up a simple relaxation or meditation practice to decrease stress hormones.

If you are into supplementing, you could consider adding some adaptogen mushrooms, along with liposomal glutathione (not a direct immune boost but may help support the liver).

Eating a diet rich in micronutrients, zinc, vitamin C, flavonoids like quercetin (in both cannabis and apples) and getting good sleep are all good things to start now if you havent already.

Melatonin, our sleep hormone made while we sleep can help healthy immune function too. Deep breathing practices and laughter may also have a positive effect on our immune systems too. So, you can feel like you have done something by putting on a funny film and having a good deep belly laugh to get those lungs working while you self-isolate.

Even if you do everything right you may still end up getting coronavirus, but the good news is that most people not in high risk groups will have a mild illness course and recoup at home. Some carriers may not even have any symptoms at all or even know they had it, which is why social distancing is so important, since asymptomatic transmission rates are thought to be quite high with coronavirus.

Dr Dani Gordon MD, CCFP, ABOIM, ABIHMGuest AuthorUK Cannabis Medicine Specialist US Integrative Medicine Consulting & Training for Physicians

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COVID-19: Tips for mindfulness and coping with anxiety – The Union Leader

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Amid ever-changing information around the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety.

Anxiety is not right, and it is not wrong. It is just part of the human experience, says Kristin Lothman, a mind-body counselor with Mayo Clinics Department of Integrative Medicine and Health.

Healthy anxiety calls us into action to be safe, to take care of the people that we love and to arrive at the present moment experience with resilience.

There are many strategies to manage anxiety, Lothman says. I recommend developing a self-care practice. Elements of that could include journaling, exercise, yoga, meditation and prayer.

Another way to cope with anxiety is to practice mindfulness, Lothman says.

Mindfulness is about paying attention on purpose to the present moment. And I believe mindfulness is a powerful tool we can use right now.

Lothman adds that mindfulness is about focus and awareness. The best way I can connect is to not be distracted, to bepresent, to engage in eye contact, she says.

To calm the body and mind, Lothman suggests a guided meditation _ a practice of relaxed concentration where you follow the instructions of a narrator related to breathing and imagery. Breathing exercises are also valuable, especially for younger children.

You might practice these three or four times a day. Maybe not the entire meditation but even if you can get in 10 breaths that may be enough to notice a shift in your inner experience, Lothman says.

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Doctors at Family Health West using video conference tech to talk to patients –

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Officials at Family Health West say they are using more digital methods to communicate with patients with the rise in COVID-19 cases.

As Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center, a service of Family Health West, prepares for an increase number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Grand Valley, our physicians and therapists at our outpatient clinics are implementing the future of medical care delivery by providing it by telemedicine. This is the same excellent quality of care they give in their office using modern video conferencing technology, like Face-Time, so we can protect our community by minimizing close contact, the release said.

"Family Health West is pleased to offer another way for our patients to connect with their primary care and specialty care providers, obtain needed health care services, and provide high-quality medical care while also reducing the risk of exposing our patients to COVID-19, and other illnesses," said Family Health West President/CEO Dr. Korrey Klein.

Officials say The Pediatric Therapy and The Autism Groups are tele-meeting with their pediatric patients and families with great success.

Other clinics such as the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, Atlas Arch Neurosurgery, Redrock Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine and Canyon Rim Psychological Associates have begun telehealth visits.

Western Valley Family Practice is calling all patients who currently have an appointment to determine their risk factors and help set up the telehealth alternative to those who pose a high risk of being exposed.

If you want to set up telehealth services for yourself, call 970-858-3900 to ask about telehealth at your Family Health West physician office.

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Understanding Holistic Care in Relation to Chronic Illness –

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

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In my recent blog post "Understanding Approaches for Pain Management and Patient Care" I speak on the lasting effects of holistic health care and the benefits that it has in terms of managing pain and taking care of the "whole" patient.Before I get started, it is important to mention that the holistic approach to health does not reject conventional medicine, but is a sensible, complete form of healing that considers your child's entire picture of health and uses the best and most appropriate options for healing. It is a process of strengthening every system of the mind-body and allowing your child's natural healing potential to flourish.Many of the chronic health problems that affect children will respond best when addressed from a holistic point of view.

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Curious About Intermittent Fasting? Now May Be The Time To Try –

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

"We know the research shows fasting actually supports the immune system," Schehr says. It lowers inflammation and gives your body more time to focus on healing rather than digestion.

"There's an old saying: 'Starve a cold, feed a fever,'" she adds, "and while that's not scientific, it's this idea that when we're fighting a cold or a virus, decreasing our intake of foods and increasing our fluids actually works to support the immune system."

Conveniently, there arevarious ways to do IF,so you can pick the method that works best for you. "Something like IF in a 16:8 plan (eight-hour window for eating with 16 hours of fasting per day) would really help you make better choices about nighttime eating and morning eating," Schehr says. "Additionally, the 5:2 plan (eating only 500 to 600 calories two days of the week) could also support keeping your diet in check while you're at home, make you feel a little better, more energetic."

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Finding a Peaceful Place: Is Now the Time to Try Meditation? –

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Is Now the Time to Try Meditation?

As many of us hunker down in our homes at this frightening and stressful time, there are all kinds of things we are doing to fill the time. Some things we havent done in a while, like the 1000 piece puzzle that is near completion. Other things are brand new, like using Duolingo to learn a foreign language. How about trying out meditation? The science is clear, meditation is a quick way to reduce stress, something we could all use. For those who havent tried before, it can take a little time to get started, so how about now?

When my husband, Nez, was being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) a few years ago, our stress and anxiety was at an all-time high. This is when we both began a meditation practice. We used a free 21-day series by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra to get started. A new series was just released yesterday #HopeGoesGlobal. You register online and can access the free meditations on your computer, or you can download the app on your phone or iPad. Oprah and Deepak give inspirational thoughts and then there is roughly 15 minutesof meditation.

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There are other choices of course. If you Google free meditation you will get over 400,000 results. MSKCC has a series online as part of their Integrative Medicine. The App Stores have all kinds of offerings, such as Headspace or Calm. You can find meditation on many fitness apps like Peloton, and YouTube is a treasure trove. Find something that speaks to you, find a quiet corner, get comfortable, and get started. Help clear and calm your mind; even if only for a few minutes.

Emily & Nez Nikoo

After meeting at Purdue University, Emily & Nez Nikoo (both Electrical Engineers), married and began their professional journey working together first for the space program and then in media & entertainment. After tackling lifes challenges, Emily gravitated to healthcare innovation and Nez to STEM advocacy and education.

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