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Vitamin D and COVID-19

There has finally been more press on Vitamin D (and other nutrients) for supporting the immune system and its benefits re: COVID-19. A physicians group in Canada specifically recommends Vitamin D3, zinc, and Vitamin C to help protect seniors from COVID-19. Vitamin deficiencies make everyone vulnerable to infection, not just seniors, although seniors do tend to have lower levels. More studies have been coming out on Vitamin D and risk of death from COVID-19. Vitamin D helps protect you from respiratory infections and it appears COVID-19 is not an exception.

As my colleague says: There is a huge gap between “wash your hands/social distancing” and ending up in a hospital. Naturopathic medicine fills this gap.

So contact your doctor about getting your Vitamin D levels tested so you can find out what an optimal dose of Vitamin D is for you to help protect yourself during this pandemic.

Flowing Health is a naturopathic clinic that also offers acupuncture and cupping in the Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Queen Anne area since 2010.

Cold, flu and coronavirus

The immunologist Heather Zwickey, PhD has a short recording on coronavirus/COVID-19 you can find at Natural Medicine Journal. Some of the highlights include the following: Coronaviruses have been around for a long time and they typically show up as mild colds. But this recent coronavirus, COVID-19, is more similar to SARS and MERS. It’s fairly contagious but not as contagious as measles (for every one person with COVID-19 about two people get infected. For measles, 18 would get infected). Because it spreads by respiratory droplets, handwashing does work for preventing infection. COVID-19 affects the elderly with pre-existing conditions the most. It does have an affinity for the lower lungs so people with COPD are especially vulnerable to pneumonia from this. We don’t have total control over being exposed to viruses such as COVID-19. But we do have control over strengthening our immune system and making ourselves less susceptible to infection. Find out ways to do so on our resources page where you can find a handout on Naturopathic Immune Support for Cold and Flu.

Flowing Health has been providing naturopathic services as well as acupuncture and cupping since 2007. We are conveniently located in Green Lake and close to Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Crown Hill.

Prescription drug mix-ups

are more common than you think. Have your loved ones double check the shape/color/markings of their prescription pills whenever they re-fill their medication especially if they are using one of these chain pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid) named here: How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies is Putting Patients at Risk. Better yet, use an independent local pharmacy. They typically have better pricing.

Flowing Health offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and cupping in North Seattle.We are in the Green Lake area and conveniently close to Ballard, Greenwood, and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods.

New Location for Seattle

Just wanted to let you know that as of March 6th, I will be relocating my practice from Positive Touch Medicine to WellPoint Center for Natural Health at

7214 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

To schedule with me at WellPoint Center, please call 425.485.6059.

Front desk support will be provided remotely for the time being by my other location in Mill Creek (North Creek Clinic) so when you call, just specify that you would like to schedule at the Seattle location. I will be at the Seattle location on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Remote front desk hours are 9AM-12PM, 2PM-6PM Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri. You can leave a message at off times and we will get back to you as soon as possible. For prescription re-fills please have your pharmacy fax them to: 206.829.9813. Below are some pics of the new space!