Boost Your Immunity

What Can be Done to Strengthen our Immune Systems?

People are scared right now. It’s understandable. This Covid-19 virus that most of us had barely even heard of two months ago has upended life as we know it. It has taken lives, shut down businesses, curbed interactions with those we hold dear, and perhaps forced us to stare down some of our own personal demons in the process. Many are still bewildered by its force of entry into our personal and family routines and are struggling to understand why it’s so much more serious than the yearly flu. While scientists are still trying to to understand and combat its behavior and virulence, the question we ALL are asking right now is this:

What can I do to protect my family, loved ones, and self?

What options do I have for boosting my immunity?

What can I do to help the resilience of my lungs should I come in contact with this virus?

  • What can I do to protect my family, loved ones, and self?
  • What options do I have for boosting my immunity?
  • What can I do to help the resilience of my lungs should I come in contact with this virus?

Scientists from around the globe are working on a vaccine for Covid-19 while others are doing their best to find what medications currently on the market can be used. I have great confidence in these brilliant minds and have no doubt they will find the answers they seek. But this will take time. And as these medications and vaccines get tested, they will likely go first to patients who are hospitalized or gravely ill.  So while the world waits for more answers, we are here to help with some advice on what you can do to help your overall immune system. Below is a list of products we carry that can help keep you and your loved ones as strong and resilient as possible:  

                                                                                                                            

  1. Immuboost custom tincture blend ($42.00): A powerful blend of mother tinctures, glycerin macerats, and essential oils. Each one of these ingredients was chosen for its effects shown in research on immune-boosting, antiviral, and lung-supporting benefits.
  •     Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) tincture: Has been studied widely for its support of the immune system. Significant research has touted its antiviral properties.
  •     Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) tincture: studies show this root to be effective in inhibiting multiple different kinds of viruses. Historically known as a powerful adaptogen, making the body more resilient against stress.  Used to combat fatigue, increase mental sharpness, and improve stamina.
  •     Birch (Betula pubescens) Sap Glycerin Macerat: Found in studies to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Specific for the respiratory system. Multiple healing benefits for other systems in the body.
  •     Thyme (Thymus satureioides) Oil: wild, from Morocco. Thyme has long been used for its immune-boosting properties.  It is a powerful antioxidant particularly useful for the immune, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. Care must be taken, however, because not all Thyme plants are equal. This blend includes a strain that is more gentle and less caustic than other types of Thyme.
  •     Eucalyptus globulus Oil: Researched and historically used for its immune boosting properties. Also known for its decongestant, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Particularly helpful for the lungs and upper airway.
  •     Fir (Abies Sibirica): Also known as Siberian Fir, known for its calming impact on the lungs and nerves. Also supports the adrenals, helping to give the body greater resilience against stress.
  •     Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil: One of the most versatile of all plants. Known mostly for its calming effect on the nervous system but also studied widely for its anti-infections and anti-inflammatory properties.
  •     Lomatium dissectum oil: Native to North America, the root of this plant has been used and studied for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Is told to have conferred protection on the Native American Washoe tribes in Carson City, Nevada, in the pandemic of 1917-18.

Suggested use: shake well before use. Take 2cc 2-3 times daily diluted in a small glass of water.

 

  1. ImmuBoost Children’s Tincture blend ($21.80): Many of the botanicals are similar to that of the adult tincture, focusing on herbs that specifically help the immune and respiratory systems. The difference, however, is that this blend focuses more on the ingredients that taste better and will likely be easier for kiddos to take.

(suitable for children over the age of 2)

  •     Fir (Abies pectinata) Glycerin Macerat
  •     Birch (Betula pubescens) Sap Glycerin Macerat
  •     Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) Tincture
  •     Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Tincture
  •     Valencia Orange (Cirus x sinensis) Oil
  •     Lemon (Citrus x limon) Peel Oil
  •     Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Oil

Suggested use: Shake well before use. Take 2cc 2-3 times daily diluted in a small glass of water or juice.

 

  1. Immuboost Essential Oil blend ($12.59):

(Suitable for adults and children for inhalation and appropriately diluted chest rub. Avoid applying to the faces of infants or children.) 

  • Disclaimer: There are many who believe that just because a substance is natural, it is 100% safe and effective. THIS IS NOT TRUE!! I have used essential oils in my practice for over a decade because of their power to heal, but I have also seen firsthand damage caused by inappropriate use of caustic or over-concentrated oils. When using them in any form-–including inhalation-– it is imperative that the oils be 1) of extremely high quality, 2) blended by professionals knowledgeable in aromatherapy, and 3) administered in appropriate dosing that is gentle and non-caustic. This essential oil blend was formulated by physicians, clinical aromatherapists, and nutritionists with over 25 years experience.

  •     Thyme (Thymus satureioides): Thyme has long been used for its immune-boosting properties.  It is a powerful antioxidant and particularly useful for the immune, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. Care must be taken, however, because not all Thyme plants are equal. This blend includes a strain that is more gentle and less caustic than other types of Thyme.
  •     Eucalyptus globulus: Researched and historically used for its immune boosting properties. Also known for its decongestant, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Particularly helpful for the lungs and upper airway.
  •     Fir (Abies sibirica): Also known as Siberian Fir, known for its calming impact on the lungs and nerves. Also supports the adrenals, helping to give the body greater resilience against stress.
  •     Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): One of the most versatile of all plants. Known mostly for its calming effect on the nervous system but also studied widely for its anti-infections and anti-inflammatory properties.
  •     Lomatium dissectum (Balsamea): Native to North America, the root of this plant has been used and studied for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
  1. Vitamin D ($10.00-15.00): Honestly, I have been fascinated with Vitamin D for about 10 years. When I was coming out of my Family Medicine residency in 2008, it was quickly becoming a favorite topic amongst doctors in my holistic and functional medicine circles. Scientists were discovering that deficiency was linked to all sorts of chronic conditions such as autoimmune diseases, fatigue, seasonal depression, cardiovascular disease, the common cold, and even cancer. And over the years I have seen over and over and over how boosting vitamin D levels can help improve a broad range of conditions. And I have had lots of experience because…well… I live in Idaho where for half of the year just about everybody is low! Don’t get me wrong. It’s an amazing place to raise a family, but not so amazing if you’re trying to keep your Vitamin D levels up. 

Without getting too bogged down in the details, I’ll just give some highlights regarding ways this amazing vitamin can help keep your immune system strong. I’ll discuss its other healing capabilities (i.e., depression, cancer) elsewhere. It’s known as “the sunshine vitamin” because our bodies make it in response to the skin’s contact with sunshine.

  •     Innate immune response. This can be thought of as the GENERIC part of our immune system. Since it takes time to develop specific antibodies, we need a front-line defense that is ready to take on all things at all times. Vitamin D helps strengthen and boost the response of those cells that serve as our immediate responders against viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
  •     Adaptive immune response and autoimmunity: This is the part of our immune system that involves antibodies that target specific cells or pathogens. Vitamin D helps regulate the production of these. It also helps the body to know the difference between the bad guys (cells that need to be attacked) and good guys (cells that need to be left alone).

Dosing recommendations: this is going to depend on where you live and how much sunshine you get on a typical day. It is possible to get too high. I recommended testing levels before starting treatment and twice a year (at the beginning of spring and the beginning of winter). Where I live, 5,000 IU daily is a common dosage and usually what I recommend.

In our next blog I will talk about natural ways to combat anxiety. This is a fairly big issue even without a global pandemic. In fact, in my decade of practicing medicine I would say that 80% of my patient visits are directly or indirectly related to anxiety. I have learned in those years that there is no illness that can’t be made worse by stress. While many prescription medications work beautifully and are even lifesaving, for many people they aren’t always necessary and sometimes come with more side effects than they are worth.  So stay tuned. I will get this information out to you as quickly as I can.

Healing With Botanicals

Healing With Botanicals

Many people have been taught to fear plant-based medicines. They have been taught that plants can hurt but not really help and that they certainly shouldn’t be mixed with prescriptions. Sadly, when used incorrectly all of those can be true. Luckily, Dr. Wheeler had the incredible opportunity to learn at the feet of masters (Jean Claude Lapraz, Annette Davis, Jean Bokelmann, and Kamyar Hedayat, just to name a few). From these teachers, she learned how to safely and confidently use natural substances in their many different forms to help my patients optimize healing and strength. Dr. Wheeler is one of Idaho’s most educated and trained medical doctors in plant nutrition, healing and health.

Healing With Botanicals

Healing With Botanicals

Many people have been taught to fear plant-based medicines. They have been taught that plants can hurt but not really help and that they certainly shouldn’t be mixed with prescriptions. Sadly, when used incorrectly all of those can be true. Luckily, Dr. Wheeler had the incredible opportunity to learn at the feet of masters (Jean Claude Lapraz, Annette Davis, Jean Bokelmann, and Kamyar Hedayat, just to name a few). From these teachers, she learned how to safely and confidently use natural substances in their many different forms to help my patients optimize healing and strength. Dr. Wheeler is one of Idaho’s most educated and trained medical doctors in plant nutrition, healing and health.

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