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March 2020 • Issue 3
COVID 19 What If I Have Symptoms?
It is a precarious time and people when people who have symptoms of a simple virus or clear their throat are thought to be the harbinger of COVID. Those who do have viruses are asked to not go to their doctor's offices and stay home. The symptoms of COVID according to the CDC are as follows:
Shortness of Breath
In advanced cases, people have trouble breathing, feel faint or have blue disocoloration around the lips. This requires emergency medical attention
To prevent spreading the virus, the CDC recommends:
staying home when you are sick
avoid close contact with people
frequent hand washing
wear a mask if you are sick or caring for someone else with COVID
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow. Dispose of your tissues and wash your hands
Clean and disinfect surfaces used often regularly.
Some cleaners known to kill COVID according to the CDC are listed here.
Office Update with COVID Outbreak
We take the COVID outbreak seriously. At this time we have had no clients who have symptoms of COVID nor any clients who have had appointments who traveled in the past three weeks prior to their appointments.
About Your Upcoming Appointment
We are conducting business as usual since we are a medical service offering natural medicine to our client. We still treating our clients but are moving our appointments to be all skype or telephone chats until further notice. The office prefers skype, to download it click here. Our skype address is heather.caruso1 If you had testing booked we can do that once the COVID 19 outbreak is under control.
We are getting a lot of messages about health issues via email. Should you be ill, book an appointment via our online system click here or call 519 827 9237.
Keeping Your Immune System Strong and The Coronavirus
With all of the media attention on the latest virus outbreak that causes severe respiratory illness it is no wonder Canadians are searching for ways to keep their immune system boosted. First of all don't panic. Socially isolate, wash your hands and stay grounded. A lot of schools are offering free online learning, we can make crafts or read books. Call someone you have been meaning to! This too shall pass.
Many people are already suffering with typical winter infections such as colds, sinus infections and coughs. Here are five simple tips to keep your immunity humming and respiratory illnesses at bay.
1. Avoid sugar and sweets. Sugar (cane, beet, succanat, turbinado, honey, agave, maple syrup) and refined carbohydrates (such as white flour, white rice) help viruses to take off in the body because microbes grow when they are fed simple sugars. This creates a toll on the immune system. If one eats too many sweets it also causes an imbalance in our natural flora found in our sinuses, lungs, gastrointestinal (GI) and urogental tracts. When our flora is imbalanced, it impedes our immune system because our GI tract holds three quarters of our lymphatic system, which is our main immune defence. You may notice that children that go to birthday parties or sleepovers and eat a lot of candy come home sick from eating sweets to their heart's content and lack of sleep.
3. Be sure to correct any nutritional deficiencies in zinc, vitamin D3 and vitamin C. These vitamins are excellent immune boosters. A typical dose of zinc is 15 mgs once or twice daily with meals. For vitamin D3, take 1000 up to 5000IU per day with a meal that contains fat to aid in absorption. Vitamin C dosage runs from 1000mgs to 5000mgs per day in divided doses. If you get loose stools cut the dose back as needed.
4. Get proper sleep. When people are run down physically and emotionally due to stress and/or a lack of sleep, they are more susceptible to respiratory viruses. Some believe there are emotional triggers to health concerns and having cough or laryngitis is linked to stress where someone is unable to speak their truth. Be sure you make changes to your lifestyle that help you to minimize stress.
If that doesn't help your sleep, try some natural sleeping aids. Some herbs such as oatstraw, passionflower, valerian, chamomile or hops can be quite helpful. They are often found in over the counter sleepy time teas and don't have the list of dangerous side effects that prescription sedatives do. Calcium and magnesium are also beneficial for a relaxing sleep. Take these products an hour before going to bed.
5. Herbs such as astragalus, cat's claw, black cumin sap, echinacea and mushrooms such as chaga, cordeceps, reishi and shitake all boost immunity.Try making a hot wild mushroom soup!
6. In office we use homeopathic blends such as:
For immune boosting Caruso Lymph and Immune Lymph daily and thymuline once per week.
For flu symptoms, InfluMed.
For coughs and lung support, Caruso Pulmo
For sinus congestion, Caruso Sinus
Homeopaths have been discussing the COVID-19 and what remedies best address the symptoms of it. These have been the top ones discussed arsenicum album, justicia and gelsemium. Remedies are best matched to ones symptoms.Everyone is different and not one size fits all.
For all other issues, I recommend a tune up. If you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact us. We are doing telephone or skype chats for people at this time.
Due to the high number of inquires, we have compiled a list of of immune boosting and viral supplements we have available. Please note we only dispense to our clients.
Bio Defense a herbal blend taken internally for upper respiratory viruses $19.00
Vapo Gorge throat spray for sore throats, $19.00
Black Cumin SAP, 60 23.60
Astragalus SAP, 90 $48.70
Astragalus MT, 100mls 42.00
Echinacea and Goldenseal, 100mls 42.00
Andrographis 30MLS 30.00
Thymuline 4, 6 or 9CH, take four once a week to boost immunity or twice daily if sick, Homeopathic remedy
Ultra Flora Cold, probiotics with two strains helpful against viruses $36.95
These are available while supplies last. Please contact us to place an order, click here or call 519 827 9237.
Stay Connected With Us
Homeopathic First Aid Kit
We are jazzed about our clinic having Homeocan's first aid kits available for 125.00. This kit contains 19 common remedies for your natural medicine chest. Good for things like acute viruses, sore throats, ear aches, bumps and bruises. In office only.
Homemade Disinfectant Recipes
1 drop of aroma 8 or thieves essential oil for each ounce of water, or for a stronger solution, 1 drop for every 1/2 ounce of water. Add the aroma 8 first, then add water.
Pour Aroma 8 into a dark glass spray bottle.
Add remaining ingredients.
Shake well before use.
Store in a cool, dark place.
CDC Recommendation to Disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Homemade Hand Sanitizer with aroma 8 or Thieves Oil
⅓ cup pure witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
⅔ cup 100% pure aloe vera gel or moisturizer
15 drops Aroma 8 or Thieves essential oil blend
1 capsule of Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative.
Alternative recipe for hand sanitizer
¼ cup of aloe gel
¼ cup of alcohol (at least 70% proof)
10 drops of essential oil for scent.
External Use Remedies Available In Office
Aromavita 8, defense a herbal blend people are making hand sanitizer and surface cleaner with. It is made of essential oils that kill bugs, grave robbers used to put it on their handkerchiefs over their nose and mouth to prevent getting the plague. It worked! $21.50. Not for the diffuser.
ImmPlus is an essential oil blend that goes in the diffuser and kills respiratory bugs in the air $25.50
Aloe vera gel 200mls in a tube for making hand sanitizer 22.30.
Aloe vera gel, food grade 1.5 L 22.95 for making hand sanitizer 22.30.
Aloe vera gel, food grade 500 mls 13.25 for making hand sanitizer 22.30.
Opaque plastic bottle, with pump top for dispensing hand sanitizer, 5.00.
Please note we have extended our hours to better serve you. Our office will be open on:Mon, Tues and Wed from 8am until 7pm. For product orders, it is still best to email us. For appointments, you can book online at www.carusohomeopathy.com or call the office Mon to Fri 8.30am until 5pm to speak with our office support staff.
If you are a new client and have a health concerns book a free get acquainted chat today to learn more about how we can help you. Click here.