Dr Wells and our staff feel a tremendous burden to bring Kingdom-minded and integrative medical perspective and wisdom to a situation that has been carelessly discussed in much of the media. We are humbled by your deep trust in us, and we would be remiss to limit our availability in a time such as this. We are still here for you! We have pieced together this special edition newsletter to communicate updates from our clinic, recommendations from our providers, and relevant links to help guide you through this unprecedented situation.
We know that updates, information, and plans of attack for the coronavirus are coming from everyone you’ve done business with. It is clear that the impact, social and economic, will be significant for many. And yet we must guard against the spirit of fear that has become proliferative in these times. In Isaiah 41:10 we read, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)
Indeed, these are confusing times for our finite minds to comprehend. In our search for answers we can easily get caught up in the storms of anxiety that surround us and lose our peace - our shalom. And so we encourage you to look to the only One who gives true shalom. Philippians 4:6-7 reads, ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace [shalom] of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We are praying for shalom to prevail, and we hope that this offering of information is a blessing to you.
Paul Wells, Ph.D.
President of Whole Health Center Houston
Patient Experience at Our Clinic During the Pandemic
In the video below, Dr Valeska Wells, Integrative and Functional Medicine expert, and Medical Director at Whole Health Center Houston, goes into many of the details about the virus, the reasons for the CDC measures, what YOU can do to stave off viral infections (such as a coronavirus), what "tools" in natural medicine can be effective against viral infections, and the silver linings in this crazy and unprecedented time.
The supplements listed below should be an integral part of your daily routine for fending off viral infection. We recommend every household have these on hand. We have also provided a basic dosing chart. Please note that, though these supplements are generally safe, it is always a good idea to consult a medical professional.
*The dosing and recommendations on this chart are for reference only and are not specific medical advice. If you have questions or concerns about the dosing, please consult your medical doctor.
Every household should also have these items on hand. Basic dosing instruction will be provided with the product.
Ozone is one of a handful therapies, collectively known as oxidative therapies, that take advantage of the lability of viruses to monatomic oxygen. In other words, viruses are susceptible to oxidation, which usually kills them. Ozone therapy is one of the most potent oxidative therapy available. Ozone can also be a powerful activator of your immune system, thereby stimulating your God-given defenses to more effectively fight infections.
High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C
Vitamin C’s benefits in health and illness develop along a continuum of dosing, from taking the RDA (recommended daily allowance of 90 milligrams) to high-dose vitamin C (on the order of 100,000 milligrams or more, orally or through an IV). At the lower doses it is an antioxidant, enhancing and supporting the immune system. At higher doses, vitamin C can become an oxidative therapy and anti-viral, like ozone. However, it should be noted that the severe illness and deaths resulting from COVID-19 are not from direct viral damage, but from a hyperactive immune response. High-dose vitamin C appears to modulate this response, reducing the intense inflammation and tissue damage without compromising the immune system.
Amino acids are the some of the basic building blocks of the body. Peptides are simply defined as 2 or more amino acids linked together. When these chains of amino acids get long (greater than 50 amino acids), we refer to them as proteins. Enzymes, antibodies, some hormones, and structural tissue (e.g. collagen) are all examples of proteins. Proteins have numerous physiologic functions. Some are integral for cellular communication, with a single protein having multiple signaling functions. Scientists have identified thousands of the smaller sections of proteins (peptides) that are responsible for very specific actions on cells. We can fabricate these peptides into formulations allowing you to take them orally, nasally, or by injection. For the coronavirus, we can prescribe peptides that are specifically targeted for activating your immune cells, and for reducing inflammation in your lungs (a primary complication of COVID-19). These are available by prescription only, so you need to speak to your doctor.
A well-functioning immune system requires a variety of macro and micronutrients. A nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet provides a good start. However, even if you eat well, most of our foods are grown in nutrient-depleted soils. Also, we spend far too little time outside resulting in the majority of us suffering vitamin D deficiency. Knowing this, we recommend a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, NAC, Zinc, Magnesium, and Selenium (see our handout below titled “Core Prevention Guidelines”).
The coronavirus that is responsible for COVID-19 is particularly virulent and is known to incite an intense inflammatory response in susceptible individuals. Thus, a two-pronged approach— the use anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agents—is warranted. Interestingly, most of the natural substances we can recommend in this situation have both anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. These, along with the supplements recommended in our bundle, have a proven track record in viral illnesses and
These substances include:
- Vitamin C
Some supplements (like elderberry and echinacea) that have been found to be useful in prevention and possibly early infection, may be detrimental once infected or as symptoms progress. The have been found to increase the inflammatory response to infection with this coronavirus. Some particularly helpful anti-inflammatory substances to address this problem are omega-3 fats in the form of fish oils and palmitoylethanolamide (PEA, a fat found in certain foods and made in the body). PEA has specifically been study in the prevention and treatment of viral respiratory infections.
While we generally prefer to avoid prescriptions, it is possible that we may need to enlist their help in the fight against this coronavirus. There are several medications in the process of being evaluated for “repurposing.” These are medications that are currently indicated for the treatment of other issues. They run the gambit from antivirals and anti-parasitics to chemotherapeutic agents.
The closest to approval for treating coronavirus is probably chloroquine and its chemical cousin, hydroxychloroquine. Although there are small trials showing efficacy, they aren’t the gold standard—randomized, placebo-controlled trials needed to achieve the added indication.
We have put together some materials to help you understand practical ways you can prevent contracting a viral illness, as well as some ways you can self-treat should you need to. Please note, the information contained in these handouts is not a substitute for a consultations with a qualified medical professional.
Check back from periodically to see if we’ve added anything new.
The short answer is because it is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and it began in 2019. Follow the link for a few more interesting details.
This is the place to go for information specific to Houstonians and how the city government is responding to the pandemic. It is updated almost daily as new legislation and orders are issued.
Lots of good information here about preparing your household, what to do if you are sick, FAQs, etc.
There are dozens of sites giving stats and maps, and no one is particularly better than another. We offer you this one as a good places to see the numbers easily.
Museums are shut down, but several of them offer online exhibits and virtual tours. Now is a great time to become more cultured!
Keep checking back as we add more resources!