The Novel 2019 Coronavirus

Reminders when sick:

Eliminate refined sugars and foods with a high glycemic index from the diet,discontinue all nonessential vitamin and mineral supplements for the duration of an acute illness. Utilize probiotics and pre-and pro-biotic containing foods (naturally fermented foods and brine). Eat lightly, or fast for short periods.

Remember to hydrate adequately but avoid over-hydration. Urine frequency,odor and color can be used to judge hydration status.

Do not try to lower fevers unless this is deemed medically necessary. Postpone showers and baths to avoid becoming chilled.

Stay in contact with your primary care physician. Remember that viral illnesses are normal and that most people who are otherwise healthy will benefit immunologically from these experiences (even though they may be unpleasant) in the long-run. Infections help the immune system manage and reduce chronic inflammation and can provide significant long-term health benefits. Try to avoid using any unnecessary medicines that simply manage symptoms. Consult closely with your homeopath if you are having difficulties or if you seem to be getting worse, rather than better. Pay attention to your instincts and ask for help if things are progressing unexpectedly.

About the author:

Ronald D. Whitmont, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at New York Medical College, immediate past president of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He maintains a practice of Classical Homeopathic Medicine in Rhinebeck and New York City, NY.

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