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Dr. Beverly R. Goode-Kanawati, Director
BEVERLY MEDICAL CENTER

6008 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
Telephone: (919) 844-4552
www.beverlymedicalcenter.com
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Dr. Goode-Kanawati is board-certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine (ABPS)
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Five Tips for Wellness
(Especially) in Turbulent Times

By Beverly Goode-Kanawati, DO

Beverly Medical Center may have seemed quieter these past few months, but beneath the surface, our practitioners continue to provide most care and services. Many of our patients require complex on-going care and are immune-compromised, so we are extra careful and resourceful in how we care for them now. And we have continued to see new patients, mostly through telehealth and virtual visits.

 

Although people are now beginning to come in for in-person appointments again, we have ramped up telehealth visits substantially, which is a nice way to be able to “see” each other. Those who have continued to or begun to come in again will note that the whole staff is masked and we have stepped up cleaning protocols. Each patient much complete a screening questionnaire before entering the office. For those who need nutritional IVs, we’ve spaced out the chairs in the IV center and even added a third room to be able to accommodate patients while maintaining maximum social distancing. And the same goes for any lab work that patients come in to have performed.

But our patients are still seeking care, and we strongly encourage that! One of the best ways to prevent overcrowding in hospitals—in addition to taking necessary precautions to prevent COVID-19 exposure—is to stay on top of health care and maintenance in the meantime.

We’ve seen that positive focus with an uptick in requests for nutrition appointments, series, and meal plans with our Licensed Nutritionist, Sharon Price. “More people need ideas and alternatives to work with what they have at home,” she reports. “This is almost a perfect time to clean up your diet and really work on boosting immune health.” And the more we can do to keep people feeling their best at home, the better for all of us, she adds.

As a practice, we continue to review the latest available research to offer the best science-backed advice and education to our patients. We’ve updated our previous “Cold & Flu” protocol to reflect the current health challenges and latest findings. Many of the traditional immune superstars—Vitamin C, Vitamin A (antioxidants generally, and in balance), Quercetin, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Selenium— hold steady as before. But we’ve added in targeted elements we believe will be specifically helpful in these cases, emphasizing additions like CDP choline, resveratrol, melatonin, echinacea and others. As always, we work with our patients to tailor the recommendations to their specific needs.

In keeping with the Beverly Medical Center wellness philosophy, we also encourage our patients to consider the beneficial qualities of whole, organic food. A diet rich in sulfur containing foods like onion, garlic, and ginger, can help with liver detoxification. Eating a variety of colored vegetables ensures consuming a variety of different phytonutrients. And just as important is knowing what foods or substances to avoid. Many of us are eating (and drinking) comfort foods, often high in sugar and trans fats, or drinking more alcohol than usual. These very ingredients can actually increase inflammation and temporarily suppress optimal immune function—the opposite of what we want right now!

Another lever we can control is to lower the overall toxic burden on the body. Studies have shown that areas with higher pollution may have a higher death rate from COVID-19. So, what can we do about that? More of the same good things many of us are already doing. Eat organic fruits and vegetables and cleaner meats, wherever possible. The high fiber content of plant-based foods is another way to bind and eliminate any toxins. Drink lots of filtered water. Avoid chemical sprays and cleaners and air out your environment frequently. Better yet, get out in the fresh air as much as possible. This is detoxifying for the spirit and not just the body.

Many of our patients have already adopted the healthy lifestyle tenets that will serve them well now, more than ever. But there’s always room for improvement! Our simplest recommendations, in a nutshell:

  1. Keep regular health appointments, particularly when managing on-going chronic conditions, including IV or lab work in our newly reconfigured IV center. Note: For those who’d rather, we can conduct most appointments via telehealth and offer safe lab work in our small office rather than having to go to a larger lab center
  2. Keep on hand the items in the Updated Anti-Viral Protocol we send to patients and stay in touch if you begin not feeling well so we can direct you to the best place for testing or care.
  3. Seize this opportunity to up-level your nutrition and wellness generally. We have a nutritionist on staff to help – she offers remote sessions, meal plans for individuals and families, gut health protocols (because 70+percent of your immune system is in your GI tract!), and much more
  4. Make time to enjoy nature and breathe fresh air each day, safely.
  5. Focus on sleep quantity and quality. Contact us for more tips on sleep hygiene if this has become a problem area. Your body needs time to rest and reset.

These are all the same things we ourselves are doing, as practitioners—and we are here to support you through this difficult time.