So far, there’s no vaccine and no cure for COVID-19. But while we’re waiting for them, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from the virus.
Of course, the first line of defense is to know and adhere to the safety guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Stay home
- Wear a cloth face mask when going out
- Wash your hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds)
- Disinfect surfaces
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others
With an overwhelming amount of information being churned out by the media each day, you need a healthcare provider who helps you understand and apply the right health guidelines. At Source MD: Integrated Wellness Solutions in Encinitas, California, Dr. David Larson offers a personalized, one-on-one approach to helping patients achieve maximum wellness. He is also a Chief Medical Officer at Vessel, and his team is currently in the final stages of making a fully at home COVID-19 antibody test.
His holistic approach uses integrative and functional medicine to delve deeper into your health than traditional medicine. Your appointments are longer, more personal, and take into account every aspect of your life that influences your physical and mental well-being.
How can holistic, integrative medicine help me stay safe from COVID-19?
Just to be clear, at this time, there are no methods to guarantee total protection from COVID-19. But there are things you can do to optimize your health and be in the best position possible to fight it if you get exposed to the virus.
Comprehensive physical exams
You may think you already know what’s involved in a physical exam — but a Source MD physical is different. Dr. Larson covers more ground than your garden variety exam, including a full evaluation of your stress level, your exercise routine, and your dietary habits.
He also gets much more personal than you may be used to in a routine physical exam. He asks questions about your lifestyle, your ambitions, your family, your outlook on life, and other topics that may impact your mental and emotional health.
Dr. Larson takes the time to get to know each patient thoroughly as part of his holistic, integrative approach to medicine. By listening carefully and identifying patterns and key answers, he can help steer you away from any conditions you may be prone to getting and detect any conditions you do have early on.
This process gives you a leg up on any type of illness you might be susceptible to, including COVID-19. It also helps to maximize support of your body’s immune system and natural healing potential.This helps to give your body more of what it needs and remove the things getting in the way of healing, such as poor sleep habits. When you work with Dr. Larson to optimize your lifestyle habits, you also help to maximize stage N3 sleep, which gives your body a big boost to help fight off infection.
Part of Dr. Larson’s unique practice is integrative psychiatry, a highly effective approach that honors the connection between your mental and physical health.
Dr. Larson understands that what you eat, what happens in your gut, genetic medical conditions, and chronic pain can all affect your mental health. Likewise, depression, anxiety, and stress all impact your physical body.
Through traditional practices like cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation exercises, as well as newer treatments like biofeedback, guided imagery, and mind-body exercises, Dr. Larson helps you capitalize on your strengths, develop resilience, and prepare your mind and body to ward off illnesses.
Americans have become accustomed to a set way of conducting the doctor-patient relationship and a few questions if there’s a better way.
But Dr. Larson runs his practice differently, and his patients are thriving because of it. He calls it integrative concierge medicine, and it’s a whole new way of doing things. The average primary care doctor has 4,000 patients to care for, the average concierge doctor has about 500 patients, but Dr. Larson limits his practice to only 150 concierge patients, giving him much more time and energy to focus on each patient. Here are some of the main features of concierge medicine
- Thrives on strong patient-doctor relationship.
- Highly individualized and patient-focused
- Emphasizes long-term health goals
- Respects your spiritual beliefs and worldview
- Embraces ancient healing techniques and advanced biomedical technologies
- Doctor serves as health coach, advocate, and medical investigator
- Set fee covers a full array of services
With this kind of comprehensive care, you can rest assured you’re giving yourself the best chance of preventing or beating many illnesses, including COVID-19.
So, continue following the guidelines of the CDC and World Health Organization and taking necessary precautions, but don’t stop there! Call us at 760-230-1317, or set up a new patient appointment with Dr. Larson. Your best defense against COVID-19 could begin with the way you handle your health care.