COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Self Assessment

Prior to leaving your household, we request that you complete our COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

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To our dear clients,

Due to the unprecedented situation with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus we are currently asking you to practise social distancing by ensuring everyone remain 6 ft away from others at all times. We recommend for your own safety that masks be worn inside the clinic when social distancing is not possible, unless you have a medical condition that prohibits you from wearing one.

We are also asking if you have any signs of a cold or flu, or are feeling unwell to please call us and we would be happy to reschedule your appointment.

Prior to leaving your household, we request that you complete our COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

In an effort to encourage physical distancing we are also asking that only one person accompanies their pet to the appointment. When you arrive please call us from the parking lot and we will let you know when you can come in. If you would like to please spend time in our beautiful fenced in backyard while you are waiting.

Temporarily we will no longer be accepting cash payment but will accept credit, debit or e-transfer. We want to assure you that we are taking all precautions to keep everyone safe. Thank you for understanding!

Also, to make sure you are staying in good health and your immune system is functioning at its best, we recommend reducing any stress as much as you can and reading through our nutritional recommendations. Here are some additional recommendations that were provided to us by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau. Please remember this is for your information only and is not medical advice. If you have any questions contact health care provider:

  1. Gargle with warm salt water if you are feeling unwell
  2. The best defense is being healthy - Our medicine is the nourishment we have daily, which should include a diet rich in variety of fresh clean vegetables and fruits, nuts & seeds. Use herbs & spices daily and eat nutrient rich parsley, onions, oatmeal etc. I believe that the severity of the illness depends on the amount of exposure to the virus and how your immune cells (your army) can stop the virus penetrating the cells. So, I ask “How good is your defense against this invader?” Your defense affects the severity of illness and survival. I believe our own immune system being in balance is better than any medication available today. Our immune system handles the virus better than any medication. My interpretation of what is happening in the body is as follows; when you get sick, our first responders are called cytokines. They create an inflammatory process to fight off invaders such as the virus. This same process happens when there is any invasion of the body trauma. This inflammatory response is what makes us tired and achy – the first sign of illness. Cytokines are called in as weapons to kill invaders. These white blood cells are the language of the immune system, they govern immunity and inflammation. COVID-19’s main issue is not the virus itself but how our bodies respond to it. If the body is already inflamed and the immune system is overtaking the virus, what happens is COVID cells are rich in ACE2 enzyme receptors, it needs that receptor to enter our cells, once inside the COVID cells can reproduce. If you have a healthy immune system, you can defeat the virus. If not, the virus travels to the lungs where it can attack lung air sacks called alveoli which are also rich in ACE2 receptors. The virus is a rapid duplicator. Our cells see this and send excess inflammation (cytokines) to kill the virus as it does with wounds or autoimmune conditions, but to the point of killing our own tissue to stop the virus from spreading. “Our immune system is over-reacting” and attacks healthy cells creating dead cells (pus) causing the lungs full with destroyed lung tissue. What can we do? What affects our immune system? The answer is diet and lifestyle.
  3. Take care of our bodies with a good nourishing diet. Lots of nourishing soups and stews, making sure to avoid mucous forming foods such as sugars, processed foods and dairy. When reducing an inflammatory diet, usually people feel results within two weeks.
  4. Sunshine. 10-15 minutes minimum of sunshine strengthens the immune system. Taking Vitamin D supplements with fats and Vitamin K2 is recommended to be taken if your levels are checked and low.
  5. Body movement for circulation of blood flow and lymphatics to get nourishment and oxygen. Walk, dance or stretch.
  6. Adequate sleep.
  7. Keep hydrated. We need strong mucous membrane barriers, moist and healthy mucous membranes flush out toxins. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with lots of water, bone broth, teas and veggies. Avoid tissue drying, heating or air conditioning systems and get as much fresh air as possible. Caution: if you are on the dry side from medications such as diuretics, antihistamines, antibiotics etc., limit drying herbs and spices (garlic, ginger, nettle leaf, turmeric, mustard greens). Drink gentle moistening teas: violet, chickweed, linden, plantain, red clover, marshmallow, slippery elm, and add seaweeds, chia seed, flax and oatmeal to your diet.
  8. Increase antioxidants. Drink pomegranate juice daily, as it inhibits virus ability to replicate/bind to cells, enjoy blueberries, raspberries, garlic, onions, parsley, cilantro, celery juice and bone broth. Try to alkalize your system. Lemon or vinegar water mid meal- 1 table spoon in water is good.
  9. Increase foods high in zinc, such as pumpkin seed.
  10. Purchase a pulse oximeter to be able to monitor oxygen levels at home and a thermometer to check temperatures.
  11. Many herbs and immune support supplements help with prevention and treatments. To be honest, many herbal actions are not fully understood but have proved useful throughout history for their powerful anti-viral and healing properties and hopefully will have some action against the virus, we just don’t know. Please keep in mind some stronger herbs that are indicated as anti-viral medicines preventatively are a waste of good herbals and creates shortages. These are only effective if you have the virus, as you can not treat something you do not have. Most of the anti-viral herbs being used are cooling and not appropriate for daily use. Turmeric tea or “golden milk” is recommended, however switch the milk to water and add a form of fat, such as ½ tsp of coconut oil. Green tea, fire or cyclone cider (apple cider vinegar, garlic, horseradish, ginger and cayenne), and pomegranate, elderberry, blueberry juice twice daily are all great. Some immune modulating and strengthening recommendations are: Astragalus, mushrooms (reishi, maitake, turkey tail), astragalus root and prince seng.
    • Vitamin D 2000 IU to 5000 IU based on individual serum testing. Immune modulator of inflammation. Vitamin D receptors turn on genes & antiviral peptides enveloping RNA viruses like the common cold or coronavirus, and also have a potent effect on protecting endothelial cells – damage to these cells seems to be what is causing the more severe cases of COIVD. Avoid high dosing except at onset of illness; then it is very effective. Caution if risk of Kidney stone history might be problematic with this method.
    • Vitamin C 1000 IU to 2000 IU - based on bowel tolerance, if you have looser stool cut back the dose.
    • Omega 3 Fish Oils 1000 IU – 2000 IU – based on bowel tolerance, anti-inflammatory, it can be mucus membrane protective.
    • Micronutrients to support immune system – zinc (pumpkin seeds or zinc lozenges, supplement 25-50 mg) & Selenium (3 Brazil nuts or 50 mcg supplement).
    • Jade Screen (Yu Ping Feng). This formula used by medical staff in China
      • Consists of astragalus (huang qi), ledebouriella (fang feng) and white atractylodes (bai zhu). In Chinese patent form, take 8 pills 1-2 times daily when exposed to another’s illness. Use lower (1/2 dose) if there is another underlying condition causing heat/inflammation in the body) due to the drying aspect of formula.
    • Vascular Support - This virus seems to infect the lining of the small vessel walls thru infection and excessive immune response which prevents the vessels from constricting the way they normally would to re-direct blood flow. This causes blood flow through the damaged parts of the lungs where it cannot pick up oxygen and oxygen levels fluctuate. Later stages often cause inflamed pericardium pain and difficulty breathing.


This page is for information only, if you have any medical concerns, contact your health care provider and follow public health guidelines.

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If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (905) 830-1030.

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