Coronavirus

Coronavirus & Staying Healthy with Reboot Center

I wanted to send out a brief update on coronavirus from the Reboot Center perspective. Though this might change, there are currently shortages of appropriate equipment and supplies required to safely and effectively test individuals for COVID-19. Because of this, Reboot Center providers are (at this time) unable to see patients who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, nor offer COVID-19 testing.

Therefore, in order to continue to be able to provide much-needed care to our Reboot community, we request that you please refrain from coming to the office if:

  • You have a sore throat, elevated body temperature, cough, shortness of breath or any other symptoms of a common cold or flu.
  • You have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

If you have any of these symptoms and are too sick to stay home, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you go to the ER, please call ahead and notify them of your symptoms; they may route you to a different hospital-based on availability:

If you have a fever and no complicating health concerns, stay home until you are fever-free for a minimum of 72 hours.

ON THE PLUS SIDE: We are fast-tracking the implementation of telehealth services at Reboot Center; once this is in place, you can have virtual visits with us. More on this soon - stay tuned!

Let's keep our collective immune systems healthy and foolproof. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • HerbImmune
  • Biocidin
  • Green Vibrance
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and D
  • Zinc
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid/R-Lipoic Acid
  • Herbs including Echinacea, Elderberry, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Scullcap, and Thyme

Please limit your purchase to one of each above product per person, so that we have enough for all. Please email (mailto:reception@rebootcenter.com?subject=Supplement%20purchase) or call (360 437 6022) in advance with your order, so that we get it ready for you. Thank you!

  • Let's remember the famous (and alleged) last words of Louis Pasteur - "The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything."
  • How can you help avoid exposure and exposing others to any virus, including coronavirus?
  • Avoid large crowds and places with poor ventilation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has a cough, fever, acute shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Prioritize frequent and thorough handwashing with loads of soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use hand sanitizers, alcohol-based, when handwashing is not possible.
  • Limit handling doorknobs and other public surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately.
  • Order medical supplies and prescription refills and have them mailed to you.
  • Please stay home if you are sick!

How to cultivate calm in the midst of a storm?

  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • More sleep

Some excellent resources:

The Washington State Department of Health has good state-wide information about COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns related to your health, call the state Department of Health at 800-525-0127, and press #.

The CDC website is an excellent source of information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mythbusters website with advice for the public.

The Information Is Beautiful COVID-19 Datapack has up-to-date numbers from around the world.

In health, on behalf of Team Reboot,

Dr. Jennifer


woman meditating on beach

Mindfulness Meditation and Chronic Disease Management

Mindfulness meditation is not only good for stress-reduction, it has a plethora of other health benefits. Many illnesses can be mitigated, if not completely managed, through a consistent meditation practice. It is a powerful “self-healing" tool that is fairly easy to implement.

Meditation has been shown to have positive changes that can actually affect function and structure in the brain. In addition, it may improve other markers of health and well-being, some of which are discussed below.

For those wondering if meditation may help you, I’ve provided a short summary of some of the research that has been done to show its benefits in the following conditions:

Immune health

Stress has a large impact on the immune system. Auto-immune conditions (ie. the immune system “attacking” the body) are typically managed through pharmaceutical medications. Natural medicines can also help modulate and improve immune function, but addressing the mind and spirit is key. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help lower markers such as the main stress hormone, cortisol, in addition to lowering inflammatory markers often implicated in auto-immune conditions, such as TNF-alpha and C-reactive protein (1).

For those who are susceptible to recurrent infections, Mindfulness Meditation can be very effective. In fact, a 9-month randomized controlled study including 154 adults showed a decreased incidence, severity and duration of upper respiratory illnesses such as colds and flus with such meditation (2).

Chronic pain and depression

Mindfulness meditation may significantly decrease chronic pain as well as depression (3). The prefrontal cortex plays a role in depression while it also modulates and can lower pain perception, mainly through dopamine. Meditation is one of the activities that stimulate this area, which is why it can be so effective (4).

Similarly, people with diagnosed fibromyalgia benefit from meditation and other activities that help them practice “acceptance, non-attachment, and social engagement” (5).

Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension

An 8-week study with 49 participants showed that those attending mindfulness classes twice weekly had significant health improvements, including lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and inflammatory markers over the control group, who attended a health education class. Participants practicing meditation also showed increases in focus, confidence, relaxation, and happiness; decreases in fatigue, anger, and loneliness (6).

Other Conditions 

Anxiety, sleep problems, and fatigue are among other conditions that mindfulness meditation may help manage (6).

With all the promising benefits of meditation that have been shown thus far, it would be wonderful to see more research with documented clinical success. However, if you are willing to implement a consistent practice, you may cultivate your own "self-healing" experience!

Resources

  1. Pascoe, M.C., Thompson, D.R., Jenkins, Z.M. and Ski, C.F., 2017. Mindfulness mediates the physiological markers of stress: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of psychiatric research95, pp.156-178.
  2. Barrett, B., Hayney, M. S., Muller, D., Rakel, D., Ward, A., Obasi, C. N., … & West, R. (2012). Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial. The Annals of Family Medicine10(4), 337-346.
  3. Hilton, L., Hempel, S., Ewing, B.A., Apaydin, E., Xenakis, L., Newberry, S., Colaiaco, B., Maher, A.R., Shanman, R.M., Sorbero, M.E. and Maglione, M.A., 2016. Mindfulness meditation for chronic pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine51(2), pp.199-213.
  4. Ong, W.Y., Stohler, C.S. and Herr, D.R., 2019. Role of the prefrontal cortex in pain processing. Molecular neurobiology56(2), pp.1137-1166.
  5. Adler-Neal, A.L. and Zeidan, F., 2017. Mindfulness meditation for fibromyalgia: mechanistic and clinical considerations. Current rheumatology reports19(9), p.59.
  6. Lee, S.H., Hwang, S.M., Kang, D.H. and Yang, H.J., 2019. Brain education-based meditation for patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Medicine98(19), p.e15574.