APRIL 11th, 2020
Hello everyone! We hope you’re all doing “social” and “physical” distancing, as we are needed to. We at ONWC are reaching the end of our 14-day isolation period but the messages from Government and Public Health authorities in the past 24 hours suggest we need to keep at it.
I admit in early March it took a few of us a while to fully grasp the severity of the situation. At that time the crisis in Italy and Spain wasn’t clear, and very little was heard about Coronavirus in the United States. Fast forward 6 weeks and WE ARE IN CRISIS.
We have heard of a great description to help better understand distancing: imagine yourself with a hoola-hoop that has a 12-foot diameter. Now try to go out in public, for a walk or trip to the grocery store with that hoola-hoop: very difficult. If you still aren’t picturing this, please find something that is 6 ft long, then move it around yourself, and picture the space you need to have from other people.
This doesn’t apply at home where you’ve been living with the same people for the last 2-3 weeks. Going out in public or having people over (bad idea BTW) is when this rule applies. If we aren’t doing this along with frequent hand washing, then we are not going to control this virus.
Okay, off our soapbox.
~ From the Naturopathic Doctors at ONWC
Status of operations at ONWC:
We are still unable to see patients in the office. Naturopathic Medicine is technically not an essential service, so we must keep the office closed. This includes Intravenous Therapy due to the lack of supplies in order for us to continue using our effective guidelines of infection control. The office being closed applies to our other modalities considered non-essential such as Osteopathy, Massage Therapy, Live blood Analysis, Electrodermal Allergy Testing, Holistic Nutrition, Personal Training and Acupuncture.
ND’s are allowed to consult with patients for essential health needs. “Essential” is not clearly defined by any branch of the government. The best attempt I can think of to understand it is with dentistry: Dentists are not considered “essential” and so their offices must be closed for services like dental cleaning or checkups, or routine dental work. However, a dentist could possibly help a patient who has a dental crisis (eg. abscessed tooth, broken tooth). So for our patients, we are working to this concept. We believe that maintaining your health, or the health of your family, is essential. Particularly if you have an active condition that is being treated. A 30 minute consultation (but could be a short 15 minute) can help ensure that you should continue your treatment, or receive further suggestions to keep you steadily improving. If you’re experiencing a serious health problem, we definitely can consult.
The College of Naturopaths of Ontario has advised its members that we can use our discretion about consulting with patients. At this time, the best option is “Telemedicine” which can mean one of two routes of contact: A) Telephone or B) Secured video & audio telemedicine portal. ONWC has such a portal now with our Outsmart EMR (electronic medical records) system.
If you’re receiving this newsletter, you likely have an appointment scheduled in the coming week her perhaps are needing to make one; You may have already received an automated reminder message. Please consider keeping this appointment as scheduled if we have not seen you in the past 6 weeks. You will receive a telemedicine consent form, and on the morning of the appointment you will receive a message with the link to the Telemedicine service.
We are maintaining inventory at ONWC to the best of our ability. We have been providing refills using the “drive by, pickup” method that many businesses have adapted to. Please call ahead, give us 24 hours to see what we can fill in your order. What isn’t available: we will check Fullscript (an online service) and then complete your order that way.
On-going recommendations for maintaining your health:
- Get proper sleep: if you’re not sleeping well, I can give you advice on this
- Eat well: fruits, vegetables – all whole foods please. Occasional treats but don’t overdo it.
- Keep caffeine and alcohol to a minimum.
- Exercise: (don’t forget your hoola-hoop). I walk early in the morning when there aren’t a lot of other people out. You can also walk around in your house, or even walk on the spot. Be active. Some postings of exercising you can do at home might come up on the ONWC website (BLOG SECTION) in the future. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further tips on all modalities and tips for your overall optimal health system, mindfulness, exercise and recipes.
- Look after your mental and spiritual health daily: meditate, deep-breathing, and calls to family or friends who may be on their own. Check out mindfulness apps if you haven’t done so.
- Check in on our Facebook and instagram feed for tips from our Osteopathic Manual practitioners on stretches etc and our Naturopathic Doctors on immune optimization tips.