March 29, 2020

Dear Patients:
I hope each of you is doing well as week number two of “Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives,” begins. As of this writing there have not been any cases reported in St. Joseph county. Let’s keep up the good work and continue to be smart and stay safe!

Last week I listened to an interview of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and found it interesting. Here is a quick summary:

– MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING because the coronavirus is spread by coughing and sneezing, spraying droplets from one person to another
– the virus lives on hard surfaces for “several hours.” (a Google search of ‘several’ revealed it to mean 6-9 hours)
– do NOT shake hands

We all have a responsibility in slowing the spread of COVID 19. Although they are seemingly simple things, they are critically important. Remember to:
– maintain your distance
– cough/sneeze into your elbow
– wash your hands often
– do not shake hands
– do not touch your face
– stay home if you are sick

We are in this together and will come through this together. The McLeod family motto is “Hold Fast.” Right now it has added meaning.

At this time we are continuing with our recently revised hours. Being a healthcare facility we are allowed to remain open and you are allowed to travel here for essential care (also called medically necessary care). It is not okay to come in because you are off work and it is convenient. I ask for your patience and understanding as we comply by minimizing our staffing and limiting the number of patients in the office at one time in order to protect everyone’s safety.

If you are sick, have a fever over 100, have difficulty breathing or have a cough, CALL your primary care doctor. They will tell you what to do next.

Feel free to call me with any questions, 273-6712.


March 16, 2020

Dear Patient:

This note is to let you know that we are maintaining normal hours and taking extra precautions during the coronavirus crisis.

Based on information from the Health Department and a phone call with Raj (a former employee who is now an Infection Control Specialist at UCLA) we are taking action to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Here are some of the steps we are taking:

  • The adjusting tables are being cleaned between patients
  • Many of the upholstered chairs in the reception room have been replaced with vinyl chairs
  • The number of chairs in the reception room have been reduced so more space can be put between them
  • The children’s play area has been temporarily removed
  • We are all washing our hands more frequently
  • The front counter is being cleaned more often

A few patients have asked what I am doing to keep myself healthy. There are five things I try to do all the time to be well and now it is more important than ever. First of all, Dr. Weiss is adjusting me to make sure my brain is telling my immune system to be as strong as it can be. I am also taking care to eat well and get enough sleep (6-8 hours each night. It felt good to take a nap in the sun today). In addition to exercising regularly I also try to think in terms of moving toward health as opposed to moving away from sickness (I want health to be the focus of my thoughts). Here is the acronym for health that a fellow chiropractor taught me years ago: D.R.E.A.M: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Adjustment, Mental attitude.

Here are three things we all need to be doing:

  1. Keep yourself healthy/get adjusted/DREAM
  2. Take measures to prevent the spread of viruses and germs
  3. Stay calm and get your information from reliable sources like the Health Department and CDC

Feel free to call with any questions you may have.

Peace,
Gary R. McLeod, DC


March 13, 2020

Dear Patients:

With all of the information (and misinformation) swirling about, I decided to spend a few hours yesterday (March 12, 2019) looking at the web sites of the CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This was done to be able to provide you with factual information about coronavirus/COVID 19. I am hopeful this will have a calming effect.

SOME FACTS:

  • coronaviruses are not new
  • COVID 19 is a “novel” strain of coronavirus, meaning “new” strain
  • because it was not seen until late 2019, world health officials are not sure how it will behave
  • SARS and MERS are coronaviruses and are more dangerous than COVID 19
  • young patients/children are the least affected by it
  • people over 60 years old AND with already compromised health are the most affected group
  • in the USA, 38 people have died from COVID 19 related illnesses. Most of these patients were elderly and had chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart conditions, respiratory conditions) which compounded the effect of the virus
  • by comparison, in the USA this flu season, the CDC estimates that between 20,000 and 52,000 Americans have died from the regular flu
  • looking at the numbers, the regular flu is more dangerous
  • masks should be worn by (and saved for) infected patients and the healthcare workers who care for them. Wearing a mask will NOT prevent you from getting sick

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO

  • COVID 19 is here, and we should all be cautious
  • Use common sense
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise
  • Wash your hands often
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Avoid crowds
  • Remain calm
  • Get your facts from the CDC or Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • use healthy skepticism when reading social media in this regard

Note: Information on this subject changes quickly. The above information may change between the time I wrote it and when you read it. 


March 6, 2020

Dear Parents:

No doubt you have heard a lot about the coronavirus. Here are some common sense things you can do to help strengthen your immune system so it can battle germs better and work to keep you healthy. Remember, there is no single magic bullet that will keep you healthy, so take action and do what you can to protect your family:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Stay away from sick people/avoid crowds
  • …and this one may surprise you, GET ADJUSTED! Wait! What? Yes, your immune system (like every system of the body) is controlled by the brain and nerve network. Spinal adjustments allow better communication to the immune system. Your body can now detect and react to viruses and germs better. The end result is a healthier you.

January 29. 2020

The flu has been in the news lately, so it’s a good time to review health and symptoms. Most of the time you are not aware of it, but there is a constant battle inside of you between germs trying to invade your body and your body resisting the invasion. This battle rages every day: germs trying to get in, your body working to keep them out. Most of the time this battle goes on and you are not even aware of it, you feel good and go about your normal activities.

When the invasion intensifies, your body’s immune system responds with the tools necessary to fight the invasion. Modern healthcare has chosen the word “symptom” to describe these normal, but uncomfortable, processes. Because germs thrive at normal body temperature, it elevates its temperature (fever) during an invasion in order to better resist the invasion. Plus, because your body is working harder, the temperature naturally goes up. Vomiting and diarrhea are processes of getting germs and toxic things out of your body (your body is pretty smart and although it will be unpleasant for a short time, it knows it’s better to get rid of that stuff than keep it inside!) Runny nose, sneeze or cough? Same thing: your body is working to push stuff out. Your breathing pathway is covered with mucous. The job of mucous is to trap bad stuff that you have inhaled. You will then blow your nose, sneeze, cough or spit it out (do NOT swallow it because it’s full of bad stuff that your body wants to get rid of!) A runny nose or sinus drainage mean that your body is working hard to protect you. I hope you can see that many “symptoms” are actually normal processes of a healthfully functioning immune system.

Some people wonder what to do about fevers. Just like a runny nose or a cough, fevers play an important role in your body’s ability to fight an infection. Most fevers, like other symptoms, will go away within a few days and aren’t a concern unless they get higher than 103 F.

Your body is smart and doesn’t need help to fight most infections, but here are some things you can do to get better faster: drink water, get some rest/sleep and stay away from people.

To prevent yourself from getting sick: eat well, exercise, sleep 6-8 hours a night, and get adjusted on a regular basis.
Your brain and nerve system control your immune system. That is why spinal adjustments help you to be healthier.