COVID-19 and Embracing the New Normal

COVID-19 and Embracing the New Normal

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It is here and will most likely remain. As it slows down it appears to be less fatal, however it will remain a familiar illness. What we can do to keep the virus(s) in check is to focus on preventive measures and to continue to work on our overall immunity. The flu has had a similar thread in the fabric of our lives, such will be the case with COVID.

Let’s keep in mind, that our immune system is based on the flow of energy that our body creates. The quality and quantity of energy are both tied into our physical and emotional health. As you well know, I also give quite of bit of value to our spiritual life. Here are some things I would like for you to keep in mind:

FEAR: If there is any poison the virus can inject in us, and win is fear. Once the virus realizes that fear is a state of vulnerability and can affect the lives of humans, it will continue to pursue increasing fear. So how do we engage in all levels of health and immunity? We take care of our physical health, our emotional health, and our spiritual health.

PHYSICAL: Sleep, rest, exercise, proper diet and keeping up with your nutrients. If you have not been tested for your nutrient levels, please do so. Minimize anything that would be toxic to your system, drink alcohol in moderation as it can deplete you of vital nutrients, cease or decrease smoking or vaping as it affects your respiratory system. All of this is common sense, please use it.

EMOTION: Strive for peace of mind, balance, and harmony. Do not allow fear to create turbulence or distress in your life. Embrace and work through it by sharing a loving presence through connection to others who will support you.

SPIRITUAL: Love more than fear. Love is acceptance and forgiveness, love is given away, love has no expectation or conditions, involves forgiveness (as I once was told, get your hands off the other person’s throat), love often, love passionately, and do not expect anything back in return.

Recommendations after COVID Exposure

  1. Nasal irrigation after possible exposure was found to be key!
  2. Most frequently used treatments for olfactory dysfunction in SARS-CoV-2 infected patients were nasal saline irrigations, followed by nasal and oral corticosteroids.
  3. As for gustatory dysfunction, clinicians used l-carnitine or trace elements and good multi-vitamins (we recommend IntraMax).
  4. Smell training is a simple, safe, and readily available method in the context of social distancing for smell recovery in different forms of anosmia (Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol: Apr 6, 2020).
  5. Caffeine enhanced the sense of smell and taste in people with COVID-19 (IntegratRespir Med.2020;1(2):1-6).
  6. Vitamin A can promote olfactory neurogenesis due to its ability to regenerate the olfactory neuroepithelium (J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2021).
  7. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) may decrease ACE2 activity after SARS-CoV-2 replication and might reduce NADPH oxidase activity, leading to suppression of expression of inflammatory cytokines (Curr. Top. Nutraceutical Res. 2020;19(2):172-175).
  8. Vitamin C taking 3 to 4 milligrams a day as tolerated.

Wishing and praying for safety and wellness in all we do. Love heals all… believe, practice, and live with this energy.


Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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