By Dr. Angelique Hart, M.D.
Transition is the final phase of the first stage of the birthing process. It takes place before the active pushing out of the baby. For most women, this is the hardest and most painful part of labor. It can be overwhelming, frustrating and tiresome and it is often hard to stay focused, keeping a positive attitude. Yet it is important to get trough this with enough energy left to be able to push the baby out. I remember telling myself over and over again that this awful moment would pass, and that the reward in the form of a wonderful precious and forever life changing baby was awaiting me.
Our entire world has changed in the course of a very short period of time, and we all are in this moment of painful transition. Are we going to give up and let it ride us or are we preparing for this next new phase in our lives with energy and positive intent to create a new and better environment for ourselves where we all can thrive? This virus and forced quarantine have given us the opportunity to stop running and realize what is important to us. Our health, our family, our elders, our ability to create food and reconnect to our earth, our creativity (in making masks), taking up forgotten hobbies, reaching out to old friends through social media, and rethinking how we can perform our jobs. It is also teaching us that we are responsible for our actions, and that our actions really do affect other people’s lives. It has forced us to think outside of the box to get certain things done and it is showing us that we are resilient. I trust that our resilience will get us through this transition, and that we will get pushed into a life with more compassion for each other, with a higher sense of unity, and a better understanding of our responsibilities to take care of our health.
Many phone calls from patients are coming in, asking what they can do to improve their current health status and boost their immune system so that they can deal effectively with a possible viral encounter. I don’t see much fear. I see people making the best of this situation with a positive attitude and willingness to improve their lives. I hear about new routines coming into place where “taking out time for self” has become an integral part. We live in a tightly connected world where viruses and other pathogens “live with us” and are easily passed on. It is clear that we need to be better prepared for that by improving our self-care standards for the long haul. Most of the people that have died from Covid-19 had underlying chronic illnesses. Obesity, hypertension and diabetes are major risk factors for having a more severe course. These are preventable diseases that we can improve with proper diet and exercise. No need for expensive pills and procedures that are just Band-Aids, which cannot replace the long-term and definitive benefits from having a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles can be supported with easy and affordable access to a health professional through now increasingly popular telemedicine platforms such as the First Alternative Care Telemedicine program where an entire household of up to 9 members has unlimited access to trained Telemedicine MD’s for only $35/month, without any additional fees. In addition, this family membership also provides access to an innovative, evidence based and interactive lifestyle and health education program for $10/month per household. See www.healthcarestartsathome.com
I have added a CORONAVIRUS UPDATE page to this website where you can find information on immune boosting strategies.
I also strongly encourage you to read Dr. Mecola’s article on vitamin C. It is a MUST READ!
After a full medical evaluation, I can give you more specific recommendations. Our office has remained open during this time for urgent cases and for patients with significant problems that cannot stop treatment. Phone consultations are limited to existing patients. We look forward to welcoming you as a new patient to our Holistic Medical Clinic and help you on your path to wellness, as soon as the quarantine has lifted.
Call 505-433-2267, www.DrHartMD.com.