Greetings Optimal Health Seekers! I have been thinking about this year’s spring cleanse for several weeks. Maybe call it rebooting an excellent lifestyle or perhaps you can relate to wanting to take a closer look at day-to-day health habits. You don’t have to go anywhere for this personal retreat. But you can easily take it on the road if you have travel plans that can finally hatch! What I have to offer is modifiable, and has 3 basic levels of commitment — per your evaluation of need for fine-tuning your health.

Opinion: Why I got vaccinated It’s the most responsible approach to the health of your neighbors and fellow community members. published in the Juneau Empire, Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:15pm A year ago, the Empire graciously printed my opinion piece “Why I’m Wearing a Mask.” I’ll tell you, one reason I got the COVID vaccines is because wearing a mask is getting old, and I want to do my part in helping us get past necessary mask mandates. Eventually, we will be safe to go maskless, but not yet. It would be beyond horrible to inadvertently be an asymptomatic carrier who infected a more vulnerable neighbor, patient or family member, who then suffered from getting sick, becoming a “long-hauler” or worse. Some say getting a vaccine is a personal choice — of course it is. However if you opt out of the vaccine then you’re responsible to not be a potential disease vector, which means staying home (not feasible if you can’t work from home) or taking all the usual precautions when in public. Many cultures, for many centuries, have...

Thank you for your calls and emails; and your trust. A science editorial from NYTimes 1-18-21 sums up my views well so I’ll re-post here. Science is based in the truth, and it’s working for us to improve our experience as humans on the planet. Get the shot! This is basically how it works: 1) The mRNA is prepared by in vitro transcription or chemical synthesis (laboratory processes). 2) Lipid nanoparticles are prepared to encapsulate the mRNA. 3) A carrier vehicle and other vaccine components (preservatives) are added. 4) Patients are injected 5) mRNA enters cells; viral spike protein is produced. 6) Immune response is triggered and antibodies are produced. 7) Antibodies and T cells will now fight the coronavirus during future exposure. It’s all about getting to herd immunity as quickly as possible while preventing more unnecessary deaths. Bottom line: the risk of the disease is far more severe than the extremely low risk from the vaccine. Also, we have to think as a group here: healthy people should get vaccinated to protect those few who cannot receive the...

As many of you know I am interested in optimizing health and healthy longevity.  I am not interested in pushing my body to last for 150 or 200 years; however I want a long life with health and sufficient vigor until the end.  Of course this is what I want for my patients and family as well. Starting around age 25 we begin a slow decline in stem cell production.  These “pluripotent” (can become any tissue) cells emanate typically from the bone marrow and are the basis of tissue healing because they can become muscle, tendon, blood vessel, nerve, bone — whatever is needed.  Our bodies are intelligent, self-healing organisms  informed by good diet, good attitude and the basics of clean living.  Those of you who do your best to commit to these basics are in a terrific position to build on to healthy longevity, by stimulating de novo stem cell production. I have used PRP (platelet rich plasma) and oxygenation therapies (ozone infusions) for over a decade to help stimulate innate self-healing.  These therapies have been helpful to many...

Also, projections published recently by University of Washington on peak demand days for hospital beds by state IF good social distancing and hand washing are maintained through April.  Please take a look, and share. This model takes into account that NPIs/social distancing continues.  Some states, like Washington are predicted to be well resourced, perhaps short a few hundred ventilators.  New Jersey and New York are in for a rough patch. You use the pull down menu to select the state you are interested in (defaults to the entire country) https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections Likely folks have seen this already, but a good resource for the elderly and immunocompromised, those with comorbidities who are having groceries delivered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps#action=share

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-pandemics-change-history?itm_content=footer-recirc Check out this excellent interview with Yale history of medicine professor Dr. Frank Snowden about pandemics, which have stopped and started wars, shifted political power balance, exposed inequalities and inadequacies to protect citizens, as well as bringing out the best in us: enormous bravery and sacrifice for the good of all. ”Spanish” flu and many other varieties of corona viruses, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, the bubonic plague all left an indelible mark on human society.  A children’s ditty from the era of the plague will be familiar to many: Ring around a rosy: The round reddish rashes or “buboes” were a mark of being infected by Yersinia pestis, a non-spore bacteria carried by rat fleas. The Black Plague, aka Bubonic Plague, started in China and was transported by trade ships to the port of Messina, striking Europe in the mid 1300s, and killing nearly half of those populations. Pocket full of posy: People of the time would carry with them various herbs and flowers to try to ward off the disease.  Medicinal herbs were the predominant remedies globally until about...

I will be offering TeleMedicine in April as soon as my state license to do so is approved.  We will be using the HIPAA compliant doxy.me platform If exposed, how long am I contagious? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-most-contagious-before-during-first-week-symptoms 1. Even seriously ill people are likely no longer contagious after 10 days of symptoms – even if they are still really sick.  C-19 RNA still can be swabbed, but not the whole virus. Less ill people are likely no longer contagious much sooner. 2. C-19 colonizes at 1000 times more virus particles than SARS, producing thousands or millions of viruses in the nose and throat. We can also glean useful information from this article to figure out a creative solution for prevention or reducing spread of the virus. Suppose we could kill the virus in the nose and throat before it became established? We could try, right? Consider making an antiviral nose and throat spray using some of the herbs we are familiar with that are shown to have anti-corona virus activity: astragalus, licorice, elderberry, eupatorium. Mixing one or some of the tinctures with...

  In response to NYTimes columnist David Leonhardt published March 10, 2020 about 7 steps to minimize risk of spreading corona virus (COVID-10), who asked “Did I miss anything?” March 11, 2020 Hi Mr Leonhardt Thanks for asking. I have been a primary care doc for nearly 30 years (in Juneau Alaska).  Did you know that our endogenous anti-viral is FEVER? https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2013.2570?fbclid=IwAR2fUpjtOWW2nbeegsqK535uLj0ywwdtzq0EgonfRfPWTghmfKij8gFldVc& Also https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951171/?fbclid=IwAR2WTSgftKKaqiz685EtWNoua_OC2kcQ-GK80IabyD7ovTLpyZ8M9_C1vIc#__sec14title Humans capable of mounting an appropriate immune response develop a fever when exposed to viral infections.  Viruses are tiny, as you know, and do their dirty work inside cells.  As opposed to bacteria, which are much larger and infect the space outside our cells, typically producing snot and phlegm and the like (mucus mixed with spent white blood cells).  The fact that the virus may abate with warmer weather has gotten some airplay but the deeper message is not getting across: viruses dislike heat.  Most viruses cannot survive in temperatures above say 103 degrees F.  I have instructed all my patients, besides assiduous prolonged hand washing and keeping fingers away from the “danger triangle” of eyes, nose...

check out Salt and Soil in Juneau: https://www.saltandsoilmarketplace.com/ Our bodies are literally a walking, talking rainforest. The “ecology” of our trillion or so human cells, and the ten-fold greater number of bacteria (and 100-fold greater number of viruses) that co-exist within us all is deeply informed by our local surroundings – our geography.  The soil in SE Alaska was built up over thousands of years.  It is perfectly adapted to this environment.  When we eat food that was grown in local soil we too become better adapted to our local environment.