Deadline Detroit | Dr Joel Kahn: Building a healthy body during the pandemic
Bi-weekly health columns are written by a practicing cardiologist, clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity at Bingham Farms. He is an author and has appeared on national television including “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors Show”.
By Dr Joel Khan
In my role as a consultant physician specializing in preventive cardiology and Covid 19 outpatient care, I meet great people from all over the world. This month I met David P, a Detroit resident who enjoys writing about Italian digestive drinks (amaros) and health.
Her brother is hospitalized with a severe case of Sars-Cov2, a respiratory disease, and I have provided assistance. He shared with me these wise words, what David calls the “WEAVE” program:
“At the very start of understanding the existence of Covid in early February 2020, and the blockages that followed the following month in mid-March, people were asked to mask … social distancing … isolate … lock … wash hands and surfaces. These activities are generally reactive and “avoidance” activities.
The CDC website has a “How to Protect Yourself and Others” link which lists eight preventative ways to reduce your risk of Covid19:
► Wear a mask
►Stay 6 feet away from others
►Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas
► Wash your hands often
►Cover coughs and sneezes
►Clean and disinfect
►Monitor your health daily
Government and health spokespersons have generally not suggested boosting her immune system or striving for well-being. Healthy people are less likely to be infected with Covid. Building a healthy body base includes suggestions such as:
►Eat healthy food, avoid fast food.
►Maintain a positive attitude to avoid depression.
►Take key vitamins (eg D, C, zinc) and nutraceuticals (eg black / green tea, quercetin, curcumin),
► Exercise daily to stay strong.
Obese and older Americans, especially with pre-existing conditions, aren’t necessarily encouraged to back down and adopt a healthy lifestyle. It is “easier” to put on a mask than to lose 10 pounds or stop eating unhealthy foods.
Healthy lifestyle via WEAVE
I suggest following a “WEAVE” approach:
Taking care of yourself and your family is not usually a topic of discussion for the health facility, or for the media for that matter.
There doesn’t seem to be any incentive to lose 10 pounds, to take vitamins, to work on strengthening the immune system.
I thank David P for allowing me to share the WEAVE program. Since he sent it to me, the National Institutes of Health have approved C, D, and zinc supplements for pandemic immune health.