The 4th of July is upon us and COVID-19 has thrown us a curveball by not going away. My mother used to say, when given lemons, make lemonade. As a nation, we are really good innovators and we can find a silver lining in every cloud. Some cities are doing a reverse 4th of July parade, where the units are stationary and motorists drive through. When problems present themselves, as people, we come up with very creative solutions. This pandemic is no different and I want to encourage all of you to remain patient and remain hopeful and positive. Do the appropriate safety measures such as washing your hands faithfully, wear masks in public, maintain social distancing, and if sick, remain home.
Another interesting fact appeared in MedPage Today. Excerpts include “theories that female sex hormones may be protective are still possible, as estrogen improves the immune response to infection.
Estrogen — specifically estradiol, or E2 — stimulates the humoral response to viral infection, activating higher levels of antibody production, researchers said. Immune cells have estrogen receptors and can respond to estrogen stimulation, which may improve immune response” and “Estrogen is a hormone that has multiple effects on the body,” said Alison Stopeck, MD, co-investigator of a clinical trial that is treating COVID-19 patients with estrogen at Stony Brook University in New York. Not only does the hormone activate antibody production, she said, but it also prevents the hyper-cytokine release that causes an excessive inflammatory response. “It has a lot of immune effects, and it can actually work in a way that would improve the body’s response to a viral infection such as the novel coronavirus,” Stopeck told MedPage Today”.
Optimal hormone levels seem to be extremely protective against COVID-19. Chronic degenerative disease states, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, leave you to be more susceptible to this virus. If you know anyone who is in this category, please encourage them to come see us as we can help. We also offer several immunity packages including Myers’ cocktails and high dose Vitamin C infusions.
Be assured that we are doing our part by following OSHA guidelines, washing our hands frequently, wearing protective masks, and limiting the number of patients in the waiting room. If you are unable to visit our office, we are pleased to announce that EnteBella Medical is offering telemedicine for our Hormone, Stem Cell, and Cosmetic Patients.
In Good Health,
Herman Pang, M.D.