At Be Well Family Care we believe in Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a "roots-up" approach to wellness focusing on optimizing health. We do this by treating vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, reducing toxic burden, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, and managing stress (among others). By doing these things, we support a strong and healthy immune system. A strong immune system is our best defense against all illnesses - including Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Below you will find our suggestions for continuing to support a healthy immune system, as well as measures we all can take to reduce the spread of illness and protect our friends, family and community during this pandemic. There's a lot of information coming out every day. We want you to continue to stay calm and collected, review the information out their with a keen and mindful eye, and remember not to panic.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 19TH BE WELL FAMILY CARE IS TEMPORARILY CHANGING TO A VIRTUAL OFFICE ONLY:
To protect our patients, staff, and community, and to prevent the spread of illness, we are now TEMPORARILY moving to ALL Virtual Visits. We will miss seeing all of you in person, but we have a great new system that allows us to have Virtual Telemedicine visits where we will be able to see one another on our computers or cell phones. We are automatically converting all current appointments over to telemedicine appointments, you do not need to call us to do this. You will be receiving an email with a link to your Virtual Appointment- please save this. A nurse will call you at the time of your scheduled appointment to take your health history and will give you further instructions. You can find more information about our new Telemedicine system and what to expect during your appointment by clicking here.
The office will be temporarily closed to in-office visits, walk-ins, and for supplement purchases. Be Well Family Care will be open "virtually" Monday - Thursday from 8 AM - 5 PM and Fridays from 7 AM - 4 PM.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE FEELING SICK:
If you are feeling sick or have questions or concerns please give us a call or send us a message through the patient portal. We will continue to answer phones and portal messages during our new temporary hours.
We will continue scheduling appointments with our current patients, but these will be conducted virtually only. Give us a call or use your patient portal to request an appointment with your provider. We can do your regular follow up appointments, prescription refill appointments, and most acute appointments through Virtual Visits.
To purchase supplements, please use your patient portal. If you are unable to use your patient portal or if you have difficulty please give us a call at 317-938-4559 or send us a portal message. We will mail supplements to you as quickly as possible.
The LabCorp location at Be Well Family Care is still open to do lab draws at this time. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness including cough, fever, shortness of breath or if you have recently traveled internationally, been on a cruise, or had exposure to someone with COVID-19, please do not have your labs drawn in our office at this time. If you have any questions please contact us via phone or portal.
We hope to be back to business as usual soon!
EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL, MOVE WELL, and POOP WELL:
Eat Well – Try to get ½ your plate in veggies and aim for 5-6 servings per day. Eat lots of “colors” as these are the phytonutrients your body needs to stay healthy! Avoid sugars, and needless refined starches and grains!
Sleep Well– Adults need 8 uninterrupted hours every night and kids need 10-12 hours every night!
Move Well – Try to exercise every day as your provider recommends!
We have had so many people ask about supplemental health. We strongly recommend everyone take immune modulating supplements as their provider directs. These supplements help make the immune system smarter! Below are some guidelines:
- Vitamin D: Most adults take D3 5000IU per day – our most used supplement is Orthomolecular K2 + D 1 per day. For children, please ask provider for dosing recommendations
- Probiotics: Ortho Biotic, Core Biotic or Therbiotic 1 capsule every night
- Omega IIIs: Orthomega 2-4 softgels per day
BE SMART! We suggest everyone make some simple daily changes:
Wash your hands often: Hand washing with soap and warm water is the best way to reduce germs. Use hand sanitizer only if this is not available!
Cover your mouth and nose: Cough into your elbow; fist bump instead of high fives; Try not to touch your face or eyes.
Keep surfaces clean: Try to use non toxic cleaners and keep most heavily used surfaces clean. Remember door knobs, phones, computer keyboards, remotes, and other surfaces that are frequently touched in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen.
Keep your risk low: If you are someone with a compromised immune system, use caution and avoid people who are really sick. In the like, if you are sick, avoid the elderly or other people whose immune systems are compromised.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: The CDC is encouraging everyone to use Social Distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Here are some links that explain Social Distancing and why it works:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, COUGH, OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS:
- WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION: If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, lethargy, or severe dehydration, go to the Emergency Room. Call ahead to let the ER know that you are coming.
- WHEN TO CALL/MESSAGE THE OFFICE: If you are mildly sick, but are doing well, please stay home and keep us posted via portal or phone. As always, take good care of yourself.
- TESTING: We wish there was testing more readily available, but for now testing is limited and the Health Department has asked all of us to use discretion. Testing, as of today, is limited to SYMPTOMATIC patients who: Are over the age of 65 or have had direct exposure to someone with COVID 19. Hopefully there will be more testing available soon.
STRESS, ANXIETY AND FOUNDATIONAL CARE : Stress and stress management are a big part of overcoming this crisis. Make sure to remember to breath, meditate, journal, pray, exercise, etc to get grounded again if you are feeling overwhelmed. The reason we do Functional Medicine is to be as resilient as possible to anything the world throws our way. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need supplemental help please portal or call us.
For more information about the SARS CV-2 Virus which causes Covid-19, please check out the videos below by Swathi: