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In the post-pandemic healthcare landscape, holistic practitioners face a growing challenge: Long COVID. This phenomenon, characterized by persistent symptoms even after the acute phase of COVID-19 has passed, demands our attention and expertise. 

Emerging research, notably highlighted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in February 2024, sheds light on the underlying mechanisms driving Long COVID, emphasizing the intricate interplay between the virus and metabolic functions within the body.

Long COVID affects a significant portion of the population, with approximately 1 in 9 adults in the United States grappling with its lingering effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to holistic practitioners dealing with patients, the number is much higher. 

This underscores the urgency of addressing this multifaceted health crisis and emphasizes the importance of finding holistic solutions that will support the recovery journey of those patients in your community experiencing strange health challenges that don’t seem to resolve.

Dr. Freddie Ulan, the pioneering mind behind Nutrition Response Testing®, has been researching this phenomenon.

Prompted by the observation that some patients were not recovering as expected since the pandemic, he dedicated months of research to understanding Long COVID and its effects on the body. His groundbreaking findings, released in November 2023, unveiled a new protocol specifically tailored for holistic practitioners: Post-Pandemic Factors. Practitioners trained in this protocol are reporting between 50% and 70% of patients who have post-COVID symptoms test positive for these health-blocking factors.

“It is amazing how much these Post-Pandemic Factors are affecting the health of our patients,” said Sandy Bottcher D.C., a practitioner who recently trained on this material. “On average, six out of ten patients test for Post-Pandemic Factors the first time. Then as the body is ready, it reveals even more.”

The NIH allocation of an additional $515 million for further Long COVID research underscores conventional medicine’s failure to provide a solution to this problem. There is an urgent need for effective holistic approaches that get results. 

Nutrition lies at the core of effective holistic health practices, and its role in combating Long COVID cannot be overstated. Discovering the exact underlying cause of a health challenge and correcting that nutritional deficiency is the first step.

Once you have found the right stressor or healing block for a patient, they need a personalized health and nutrition program to aid their recovery. 

Adopting a nutrient-dense diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds is essential in bolstering the body’s innate healing mechanisms and promoting metabolic resilience. Furthermore, providing patients with in-depth education on the nutrients and supplements needed for their recovery empowers them to participate in their healing journey.

Personalized testing allows us to identify the most suitable remedies for each individual, enhancing resilience and restoring balance to the body.

Prioritizing sleep, regular physical activity, and mindful movement further optimizes metabolic function and supports overall well-being. Adequate sleep is crucial for facilitating cellular repair, immune regulation, and metabolic rejuvenation, while gentle exercises such as walking, yoga, and tai chi promote circulation, enhance oxygenation, and foster holistic healing from within.

As a holistic practitioner, you understand that the journey toward recovery from Long COVID requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the unique needs of each individual. By harnessing the power of nutrition, natural medicine, and healthy practices, you can nurture your patients’ bodies, fortify their resilience, and guide them toward comprehensive healing and restoration of well-being and vitality in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Embrace the wisdom of holistic healing as you navigate this unprecedented healthcare challenge, providing compassionate care and support to those affected by Long COVID. 

Learn more about Dr. Ulan’s research and the stressors in the Chiropractic Economics article:

https://www.chiroeco.com/the-5-most-common-stressors-that-block-patients-healing/ 

Find out more about the Post-Pandemic Factors online training.

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