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What You Need to Know about COVID-19 (aka coronavirus)

Friday, February 28th, 2020

There is a ton of information out there, some reliable, some not so much. Here are the highlights of what we know as of now about COVID-19.

– The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and fatigue.

– Symptoms typically occur 5 days after exposure (though can take as long as 2 weeks), with a wide range in severity from fairly benign to full blown pneumonia.

– What makes this virus scary is that in the second week of illness, severe shortness of breath (acute respiratory distress) may occur, requiring hospitalization for supportive care (i.e. supplemental oxygen and breathing support).

– There is currently no effective treatment to eradicate the virus; the body is able to clear the virus with appropriate supportive care as needed (rest, fluids, breathing support as needed).

– Folks who are most at risk are the elderly and those with chronic diseases (think asthma, diabetes, immunocompromise, etc).

What You Can Do:

If you think you may be sick, stay home to minimize potential spread.

As you’re out and about, be sure to WASH YOU HANDS for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. IF you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) on every part of your hands and allow to dry fully.

Want more info? Check out the CDC guide at the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

We’re here to help!

If you are dealing with anxiety and fear around the spread of COVID-19 and/or want to put some systems in place to stay healthy, give us a call at 503-222-1315 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Torgerson or Dr. Hofmann!

In Health!

~Drs. Torgerson and Hofmann

Nutrition in canned beans?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Kidney Beans canned

Q: Sometimes I used canned beans, since I can’t always cook dried ones. I always drain the liquid from canned beans and rinse them under cold water in the hopes that I am lowering the sodium content. Am I also rinsing away some other nutrients?

A: Packed with protein, fiber, iron, potassium, and many other nutrients, beans are an essential ingredient in a plant-based diet. Studies have shown that people who eat beans four or more times per week have a 22% lower risk of coronary heart disease. Nearly half of all beans consumed in the Unites States are pinto beans.

Canned beans can be a great time saver. When you drain and rinse canned beans, you reduce the sodium content by about 40%. All of the other beneficial nutrients remain within the bean. Beans are relatively inexpensive and come in many different colors and sizes, so be sure to include all varieties in your diet.

by Alison Ozgur, Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. – from NW Veg e-Thymes April 2012 vol 68

The doctors who tell you what's up.