COVID-19 Post 9

Week of July 3, 2020 Happy 4th of July! A Message from Dr. Masters:

As an ongoing public service to patients and the general public accessing this site, Tomar Pain Centers will be posting regular updates on the COVID-19 infection in Arizona and the USA.
In Arizona there are about 75,000 that have tested positive for COVID. Keep in mind that Arizona has a population of almost 8,000,000 people. Maricopa County has over half of the active COVID cases. Also, people who tested positive are less than 6% of all people who were tested. Currently, over 10,000 people are being tested daily in Arizona. Simply put, more testing, more exposures.

Of the vast majority of people tested, 90% of those who test positive will remain asymptomatic or will have very mild (cold flu) like symptoms. Humans have a very effective auto-immune system which creates anti bodies and fights whatever pathogens are around including the COVID virus.

As stated previously most people who develop severe symptoms which may require hospitalization are those whose immune systems are compromised, these are people with Cancer, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease, Heart Problems, Diabetes and the like. Those individuals have the greatest risk if exposed to any pathogens. Keep in mind in Arizona over 120 people die daily from various causes. Less than 15 die daily from COVID.

In Yavapai County for example, 16,000 people have tested for COVID-19 (less than 800 are positive). Out of those who have tested positive, 7 have been hospitalized. Yavapai County has population of 230,000. The odds are 600 to 1 of getting exposed to COVID-19 in Yavapai County.

Remember frequent hand washing four to five times a day depending on people to people contacts, does prove to limit exposure. Gargling with “Antiseptic liquids like Listerine” swishing for 30 seconds, 2 to 3 times a day kills most, if not all, pathogens in the mouth and throat for several hours.

Last but not least, the weather in Arizona is gorgeous this time of year. Go and stay outdoors as much as you can, the health benefits of sunlight and fresh air are well known. COVID does not live in the outdoors for long.

Tomar Pain Centers’ are open daily to aid in treating muscle skeletal pains and aches. The clinic follows strict Government guidelines in providing clean and sterile environments. Call today to make an appointment.

As the Arizona economy reopens, remember to patronize the local businesses. As the churches open again, take a moment to visit and pray.

More later,

Remember the Bible states eloquently,
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS”
“GOD BLESS YOU ALL”

COVID-19 Post 10

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS – Common Sense Measures

We are now four months into the COVID epidemic in America. Much has been written and broadcast about precautionary measures to supposedly diminish the chances of catching and transmitting the virus. I will not belabor these various recommendations, since there is much controversy about these measures. Take, for example, wearing masks, inside and outside buildings. A mega study on the masks done in April 2020 points to scant usefulness of the masks in general. The masks examined in the mega study concluded, may be effective in controlling the spread of any virus, but must be accompanied by other measures such as hand washing, isolation techniques such as social distancing, and so on.

This blog, as I mentioned above, deals with other commonsense measures that are very effective in not only building up that immune system but enhancing the health of humans in general. It is useful to remember that, according to the CDC, humans are exposed to over 150 pathogens, bacterial, viral, and otherwise, on a daily basis. This exposure is apart of LIFE on earth, and is part of the human environment. This is why the human auto immune system is so effective is protecting humans by developing antibodies against the various pathogens that we encounter in life.

Humanity has been able to survive on earth not by avoiding pathogens but by being exposed and developing immunity to pathogens. This immunity is what is allowed Europeans to get past the Smallpox pathogen, but killed the native Americans who had no immunity to the pathogen. It is sad to note that the Navajo tribe in Arizona is particularly hard hit by the COVID; the reason being is that their immune system is not on par with others who have better immunity factors. It is also interesting to notes that the greatest number of Americans who are exposed to COVID do not develop symptoms and do not even know that they were exposed. Lastly and very important to remember, the vast number of people exposed to COVID have recovered and are now immune; well over 90 percent of the cases.

Enough of troublesome statistics, let us look at various common sense measures each of us can take, to stay healthy in this environment.

COVID and other viruses enter the human body through the respiratory tract, nasal and oral. Keeping these passages clean and open are primary methods of living healthy.

  1. If you smoke, or use VAPE systems, STOP immediately. Allow the respiratory passages to heal and the lungs to repair. Every cigarette decreases the oxygenation of the lungs and increases the risk of infection.
  2. Exercise, specifically aerobic, forces oxygen into the lings and body and helps not only the healing by energizing the body. 15 to 30 minutes a day of mild to moderate aerobic exercises, such as walking, biking, swimming, Tai Chi, are extremely effective in getting more oxygen into the body to aid the immune system in its job of creating antibodies to infection.
  3. Since one of the major ways COVID and other viruses enter the body are through the nasal passages, keeping these passages clear and free of congestion will go a long way in maintaining health. There are numerous nasal lavage systems on the market, ZIACAM and NAVAGE to name a couple. While these systems are not marketed to eliminate viruses, by keeping the nasal passage clear and clean, viral attacks can be kept to a minimum.
  4. As mentioned in a prior newsletter, the original LISTERINE, in the brown fluid container was marketed to eliminate bacteria and viruses. Gargling 30 seconds at least once or twice a day eliminates pathogens in both the nasal and oral passages. The solution is strong but effective. Just don’t swallow the liquid.

A healthy diet is one of the most important ways of maintaining health and combating infections of any type. Diet not only includes regular nutrition but also supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and adjuvant substances such as herbal additives.

A former blog highlights a high protein diet, at least 100 grams a day, from whatever source, to energize the body and build up the immune system. Eggs, meat, fish, poultry, and beans are all good sources of protein as well as certain grains, such as FARRO and Quinoa which also have substantial protein. In addition, certain vitamins are crucial in building up the immune system:

  1. Vitamin A – while typically known for its positive effect on the eyes and vision, Vitamin A is also very important for the immune system enhancement and is also a very powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A is found in many common colorful vegetables, such as carrots and tomatoes. Its precursor, Beta Carotene, can be taken on a daily basis to enhance the bioavailability of Vitamin A.
  2. The Vitamin B Complex – from the B1 to B12 is crucial in keeping the immune system intact. Supplements such as B100 Complex should be taken on a regular basis. Being water soluble, excess intake is excreted with the urine.
  3. Vitamin C is another powerful immune enhancer and is a very effective antioxidant. During this time of epidemic, Vitamin C should be taken at least three times a day, 1000mg at a time. There is an effervescent for (Emergen C), which is easier on the digestive tract. Vitamin C has been studied extensively over the past 40 years and has found to be very effective in high does (50 grams or more IV) as adjuvant therapy in treating Cancer and severe auto immune diseases.
  4. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin – was highlighted in a previous blog. Vitamin D, almost a pro hormone, can be synthesized by humans through sun exposure on the bare skin, mostly the torso. Vitamin D is a major substrate in bone formation and the autoimmune system. Adequate amounts at least 1000 to 3000IU daily are suggested for those susceptible to viral infections.

In addition, there are several other supplements that are needed by the human anatomy in fighting off infections from any source:

  1. Zinc – a phenomenal mineral that is vital to human health and well-being. From pregnancy on, Zinc is vital in the development of neural networks and the immune system. It is very vital in would healings and helps regulate blood sugars, and prevent diabetes. It has been shown to enhance vision and is a vital adjunct in cancer therapies. Zinc is found in meats, oysters, fish, and yogurt. Zinc supplements of 25 to 50mg daily are well tolerated. Zinc is one of the essential ingredients of the COVID therapies used in Europe.
  2. Elderberry – an extract from the elderberry plant available in either syrup or capsule form. Elderberry has been shown to reduce the effects of flu and other viral infections by boosting the immune system. Elderberry also helps lower blood sugars and decreases blood pressure. Taken in capsule form (200mg) up to four times a day helps in limiting viral and bacterial infections, especially respiratory in humans.

Lastly, a few words need to be spoken about the Chloroquine/Zinc therapy in treating the COVID infection. Chloroquine is a medication that has been recognized therapy for almost 90 years. Originally used as an anti-malarial medication, it is used in treating auto-immune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. The medication is extremely safe and has been used in most countries around the world. It was a standard medication for our military when stationed in parts of the world subject to malaria infections.

It was tested in the early stages of the COVID epidemic and in many studies found to be efficacious in mitigating the progression and severity of a COVID infections. Currently, it is a recognized therapy in Europe and Asia in treating moderate to sever COVID infections.

It has been a controversial therapy here in the U.S. with many supposedly objective studies showing little positive effect in COVID treatment. There is a bias against the Chloroquine and that has been shown in the studies against its use in therapy.

The jury is still out. Unfortunately, with the political climate in the U.S. against the drug, especially since it is advocated by President Trump, the bias will continue to exist. The key here is that there is enough evidence that the drug may work in many people in treating the virus. Given such evidence, it may have proven benefits for those who have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms.

COVID-19 Post 7

Week of June 1, 2020

As an ongoing public service to patients and the general public accessing this site, Tomar Pain Centers will be posting regular updates on the COVID-19 infection in Arizona and the USA.

In Arizona there are under 20,000 people that have tested positive for COVID. Keep in mind that Arizona has a population of almost 8,000,000 people. Maricopa County has over half of the acute COVID cases. Also, people who tested positive are less than 6% of all people who were tested.

Of the vast majority of people tested, 90% of those who test positive will remain asymptomatic or will have very mild (cold flu) like symptoms. Humans have a very effective auto-immune system which creates anti bodies and fights whatever pathogens are around including the COVID virus.

As stated previously most people who develop severe symptoms which may require hospitalization are those whose immune systems are compromised, these are people with Cancer, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease, Heart Problems, Diabetes and the like. Those individuals have the greatest risk if exposed to any pathogens. Keep in mind in Arizona over 120 people die daily from various causes.

Yavapai County for example, has very few people who have tested positive for COVID-19 (less than 300). Yavapai County has population of 230,000. The odds of being exposed to COVID in Yavapai are one in a thousand.

Remember frequent hand washing four to five times a day depending on people to people contacts, does prove to limit exposure. Gargling with “Antiseptic liquids like Listerine” swishing for 30 seconds, four to five times a day kills most, if not all, pathogens in the mouth and throat for several hours.

Last but not least, the weather in Arizona is gorgeous this time of year. Go and stay outdoors as much as you can, the health benefits of sunlight and fresh air are well known. COVID does not live in the outdoors for long.

Tomar Pain Centers’ are open daily to aid in treating muscle skeletal pains and aches. The clinic follows strict Government guidelines in providing clean and sterile environments. Call today to make an appointment.
As the Arizona economy reopens, remember to patronize the local businesses. As the churches open again, take a moment to visit and pray.

More later,

Remember the Bible states eloquently,
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS”
“GOD BLESS YOU ALL”

COVID-19 Post 6

May 7, 2020

As an ongoing public service to patients and the general public accessing this site, Tomar Pain Centers will be posting regular updates on the COVID-19 infection in Arizona and the USA.

In Arizona there are currently 9,700 people that have tested positive for COVID. Keep in mind that Arizona has a population of almost 8,000,000 people. Maricopa County has 53% of the acute COVID cases (5,140). Also, people who tested positive are only 8% of all people who were tested.

Of the vast majority of people tested, 90% of those who test positive will remain asymptomatic or will have very mild (cold flu) like symptoms. Humans have a very effective auto-immune system which creates anti bodies and fights whatever pathogens are around including the COVID virus.

As stated previously most people who develop severe symptoms which may require hospitalization are those whose immune systems are compromised, these are people with Cancer, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease, Heart Problems, Diabetes and the like. Those individuals have the greatest risk if exposed to any pathogens. Keep in mind in Arizona over 120 people die daily from various causes. Currently only 426 deaths are related to COVID.

Yavapai County for example, has only 140 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Yavapai County has population of 230,000.

Remember frequent hand washing four to five times a day depending on people to people contacts, does prove to limit exposure. Gargling with “Antiseptic liquids like Listerine” swishing for 30 seconds, four to five times a day kills most, if not all, pathogens in the mouth and throat for several hours.

Last but not least, the weather in Arizona is gorgeous this time of year. Go and stay outdoors as much as you can, the health benefits of sunlight and fresh air are well known. COVID does not live in the outdoors for long.

Tomar Pain Centers’ are open daily to aid in treating muscle skeletal pains and aches. The clinic follows strict Government guidelines in providing clean and sterile environments. Call today to make an appointment.

We are actively monitoring the changing situation around COVID-19 and our staff in both the Casa Grande and Prescott locations are meeting regularly to ensure that we are in the best position to continue to meet your pain management needs.

More later,

Remember the Bible states eloquently,
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS”
“GOD BLESS YOU ALL”

COVID-19 Post 5

April 30, 2020


As an ongoing public service to patients and the general public accessing this site, Tomar Pain Centers will be posting regular updates on the COVID-19 infection in Arizona and the USA.

In Arizona there are currently 7,200 people that have tested positive for COVID. Keep in mind that Arizona has a population of almost 8,000,000 people. Maricopa County has 51% of the acute COVID cases (3,700). Also, people who tested positive are only 8% of all people who were tested.

Of the vast majority of people tested, 90% of those who test positive will remain asymptomatic or will have very mild (cold flu) like symptoms. Humans have a very effective auto-immune system which creates anti bodies and fights whatever pathogens are around including the COVID virus.

As stated previously most people who develop severe symptoms which may require hospitalization are those whose immune systems are compromised, these are people with Cancer, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease, Heart Problems, Diabetes and the like. Those individuals have the greatest risk if exposed to any pathogens. Keep in mind in Arizona over 120 people die daily from various causes. Currently only 304 deaths are related to COVID.

Yavapai County for example, has only 80 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, that means that out of all those tested only 4% test positive.

Remember frequent hand washing four to five times a day depending on people to people contacts, does prove to limit exposure. Gargling with “Antiseptic liquids like Listerine” swishing for 30 seconds, four to five times a day kills most, if not all, pathogens in the mouth and throat for several hours. 

Last but not least, the weather in Arizona is gorgeous this time of year. Go and stay outdoors as much as you can, the health benefits of sunlight and fresh air are well known. COVID does not live in the outdoors for long.

Tomar Pain Centers’ are open daily to aid in treating muscle skeletal pains and aches. The clinic follows strict Government guidelines in providing clean and sterile environments. Call today to make an appointment.
We are actively monitoring the changing situation around COVID-19 and our staff in both the Casa Grande and Prescott locations are meeting regularly to ensure that we are in the best position to continue to meet your pain management needs.

More later,

Remember the Bible states eloquently,
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS”
“GOD BLESS YOU ALL”

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