COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

During the COVID pandemic the clinic is operating with normal hours but with “contactless” service. Dr. Bradley is currently only conducting patient consultations via video conferencing. We prefer using Skype (a free online service), but Zoom conferencing is also possible if Skype cannot work for you. If video conferencing is not technically feasible, a phone consultation may also be possible.

Established current patients can always contact Dr. Bradley by calling the office and leaving a voice mail, or by email. If the call is regarding healthcare management issues she will return your call as soon as she is able, regardless of regular office hours. If the call is regarding non-medical issues (scheduling appointments, etc.) expect a return call during the next regular clinic day.

A Naturopathic Prospective on COVID-19

As trained scientists, naturopathic doctors believe in the seriousness of this pandemic and the risks of COVID-19 to everyone all over the globe. We also believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to reduce this risk by following the CDC recommendations for universal mask wearing and social distancing to protect yourself and everyone else. While infection rates have dropped from the highs of the later part of 2020, we cannot let our guard down. This is especially true due to the new variants now found all over the world. It is important to remember that these new mutations will continue to occur as long as the virus is widely infecting people. The vaccines are beginning to help, but we are a long way from being out of the woods.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

For some people the general issue of vaccinations has created a lot of concern. This has led to misinformation about their risks from both sides of the debate. As a naturopathic doctor I have never been a “pro-vaxxer”, nor am I an “anti-vaxxer”. I have always looked at each vaccine and its use as a “risk vs. benefit” issue – the risk of the vaccine vs. the risk of the disease in a particular individual. For this disease there is no question in my mind that getting a vaccine to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community from the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2 virus), with rare exception, is the right thing to do. I am impressed with the mRNA vaccines (the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) and recommend them. I believe they are as safe as any other vaccine, and seem to be safer than some. 

UPDATE (4/13/21): A very rare side-effect (blood clots – occurred in one in one million doses) has been recently reported from the newly available Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I cannot recommend it, not when we have the mRNA vaccines (the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) as alternatives. If you have already gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it has been over 2 weeks since receiving it, do not worry, you are probably well-protected against the current variants of the COVID virus, and the current evidence is that you are no longer at risk for the side-effect. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine (along with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not available in the USA) uses an “old school” technology that uses a viral vector to transmit the antigen along with an adjuvant (an added chemical that enhances the immune response to the antigen). Neither of the mRNA vaccines use these old technologies, which are important reasons for why I have been comfortable recommending the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In my many years of practice I have been able to help people who have had significant reactions to vaccines. Fortunately, these vaccine reactions are really rare today. It is normal to have temporary mild symptoms following a vaccine as your immune system gets activated against the vaccine target. These are a sign the vaccine is working. However, on a rare occasion a vaccine reaction is severe or lingers, it is then appropriate to seek naturopathic or homeopathic care.

It is also important to know that I have been able to help people with all kinds of viral infections, including recently COVID-19. However, preventing the infection is be best way to go. There is no guarantee that I can successfully treat you if you get COVID, but I can guarantee that you will be fine if you avoid getting infected.

So my best advice is to, first, continue to do everything in your power to follow the CDC safety rules to prevent exposure to the virus and, second, get an mRNA COVID vaccine (the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) when you can.