Fall marks a change in seasons, which leads to the dreaded cold and flu season. Post-pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in community infections — upper respiratory tract infections, influenza, strep infections, RSV, shingles, etc. For this reason, we have decided to bring a new fall offering to the clinic: Naturopathic Immunity Clinic Visits!

The Naturopathic Immunity Clinic visit is all about supporting your immune system so it can support you! It is a great way for everyone to support their immune system via a very simple, one-time high dose vitamin D and/or vitamin A in-office treatment. Why vitamin D and vitamin A? We can be deficient in these vitamins, and they are absolutely foundational for our immune system to fight viruses or bacteria effectively.

High-dose vitamin dosing is a great way to get your levels up quickly and in time for cold and flu season. With usual daily dosing, it can be hard to get one’s levels up in a timely manner. In fact, it can take some patients a year or more to reach healthy levels through regular daily dosing. And because vitamin D and vitamin A are fat-soluble vitamins, self-treating with high doses is dangerous and can lead to serious vitamin toxicity.

What does the Naturopathic Immunity Clinic Visit look like?

Visits are yearly or biyearly and include 3 simple steps:

  1. Initial assessment (15 min– To discuss high dose vitamin D/A therapy (orally or by injection) and order lab work to assess current levels (adults). Kids will be treated and be finished.
  2. Order basic lab work — Completed at any Lifelabs.
  3. Subsequent treatment (5 min) — In-office treatment of vitamin D (oral/injection) and/or vitamin A based on your current blood levels.

Who can benefit?

Everyone! The naturopathic immunity clinic is a great option for new and current patients of all ages — newborns, young children, pregnant/lactating moms, older adults, teenagers and everyone in between!

Vitamin D: The “Sunshine” Vitamin

In Canada, it is well known that the majority of people suffer from low levels of vitamin D due to lack of sun exposure. Many Canadians can have a vitamin D “deficiency” or “insufficiency” despite regular daily supplementation.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many negative health outcomes, including:

  • Increased risk of bacterial and viral infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased cancer risk (ie. colon, breast, prostate)
  • Autoimmune disease (ie. multiple sclerosis)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Psychiatric illness (ie. depression, post-partum depression)
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes

Vitamin D injections have been found to be more effective than oral supplementation at:

  1. Raising levels of vitamin D
  2. Maintaining levels 3-4 months post-treatment

Oral vitamin D supplementation, in the form of oral megadoses, has been found to be nearly as effective as injections at raising blood levels. However levels from oral megadoses do tend to wane after 6-10 weeks.

Vitamin A: The “Anti-Viral” Vitamin

Vitamin A is a potent immune-enhancing fat-soluble vitamin — it allows your immune system to be on “offence” against viruses and other pathogens. It is available in our diets in two forms: 1) Retinol, and 2) Beta carotene. Though beta carotene does not have the same immune-enhancing benefits as retinol.

Vitamin A (retinol) has multiple positive health functions:

  • Vitamin A strengthens the mucosal barriers of the mouth, intestines and urogenital tract, our first-line defence against viruses and bacteria.
  • Vitamin A regulates important immune tissues (ie. thymus, bone marrow).
  • Vitamin A is needed for proper function of immune cells (ie. T-cells, B-cells, neutrophils, macrophages).
  • Vitamin A plays a role in maintaining lung health during infectious diseases and upper respiratory tract infections.

Next Steps

Interested in learning more? Give us a call for more information or to book visits for you and your family: 289-668-5433.