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Nutritional Interventions for Long-COVID – Dr Mark Donohoe, Dr Ross Walker, Dr Denise Furness and Gerald Quigley talk nutrients, mitochondrial energy and strategies for Long-COVID symptoms
Wednesday 31 August 2022 from 6.30pm-8pm (recording available on demand)
Nearly one in five American adults who have had COVID-19 still have “Long COVID”[i]
More than 500,000 Aussies predicted to have Long COVID in coming months[ii]
Symptoms of Long COVID likened to ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’[iii]
Latest research supports integrated medicine approach to Long COVID patient care[iv]
Understanding of mitochondrial health integral to post-pandemic recovery
Join a group of leading nutritional, environmental and integrative medicine health professionals as they gather for a Virtual Roundtable (August 31, 2022) to tackle the unprecedented health challenges facing our health system[v], with symptoms of Long COVID which will affect more than 500 000[vi] Australians in coming months, firmly on the agenda.
The round table gathering, titled Post-Pandemic Health: Integrated Strategies to Tackle Symptoms of Long-COVID will delve deeply into the longer-term impact of the current global viral load including the combined effects of SARS-CoV-2 (Post-COVID-19 syndrome or Long COVID), as well as the resurgence of Influenza and RSV in the community, and the science of nutritional medicine when integrated with allopathic medicine, to support long-term symptom relief.
Round table panellists include Dr Mark Donohoe MB FASLM: FACNEM;, Australia’s leading integrative and environmental medicine practitioners and President of acnem; Dr Ross Walker MB. BS (hons), FRACP, FCSANZ, Integrative Cardiologist; Dr Denise Furness PhD BSc(Hons) RNutr., Functional Geneticist and Nutritionist; Gerald Quigley, Pharmacist and Master Herbalist.
The discussion will shine the spotlight on the latest evidence-backed research[vii] revealing the link between COVID-19, Long COVID, ongoing fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog and the case for an integrated approach to diet, lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation to provide relief to patients.
Along with COVID-19, the phenomenon of ‘pandemic fatigue’ soon emerged as we endured hundreds of days of lockdowns across Australia with an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey[viii] revealing nearly one-in-four people felt ‘everything was an effort’ and a quarter of people who said they were restless or fidgety during the pandemic[ix].
Long COVID has also gathered momentum in the community following sobering statistics from doctors at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital[x] recently, projecting that almost half a million Australians would contract Long COVID in the coming months.
“As the world faces ongoing debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus as medical practitioners is to help reduce the burden of disease and suffering by supporting those most at risk with compromised immune systems, multiple co-morbidities, and those suffering the long-term ongoing illness of Long COVID following infection,” Dr Mark Donohoe said.
“Vaccination remains an important first line of defence, but the scientific literature is proving that nutritional medicine intervention in conjunction with a balanced and healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle, adequate and high quality sleep, along with exercise and mind-body practices like yoga and meditation, may help to reduce some of the debilitating symptoms, especially in Long COVID, and enhance recovery,” he said.
“Supplementation includes nutritional compounds which support immune function, such as vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D, as well as those which support mitochondrial energy production, which has been shown to be impaired by viral infection, resulting in fatigue[xi].”
Dr Ross Walker, Integrative Cardiologist said “it is my belief that Long COVID is due to a variety of genetic and environmental factors including micronutrient imbalance, gut dysbiosis, the reactivation of other dormant viruses, along with the 10% of the population with some degree of mitochondrial dysfunction.”
“The best long-term management is an integrative approach assessing & managing all factors involved,” said Dr Walker.
“Lingering symptoms of COVID may affect our ongoing quality-of-life,” says Gerald Quigley, Master Herbalist, Pharmacist and media commentator. “There are no simple options there, but nutritional medicines give us the tools to restore energy, vitality and immune function.
Each person can exhibit an array of symptoms here, but we can’t underestimate the general restorative benefits of nutritional medicines.”
The panel aims to develop a recommended guideline for the use of nutritional medicine as an adjunct to traditional interventions that have been shown in scientific research to offer support to the immune system and mitochondrial health to relieve the ongoing debilitating symptoms of the viral load.
Celebrating 40 years of operation, acnem has educated thousands of medical and healthcare practitioners in the principles and practice of integrative medicine, with a focus on nutritional and environmental medicine. The growing global community of acnem trained practitioners are changing the face of healthcare through patient-centered, integrated care leading to better health outcomes.
MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEW:
- Dr Mark Donohoe – acnem President & GP
- Dr Ross Walker – Integrative Cardiologist & Media Presenter
- Dr Denise Furness - Geneticist (PhD, Nutritionist (RNutr)
- Gerald Quigley – Community Pharmacist & Accredited Herbalist
31st, August 2022
Dr Mark Donohoe, Dr. Ross Walker, Dr Denise Furness & Gerald Quigley
Dr Mark Donohoe
MS BS (Syd) FACNEM FASLM
Dr Mark Donohoe, ACNEM President, graduated from Sydney University in 1980, opening his medical practice on the Central Coast New South Wales in 1983. The patients of his new practice led him into the fields of Environmental Medicine and Nutritional Medicine. He was awarded fellowships from the Australian Society of…View More
Dr Ross Walker
MBBS (Hons) FRACP FCSANZ, University of Sydney
Dr Ross Walker is an eminent practising cardiologist with a passion for people and health with 40 years experience as a clinician. For the past 20 years he has been focusing on preventative cardiology and is one of Australia’s leading preventative health experts. Considered one of the world’s best keynote…View More
Dr Denise Furness
PhD, BSc (Hons), RNutr, Founder and Principal of Your Genes & Nutrition Noosa, Australia
Dr Denise Furness PhD is a pioneer in the field of nutrigenomics and personalised health with almost 20 years experience in the area. She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and has won numerous awards for her research and conference presentations. In 2012, she founded Your Genes and…View More
Pharmacist and Herbalist
Community Pharmacist and Accredited Herbalist Gerald Quigley is a practising community pharmacist and accredited herbalist. Gerald holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Diploma of Botanical Medicine and Post Graduate Diploma in Ayurvedic Herbology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and a member of the National Herbalists…View More
Registered Nurse, Founder & CEO of Natural Medicine Partners
Andrew Whitfield-Cook, Registered Nurse, Founder & CEO of Natural Medicine Partners, has over 28 years in the natural medicine industry and professions, having worked in sales, product formulation and manufacturing, research liaison and education. Andrew is a renowned interviewer and podcast host across the Natural/Functional Medicine professions. He has a reputation…View More