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Feb 8, 2021

Testing your Vitamin D Levels at Home

Now you can test your Vitamin D Levels at home.  

With this innovative kit, you can test your Vitamin D levels without leaving your home.

And you can do this with a simple, painless procedure (no needles).

But, before I tell you more about this new test-kit...

Let me remind you why you might want to get your vitamin D levels checked in the first place.

Vitamin D (which is both vitamin and hormone) plays a central role in dozens of bodily functions.

Therefore, having low levels of it hampers crucial processes in our bodies.

Multiple studies repeatedly confirm - that vitamin D deficiency is linked to a wide range of conditions and diseases, including:

- Stroke
- Osteoporosis
- Osteomalacia
- Cancer
- Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Diabetes
- Respiratory tract infections
- Several others

What is especially alarming is that 2 out of 3 Americans have low levels or are deficient.

So, to maintain good health - I recommend making sure that you’re not one of them.

With that said, let me tell you about my new Vitamin D Home Test Kits and why you could find them advantageous.

1. You’ll avoid visiting the doctor. Thanks to this at-home test kit, you'll avoid travel expenses and won't waste your time making an appointment for the doctor's office. This is especially helpful these days - or if you/your family member is elderly and has a condition that's not suitable for travel.

2. Less painful. Unlike standard blood tests - which involve needles - this test kit will help you smoothly collect the blood sample - with its safe, minimally invasive method.

3. It's accurate. Accuracy of this test is guaranteed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and approved by DEQAS (Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme)

4. Detailed instructions. Test kit comes with a simple, step-by-step guide of how to administer the procedure. So, you'll go through the whole process without any hiccups.

5. Return shipping label & get results quickly. The test kit comes with a return shipping label, which means you can ship your results to the lab at no cost, and get results in 5-7 business days.

Why do I recommend this test kit versus others options?

Because, I know this test kit is meeting all standards of accuracy and safety - and was approved after thorough testing.

Considering this and other reasons, I’m happy to recommend our new Vitamin D Test Kit to you and your family.

Call my office 979-926-7606 or email wiancek@healthref.com.

Samsara Life a poem for the inspiration of your daily life.

 Honor the stillness that purifies your soul. It has been in you since before your birth. Your private voyage began generations ago. Your actions will determine its destination. Respect other voyagers—even adversaries. You do not know their compass. Avoid angry and embittered people— they stir up trouble. We fall asleep with our dreams yet, wake with our habits.


Build your habits first—dreams will follow. Stick to the confidence deep in your heart. Believe in a guiding star—great figures have trusted in the same. Substance grooms confidence. With power comes humility, but never forget to take your bow and accept the esteem of your success. Happiness is measured by happiness—not dollars, square footage or years of marriage.
It is sublime to touch bliss in music, leisure, art or sport. Command your anxiety by doing the hard thing first. Do not let cynics and false experts shake your mastery. They choose to tear down rather than build up. Don’t worry, they will not last. Focus on those who are proud to be a part of this world. Listen closely to people who can change their mind—they show courage.

Seek achievement before publicity. If the world deserves you, it will recognize you. Be diligent and patient. An old farmer once said, “Le travail, c’est la santé.” So, if ‘work is health,’ work hard and be well. Do your part to stay strong. Enjoy walks, rides and stretching— they give mental peace. For your body, eat an apple, banana, carrot and orange each day. Use your own hand to write cards and letters. This will clear your mind and bring joy to others.

Explore and travel. The world is magnificent and perplexing—see as much of it as you can. Relish your time to read, study and gather advice, but you are still responsible. Look fear in the face and calm any guilt about taking time for yourself. Life blossoms with delayed, not deleted, gratification. You deserve what you have built and you merit the legacy they engrave to your memory. Like the colorful, etched layers in grand canyons, the true meaning of life is to find your place in history and to live it well.

Short or long, every life makes its full circle. And, when your time gently glides to its horizon―with head unbowed, in perfect poise, balance and dignity―let them say you were a master who kept a regal bearing, did not complain, and left a worthy mark.


Rick Griggs speaks on Balanced Mastery, The Samsara of Life and his Role storming Creativity tool. He is a former Intel Corporation training manager.

COVID Updates

 The pandemic is not going to be over for a while. I am hoping that we will see progress by next summer.  The John Hopkins dashboard shows that the U.S., with over 4% of the world's population, has more than 25% of the infections and nearly 20% of the deaths. The CDC reports that the most frequent underlying medical conditions in individuals getting COVID 19 were hypertension (55.8%), obesity (48.5%), diabetes (41.2%), and cardiovascular disease (32.5%). Among children hospitalized 52.0% had at least one reported underlying medical condition such as obesity (37.5%), neurologic disease (13.3%), and asthma (11.3%). A little over two percent of the US population has had COVID 19 and ninety-three percent have survived. Seven percent of the patients have died from either COVID 19, pneumonia or the flu. Stay safe we will get through this.


News about the vaccine  
We currently do not know how effective this vaccine will be for the new strains of the virus nor do we know for how long the vaccine will be effective. The more contagious the virus strain the more deadly it becomes because it infects more people.  Even though you get vaccinated does not mean that you cannot get COVID. We do not know how long antibodies will last once you are infected. Some people have been reinfected after having the virus once. You still must wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently and stay at home as much as possible. Dr. Fauci is currently recommending double masking because of the more contagious strain.

Your second vaccine shot should be within a month of your first shot. There may be a third recommended shot for the new variants of the virus. Side effects of the vaccine include pain and/or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, diarrhea, and fever. Before getting vaccinated drink plenty of water. Apply a cold towel at the injection site if you’re having pain. Taking an Epsom salt bath (2 cups) can also be helpful. Antoxidants such as Vitamin A, C, D, zinc and probiotics can help with side effects.

Travel
When traveling internationally and coming back into the US you will have to get tested for COVID within 3 days of your travel date before boarding an airplane. The test can be an antigen test or the PCR test. You will have to show the airline documentation of the negative test. Once back in the US even though you had a negative test you will have to quarantine for 10 days. The current tests for COVID 19 may not be effective for the new strains of the virus. We are seeing a lot of false-negative tests. 

Can Preventing Chronic Disease Prevent Further Pandemics?

 According to the CDC 90.6% of the individuals who died from Covid 19 had an underlying chronic disease. The most reported underlying medical conditions in individuals getting Covid 19 were hypertension (55.8%), obesity (48.5%), diabetes (41.2%), and cardiovascular disease (32.5%). Prevention is the key to treating chronic disease. Taking a drug to mask your symptoms is not the answer. Prevention and getting to the cause of chronic disease may be the key to preventing further pandemics. If we work to obtain a healthy immune system, our bodies would be able deal with this virus and other viruses as this is not going to be the last pandemic. With the population growing we will continue to be exposed to many different types of viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Studies show that viruses can even play a role in causing autoimmune disease and cancer. Therefore, we should not take our health for granted. We need to take charge of our health and not ignore the symptoms.


Chronic disease includes heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, dementia, autoimmune disease, cancer, stroke, high cholesterol, and chronic lung disease.  According to the CDC, ninety percent of the nation’s 3.8 trillion in health care costs are due to chronic disease and mental illness. Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease and four in ten Americans of two or more chronic diseases. Why the epidemic of chronic disease? Because treating chronic disease with drugs never gets to the root cause. In fact, study after study shows that chronic disease can be prevented by simple dietary and lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, eliminating smoking, exercise, and weight loss.  Yet very little is done to prevent chronic disease in our society. In fact, our children are becoming predisposed to chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes at an early age because of their poor eating habits. Studies show that thirty percent of all thirty-year-olds already have heart disease, diabetes, and even dementia.  The main store where this age group buys their food is 7-Eleven and ninety-five percent of the products in 7-Eleven are processed foods. 
  • Heart disease is associated with too much saturated fat in the diet, high stress levels, and not enough exercise. Studies show that if a person has an angioplasty and does not change their lifestyle such as diet and exercise their chances of having another angioplasty in 4 yrs is 90%. 
  • High blood pressure is associated with too much salt, caffeine, and alcohol in the diet, high stress levels, and not enough exercise. I commonly see blood pressure levels come down when patients eliminate alcohol. Toxic exposure can also be a cause of high blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol is associated with too much saturated fat in the diet. Saturated fats include red meat and dairy products.  High cholesterol is also associated with not enough fiber and not enough exercise. Statins are not the answer to lowering cholesterol. If you do not remove the saturated fat you will increase your risk for heart disease. The side effects of statins include muscle pain, dementia, asthma, etc.  We need cholesterol to make our hormones. Lowering cholesterol too much will affect our hormone production such as testosterone, progesterone, and estradiol. 
  • Diabetes is also associated with too much saturated fat, not enough fiber, too much sugar, and not enough exercise.  We are now seeing kids 8-9 years old with adult-onset diabetes which was unheard of ten years ago.  Kids today are not playing outside as much they’re more likely to watch TV, play on the computer, do video games, and eat junk food. 
  • Increased cancer rates are associated with too much saturated fat, not enough fiber, not enough exercise, cigarette smoking, sugar, processed foods, and charcoal grilling of foods. According to the American Cancer Society, one-third of all cancers is due to dietary factors and another third is due to tobacco use.  The other third may be related to different factors such as genetics, heredity, chemical exposure, environmental factors, etc.  We spend billions of dollars a year on finding the cure for cancer. Yet, 60% of Americans are obese and people today still smoke.
I want to stress that the epidemic of chronic disease is not being treated properly. People are getting on drugs merely to treat the symptoms and they are not getting to the root cause of the health problem which is their diet and lifestyle. Many people have a hard time believing that changing their diet, not smoking, exercising, having social support, and reducing stress levels can cause even more powerful changes than drugs or surgery. People simply do not know what they need to do to change these habits. 

Simple dietary and lifestyle changes may even reduce health care costs nationally and individually. It can also increase overall health and longevity and prevent future pandemics. We all need to start taking greater responsibility for their overall health.  Since most chronic diseases can be prevented look first to dietary and lifestyle changes before you seek out that magic bullet approach. You may end up saving a lot of money on your future health care cost. For further questions or to set up an appointment with Dr. Wiancek please call 970-926-7606 or email wiancek@healthref.com

May 28, 2020

Testing for Covid-19

Testing for Covid-19

The PCR nasal swab is best performed within the first 24-48 hours when symptoms first appear.  If it not done properly or at the early stages of the virus it will show a false negative.

Many of the labs doing the antibody testing have only a fifty to eighty percent accuracy rate according to the CDC.  According to the CDC in a population where the prevalence is 5%, a test with 90% sensitivity and 95% specificity will yield a positive predictive value of 49%. In other words, less than half of those testing positive will truly have antibodies.  The higher specificity the more accurate the test.

This means that even though you do the antibody test you still have to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.  Even though you showed positive you also can get re-infected.  It is shown in South Korea that 600 people have gotten re-infected. This can be due to the virus mutating or inaccurate testing.

Over the course of an infection, the immune system produces different types of antibodies including IgM, which develops early in the immune response and is not typically long-lasting, and IgG, which develops later and may be a possible marker of immunity. Antibody testing can provide important information about the different stages of one’s immune response to the COVID-19 virus.


When to get tested:

The timing and type of antibody test affects accuracy. If you have testing done too early in the course of infection, when the immune response is still building up in your body, the test may not detect antibodies.


Who should get tested?

 While everyone is a candidate for COVID-19 antibody testing, consider testing if you:

·  Believe that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus based on your previous signs and      symptoms (such as fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea, sore throat, fatigue, rash, etc.)

·  Have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19

·  Have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered


How do antibodies work?

 When exposed to a virus, your immune system develops antibodies against it, which may protect you from future infections. Antibodies (also called immunoglobulins), are protective proteins that recognize and latch onto antigens to remove them from the body. IgM and IgG antibodies both play key roles in the body’s immune response.

After a viral infection starts, different types of antibodies are produced in different stages. For example, IgM antibodies are typically detected earlier in the course of an infection whereas IgG antibodies generally develop later. When measured together, these antibodies can provide a comprehensive picture of one’s immune response. Of all of the antibodies, IgG is the best marker to indicate exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Typically, IgG will be detectable in the blood for months or even years after the resolution of an infection.

Is antibody testing a diagnostic test?

No. Antibody testing is not a diagnostic test to determine if you have an acute infection, but will tell you if you have developed antibodies against the virus. Until we learn more, antibody testing should not be used to change recommendations on social distancing, personal protection (face covers/masking), or work-related polices. It is vital to continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention until further notice. If you feel sick and are looking to confirm an active COVID-19 infection, please contact your local health department or healthcare provider to seek appropriate medical attention.  

What do test results mean?

 If test results show that you have antibodies, it indicates that you were likely exposed to COVID-19 at some time in the past. It may also mean that you have some immunity. But the World Health Organization (WHO) cautions that there is a lack of evidence on whether having antibodies means that you are protected against reinfection with COVID-19. The level of immunity and how long immunity lasts are not yet known. Ongoing studies will eventually reveal more data.

Do test results correlate with the severity of the disease?

No. In fact, results may indicate that you were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus even if you did not show any symptoms whatsoever. A person who was hospitalized in critical condition and a person who had barely a slight cough could both show antibodies to this virus.  


Can a positive antibody test ensure immunity?

 Because this virus has only recently come into existence, scientists are still learning about the human immune response to the disease. Although the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 suggests immunity, it has not yet been proven. It is possible for immunity to be partial, or wane over extended periods of time.

How accurate is antibody testing?

Since the SARS-CoV-2 virus is structurally similar to some other viruses, there is a very small chance of a false positive test the results can be positive even if the person has not had SARS-CoV-2 virus but has built immunity to a different virus, such as SARS-CoV-1. Also, a negative result may occur if you are tested early in your illness and your body has not had time to produce antibodies to infection.


How can I get tested?

Call the office 970-926-7606 to schedule a blood draw.  I am currently do the 3 different antibody test IGA, IGM & IGG.



Mar 24, 2020

This is a good time to practice Gratitude.


Gratitude has the power to change the lens through which we view the world, bringing us more joy, health and satisfaction. It’s easy to see the problems in life, not because we are cynical, but because we are looking for what we can improve in our lives. The downside to this is that we can skip over the miracles in our lives, taking the small gifts for granted.

Gratitude is the elemental life force that powers compassion. We are all intricately connected and as such a practice of gratitude gives thanks to the interdependence, interpenetration, and mutuality of living. Gratitude isn’t merely positive thinking; it is a deep appreciation for life. Contrast can also be viewed through the eyes of gratitude. Pain and affliction can be released when they are contrasted with more positive aspects of the now. No matter how small, there is always something to be grateful for. 

3 Simple steps to practice gratitude:

         Step 1 - Attention - become aware of the blessings in your life that you may have taken for granted. 

         Step 2 - Tune into the many reasons for gratitude that exist in our lives. 

         Step 3 - Write it down - Writing is scientifically proven to be more powerful than simply thinking thoughts of gratitude. 

      You can choose to write down one thought a day and place it in a gratitude jar. Or you may like to keep a special gratitude journal and write down 5-10 blessings every day. 

If you choose to use a gratitude jar, you can amplify the benefits by sharing the experience with your family. Sharing a gratitude jar will encourage family members to have a grateful outlook on life. Counteracting feelings of entitlement, envy, and resentment, which are negative feelings that push people away from us. A  gratitude jar encourages each member of the family to practice thinking in a positive way that will bring joy, prosperity and connection into your home.

Self Care Tips For the Coronavirus


This is a good time to start taking care of yourself.

What people should do right now for the coronavirus? We know the coronavirus cannot survive bleach, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. I recommend everyone do a hydrogen peroxide and water 50/50 gargle daily as prevention.  Supplements and herbs that have been studied to support the immune system with this type of virus and can be helpful include:

·         Vit C 3,000 mg/d

·         Vitamin D 5,000 IU/d If you have never had your Vit D checked this should be done because you may need more.

·         Zinc 30-50 mg a day

·         I like my Optimal Health Multiple with all the antioxidants Vit A, C, E, D, Selenium and zinc for immune support. Nine out of ten people today have a nutritional deficiency.  Vitamin from blog http://riverwalknaturalhealth.blogspot.com/2016/07/whats-in-drwianceks-multiple-vitamin.html

·         Organic Elderberry syrup 1tsp kids or 1 tbsp adults daily.  Studies show it is very effective for the flu.

·         My cold, flu & sinus tea or anti-viral tea 2-4 cups a day.

·         Mushroom Blends (Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shitake, Chaga)

·         Soups miso, chicken, veggie or bone broth and Organic mushroom with garlic & ginger.

·         Green tea daily

·         It is important to destress with yoga, Epsom salt baths, meditation and deep breathing. 

·         Immune boosting foods organic greens, organic mushrooms, berries, nuts and seeds.

·         Exercise 1 hr 5 x a wk 

·         Sleep 8 hrs a day

If you have not seen my last newsletter on the importance of the immune system in fighting disease, see https://riverwalknaturalhealth.blogspot.com/search?q=immune.

Spring is upon us so this is a great time to do a spring detox.  Check out if you would benefit from a spring detox https://riverwalknaturalhealth.blogspot.com/2016/03/why-do-spring-detox.html.
 It is about taking charge of your health and this too will pass.