Chris Scott interviews John Umhau, M.D., who has decades of experience researching and treating alcohol addiction, as well as researching nutrition and infectious diseases at NIH. In this episode, they talk about the different stressors that can occur during the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to cope.
Here are the main topics discussed in this episode:
- Reiterating the idea of including vitamin D in your daily routine to help with immunity
- Misinformation about vitamin D on the internet involving COVID-19 due to the unfamiliarity of this new virus
- Correlation between at-risk group of people during the pandemic and vitamin D
- Dr. Umhau’s recommendation of incorporating 15 minutes of sunlight a day into daily lives
- Defining open air therapy
- Double-blind placebo studies analyzing vitamin D and acute respiratory illnesses
- Modern medicine is best, but not everybody has the access to this, so incorporating open air into care can be helpful
- Dealing with the built up stress and alcoholism during the pandemic
- Defining intermittent explosive disorder and how that can affect those in self-isolation
- How alcohol can intensify intermittent explosive disorder
- Dr. Umhau’s advice on what to do if medication for this disorder isn’t available.
- With lockdowns put in place, it’s important that domestic violence victims to look into what help is currently being offered
- Importance of biochemical components along with personal choices in regards to alcoholism
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