Winterize Your Health: Preventing and Managing Colds, COVID, and More with Aaron Hartman MD & Neil Schachter MD

Original Air Date Wednesday, December 2, 2021 

‘Tis the season for spending most of the next few months indoors.

Many of us will be breathing recycled air while we do our best to avoid COVID, prevent colds, and the flu. But, with the holidays approaching people will be out en masse. So, what can we do to decrease our chance of infection and keep ourselves and the people we care about healthy? To discover a remedy for a possible health crisis, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen asks doctors who promote preventative medicine to their patients. Dr. Aaron Hartman, founder of the Virginia Research Center and is board certified in Integrative and Functional Medicine, shares a plethora of foundational lifestyle basics and supplements to boost the immune system when it is needed the most. And, Dr. Neil Schacther, author of The Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu: How to Prevent Strep Throat, Pneumonia, and COVID at Any Age offers tips and tricks that help keep bodily systems running smoothly and help stave off infection.

Aaron Hartman — Preventing Colds and COVID:

  • Aaron describes the lifestyle basics of preventive medicine including diet, sufficient sleep, and environment. [2:06]
  • Functional medicine along with personalized healthcare offers a unique framework for individuals to decrease the risk of infection. [6:00]
  • Essential nutrients and supplements that aid in winterizing an immune system. [8:08]
  • Masks and myths: How masks keep people healthy by reducing the spread of viruses. [9:26]
  • How to support a patient who is going through an extended COVID recovery. [14:28]
  • Aaron shares his personal parental journey and the foundation that keeps his family healthy. [21:56]
  • How to make better and informed health decisions for our families. [24:10]

Aaron Man with blue shirt and black hair with books on the background, guest of new podcast episode about winter, health and cold with Aaron Hartman MD & Neil Schachter MDHartman has been involved with over 60 clinical studies. Board-certified in Integrative & Functional Medicine along with Family Practice, he is the founder of the Virginia Research Center and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. In 2016, he founded Richmond Integrative and Functional Medicine.



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Neil Schachter— Winterizing Our Immune Systems:

  • The best ways to keep the common cold and COVID at bay during the winter season. [30:29]
  • The purpose of the respiratory tract and how infection creates sinusitis and bronchitis. [36:53]
  • Five sure-fire ways to boost the immune system. [43:55]

Man with gray hair and white doctor coat with books on tthe background and glasses, guest of recent podcast episode about winter, health and cold with Aaron Hartman MD & Neil Schachter MDNeil Schachter, MD, one of the leading authorities on respiratory disease in the United States serves as Professor of Medicine and Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Doctor Schachter has served as president of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, the Connecticut Thoracic Society, and the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care.

Book: The Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu: How to Prevent Strep Throat, Pneumonia, and COVID at Any Age


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