COVID-19: A Letter From Our Chairman

Firstly, as one of my favorite books says on its cover: DON’T PANIC! Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. If you didn’t just start coughing or feel breathless, it is very likely that you don’t currently have a COVID-19 infection, or if you do, you are one of the majority that will either have no symptoms at all, or only mild symptoms.

While there is certainly much we still don’t know about COVID-19, there are three things we do know:

1. There is currently no recognized vaccination against, or cure for COVID-19.
2. It is possible to catch the infection from folks that show no symptoms at all.
3. The younger you are1, the higher your chances of having no or mild symptoms and recovering fully. The opposite is unfortunately also true – the older you are, or the more chronic diseases you have (such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer) that reduce your body’s ability to effectively fend off an infection, the higher your chances will be of having severe symptoms and yes, dying from it[1].

It is therefore highly likely that every one of us will get COVID-19 at some point[2][3][4], and in the absence of a cure it would be preferable to be in good general health and for our body’s immune systems to be working optimally BEFORE we get infected, in order to increase the likelihood of having no or mild symptoms and a full recovery.

I graduated as a medical doctor almost 30 years ago, and for many years I ran regular hospitals and clinics. However, when my own wife, an uncle, and an aunty got seriously sick a few years ago, I saw they did much better when we combined functional medicine treatments with some science-based complementary therapies from around the world, such as optimized diets and nutritional supplements, detoxification, hyperthermia, colonic hydrotherapy and intravenous treatments – some of which could even have helped them avoid their illnesses if started earlier when they were still healthy. This is why my co-founders and I created LifeClinic and LifeHub, where we call this combined approach “Integrative Medicine”, and where our vision is “Optimal Health for All”, with a primary goal to help prevent people from getting seriously sick in the first place, and to improve their ability to work and play. We believe this is currently also one of the best approaches for COVID-19.

Download our free COVID-19 guide, which was developed to help increase the chances of good outcomes for you, with advice from our doctors, nutritionists, and other healthcare practitioners (and in this era of so much fake news, we have made an effort to provide references from credible research for our recommendations). Do consult with your doctor before you try any of the suggestions in our guide, or you can also come visit us to learn more! Our flagship facility is in Central Hong Kong, and many of our products and consultation services are also available online at our website.

Yours in good health,

DR JONATHAN SEAH

MB, BCh, BAO (Dublin); MBA (Harvard).

References:

Note 1: As long as you are not still a newborn or infant.
[1] Scharping, N. Could We Be Living With COVID-19 Forever? 2020 https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/could-we-be-living-with-covid-19-forever
[2] Yang C, Jin Z. An Acute Respiratory Infection Runs Into the Most Common Noncommunicable Epidemic—COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Diseases. JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.0934 [3] Cohut, M. SARS-CoV-2 may be here to stay. 2020. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-may-be-here-to-stay
[4] Richardson S, Hirsch JS, Narasimhan M, et al. Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among 5700 Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 in the New York City Area. JAMA. Published online April 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6775

Dr Jonathan Seah

Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in clinical medicine, investment banking, private equity, and general management in the US, China, and Southeast Asia.  He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors Degree in Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Jonathan was the founding CEO of ParkwayHealth’s China Division where he built the organization through new facilities and acquisitions over a five year period. Jonathan was also CEO and Chairman of China Medical & Healthcare Group. Jonathan was previously an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, in Palo Alto, California.  Before business school, he was a medical doctor in Singapore, at the National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and at the Raffles Medical Group.

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