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Anti-aging and hormone management

A Report on the Seminar by Dr Erik Fleischman at The British Club Bangkok

Hormone Management is an essential part of your health and wellbeing, an often overlooked area that affects many aspects of our lives (and sanity!) Dr Erik’s holistic approach is rather unique and encompasses every aspect of a person’s wellbeing. Not only does he predominantly use ‘natural’ medicines and supplements, encouraging the body to rebalance itself naturally, he also takes into account exercise and nutrition and how they will affect the outcome. 

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On the front line against Ebola

Bangkok Post After decades in medical crisis zones, Bangkok-based doctor Erik Fleischman set off for Liberia to face the most dangerous challenge of his career
Bangkok Post article featuring Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Erik Fleischman after his work against Ebola and other deadly viral epidemics.

He has been a consultant for infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, Viral and Bacterial Epidemics for US State Department, The Clinton Foundation, International SOS and several Asian and European governments. He was a trainer in the National Infectious Disease Programs for Vietnam, Ukraine, Indonesia and several African countries.

You can read more about Dr. Erik Fleischman by clicking the news link

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Protect Yourself Against Covid19

Because I’m an Infectious Disease specialist I’ve been getting a lot of messages from friends asking my opinion on what should be done to prevent Coronavirus 2019 nCoV. I may sound a bit cavalier having been personally involved with more serious infections like Ebola, HIV, Dengue and Malaria for 25+ years, but there’s a common thread of advice here:

First, don’t panic. Look at the numbers and then draw conclusions. Thailand has low and slow growing sporadic numbers of cases. Most have already been sent back, so if there’s a small growth afterward there likely wasn’t much further exponential transmission, as in China.

Second, follow the rules – the same rules we had when exposed to potential populations with Ebola or Influenza:

  • Wash your hands. A lot!
  • Stop touching every surface when you are in public, at shops, at mass transit and when it can be avoided.
  • Frequently clean the surfaces of your home and work with a good cleanser
  • Stop touching your face 40 times an hour!!! I know, tough to do because it is so automatic, but know that most infections are spread this way-not through droplet infections passed by sneezing and coughing.
  • If you have children it’s probably best to keep them out of activities with lots of group touching as happens in many school activities. The school should be aware of this. If not, make them aware.
  • Maintain a strong immune system. Get enough sleep, ease up on the alcohol, exercise and take supplements that can help you become a more efficient immune machine (feel free to message me if you have questions). There’s some great immune boosters available in BKK.
  • Know that death due to 2019 nCoV occurs in “at risk” populations: elderly, frail, chronically diseased and immunosuppressed people. Everyone else should recover fully, as we eventually do from the flu.
2019 nCoV will eventually burn out. The virus runs its course when it is not transmitted to a new host. Prevention as above will bring this about faster in the lands outside of China. Unfortunately the Chinese have hit a raw volume of cases that has hit the exponential growth curve and that’s why flights and travels have been restricted in many countries (but not Thailand).

Stay healthy BKK!

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Coronavirus PSA #1

Dear friends and clients of BAAC,

Corona Virus has everyone in Bangkok worried! I’ve been an Infectious Diseases and Virus epidemic specialist for over 30 years. I’ve worked all over the world with patients with HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, SARS and many other scary infections. The question is: What can I do to protect myself and my family from infection?

The rules are always the same:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep the surfaces where you work and live clean (and avoid touching public surfaces whenever possible – especially the Skytrain, Metro and shopping malls)
  • Stop touching your face
  • Boost your immune system and keep your immune and body defenses strong! Your body can prevent infection even if you are exposed
At Bangkok Anti-Aging Center we are dedicated to help support the fight against Coronavirus spread in Thailand. We have developed an Immune Boosting protocol to keep your natural defenses against viruses at its best. If you are a person with any existing chronic diseases (lung disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, etc.) boosting your immune system is VITAL to staying healthy and uninfected.

We have developed short and long programs to meet the individual needs of our BAAC clients and families. Please call for more information and if you have specific questions please post them here and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

Stay healthy, Bangkok.

Dr. Erik Fleischman, Executive Medical Director – Bangkok Anti-Aging Center

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Coronavirus PSA #2

One of our greatest fears today is infection by CORONAVIRUS 2019 nCov.

Cases and deaths are beginning to multiply and grow outside of China and prevention is the only real treatment. Boosting your immune system can give you a strong and effective defense against spread of CORONAVIRUS 2019 nCov.

The infectious disease and regenerative medicine specialists at BAAC have developed a new intensive immune boosting program that can strengthen your immunity against viruses and add critical anti-oxidants to give you the best chance of staying healthy during this epidemic and the current severe Influenza / Flu season.

This is important for all people, but especially important for patients with ongoing chronic diseases: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Asthma, heart and lung disease and others.

By combining the synergistic effects of Intravenous Vitamin/anti-oxidant therapy with the direct anti-viral effect of Ozone, this program will keep your white blood cells and immune cells at their peak performance. Your natural resistance is the only weapon you have against spread of viruses and bacteria. This program will optimize your immune system immediately upon starting treatment.

Call now to see what BAAC can do for you.

Dr. Erik Fleischman

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Coronavirus PSA #3

Protect yourself against Coronavirus 2019 nCoV

Because I’m an Infectious Disease specialist I’ve been getting a lot of messages from friends asking my opinion on what should be done to prevent Coronavirus 2019 nCoV. I may sound a bit cavalier having been personally involved with more serious infections like Ebola, HIV, Dengue and Malaria for 25+ years, but there’s a common thread of advice here:

First, don’t panic. Look at the numbers and then draw conclusions. Thailand has low and slow growing sporadic numbers of cases. Most have already been sent back, so if there’s a small growth afterward there likely wasn’t much further exponential transmission, as in China.

Second, follow the rules- same rules we had when exposed to potential populations with Ebola or Influenza:

  • Wash your hands. A lot!
  • Stop touching every surface when you are in public, at shops, at mass transit and when it can be avoided.
  • Frequently clean the surfaces of your home and work with a good cleanser
  • Stop touching your face 40 times an hour!!! I know, tough to do because it is so automatic, but know that most infections are spread this way-not through droplet infections passed by sneezing and coughing.
  • If you have children it’s probably best to keep them out of activities with lots of group touching as happens in many school activities. The school should be aware of this. If not, make them aware.
  • Maintain a strong immune system. Get enough sleep, ease up on the alcohol, exercise and take supplements that can help you become a more efficient immune machine (feel free to message me if you have questions. There’s some great immune boosters available in BKK.
  • Know that death due to 2019 nCoV occurs in “at risk” populations: elderly, frail, chronically diseased and immunosuppressed people. Everyone else should recover fully, as we eventually do from the flu.
2019 nCoV will eventually burn out. The virus runs its course when it is not transmitted to a new host. Prevention as above will bring this about faster in the lands outside of China. Unfortunately the Chinese have hit a raw volume of cases that has hit the exponential growth curve and that’s why flights and travels have been restricted in many countries (but not Thailand).

Stay healthy BKK!

– Dr. Erik Fleischman

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Coronavirus PSA #4

Here’s an update on the development of new (and old) treatments for 2019 nCoV – Coronavirus:

“China has announced it will immediately commence clinical trials on an experimental drug, remdesivir, in hopes of finding an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus. The news comes just 3 days after a paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming that remdesivir, which is not yet approved by drug regulators in any country, may have helped alleviate the symptoms of a 35 year old male novel coronavirus patient in Washington state. Remdesivir clinical trials will have a scale of approximately 500 mild and 500 severe cases; it is said to be considered a double-blind randomized clinical trial with half of the patients are using placebo. A cocktail of antiviral drugs appeared effective in treating a seriously ill patient infected with the coronavirus that’s spreading around the world, a Thai health official has said. The HIV medicines lopinavir and ritonavir (sold as Kaletra) were used on 3 patients along with the anti-flu medication oseltamivir. Kaletra is already being studied in a randomized, controlled trial — the gold standard for testing new medical products — in coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began.”

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Coronavirus PSA #5

Time for another reality check on 2019 nCoV. Current facts as of February 10.

The mortality or death rate of 2019 nCoV is 2.2%.

To put this in perspective of recent viral epidemics:

  • SARS (2003) death rate 10%
  • MERS (2012) death rate 34%
  • Ebola (2014) death rate 44%
Criteria for a Suspected Case:

  • SEVERE lower respiratory illness (lungs involved – usually both lungs) with no clear cause and
  • History of travel to China within 14 days or
  • Contact with a confirmed or probable case of 2019 nCoV
There have only been 2 deaths outside of China. They were in Hong Kong and Philippines.

Follow the rules: wash your hands! Stop touching public surfaces! Don’t touch your face! Boost your immune system (vitamins and good sleep)!

BAAC has State-of-the-Art Immune Boosting treatments available now. Protect yourself and your family. Call or message for more information and an appointment.

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5 Tips for People on the Front Lines of Customer Service COVID-19

Each of these topics is not only important to fight COVID-19, but will also bring tremendous health benefits after we are finally clear of the epidemic. Strong immune system maintenance is the best defense you have.

Sleep
If you aren’t getting 7 hours of sleep a night (or a day, if you are a night-shift worker) you are likely having more than drooping eyes at work. Less than 7 hours of sleep causes suppression of the immune system and increased chances of Depression, Diabetes, Obesity, High Blood Pressure and even Cancer. Sleeping pills are not the answer either. Chronic use of prescription sleeping pills have their own problems such as loss of cognitive function, lowering sex hormones and hangover. I recommend using Melatonin 1-3 mg (Melatonin production drops 1% per year in your body after age 40) or L-Tryptophan or Ashwaganda or Valerian Root. These will give you 7-8 hours of good sleep while supporting your immune and brain function.

Vitamin C
The debate for scientific proof that Vitamin C is good for your immune system has gone on for over 60 years, yet it continues to be used worldwide to treat and prevent bacterial and viral infections. Scientific studies show that infections deplete your Vitamin C levels in the body very quickly, so as a treatment it seems essential. I have recommended and used oral Vitamin C daily as a preventative with 1000-3000 mg per day. I have had amazing success for over 10 years with high dose Intravenous Vitamin C when treating patients with severe viruses and infections such as HIV/AIDS, H1N1, H5N1, Dengue Fever and Malaria. This treatment is now being used in several countries to treat COVID-19. It makes good biological sense as a preventative.

Vitamin D3
“Vitamin” D3 is actually mislabeled. It is really a hormone and has great responsibility in many critical functions of the body.

  • Immune Function: Vitamin D improves the effect of immune T-cells, the cells responsible for clearing ALL viruses from the body and killing them before they become an infection
  • Anti-Depression: Low Vitamin D levels have been implicated as a major contributor to Clinical Depression
  • Hormone Function and Sex Drive: Men and women with low Vitamin D levels do not produce optimal levels of sex hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen and Progesterone) and Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in Early Menopause in women and Erectile Dysfunction in men
  • Heart, Bone and Muscle development and more
 

The only foods that provide it are fatty fish (not overcooked!) People with dark skin and those who don’t like the sun are especially prone. You can only increase your vitamin D by being in the morning sunlight with a lot of exposed skin. Forty Percent of my tested patients have a Vitamin D deficiency.

Hand Sanitizer
Use it. Liberally! But use it correctly. Alcohol kills viruses and bacteria by evaporation, so do not rub off the sanitizer quickly after applying it. Let it evaporate naturally. It works by literally sucking out the water molecules in the germs. Equally as important is the physical rubbing process to sterilize hands or surfaces. Soap and water also work very effectively. At Bangkok Anti-Aging Center, I have the cleaning staff cleansing surfaces every hour. We have also created a culture of “search and clean” where ALL OUR STAFF note the areas of higher volume of people and direct the cleaning efforts where needed. If you see something, say something!

Sugar
We all love it. It does not love us back.

Viruses survive on – you guessed it – sugar. It is no surprise that people with Diabetes are one of the worst victims of COVID-19 and the ones most often requiring hospitalization and ventilator use. The same goes with obese people for the same reason. The immune system in Diabetics and obese people is poorly prepared to fight the rapid growth of virus when it can grow and replicate so rapidly. My recommendation (especially for those who refuse to give up sugar and carbohydrates) is to do Intermittent Fasting for at least 4 of 7 days a week. After your last meal of the day, don’t eat again until 16 hours later. Only eat for 8 hours out of the day. For the other hours, you can drink coffee and tea (no sugar added) and water with lemon. It is easier than it sounds and the healthiest diet I know.

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COVID-19 and Our Children

Most of the focus so far about COVID-19 infections has been on our older population (of which I am officially one by age!). But, let’s talk about the other precious beings in our homes: the kids.

Anyone who is helping with homeschooling now has gotten to know their children far better than they did two to three weeks ago. We live for them, we focus on them, we would take a bullet for them. But, what can we do to keep them safe and sane?

Here are some facts about COVID-19 and children:
  • A study done in Wuhan of 171 infected children show that 35% of them had laboratory confirmation, while 64% were diagnosed only by suspicion and their symptoms. 25% of these children had no symptoms.
  • Older children seemed to recover faster and have less severe infections than younger children. Why is this? It is not yet fully known but, likely due to a different immune process or the fact that older children can produce antibodies more quickly and in more volume. Remember, it’s these antibodies that not only protect you from getting the disease again but, also make the disease go away more quickly.
  • Children, while still getting the classic symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, also seem to have more upper respiratory symptoms such as sinusitis and runny noses. This can possibly increase their ability to spread the virus as there will be more droplets in secretions.
  • As with adults, the secret to preventing infection or getting the mildest infection possible is a strong immune system. For children to have this, they need to be eating a balanced diet with lots of protein. Limit the sugar. Viruses, bacteria and fungus all grow on sugar. If they don’t have sugar they will not flourish. Give your children Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Minerals. Make sure they are getting some safe sunshine and exercise to keep their circulation good and their brains clear.
We are all in new territory with this virus. Our children may not grasp the severity of this epidemic and that is probably okay for now. In the next post, let’s talk about how to explain this epidemic to children and how to help them cope.

Stay safe. Stay at home.

  • Erik Fleischman

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