Flu Season 101
Dr. Teresa Clarke & Jag Deol, Clinical Pharmacist
Dr. Teresa Clarke graduated from the University of British Columbia, receiving her Hon.B.Sc in Biochemistry in 1977 and her MD in 1981. She was a family physician in Surrey before following a career path in integrative medicine, a holistic perspective of medicine that combines western medicine with lifestyle improvements and evidenced-based treatments from other traditions that promote health and healing. Her medical career included 12 years at InspireHealth where she was Director of Clinical Services for 4 years serving cancer patients with integrative care. For the past 8 years she has been a physician at the Complex Chronic Diseases Program at BC Women’s Hospital’s serving patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome who commonly have immune health issues.
As integrative medicine is her passion Dr. Clarke is applying her many years of experience to share integrative medicine approaches to optimize immune health and strengthen our resilience to respiratory viruses prevalent in our communities.
Jagpaul Kaur Deol graduated from UBC and practices as a Clinical Pharmacist in both primary care and private practice. She is an accredited HIV Pharmacist with additional specializations in Specialty Biologics and Tropical Diseases. As many of her patients have some degree of immunosuppression, she works to optimize their immune health in her patient consults, medication assessments and recommendations. As a frontline community-based pharmacist she helps her patients navigate the vast world of vitamins, supplements and nutraceuticals to prepare for cold and flu seasons.
In this two-part series, you will review the methods you can take for infection control which will reduce your exposure risk to viral infections for the upcoming flu season. Part one will encompass Integrative health approaches to promoting immune health and part two will discuss nutritional (dietary) approaches to immune health with key supplements that play a role in optimizing your immune system. Both parts are recommended.