Strengthen Your Immune System & Office Updates

As we have always said, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who participated and donated to our 1st Annual Holiday Backpack Drive with the Art of Braces for all of the children at Arturo Cambeiro Elementary School. We had a fun time passing out backpacks and snack bags to the students during their holiday assembly. 

Please email us at [email protected] (subject line: Volunteer) if you’d like to be a part of our list of volunteers for this year. We will need help putting together the hundreds of snack bags as well as passing them out to the students the day of the assembly. We would love to have you join us this year!

On another note, there are so many things that I love and use that have enriched all areas of my life in several ways. As an effort to hopefully do the same for you, stay tuned for more emails about each of these things in the coming months. Hope you will follow along and find value in each one of them. 

With Love & Gratitude, 

Dr. Julie Quan
Gonstead Prenatal & Pediatric Chiropractor

2nd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Although we have celebrated Chinese New Year multiple times since we moved to our Durango location, we decided to go ahead and make this our annual family fun event. Thank you to all of our vendors for a fun-filled day: 

Sakura Face Painting (Karen Sidell)
Kangaroo Bounce House/Tables & Chairs Rental
911 Taco Bar
Cafe Breizh (Napoleon Cake)
Videographer (Joel Rivera)
The Joy Pop Co (Premium handcrafted, seasonal ice pops)
Guan Strong Lion Arts (Lion Perfomers)


If there is one thing that we are passionate about, it is supporting local small businesses like ourselves. If you have stepped foot into our office recently, you will notice that upon entry there is an array of products on display. We recently added a variety of crystals from our friends at Crystal SOULutions as well as hand made crystal bracelets and Feng Shui trees from our friends at Auntie 2 Hands. Please consider us for your all of your gifting needs, as they support those that we love and support. 

The best long-term defense is to optimize your diet and care for your body. 

How to keep your immune system strong:

Diet, exercise, and stress reduction are major ways to improve your immune function. But here are a list of supplements that could help you get an extra boost.
Strengthen your immune system with just 5 tablets/day. 

  • Vitamin D
    • It plays a major role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health in general
    • It affect nearly 3,000 of your 30,000 genes, which helps explain its influence
    • Optimal Vitamin D levels can help slash your risk of at least 16 different types of cancer 
    • Vitamin D from sun exposure radically decreases your risk of autoimmune diseases
  • N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
    • Helpful against viral infections
    • Reduces viral replication of certain viruses such as influenza
  • Zinc
    • Plays an important role in your immune system’s ability to ward off viral infections
    • Helps to regulate your immune function
  • Melatonin
    • A hormone synthesized in your pineal gland and many organs
    • While best known as a natural sleep regulator, it also boosts immune function 
    • Helps quell inflammation
    • It may prevent Covid infection by:
      • Regulating glutathione, which has been linked to Covid severity
      • Regulating blood pressure
      • Improving metabolic defects associated with diabetes and insulin resistance
      • Enhancing Vitamin D signaling
  • Vitamin C
    • Helpful in treatment of viral illnesses, sepsis, and ARDS
    • Basic properties include: anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antiviral activities
  • Quercetin
    • Powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral
    • Found to provide broad-spectrum against SARS coronavirus
  • B Vitamins
    • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
      • improves immune function, protects cardiovascular health, inhibits inflammation, and aids in healthy antibody responses 
    • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
      • Shown to decrease infectious titer of SARS-CoV-2 below the detectable limit in human blood, plasma, and platelet products
    • Vitamin B3 (niacin/nicotinamide)
      • Building block of NAD and NADP, which are vital when combating inflammation
    • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
      • Aids in would healing and reduces inflammation
    • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal 5′-phosphate/pyridoxine)
      • Co-factor in several inflammatory pathways
    • Vitamin B9 (folate/folic acid)
      • Required for synthesis of DNA and protein in your adaptive immune response
    • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
      • Required for healthy synthesis of red blood cells and DNA
      • A deficiency would increase inflammation and oxidative stress by raising homocysteine levels
  • Elderberry Extract
    • Known to shorten influenza duration by 2 or 4 days
    • Reduces severity of the flu
  • Spirulina
    • Reduces influenza infection severity
    • Lowers influenza mortality in animal studies
  • Beta-glucan
    • Reduces severity of influenza
  • Glucosamine
    • Upregulates mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein 
  • Lipoic Acid
    • Helps boots type 1 interferon response, which is important for both your innate and adaptive immune system

Other Prevention Tactics

  • Humidification
    • Dry air with low humidity can increase feelings of being congested as your sinus membranes dry out and become irritated. Low humidity can also contribute to dry, irritated eyes and may be a factor in increasing the evaporation of your tears. 

Resource: The Truth About Covid-19 by Dr. Joseph Mercola & Ronnie Cummins