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Get evidenced based guidance from a naturopathic doctor about COVID-19 and the use of natural therapies that help prevent and treat viruses.

About this Event

In light of the novel coronavirus pandemic people are looking for sound information about what we can do to stay healthy and to protect our families/communities. While hand-washing and maintaining social distance are imperative at this time, there is even more we can do.

In the first four weeks of this one-hour weekly webinar, Dr. Blake Kovner of the Naturopathic Health Clinic in Winston-Salem, will share her scientific knowledge of the epidemiology and history of coronaviruses as well as offer evidence-based guidance about natural therapies and plant medicines that help prevent and treat viral infections safely.

The FDA has implemented a “compassionate care” initiative to grant permission for providers to employ treatments that have no clinical trials when no known treatments are available. This is a double-edged sword as not all practitioners are familiar with the clinical application of botanical medicine and nutritional supplements. Dr. Blake A. Kovner has much to offer in these areas. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, where she earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and was trained as a Primary Care Provider with a special interest in psycho-neuro-immunology and clinical plant medicine.

18 Springs Community Healing Center will be offering these weekly online Garden Side Chats with Dr. Kovner on Tuesday Evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m. beginning March 24th. Initially, our focus will be on COVID-19. Later topics will evolve from the interest of those who participate.


Weekly Online Gardenside Chats with Dr. Blake Kovner

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:00 pm

Beginning March 24th

Sliding Scale (suggested payment of 25.00/per session or 75.00/4 sessions.) Our fee is set up as a donation. If you can not afford to pay that at this time, please donate what you can or attend for free. If you are able to give more, that would help offset the costs for others who cannot pay. Thank you.

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Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and extensive Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She also became a licensed massage practitioner at the same time. Her practice is comprised of roots-based, constitutional medicine that stems from Western Medical Herbalism, German Biologic Medicine and Ayurveda. As a Medical Herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of individualized formulation where she makes botanical medicine for her patients, teaches them about the plants and how to grow them. While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback. She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and a Rasayana Yoga Teacher. Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called, Sax Man and had two gallery openings at AFAS's former UnLeashed Gallery.

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