Words of wisdom and miscellaneous facts by Dr. Wysong and others. This is an accumulation over several decades and the accuracy cannot be attested to.
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To most people, the danger of Covid-19 is determined by the media and government.
The media prospers from sensationalism. Their constant highlighting of escalating death numbers and dramatic images lead us to believe the end of the world is at hand. Images of freezer trucks being loaded with bodies outside hospitals in New York brings to mind carts pulled through cities in the Middle Ages being loaded with Black Death bodies.
Politicians, who take their responsibilities seriously, or are worried about securing their positions, are closing society down. In the face of an unknown threat that might kill millions and with the public insisting that something is done, and right NOW, they simply close doors. This creates more fear, panic, and unintended consequences for society.
Covid-19 is highly contagious. It may also be the product of a bioweapons laboratory in China. This creates a sinister picture ripe for conspiratorial interpretations and further paranoia.
Historical pandemics, like the Bubonic Plague in the 1300s killing 75-200 million and the Spanish flu of 1918 killing 50 million makes us wonder whether it is now our time. Particularly since the population today is far more mobile and congested and thus conducive to disease transmission.
The reaction to the disease is creating damage to economies, society, and freedoms that will linger far into the future, long after Covid-19 joins the class of common influenzas we live with. People who are politically and historically alert fear that the government will overreach and use the pandemic as an excuse to grow their power and dissolve freedoms.
The pandemic and the Pandora's box of societal repercussions are unclear. Predictions are speculative as are courses of action by the powers that be. The full truth will only be known in retrospect as events unfold, not just over days, but years.
This creates uncertainty, unrest, anxiety, depression, and fear. But no crisis will be solved by emotion. Reason and facts must prevail in order to have perspective and to see our way safely through the crisis. To that end, and with the understanding we are faced with moving targets that can affect conclusions almost daily, these are facts that appear certain as of 4-1-20:
The tally does not take into account dozens of other factors that compromise the immune system and make people susceptible to disease and death, such as smoking tobacco and marijuana, vaping, obesity, deficiency in vitamin D, C, and other nutrients, side-effect laden prescription drugs, street drugs, environmental toxins, stress, and other diseases exhausting the immune system. If these were taken into consideration the column heading, "No Underlying Conditions," would likely be zero.
Therein lies the key to hope. Underlying conditions that make us vulnerable to disease and death are by and large under our control. Waiting for a vaccine or pharmaceutical, as if we are passive victims, is not the wise approach. Taking control of our personal health is.
For principles to achieve health and robust immunity, see: https://www.asifthinkingmatters.com/living-life/4-our-owners-manual
Here are things that can be done to try to eliminate or lessen the "underlying conditions" and strengthen the immune system:
Drink lots of purified water, not in bisphenol-leaching plastic bottles. Even a gallon a day when ill. Add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of baking soda to alkalinize the body and create an unfavorable environment for pathogens.
Eat foods as close to nature as possible, emphasizing grass-fed and wild animal products, organic vegetables, fruits, and tree nuts.
Minimize processed sugar and starches (which turn into sugar in the body). Sugar feeds excess weight, pathogens, cancer. and oxidative stress.
Don't eat for 14 hours each day, including sleep-time (called intermittent fasting). Encourages autophagy and other recuperative and restorative processes that boost immunity.
Get outside in nature, in the sun (the best source of vitamin D).
Take supplemental vitamin C, at least 2000 mg/day, vitamin D (2000 IU) if no daily sun, multivitamins and minerals, and immune boosters (search the internet). Insist on IV vitamin C if hospitalized. https://www.asifthinkingmatters.com/blog/coronavirus
Exercise daily like you mean it. Lifts mood, stimulates immunity, and benefits all health parameters.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep quells hormones that suppress the immune system
Stay warm and don't fight fevers. Heat is the enemy of pathogens.
I would add, get to a healthy weight, but I don't need to. If you do the above things it will come automatically.
Words of Wisdom:
The pampered child that is hurt or lost is at the mercy of pain and loneliness. Fear intensifies his sufferings. His training has taught him to look to others for help and he has no clue to his own resources. His devoted friends and relatives, in trying to protect him from ordinary discomforts have left him defenseless and exposed to greater trouble and danger.
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