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... now is not the time to sit idly by hoping this will all pass. It is also not the time to wrap yourselves and loved ones up in rubber gloves and ventilator masks. Only fools would play this game with their health and hope that things will work out for the better.

Now is the time to stay rational, and begin to take more responsibility for your health and wellbeing.

Over the course of the next few months and years, COVID-19 will manifest and progress differently in different parts of the world. It will manifest and progress differently in people living in Seatle WA, or New York NY, Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA, etc, than it did in those living in Wuhan, China. Coronavirus will also be different now than later during the Fall and Winter seasons, and it will be different next year than it is this year, and so on.

But you can almost certainly bet one thing will continue to remain constant— regardless of race, gender, or age, those with weakened immune systems, pre-existing conditions, poor general health, and malnourishment will continue to be at high risk of developing any and all types of disease.

You can also bet on it that no amount of rubber gloves, N95 masks, disinfectants, or social distancing practices will ever be able to completely protect anyone from contracting an infectious disease either. These physical barriers may be useful to help protect those that may be at higher risk of infection, but for the most part they provide immediate peace of mind. Once a new virus begins to spread and mutates, it is near impossible to slow it down until large amounts of people adapt to it and its variuos mutations (also known as "herd immunity").

Even though you may not currently be showing any signs or symptoms of being infected, it is more likely than not that you and your family, close friends, neighbors, and colleagues have already been infected with various microorganisms but are not yet showing any signs of it. You in fact may never show signs.

Be it as it may, now is not the time to sit idly by hoping this will all pass. It is also not the time to wrap yourselves and loved ones up in rubber gloves and masks. Only fools would play this game with their health and hope that things will work out for the better.

Now is the time to stay rational, and begin to take more responsibility for your health and wellbeing.

Importance of Your Internal Enviroment

The best approach against any infection is to make your internal environment as unwelcoming and uninhabitable as possible for any type of external critters that want to take residence inside of you.

Remember, the internal environment of your body is more important in determining the course of diseases that affect you. This is why certain people have severe reactions to infections while others don't.

Regardless of how you may feel today, now is the time to take responsibility for your health and begin improving it.

The best approach against any infection is to make your internal environment as unwelcoming and uninhabitable as possible for any type of external critters that want to take residence inside of you. You do this by first calming your mind.

Your mind has a very powerful affect on the immune system. When you can slow down mental-emotional activity, your body responds by rebalancing brainwave activity and activating the immune system to promote self-healing. When in a calm state of mind, the body also releases human growth hormone (HGH), which enhances deep sleep for healing and regeneration. To learn more about the effects of a calm mind on immunity, read my article 'Changing Your Health With Meditation'.

You also have to be sure you're eating the right food and nourishing yourself correctly, as well as leading a balanced lifestyle. While this may be more difficult for some than for others, it is the best approach for ensuring your internal environment is as unfriendly as possible for unwelcomed bugs.

If you haven't been eating or living balanced, and are stressed or charged with fear and can't calm your mind or get restful sleep, now is the time to do something about it. Consider this your wake up call.  

The Nature of Viruses

Just like other microorganisms, viruses don't have to cause immediate symptoms. They can lay dormant inside the body for months, if not years, until the right circumstances allow it to replicate and take over cellular function.

Viruses are a very curious type of microorganism. Technically speaking, they are not alive. They can’t reproduce or survive on their own. Instead they require the cozy environments of living cells in humans and other animals to remain alive. This is why viruses are considered intracellular parasites.

On the other hand, viruses are very much alive and show a high level of intelligence. Research in astrobiology suggests their genetics may have predated all cellular life on Earth.

Just like other microorganisms, viruses don't have to cause immediate symptoms. They can lay dormant inside the body for months, if not years, until the right circumstances allow it to replicate and take over cellular function.

When tests confirm you don't have an infection, it does not mean viruses and other microorganisms aren't still inside. Germs will not simply disintegrate into nothingness inside the body. It takes a long-time before the body destroys and eliminates pathogens from within. In some instances, these may never be eliminated, similar to some variety of herpesviruses.

The Use of Physical Barriers Against Infections

The truth of the matter is that there are probably more people around the world that are already infected with nasty bugs than there are those who are not.

So will ventilator masks, rubber gloves, medications, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, social distancing, financial assistance, etc, really prevent microorganisms from infecting us?

Realistically, the answer is no.

Even if we were all to live in separate bubbles, walk around in hazmat suits, spray our immediate environments with antiseptic chemicals, etc, viruses and other germs are as much a part of the natural ecosystem as every other living and non-living system on the planet. Just like us, viruses want to survive. In fact, humans have a symbiotic nature with microorganisms. We need each other in order to survive.

Millions of microorganisms already co-inhabit inside each and every one of us.  Everyone already has countless germs living within their body and on their skin, some of which cause immediate or ongoing problems and others that actually are beneficial to immunity. The truth of the matter is that there are probably more people around the world that are already infected with nasty bugs than there are those who are not.

While some of these types of physical barriers that protect us from the external environment may absolutely and immediately be necessary to "pump the brakes" on a pandemic and protect those in our society such as the elderly, the sick, and those that are malnourished and in poor health, ultimately this strategy will do very little to stop the spread.

Staying Calm & Taking Action

One of the most amazing aspects about the human body is that, even without you doing anything else, 99% of the time your immune system manages to keep most disease-causing agents in check and protects you from becoming sick.

One of the most amazing aspects about the human body is that, even without you doing anything else, 99% of the time your immune system manages to keep most disease-causing agents in check and protects you from becoming sick. Considering the way in which most people beat their health up with poor diet and lifestyle choices, and the high amount of pollution and other environmental toxins that modern living exposes everyone to, this is truly a remarkable feat!

So first and foremost, it is important to stay calm. For some tips on keeping your mind calm, you can read my article Flossing Your Mind: Getting Into a State of Equanimity. It provides some practical and effective tips for keeping your mind balanced during times of distress. However reading is not enough- you also have to take action and practice!

You also have to take action with your diet and become aware of the types of food you're putting inside your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables should always be your first choice for proper nutrition. However these are especially important during stressful times and widespread fear.

Finally, supplementing your diet with high quality nutritional supplements and herbal formulas can help shore up any nutritional deficiencies and other internal processes that may contribute to poor immune response. For more information about supplementing your diet this Spring, check out my article Top 5 Nutritional Supplements & Herbal Formulas for Spring 2020.

About the Author

authorRene M. Rodriguez is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and board licensed acupuncturist with 20 years experience in alternative natural medicine. He's in private practice in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in digestive disorders, skin conditions, infections, environmental illness, and mind-body health and wellness. For more information, please click here.


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