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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, COV-ID19 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. It 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 disease.

And while useful to help protect those that may be at higher risk of infection, no amount of rubber gloves, N95 masks, disinfectants, or social distancing practices will ever be able to completely protect these people, or you or your loved ones, from contracting coronavirus either. These physical barriers may provide immediate peace of mind. But if what we're dealing with here is solely due to a virus, once it 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").

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

If you have had a common cold recently within the last four months, or you have had other cold or flu-like symptoms, you cannot dismiss that coronavirus may have been the bug.

Remember, coronavirus is a very common microorganisms that is a big contributor to the seasonal common cold. And according to official sources the earliest cases of the virus outbreak began in Wuhan, China in November of 2019. Some suggest it is even possible earlier cases existed but were not identified. This is plenty of time for the virus to have traveled far and beyond the shores of mainland China, maybe even completely around the world by now.

In any case, 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

Let us not forget, 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.

This means 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 the likes of coronavirus.

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.   

Possible Worse Case Scenario for Majority of People: Pneumonia

Considering the current progression of the disease at the epicenter of the outbreak and around the rest of the world, the worse possible case scenario of what everyone is potentially dealing with here in the US, at least in terms of health, is an aggressive case of pneumonia. At least this is what we can determine right now.

I want to be clear that for majority of Americans coronavirus will only cause mild to moderate common cold or flu-like symptoms. For many it will cause no symptoms at all.

However for those that are in general poor health or are malnourished, or have weakened immune systems or preexisting conditions (think of the elderly or those with autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes, etc), infection with coronavirus can lead to an aggressive type of pneumonia that can be very difficult to treat and lead to death.

More About The Nature of Viruses & The Use of Physical Barriers Against Coronavirus

The truth of the matter is that there are probably more people around the world that are already infected with coronavirus and other far more nasty bugs than there are those who are not. And in the near future, you can almost be certain that even more people will acquire coronavirus.

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 of 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.

So will ventilator masks, rubber gloves, medications, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, social distancing, financial assistance, etc, really prevent microorganisms like coronavirus 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.

In all the hysteria, most people have forgotten that 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 coronavirus and other far more nasty bugs than there are those who are not. And in the near future, you can almost be certain that even more people will acquire coronavirus.

This means that 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 the situation and protect those in our society such as the elderly, the sick, and those that are malnourished and in poor health, it will not stop the spread of coronavirus.

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.

Just like other microorganisms, once contracted coronavirus doesn't have to cause immediate symptoms. It can lay dormant inside the body for months, if not years, until it is provided with the right circumstances to replicate and take over cellular function.

It is definitely not a virus where everything is OK because tests confirm you don't have it or you don't have symptoms. Or let's suppose you do (or did) have symptoms, once all is better, once the fever has broken, or the dry coughing spells have come to an end, or when lab tests are negative, etc, this doesn't mean you're suddenly in the clear.

Like other germs, it will not simply disintegrate into nothingness inside the body. It will take a long-time before it is destroyed and eliminated from the body. There's also the possibility it may never be eliminated, similar to some variety of herpesviruses.

But let's not forget one thing. 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 Equinimity. It provides some practical and effective tips for keeping your mind balanced during times of distress.

But you also have to take action. Be aware of the types of food you're putting in your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables should always be your first choice for proper nutrition. But these are especially important during times of stress and widespread infection.

And you should also consider altering your lifestyle to one that promotes health and wellbeing. 

You should also consider supplementing your diet with high quality nutritional supplements and herbal formulas. Supplementing your diet 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 during the outbreak, 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, speciliazing in digestive disorders, skin conditions, infections, environmental illness, and mind-body health and wellness. For more information, please click here.


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