A friend of mine sent me this picture he took 1 hour before Costco opened this morning following President Trump's recent announcement of suspending travel to Europe. To put this in perspective, Idaho (where this was taken) has yet to have a confirmed case of Coronavirus. It is amazing to see the reactions we exhibit in preparing for an unknown event.
This brings me to my point. What are you doing to prepare other than making sure you have enough toilet paper, or don't go to basketball games, or adopting the bow instead of shaking hands?
This virus, like most viruses, is well tolerated by most people. But we all have someone we love in our lives who may have a condition that puts them at risk, who we are worried about. Social distancing makes sense right now, especially helping them to stay out of the public as much as possible.
But is that all we can do? Buy toilet paper, avoid human contact, and hope the angel of death passes over our house. I certainly hope not.
Here are some things we know. Most viruses attenuate at higher temperatures, but the coronavirus appears to be particularly susceptible. This means the warmer your body is, the less it can grow. This may be one reason younger and healthier people don't usually have a significant problem. They have higher metabolisms and warmer temperatures.
Here is something else we know. The coronavirus is mild if it stays in the sinuses, but not good at all if it sets up business in your lungs.
This means if you can keep your body temperature up and your primary immune system strong, you greatly reduce your risk. There are many ways to do this and it would be important to take into account your specific situation.
Here are some tips that you may find helpful:
These are suggestions that I find helpful for me and do not replace specific medical advice you may have been given. There are countless ways these goals can be achieved, not just the options I have listed here.
- Getting adjusted by a chiropractor can stimulate your primary immune response considerably. We have a program that makes this option extremely affordable for a whole family. FOH featuring $10 adjustments.
- Infrared heat warms the body deeply and helps raise your temperature. This can be helpful for those with low metabolisms or the elderly. Getting in a sauna, keeping your house warm, sunlight exposure, exercise, and warm or spicy foods are all helpful.
- Supplements that create energy preferably without caffeine. What works for one person may not work for another. I suggest visiting with an herbalist to see what may be helpful for you. If you have lung conditions, you should consider getting this kind of help proactively and not if or when you become infected. In other words, you got your toilet paper now not later, why would you treat your body any differently.
- Avoid fever reducers. One thing is for certain: reducing a fever will increase your risk of the virus settling in your lungs. Generally, unless advised otherwise for your specific needs, a fever is helping to attenuate or slow the growth of the virus.
- Many of you may be into essential oils. If you are, consider the warming and spicy oils as support.
- Vitamin D3 can be very helpful, but more helpful leading up to infection than during one. We recommend supplementing with 5000 iu daily (125 mcg) as you get started, though that amount might be higher than you need ongoing. Your healthcare provider can help you make sure you are getting the right kind and an appropriate dose for your specific needs.
- HOCATT transdermal ozone technology is a supercharge for your immune system. We have lowered our price to $95 (regularly $150) for a session during this time of greater need to make it more accessible for families. Not everyone will feel they need this extra help. But if you feel you are at greater risk, we would be happy to share more information about this with you.
- Get tested if you are worried about exposing a loved one. Most drug stores will be offering this as a drive-up service.
Just don't forget that preparedness isn't about having more toilet paper than your neighbor, it is being the neighbor that doesn't get sick so you can be there for others.
Dr. Matthew Hales, Executive Director - Evergreen Health Clinics