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This blog discusses the ONE THING that the government and authorities are not educating us on!
You’ve heard it from all levels of the government and various authorities. WEAR A MASK to protect against COVID-19. That’s becoming our latest fashion apparel and is the main thing being talked about. In some places it’s already mandated and in others, it's coming soon in the very near future.
We’ve heard it many times in the news from Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984), Microsoft developer, Bill Gates, and others that the second wave of the pandemic is coming. We don’t know the exact time-frame, but it’s been mentioned enough times in the news media that we can almost be certain that it is coming and will likely be coinciding with our regular flu season.
But aside from wearing a mask, WHAT should we do? The purpose of wearing a mask is to protect ourselves and others from spreading the virus, BUT...simply mandating the mask and the constant advertising of it on the radio, on Spotify, etc., on its own does not give us the best fighting chance.
It’s like someone telling you to use a floatie so you do not drown, but omitting to tell you that more importantly learning to swim is key!
So, let’s be realistic. In order to fight ANY virus, we need to build up a strong immune system. That's our best fighting chance.
This blog addresses the following:
WHEN does flu season peak
WHY we will be at a disadvantage when the 2nd wave hits
6 important ways to boost our immune system
When Is Flu Season
According to the CDC, while seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
There are two reasons why winter is "cold and flu season." In the winter, people spend more time indoors, in closer contact with other people who can pass on their germs. Also the influenza virus stays airborne longer when air is cold and less humid.
Yale researchers have pinpointed a key reason why people are more likely to get sick and even die from flu during winter months: low humidity. While the researchers emphasized that humidity is not the only factor in flu outbreaks, it is an important one that should be considered during the winter season. Increasing water vapor in the air with humidifiers at home, school, work, and even hospital environments is a potential strategy to reduce flu symptoms and speed recovery, they said.
Recognize the Disadvantage
Based on how events have been unfolding, common sense can tell us that we will be at a disadvantage when it comes time to the next flu season, never mind a second wave of the pandemic.
Compared to pre-COVID-19 times, we have the following working against us:
1. Staying indoors more due to social distancing. We have been told during the lockdown to stay home to save lives. Less sunlight would mean less vitamin D which has an impact on our immune system.
2. Our ability to fight bacteria is lessened due to our record daily use of hand sanitizers, killing off the bacteria on our hands more than ever before. This translates to our body not being exposed to even the normal amount of bacteria that it is used to. Essentially, that means our immune system is weaker when fighting any bacteria that does come our way.
Dr. Daniel W. Erickson speaks about our immune system along with Dr. Artin Massihi. (The above is a video excerpt at the 18:00 min mark of their full briefing).
3. Human beings, as social creatures crave human interaction. Wearing a mask reduces human interaction, when we cannot see the expressions on peoples' faces. It’s been scientifically documented that the lack of human interaction impacts our immune system. More on this later.
4. The fact that everywhere we go, we see people wearing a mask, alongside the daily news reporting the new covid-19 cases and death rates will increase our stress. Being visually reminded of the pandemic will undoubtedly cause fear amongst many people. Stress plays an important role on our immune system and will be further discussed.
Six Important Ways to Boost our Immune System
The importance of being healthy cannot be stressed enough. Our body's immune system is the best medicine one can have in fighting off any illness.
Harvard Health Publishing at Harvard Medical School has an excellent article on "How to Boost Your Immune System".
Let's now discuss the 6 key areas to help boost our immune system, which is basically common sense:
1. Healthy diet
5. Human Interaction
6. Stress level
Eating healthy foods is even more important than exercise when it comes to good health. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” is extremely relevant to the food we eat. After all, we ARE what we eat.
Not too much
Also of interest is the reference to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss’ book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us where he goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods and recommends us to practice mindful shopping:
“Check the ingredients label—many companies have begun to shovel harmful amounts of sugar and salt into foods you wouldn’t naturally suspect, such as spaghetti sauce, granola bars, and yogurt. Make purchase decisions based on USDA dietary guidelines: buy “whole foods,” such as fruits and vegetables, and skip processed foods, no matter how tempting and flashy their packaging may be. This is especially important if you have children, as much of the food giants’ marketing is aimed at exploiting the vulnerable willpower of young people.”
A book I personally recommend is Vegucation Over Medication: Myths, Lies, And Truths About Modern Foods And Medicines, by Dr. Bobby J. Price