“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.
This is the quote that came to mind when I starting thinking to write this article and pour my fears, frustrations, thoughts, and ultimate optimism into something productive other than, my workouts. I am hoping it will also bring optimism and a sense of empowerment to any who read this on how to fight viruses and colds naturally with your immune system.
I started this article back in March when we first heard about the novel virus Covid -19 and were told to stay at home but did not finish it. Understandably, back then we were all scared and confused by the reactions from the governments around the world. It started in China and the rest of the world followed along. The information coming out about this new virus has been and still is confusing possibly, because it had been tampered with in a lab. My confusion however was not due to the virus itself, it was because of the reactions coming from our leaders and infectious disease experts. It came across as very dramatic and extreme. Also there was no mention on how to fight viruses and colds naturally with your immune system. I thought that very strange from everything I know about the body and health.
The immune system is divided into two categories although they are not typically mutually exclusive – the innate and adaptive. The first line of defense against nonself pathogens is the innate, or non-specific, immune response. The innate immune response consists of physical, chemical and cellular defenses against pathogens for example, skin or chemicals in blood. The main purpose of the innate immune response is to immediately prevent the spread and movement of foreign pathogens throughout the body.
The second line of defense against nonself pathogens is called adaptive immune response. Adaptive immunity refers to antigen-specific immune system. The adaptive immune response is more complex than the innate. The antigen first must be processed and recognized. Once an antigen has been recognized, the adaptive immune system creates an army of immune cells specifically designed to attack that antigen. Adaptive immunity also includes a “memory” that makes future responses against a specific antigen more efficient.
Most viral infections are controlled by the innate immune system. However, if viral replication outpaces innate defenses, the adaptive response must be mobilized.
The immune system is complex and when you get a virus or cold the body’s response to it at times can be that you get a fever, chills, runny nose or a headache. These physiological responses are what the body is doing to fight. It is your immune system’s response to it. There is some thought that the more a person is exposed to various pathogens the better able the immune system will be to respond to viruses. For example, when very young children put dirt and other things into their mouths the stronger they become because they are exposed. There are millions of pathogens in the world that have the potential to harm or even kill us. So, what does one do?
Well, you can’t walk around being afraid of every potential threat. This will weaken your immune system and, not to mention cause mental health problems. However, there are a few things you do have control over and that can empower you.
Now back to Covid-19 and why I was so confused with the response to it and, honestly still am. I have yet to hear much from the “experts” about implementing any kind of healthy habits to empower us. It’s all been so extreme, dramatic without much direction or leadership. My understanding of this is because it is a new virus and the initial thought was that it was going to be much worse than it turned out to be.
Thankfully we have now learned that it is not as deadly as expected but the media induced hysteria is worse than anything imagined. Most people are actually recovering from the virus. The numbers show a high probability of recovery.
There also seems to be a lot of misinformation with hospital heads telling doctors to say a person died from the virus even if they did not in order to get more money because they are struggling now. Some hospitals are empty with nurses and doctors getting furloughed while others may be running out of beds. Which truth is reality though or, are they both the reality?
We don’t know what to believe anymore because the foundation of our country is broken. Every society is built on trust and when that trust is eroded by those in power well, you can see the consequences of it clear as day right here in the U.S.
However, what we do know so far is that most do recover. Some interesting findings again have to do with low Vit D and A. Those who do poorly with the virus are very low in these vitamins, are obese and have heart problems or other underlying issues. About 75% of all health issues can be rectified by lifestyle changes. That means yes, you have control of this and don’t have to be a victim.
Those of us in the healthcare industry also know that isolating people and scaring the shit out of them doesn’t help. Suicide rates went up, child and spousal abuse went up in many areas as well. Mental health problems are increasing and let’s not forget about the huge elephant in the room – the fall-out yet to come from the economic issues we will face because of how badly this was all managed.
It’s interesting to see the reactions of people through all of this. Some are yelling at others through social media platforms which, doesn’t help nor is it a good platform to have an intelligent debate or conversation. 70% of communication is non-verbal, much is lost if you are not able to see or hear the voice of the other person. It is a childish way of communicating and immature.
It’s important going forward for us all to reflect on our spiritual natures. To recognize and implement which steps to take to empower ourselves on how to fight viruses and colds naturally with your immune system. To be better humans and help others through love, education and empathy do the same. We are all connected and need to start acting like it.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…….