COVID19 Additionally, the number of reported cases could continue to skyrocket.
Did you know that:
More than 70% of all chronic inflammatory diseases begin as tiny bacteria in your mouth getting flushed into your bloodstream
“Harmless” bleeding gums can lead to 3 times higher risk of heart disease
Type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and arthritis can all be linked to poor oral health
According to a number of studies, all diseases may actually begin in your mouth. Yikes!
It’s been a busy week
The word “virus” is on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now – and many are seeking ways to strengthen their bodies to stay healthy.
Well, there’s one vital part of our body that is often overlooked when it comes to boosting immunity and fending off illness.
Now, canceling journey or events may seem trivial to some, but for an event with this many attendees, celebrities, and corporate sponsors involved, it’s is a huge sign of how our common sense is up for grabs.
A narrative of fear is so potent, it has the power to reshape the lives of those who are not even directly affected by that from which the fear is based.
I am all for taking precautionary measures – when they make sense. But before you run into your underground bunker and seal the door, right now it is important to look at things with a larger perspective. So…
The frustrations you feel, the obstacles you face, and the opportunities that you take or miss – it
Let’s get personal for a minute here.
Your local supermarket shelves have been cleaned out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer is being auctioned off on Ebay at a premium. Is this the zombie apocalypse foretold by George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead?
The Coronavirus, an upper respiratory infection, with flu-like symptoms, has infected significantly fewer people globally than has influenza.
COVID19 has infected people in many countries and there have been roughly 3500 death’s worldwide, mostly in
immunocompromised individuals. Putting this in perspective, according to the CDC, influenza has infected over 40 million and killed over 40,000 people in the USA alone this flu season.
But you are probably bored of hearing that comparison. Some people are even angered by it. So let’s make another.
Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV? According to the CDC, there is an average of 57,000 hospital visits a year for children under 5 and 14,000 deaths per year in adults over 65. But you don’t hear about that or the other bevy of infectious diseases that are frequently contracted.
Never heard of Coronavirus until this year? Why?
It is actually nothing new.
It is one of the top causes of the common cold. You may have had it already! In fact, yearly, 20% of common colds are attributable to the coronavirus. Others are rhinovirus, RSV, parainfluenza and several others
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that percentages of negative outcomes can be skewed because the sickest people are the most likely to be tested and confirmed as carrying coronavirus at all.
The majority of cases are asymptomatic or very mild. Coronavirus is not the flu “on steroids”.The majority of people will never get tested and the proportion of ‘death rate’ will seem more scary than it is (even though I believe the numbers will still not be that scary). This is simple epidemiology.
I assure you, in years prior, there have been thousands, if not millions, of cases of Coronavirus that have gone undiagnosed simply because we were not routinely testing for it. Hopefully, now that you have been forewarned, you will somewhat reduce the forthcoming panic of next week’s media coverage.
There is, at least, some good news!
For whatever reason, for the most part, the Coronavirus does not seem to be affecting children severely.
Every year, during flu season, it is important to support your immune system, wash your hands often, and exercise other appropriate precautions. Practice common sense!
Astragalus Root: Used to treat chronic lung deficiency, allergic asthma, and is known for its superiority in rebuilding depleted immune activity.
Elecampane Root: Antiseptic expectorant for bronchitis, pneumonia, and pertussis, or for a persistent ticklish cough with pain in the chest or ribs. Soothes irritated mucous membranes.
Eucalyptus (Not Pictured): *Not to be ingested. Oil of eucalyptus can be steamed and inhaled to relieve asthma and sinusitis. It also reduces and loosens mucus.
Horehound (Not Pictured): Best known as a lung herb, used as an expectorant and cough suppressant. Used for dry sticky mucus, spasmodic coughs and coughing caused by viral diseases.
Horseradish: A powerful bronchodilator, antibacterial, and respiratory antispasmodic. Can be used for sinus infection, asthma, wet coughs, pneumonia and post nasal drip.
Licorice Root: Suppresses dry, ticklish coughs such as smokers cough. It also has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and heals mucus membrane tissue.
Lobelia: A strong antispasmodic for the lungs. It can be used effectively in combination with other herbs for spasmodic coughing (bronchitis, asthma,
pertussis), muscle spasms, petit map epilepsy and angina pain.
Mullein: Used to expel sticky, hard-to-expectorate mucus and soothes mucus membranes. Typically combined with elecampane, yerba santa or horehound.
Osha Root: An antibacterial expectorant and bronchodilator useful for fever-free dry coughs or lung conditions. Osha root also has antihistamine activity which makes it useful for head colds and allergies.
Platycodon Root: One of the most important lung remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. Used for a wide variety of respiratory problems- asthma,
bronchitis, laryngitis, spasmodic coughs and pneumonia.
Red Clover (Not Pictured): Used for dry, irritable coughs, moistens pulmonary tissue and reduces inflammation.
Thyme: Powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and antioxidant. Useful for lung congestion, respiratory tract infections, wet coughs, sinus
congestion, pneumonia. cold and flu.
Yerba Santa: Used for wet coughs and lung conditions with excess mucus such as damp asthma, damp bronchitis, and damp pneumonia.