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We’re not talking enough about how we can help ourselves right now. Lots about doom and gloom, sadness, fear, grief, enforced decisions and actions – but what we crave in times of uncertainty and a lack of control is, well, control. Healthy people have control over our own body. Body autonomy is a precious human right, something we respect and hold sacred. No one can MAKE you eat something, inject something, take something. It’s your body, your right. This is comforting right now when you want to take positive action to stay healthy:

VITAMIN D3

A powerful component in the prevention and treatment of influenza is vitamin D. Although vitamin D does not appear to have a direct effect on the virus itself, it does strengthen immune function, thus allowing the host body to combat the virus more effectively. It also suppresses inflammatory processes.  For those who are unable to get sun exposure (20 minutes a day) and have low levels, doses of vitamin D3 may be 10,000 units a day or even higher, but the only way to know for sure is to measure your blood levels.

On 24 March 2020, former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Dr. Tom Frieden published an opinion piece on Fox News stating that “Coronavirus infection risk may be reduced by vitamin D.” In it, Frieden writes:

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of respiratory infection, regulates cytokine production and can limit the risk of other viruses such as influenza.

A respiratory infection can result in cytokine storms — a vicious cycle in which our inflammatory cells damage organs throughout the body — which increase mortality for those with COVID-19. Adequate vitamin D may potentially provide some modest protection for vulnerable populations …”

On 25 March 2020 in a MedPage Today article, Dr. John C. Umhau writes:

As a public health specialist at the National Institute of Health, I outlined how a lack of sun-induced vitamin D in the winter and early spring leads to epidemic acute respiratory infections (and this probably includes viruses like COVID-19). 

Aggressively identifying and treating people with vitamin D deficiency is one potential strategy to reduce the risk of COVID-19. As outlined in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) review, regularly taking oral vitamin D3 mitigates infection, although the optimal oral dose is debatable”.

SUGAR

Cut out sugar at Easter?  Yeah right!  But you have been warned. Over consumption of sugar and other refined, processed foods fuels chronic disease and is the number one way we sabotage our health.

MEDITATION

Fear impacts the immune system. If you’re under stress, you increase your susceptibility to viruses. Meditation is talked about so often because it’s proven. Proven to calm our nervous system, boost production of happy hormones like serotonin and endorphins and helps us to be even-minded. Bringing our attention back to present and staying present helps us stay calm and keep things in perspective. We learned at the London Meditation Centre and there are many useful Apps like Headspace or Insight Timer.

VITAMIN C

And, remember to take your Vitamin C. IV Vitamin C is widely reported as being used by Covid 19 patients in ICU hospitals in the UK, USA and China, with successful results.

According to Dr. Ronald Hunninghake, an internationally recognized expert on vitamin C who has personally supervised tens of thousands of intravenous (IV) vitamin C administrations, vitamin C is “definitely a very underutilized modality in infectious disease,” considering “it’s really a premiere treatment” for infections.

As reported by the New York Post, March 24, 2020:

Seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York State’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C… Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.

Identical amounts of the powerful antioxidant are then re-administered three or four times a day, he said…The regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to people with the coronavirus in Shanghai, China…

‘The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,’ he said. ‘It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug’…

Weber… said vitamin C levels in coronavirus patients drop dramatically when they suffer sepsis, an inflammatory response that occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection. ‘It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C,’ he said.”

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all.  Laugh, rest, slow down.’
Anne Lamott

Love Geoff, Simone, Claire, Kat, Amy and the Incognito Artists team. X

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