Weighing in on Coronavirus (COVID-19) FULL Official Article and Supports

Weighing in on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

FULL Official Article and Supports

As the situation rapidly changes on a day to day and sometimes hour to hour basis, I will try to update this article as best as I can. Even though this article was published just yesterday, as of today, March 16th, I have made the following amendments:

 

The call for better testing in specific countries.

My stance on the severity of the situation.

 

If you read this article after March 16th, the amendments are already in the body of the article below, and all amendments have been highlighted in blue.

 

Only a few short days ago, I was not concerned about coronavirus. Not to say that I wasn’t feeling for the people around the world who were getting sick and some who were even dying, the situation just wasn’t on my radar as something I wanted to jump into right away. This thing would take a great deal of time and energy, time and energy that I needed to finish other projects, and I was determined to not be distracted. My plan was to assess from afar, see what my colleagues had to say about it, and share the good work they were doing. I tend to avoid bandwagons, but at the same time knew that to weigh in on this (a situation for which people are looking for guidance to navigate) would not be bandwagon jumping, it would be engagement in the world around me, it would be a service. I aim to serve my community and do what my readers, clients, and trainees expect of me, and that is to support you. So, my silence seemed to be less and less acceptable. On Thursday night after a very long day of writing and editing my books, my son unwaveringly looked into my tired eyes and said: “you need to write about this.” My clients and students were increasingly asking me what I thought about the whole situation and for guidance on what to do for the safety of their own families, and it turns out that it’s quite a lot. So, here we go!

 

Outline

Putting It Into Perspective

Public Enemy #1: Fear

Our Global Response

Keeping Level Head Will Benefit Us All

So, What Are We Dealing With?

Inform Yourself: What Is Coronavirus?

Improve the Immune System/Fortify the Body

Take Charge of Your Family’s Health

Practical Tips

Your Anti Inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit

Tools for Greater Cellular Energy and immune Function, Detox Capabilities, Oxygenation, and Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Coaching Your Family Through

Coronavirus Outbreak: Making Your Family’s Action Plan Group Coaching Session

Sources and Other Information from Trusted Sources

 

Putting It Into Perspective

My response to the outbreak and the reactions people were having all over the world was not indifference in any way, but a calm not in the storm but outside of it. I suppose a normal response one would have to things that affect others on a large scale like natural disasters or plane crashes is that of concern, yes for sure, but we must keep some distance in order to maintain our own sanity. So, we can be concerned about the rising rate of childhood cancer or dogs being abused in fighting rings or famine in various areas of the world and do what we can and when we can, but we need to keep a healthy distance like a nurse or doctor needs to keep in order to hold it together while they work in the ER. Yet, when it is in your own backyard, which it seems to be for much of our world population right now for reasons I will discuss in a minute, the distance is harder to maintain.

An infectious outbreak of this kind is not new. There have been many throughout the course of our human history. I was alive during the outbreaks of AIDS/HIV, SARS, H1N1, and ebola (some turned pandemics), but not once did I share the strong emotions others around me were feeling like fear and even panic. The threat to me and my family seemed to be minimal, and I am thinking that a large number of people reading this felt the same. On Friday (at the time of the writing of this article), the second case of the coronavirus was reported in my area. Two so far. That’s it. Yet upon hearing the news, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was only the very beginning and that the world at large will see a worsening before it gets better. The stress surrounding this situation is felt in every pocket of the world and is affecting our collective human consciousness. The concern and fear is palpable, and within a few short weeks of the initial outbreak, you can now mention “it” in line at any store or supermarket, and everyone will know what “it” is. The energy surrounding this outbreak is intense, and people are afraid. I can tell you that what makes this outbreak (nearing pandemic) dangerous is not the deadliness of the infection (because it is, in fact, not a particularly dangerous virus for people with decent immune systems) but because of the mental, social, and economic impact it is having on our entire world population. We must understand that we need to accurately assess the actual threat to our personal health and safety, and the fears we have will come to pass more readily if we keep our cool, get informed, and respond rather than react. This is not happening.

 

Public Enemy #1: Fear

Why is the coronavirus outbreak increasingly becoming a concern of high magnitude?

Let’s first address the fears:

People are afraid of getting ill or of our loved ones getting ill

People are afraid of quarantine without having enough supplies

People are afraid of governmental control

People are afraid of each other

People are afraid of a shortage of everything from medical supplies to food to basics such as toilet paper

I am sure there are more, but you get the idea.

What it comes down to is this: when we are faced with a threat to the safety of ourselves or our families, we move into survival mode. It is human instinct to want to survive, and we will do whatever it takes to live another day. This impulse is not always conscious unless we make it a point to pay attention to it. Most of us are used to living in a comfortable society where we simply have to go to the store if we run out of provisions. But with everything from school closures, the cancellation of major sporting and social events, travel being restricted, quarantines being declared in entire countries such as is the case in Italy, and the possibility of border closures such as is being considered by the Canadian government as I write this, “what if’s” are swirling around everyone’s heads.

What if we run out of water, what if we can’t get our supplements, what if the stores run out of toilet paper and the pharmacies out of medications, what if there aren’t enough people available to man the governmental agencies and businesses we so heavily rely on for our very survival? What if our hospitals can’t handle the needs of those who need to be there? What if we have shortages and social discontent and uprisings due to all of this? What if our economy tanks, our businesses fail, and the entire foundation of how we acquire the things we need (buy and sell) crumbles leaving us with nothing? These are very real fears, and in the world we live in, are not even necessarily out of the question. Italy has been hit hard and are under quarantine, and even if I were to tell you that the chances of your child contracting and getting very ill and dying from the virus in North America are less than dying today from a dog bite, that means nothing to a parent with a new threat on the horizon, especially when most don’t really understand what it is we are dealing with. All fears are real. But the question is: do we need to fear so much?

 

Our Global Response

The media can inform us, yes, and there are things we need to know for certain, but it can also breed fear and create states of fight or flight stress that can impair good decision making. Some governmental controls are in place for good reasons, as well, when people are afraid and need guidance and are not always making the best decisions. It can help keep us all safe, even from ourselves when we are not thinking clearly or are ignorant to some aspects of the whole picture.

Government response is good if you see that it is a proactive step rather than an indication of how bad it is. I am not saying that it is not bad in some areas of the world and I am not saying that it does not have the potential to get bad in others, but also know that the border closings, the quarantines, the cancellation of events, the advisories to practice social distancing, all of those measures are preventative at this point, and not indicative of the severity of the illness itself nor its prevalence except for the places that have been hit the hardest. And even in those places, the numbers are nowhere near the numbers of the severe pandemics we have experienced in our human history at this point. I do not want to hide my head in the sand and tell you that the possibility that it could get worse before it gets better is not real because it is, but I can tell you that it will get better. No, these things are not good, but unfortunately, people die every day from any number of things and we simply can’t go around preparing for the world to end at the thought of every single one of them. But is this one of them? That is what everyone is trying to figure out.

So, I am going to give you a little slap right now. Don’t panic, and let’s look at the facts. How do we reduce fear and panic?

  1. Turn reactivity into responsiveness.
  2. Seek education and take action (or non-action).

So, although media and government can serve, it does not always have the effect on our population that we might want, and we need to remain thinking people. If we keep it all in perspective, then we can reduce fear and make those good decisions for ourselves. We don’t need to watch CNN all day long or eye every person we see on the street with suspicion or fight over the last package of toilet paper in the store. We can wake up each morning, take our Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 with a good breakfast, meditate, get up to speed on the news of the world for a few minutes, then carry on with life whatever that is. Even when we have to make changes to routine or shift priorities somewhat for a time or forever, we can have normalcy even when the world is a bit upside down, especially when the crisis involves a reactive state of mind, a state that is largely self-created and self-inflicted. No, the virus and the possibilities that we face are not all in our heads, but our interpretation of the facts and how we handle what we discover is.

Our most vulnerable are not only the people who have compromised immune systems or weaker bodies who are more susceptible to the infection, but are also those vulnerable to the social repercussions due to life circumstance. What happens to the person staying in a hotel because their home is full of mold or they are fleeing an abusive spouse if hotels start to close their doors? What happens to the people who can’t afford to stock their freezers or who were slow to catch the buying frenzy if the grocery store shelves are empty when they get their next instalment of cash? What happens to families separated by distance or traveling children separated from parents if the borders are closed? The closure of public spaces and services are not only inconvenient, they can take away the sources of vital necessities for survival including safe shelter, food, water, and supplies. Border closings do not only affect business travellers and tourists. We must keep a level head, and in doing so will cause less unnecessary struggle and suffering for us all and especially our most vulnerable.

 

Keeping Level Head Will Benefit Us All

Yes, it is smart to practice caution and prevention; the most balanced course of action is to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. I am not immune to the “what ifs,” and I would be daft not to be – I have a family to support and protect and care for, and I must have all potential dangers on my radar at all times. My own family is not without challenges and has our own set of unique circumstances that make us strong in some ways and vulnerable in others. We live on an acreage, which is good when you want some social distancing and a big warm house to hole up in, but not so good when your oven just broke (Thursday night to be exact) and your washing machine is on the fritz, or when you haul water and rely on someone to bring it to you, or your 19-year-old relies on an available insulin supply to keep her alive and who can’t afford to get sick with an intense viral infection at any time. Yes, many “what ifs” are swirling around my head, as well.

Although I trust that this too shall pass, I know that it will get more intense before things get better, and in order to ride through it with as few hiccups as possible, I must be prepared. So, we ordered a 3 month supply of insulin and pump supplies and are making sure our freezer is full. We are taking an immune boosting nutritional cocktail and continue to wash our hands which has always been a family habit, anyway. We are fortifying where we are vulnerable, practicing prevention, and planning for what may arise if anyone happens to get sick (which is a very low probability in our area today but we are aware that this could change at any moment) or if we run into issues such as low supply in relation to the current demand. And I am writing, continuing to do my work, and all of my kids are living life as usual.

I am choosing to act reasonably, levelheadedly, rather than out of fear because it is not only the coronavirus, itself, that poses a threat, it is people’s reaction to it.

You see, the reason why I am not letting fear get the best of me is that I already feel prepared. When we live with health at the top or our minds, we are more prepared for what life throws our way, whether that be injury, circumstance, or infection. When I was assessing all we can do to prevent and recover from the coronavirus, I realised that my family does almost all of it already on a daily basis. We already practice prevention, take vitamin c and vitamin d3 (etc.), minimize EMF exposure, and practice all of the lifestyle suggestions you will read about below in the toolkit. We already have the tools at the ready to help us when we are faced with a challenge. And I want that for you.

This is what I recommending to my family, friends, clients, trainees, and community in order to keep it all in perspective and reduce the fear:

Keep your consumption of the news to a minimum and listen to good sources that are non-reactionary. Know that it is difficult to interpret the stats being thrown out there and to assess what every number reported in broadcasts and publications means for you, so do what you can to make sense of it all.

Know that even if your family isn’t sick, you can all experience high stress and even symptoms of PTSD if you overindulge or over-obsess about the situation. Watching news clips of crowded hospitals and sick people in the hallways that the brain interprets as a current and imminent threat.

Our children are watching, and they don’t always understand what all of this means for them. It is very unhealthy and not at all helpful to make their world one of uncertainty and fear. Talk to them when they need to understand why things have changed in their routines or when their events have been cancelled or when you are asking them to take vitamin c and wash their hands, but then move on to some sort of normalcy as much as possible. Allow them to express their concerns and fears and ask the questions you wouldn’t have otherwise known they had

Don’t poo poo people buying extra supplies. They are just trying to stock up to protect their own families. And don’t kid yourself, you are doing it, too. Just try not to overbuy or hoard or get things you don’t need at the detriment of others. There is enough for everyone, and the world will not end. We humans are adaptable and innovative.

Know that being in a reactionary state of survival mode is NOT conducive to level-headed responsiveness, and level-headed response is actually how we survive long term.

Know that the greater the fear, the greater the suffering. Try not to create a what if situation that does not exist.

Be prepared, but don’t obsess. It’s like my practice of yoga. There is another reason to get fit in mind and body besides feeling well daily and that reason is to be able to “bring it” when new challenges arise.

Improving your own immune defenses is always a good idea and is even more important now as is hand washing and cleanliness, but know how to do this without carpet bombing or disrupting the natural balance of things (see very important section below about the immune system).

Become as clear as possible about what it is we are dealing with, and resist the urge to default into fear of what we cannot or do not yet know.

 

So, What Are We Dealing With?

As I said earlier (and several times) in this article, we fear what we don’t know. And it turns out that we don’t yet know this strain of coronavirus. On a scientific level, we are madly trying to learn about its behaviour and impact on the human body, and internally, our immune systems are learning and adapting, as well. So far, we can only speculate how this virus will behave, and scientists, researchers, and governments are weighing in on the situation giving advice about how to act, what to believe, and what we may be able to expect based on what we do know and what we can predict.

It has been brought to my attention that another problem is that in many countries including the US, the testing is either unavailable or difficult to obtain for various reasons. This is unacceptable. we absolutely need to know if anyone who is not well has the virus so monitoring and treatment can be started (see my list of possible supports below), so that more precautions are taken to prevent the spread, and so we can gather accurate data in order for the scientific community can do its job. Many asymptomatic people can also be carriers of the virus and unknowingly pass it on to another person whose immune system or state of health is compromised potentially putting their life in danger. This is certainly not a reason to panic but is an instance where knowledge is empowerment.

 

Inform Yourself: What Is Coronavirus?

The first step to reducing fear is to empower ourselves with information. So, let’s talk for a bit about what coronavirus is (and what it isn’t).

 

What is a virus?

Here is a quick wikipedia definition to get us started: “A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus).

 

What are the unique characteristics of the coronavirus?

Dr. Jill Carnahan recently wrote a great explanation of the virus in her article “Worried About Coronavirus? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself”:

The “SARS” in the coronaviruses’ official name “SARS-COV-2” stands for “Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome” because it can cause a sudden onset of respiratory failure. Coronavirus can lead to respiratory failure by causing:

 

  • Damage to the membrane where gas is exchanged in your lungs (the alveolar-capillary barrier)
  • Oxidative injury
  • An uncontrolled inflammation from excessive production of cytokines

 

If your body becomes infected, the virus attaches to the surface of epithelial cells in the lungs, spleen, and lymphatic system. Once your body is alerted to the invaders, your immune system goes to work and deploys immune cells and sets off a cascade of chemical messengers, causing what is known as a “cytokine storm.” Cytokines are a type of chemical messenger the immune system uses to communicate with the rest of the body. 

This flooding of cytokines and immune cells into the tissues of the respiratory tract is what causes damage to the alveolar-capillary barrier, oxidative injury, and uncontrolled inflammation. 

This combination essentially halts the lung cell’s ability to move mucus out of the lungs and triggers the immune system to begin attacking your own lung cells. In susceptible individuals whose immune or respiratory systems are compromised, this can result in a severe lack of oxygen in the body, which eventually leads to death. (Dr. Jill Carnahan “Worried About Coronavirus? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself”)

 

What are the symptoms?

Below is a fairly comprehensive list of symptoms compiled from all of my sources. Here goes:

Fever

Cough

Headache

Runny nose

Shortness of breath

Sore throat

As well as:

Chills

Confusion

Diarrhea

Dizziness

Extreme fatigue

General malaise

Loss of appetite

Muscular stiffness and pain

Nausea

Night sweats

Rash

Sound anything like the flu to you?

 

More serious symptoms can include:

Difficulty breathing

Mild pneumonia

Severe pneumonia (the severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is now named severe acute respiratory infection (SARI))

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Sepsis and Septic shock (Dr. Elisa Song “Coronavirus (COVID-19): What a Pediatrician Wants You to Know“)

 

How is it transmitted?

Like many viruses, coronavirus is transmitted through bodily fluids, namely small droplets of saliva expelled from the mouth or nose. (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses)

 

How serious are the rates of infection and death rates?

Dr.Jill Carnahan writes that:

Currently, the coronavirus is estimated to have at most a two to three percent fatality rate. And while that might sound scary at first glance, it’s important to put those numbers into perspective.

At the time of this article, a little over 2,500 people have died from coronavirus. Compare that to an estimated 291,00 to 646,000 people that die from the seasonal flu every year across the globe. Even if the deaths from coronavirus increased by a hundredfold, the number of deaths would only be approaching the lower limits of the estimated death toll caused by existing strains of the flu virus. (Dr. Jill Carnahan “Worried About Coronavirus? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself”)

I am not sure what the numbers are at this time but do know they are inevitably higher and will try to report once I have more information.

 

Who is at risk?

Again, like any infection, those who are more susceptible to contracting the virus, experiencing more serious symptoms, and who are more at risk for death are elderly people, immunocompromised people, and people with existing health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and any sort of lung disease. In the case of coronavirus in particular, there have been reports that the cases of severe illness have been reported largely in men over the age of 60, with 80% of people who have been infected being men, and no children have died from the virus as of the writing of this article. And let’s not forget those people who do not get infected but are more likely to be affected by the fallout of social response such as food and supply shortages and lack of safe housing.

 

Should I be concerned?

That depends on a few things. Some of my most trusted sources say that yes, because our bodies have not developed natural immunity to this virus yet, it could be a problem, and others I trust say that for most people, we should fear the coronavirus no more so than we should fear the common flu and for the same reasons. Do you live in an area that has an active outbreak? How many people in our area have the virus? Have you been anywhere where there has been an outbreak? Are you in a demographic of people who are more prone to contracting a more serious infection? (See above). You can think about those things in order to assess your risk of exposure. Now, if you do happen to contract the virus, as it stands now, the coronavirus is not lethal to the large majority of people who contract it, and most experience it with sometimes uncomfortable yet mild symptoms that most people have had throughout their lives, such as fevers, coughs, and general malaise.

 

How do we respond to viral infections?

Prevent infection by:

  1. Reducing the chance of contracting or spreading it.
  2. Strengthening the immune system
  3. Educating the immune system

If you are exhibiting symptoms, it is recommended to stay at home not only to get well and rest but also to reduce the spread of the virus to others. Selfcare is very effective unless you become very ill, at which point you should contact your local healthcare professionals. Support your body’s natural defences and healing mechanisms by using the same tools that will improve immune system function, by using antiviral botanicals and nutrients, and by reducing inflammation. See Your Anti Inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit section below for details about this.

Please note that antibiotics ARE NOT effective against viral infections and should not be used in this case. Please see the section below for more information about the detrimental effects of antibiotic misuse on the immune system.

Seriously consider homeoprophylaxis. Homeoprophylaxis is a safe and effective way of educating the immune system through homeopathy. The particular product you want to get in this case is Influenzinum CV30 (order and read more here)

 

Improve the Immune System/Fortify the Body

Due to our medicalized way of viewing health, we strive to suppress symptoms and declare war on “invading” pathogens, while sometimes completely ignoring the fact that we have our own innate defence system, the immune system. We carpet bomb our bodies with antibiotics killing both the beneficial microbes (our own army) along with the invaders leaving us vulnerable to a second, third, forth attack. What I repeatedly tell all of my clients, students, and online community is that the key to preventing and recovering from both acute infection and chronic conditions is to cultivate and support a robust immune system. Working with people all over the world with varying illnesses and living in different family, community, and environmental situations, it has become crystal clear that every one of those people have one common factor that is affecting their state of health: the function of the immune system.

It is beyond the scope of this article to go into the details, but basically, in relation to infection, the immune system protects us from invading pathogens. Every time we come into contact with a bacteria, virus, or antigen that the body sees as a threat, our immune system mounts an attack, and during that attack many chemical processes take place that are categorized generally as “inflammation.” Once the body has encountered a potential invader, it will tag and remember it so that it is better able to fight it off should it be encountered again. So, in a way, our immune systems are being educated with every exposure, sometimes becoming hyper reactive (which is a problem in cases such as autoimmunity) or responsive which is the case when we have developed natural immunity to a virus like chicken pox (varicella). Sometimes we have symptoms while this is happening (what we call getting “sick”), and sometimes we don’t. In fact, the symptoms are not the infection itself; they are the result of the immune system trying to do its job.

As I said above, we don’t want to carpet bomb unnecessarily with the overuse of antibiotics (which have zero effect on viruses, anyway) or overuse of disinfectants and medications because we need to keep a good balance of various microbes in the human gastrointestinal tract, skin, and even brain. These microbes do a number of very important jobs such as producing vital nutrients such as b-vitamins (which have a dramatic impact on mental health), help control other opportunistic pathogens such as the coronavirus, digest our food, help us detoxify, and are an integral part of the immune system. We absolutely need them.

So, our goal is to reduce stress on the body and increase immune function by way of lifestyle practices, supplementation, and methods designed to support the microbiome, support genetic pathways, kill/knock down the viral load, and stop viral replication.

 

Take Charge of Your Family’s Health

We all face mortality every single day. Some people are just reminded of it more often than others: families who face chronic or debilitating disease, families who do not have safe housing or live in politically volatile environments, families who have lost loved ones unexpectedly or prematurely or who have known physical and mental suffering. I know that particular brand of fear having a daughter who relies on a supply of insulin at every moment of the day in order to stay alive. I have had to move through a great deal of it and even come to the other side to accept that she actually could die despite every effort I make and every moment I stay awake and vigilant. But we all could die at any time, it is just that death does not stare at us in the face at every minute of the day, it can’t or we would not enjoy life with the hundreds of other emotions it can bring us including inspiration, empowerment, love, and joy. If we let fear be our default, we have no room for inspiration, we feel disempowered, we are afraid to love, and don’t feel the luxury to feel joy. For me, I needed to know what I could and should control, and when I needed to let go and what to let go of. Those of you who are worried sick about what is going on in the world right now, please take some time to think about those things yourself. Trust me, it will help you to put things into perspective.

We are not used to facing shortage and mortality, and “doctoring” ourselves in our own homes is seen as being irresponsible and naive. But this is not so. We can and should have the knowledge and tools necessary to be our own best healers. We also need to understand that we are only one small part of the natural world where we coexist with countless other lifeforms that we should not try to conquer, not that we ever could. We coexist and cohabitate this planet. Our bodies contain more bacteria than our own human cells, and within us lives a virome (a colony of viruses) that do not harm us unless they become pathogenic, are new to our systems, or overwhelm us due to imbalances in our bodies in other areas. In fact, as is the case with the microbes that live within and upon us, some of those viruses are protective and serve to properly educate and balance our very own immune systems.

 

Practical Tips

The following tips for prevention of viral infection and what to do if you suspect infection have been circulated widely by hundreds of governments, government agencies, practitioners, and the like. Although I would rather write about other things, this article would not be complete unless I addressed these tips, so here goes:

REMEMBER, to this day, the now-common flu kills thousands of people every year, and we do not fear the flu anywhere near the level we are seeing with the COVID-19. Also, there are dozens of infections that could be the culprit if you or your loved ones exhibit any symptoms of illness, which would be much more likely than the presence of coronavirus. So, let us not act out of fear, but out of wisdom. Lastly, any precautions below are common sense for anyone wanting to live healthfully and avoid serious illness due to infection.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water; irrigate your nose with structured silver, probiotic, or saline nasal sprays; don’t share utensils or water bottles.

Clean surfaces regularly. Use sanitizers for your environment that are effective AND better for the natural microbial balance such as HOCL and essential oils. Alcohol base is fine, as well, but antibacterial soaps and sanitizers can create superbugs, and commercial chemical disinfectants are actually quite poisonous.

Strengthen your body through some of the supplements and strategies in the next section.

Stay home when sick unless needing emergency medical treatment, cough or sneeze into tissues or elbows, wash hands with soap and water after coughing or sneezing.

People in most areas are being advised not to go to hospitals unless they are very ill. However, if you do find yourself or a loved one in the hospital, it would be a good idea to discuss the use of intravenous high dose Vitamin C and consider other useful supports from Your Anti Inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit below.

If you stay home when not sick, let it be for preventative measures, not out of fear. I know that is easy to say, but enjoy the break at home with your family, nourish and care for yourselves and each other, and take this opportunity to reflect and catch your breath. I don’t judge anyone who stays home. Some folks keep their kids home when others have lice or the flu or other communicable disease, and I respect their desire to protect their families. We should be able to return to the womb of the home to collect ourselves and just be for a while.

 

Your Anti Inflammatory Immune System Tune-Up and Antiviral Toolkit

The following is a round-up of possibilities useful for preventing infection and for fortifying the body’s immune defenses; it is not a treatment guide as I do not treat illness but provide suggestions for tools that can support the body’s own defence mechanisms and processes. I have included links to products that I know and trust, but some things you will have to source on your own but should be readily available. Ordering online is some people’s only choice due to store closures or availability of products in your area, but it can be easy to do. Again, if you wish to use any of the tools below, still keep a level head and avoid purchasing too much or creating a protocol that is too involved or that you or your children will not be able to sustain. Start with one supplement at a time and watch for any ill effects, then add another a day or two later. And keep it simple if you can.

My wheelhouse is the potent natural pharmacy at the fingertips of every person. Given the action and positive effects each of the tools below have on the immune system and overall health of the body, people are reporting success in illness prevention and recovery using a personalized combination of them. Having this kind of information will further empower you to make autonomous decisions regarding how your family moves through this trying time. This is a very large list, but do not be overwhelmed as I have tried to categorize the list for you to keep your proverbial poop in a group. I have also created a list of heavy hitters that you can consider as a very simple, safe, and effective protocol that is easy and cheap to do for everyone, including children.

But let’s start with actions then move into supplementation. What can you do to improve your immune system and fight infection?

The Lifestyle No-Brainers

Get ample sunlight

Exercise but don’t over exercise

Get plenty of sleep

Lead an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (good foods and good moods)

Eat nutritious food (preferably organic), ample, clean water, and fermented foods (See “30 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food Like the Plague”)

Eat immune boosting foods  (See “30 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food Like the Plague”)

Reduce sugar intake (See “30 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food Like the Plague”)

Create a clean (not sterile) environment (see tips above)

Improve personal hygiene (see tips above)

Reduce EMF exposure (this would require writing a whole other 20 page article, so please read up on the detrimental effects EMF, wireless, and wifi exposure is having on the human immune system)

Reduce stress by meditating, being mindful, reducing workload, breathing/breathwork, spending time with family, being out in nature.

 

Supplementation

The following 5 heavy hitters are a useful combination covering most categories below namely immune system support, antioxidant properties, and antiviral action. This is a simple, pared down list that most people can afford and maintain:

Vitamin D3

Buffered Vitamin C

Zinc

Fish Oil

Probiotics (in particular, sporebiotics. I recommend Microbiome Labs)

 

General Support and Cofactors

Vitamins A, D, E, K

Selenium

 

Anti-inflammatories

Curcumin (reduces inflammation in the body globally)

Fish Oil (reduces inflammation in the body globally)

 

Gut Support

Megasporebiotics

“MegaSporeBiotic™ is a 100% spore-based, broad-spectrum probiotic clinically shown to maintain healthy gut barrier function. This unique all-spore formula effectively RECONDITIONS the gut by promoting microbial diversity and maintaining key health-promoting, commensal gut bacteria. MegaSporeBiotic™ boasts a 5-year shelf-life, does not require refrigeration, and maintains efficacy during antibiotic therapy. My newsletter recipients and clients can order this product through my practitioner account here. Just register, then order.

MegaIgG2000

“MegaIgG2000 is a dairy-free immunoglobulin concentrate that supports healthy digestion and maintains healthy gut barrier function. Unlike other immunoglobulins on the market that are milk-derived, Mega IgG2000 is derived from bovine serum, making it lactose-free, casein-free, and β-lactoglobulin-free. Immunoglobulin G (IgG), the most abundant antibody in the system, can be found in blood and extracellular fluid, allowing it to control infections in the body.” My newsletter recipients and clients can order this product through my practitioner account here. Just register, then order.

HU58

“HU58™ is a high potency dose of Bacillus subtilis HU58 formulated to enhance the efficacy of MegaSporeBiotic™. HU58™ can produce over 12 targeted antibiotics in the intestines, which makes it particularly effective in balancing intestinal microflora.

A recent study examined the impact of B. subtilis supplementation on resistance of common infectious diseases in 44 elderly adults.” My newsletter recipients and clients can order this product through my practitioner account here. Just register, then order.

 

Immune Support

Gut support also improves immune system (see above)

Propolis

Medicinal Mushrooms

Zinc

Herbals (view Dr. Maya Shetreat Klein’s video series for more details.)

 

Disinfectant (inside and out)

Propolis

Essential oils

Structured silver or Argentyn 23 silver internally and for hands and in nasal passages

Briotech HOCL for hands and face (spray) and lungs (nebulized) and to disinfect a room. HOCL is better than harsh chemicals like lysol as it leaves the microbiome intact while killing pathogens. And as we know, we need our microbiomes as they are an integral part of our own immune systems.

Iodine

Many quality brands available through Spectrum Supplements.

Visit Spectrum Supplements Canada.

Visit Spectrum Supplements USA.

 

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Lung Support

NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)

Serrapeptase

Cordyceps

Elderflower

Licorice

Other Herbals (view Dr. Maya Shetreat Klein’s video series for more details)

Many herbal products available through Spectrum Supplements.

Visit Spectrum Supplements Canada.

Visit Spectrum Supplements USA.

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Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for all of the above according to the desired effect, which could be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting. They can be used to disinfect, support the lungs, support the gut, and oxygenate cells and tissues. You can also use essential oils to reduce anxiety and lower emotional and physiological states of stress. You can diffuse, spray, inhale, apply topically, or ingest the oils (ingest only the organic oils deemed safe for consumption), and you need only a tiny amount for massive effects. I recommend DoTerra brand essential oils. You can look around the website for more information: https://www.mydoterra.com/lotusessentials/#/

 

Antivirals

Iodine

Structured silver or Argentyn 23 silver internally and for hands and in nasal passages

Herbs such as Chinese Skullcap (not American), Rosemary, Calendula, Dandelion, and Japanese Knotweed

Many quality brands available through Spectrum Supplements.

Visit Spectrum Supplements Canada.

Visit Spectrum Supplements USA.

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Products from BioPure:

“Quintessence® – A powerful formula with a combination of five herbs extracted to work synergistically to provide broad-spectrum immune support. A key ingredient in this formulation is Andrographis paniculata, a traditional herb used for centuries in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine that supports immune health. Andrographis is also a potential furin inhibitor, and may decrease the impact of respiratory health concerns.*

Rose Hip – A potent and natural source of bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, known to support the microbiome and promote a normalized immune response.*

Baikalin Powder – Baicalin, a potent extract from Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), strengthens the body’s natural defenses against harmful microbes by interfering with the interactions of intra/extracellular activity.*

Cistus Tea – A soothing botanical that is rich in polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Cistus incanus helps thin mucous and supports immunity and lung health.*

EN-V™ – A combination of six herbal extracts and liposomal phosphatidylcholine (PC). Combining PC with botanical ingredients enhances the bioavailability of the formulation. EN-V™ contains green tea  (Camellia sinensis), another potential furin inhibitor that may decrease the impact of respiratory concerns.*

Liposomal Calendula – Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a versatile herb that has both drying and moistening properties. It promotes lymphatic drainage and supports a normalized immune response. BioPure® Liposomal Calendula is formulated with liposomal phosphatidylcholine to enhance bioavailability.*

Rosemary Tincture – Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) is rich in carnosic acid and carnosol, which supports detoxification in the bowels, liver, and blood. It is also a potent ally for the immune system and respiratory health.*

Viressence – A dynamic blend of herbs that supports the body’s natural defenses and works synergistically to promote overall health and well-being.* This unique formula contains nine essential herbs including immune system enhancing St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and Echinacea (Echinacea angustafolia).

LipoSorb™ – Our proprietary formulation contains nanonized, liposomal phosphatidylcholine (PC). Partnering this vital phospholipid complex with the highest quality botanical ingredients promotes optimal cellular delivery and improves bioavailability.* (Information taken from BioPure materials. Order from BioPure https://biopureus.com/)

Other Herbals (view Dr. Maya Shetreat Klein’s video series for more details https://drmaya.com/rebel-immunity/)

 

Nutrigenomic Support (supporting gene expression through nutrition)/Advanced Supplementation

Nitric oxide supplement (improves nitric oxide production)

Protandim (supports the body by improving Nrf2, which upregulates SOD and catalase to destroy viruses and bacteria visit). Create an account and order here.

 

Homeoprophylaxis

This is a safe and effective way of educating the immune system through homeopathy.

Influenzinum CV30 (order and read more here)

 

Tools for Greater Cellular Energy and immune Function, Detox Capabilities, Oxygenation, and Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Now, this is almost way out of the scope of this article, but I just HAVE to mention a few tools that I am very happy with that improve health in all areas. They are not inexpensive supplements or free living practices but medical-grade healing therapies. I am not endorsing the use of these methods claiming they are any kind of cure for the coronavirus, but I want you to know that there are tools out there that work on the body globally and as a complete system that will improve everything that is important to create a body inhospitable to disease. Follow the links below if you are curious.

Sauna (read more about the health benefits and watch an interview I did with Relax Sauna rep Ava Bird for more information hereVisit Relax Saunas website here.)

PureWaveNow System (read more about the health benefits and watch an interview I did with PureWaveNow rep James Gorin for more information here.)

HelixLife EMF Shielding (read more here.)

 

Coaching Your Family Through

I know this is a lot, but you got this. You have the tools you need right in your garden, cupboard, health food stores, and the internal pharmacy of your own body. Yes, I know that there may be a very big learning curve for you if some or even all of what I have discussed in this article is new to you. You may have a particular situation in your family that confounds the issue, existing health conditions, or even sensitivities or reactions to even the most seemingly benign interventions and would like some more personalized support. You may be overwhelmed by the choices you have to make and would like a bit more help with the planning and the execution of that plan. I anticipate that many people are feeling this way, and to meet those needs, I am offering group coaching sessions to help families through. So, if you need further guidance and support through developing a plan for your particular family given your individual needs, I would like to help.

Over the course of the outbreak, I will be conducting Coronavirus Outbreak: Making Your Family’s Action Plan group coaching sessions. They will not be free webinars but guided coaching sessions delivered to an intimate group of people with a common concern or topic of interest, in this case, the coronavirus. The group setting will ensure the affordability of each session for interested families as well as maximize my time as your health coach.

 

This is for everyone interested in attending, and you do not have to be a current client to register for the sessions!

 

Once you have registered:

You will be emailed the link to our zoom meeting upon registration.

You will be supplied with:

Your Family Plan Worksheet.

A PDF copy of the article you are reading: “Weighing in on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

FULL Official Article,” and an “at a glance” sheet and summary of the information shared during the session.

Part of the coaching session will be an hour-long Q and A session to field all questions from participants.

The cost for the sessions is $30CDN (Canadian dollars) per participant per session. I decided to reduce our usual group coaching rate of $60CDN/session in light of the urgency and stress many people are feeling and to further make accessing my services more affordable for all.

Read more about how group coaching works here.

See our schedule of current offerings here.

 

Alright, I think I’m done. I hope that this article has helped in some way and that you come out of this experience feeling more empowered than ever before. Put your hand on our heart, and take a deep breath. May you and your family be well.

 

 

Sources and Other Information from Trusted Sources

Dr. Eisa Song “Coronavirus (COVID-19): What a Pediatrician Wants You to Know“ https://healthykidshappykids.com/2020/02/27/coronavirus-covid-19/

Dr. Jill Carnahan “Worried About Coronavirus? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself”

Worried About Coronavirus? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

Michael McEvoy

Dr. Detrich Klinghardt webinar http://www.sophiaeducate.com/klinghardt_virus_webinar/?inf_contact_key=20efcff45c9ea57c730993918524cb58680f8914173f9191b1c0223e68310bb1&fbclid=IwAR0boAheA4VPueOQ-3eDFg6obNyW4ijVHqif667MNOgM11B5gjayXTGXx8k

BioPure https://biopureus.com/

Dr. Nathan S. Bryan  https://drnathansbryan.com/corona-virus-fears-what-you-need-to-know-to-stay-healthy-and-protected/?fbclid=IwAR3tXASNYuyevT33hm8pXBQsjGdfVU1kMEYWUjGkXaqhFcdUt36Lwwhrfns&utm_source=Master+Leads+%26+Accounts&utm_campaign=fedee87d74-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_06_10_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_14723a19ca-fedee87d74-458765461&mc_cid=fedee87d74&mc_eid=6f0ebf6e54

Michael Roesslein https://rebelhealthtribe.com/wellness-optimization-series-episode-1-maya-shetreat-immunity-lungs-stress/

Dr. Maya Shetreat Klein https://drmaya.com/rebel-immunity/

Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19) https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses\

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html#s

https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/respiratory/corona-virus.htm

 

Information About Specific Supplements and Herbs Taken From:

BioPure newsletter

Microbiome Labs newsletter and website

 

Carla Atherton, MA, FDN-P, Family Health Coach, is the director of The Healthy Family Formula, host of The Children’s and Teen Health Summit, author of the forthcoming book Family Health Revolution (release date: January, 2020), editor, book junkie, research geek, insatiably curious mother of three grown (son age 21), almost grown (daughter age 19), and growing (daughter age 16) children, one of whom has Type 1 Diabetes. Carla lives on an acreage in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, where she works from a home office with families from all over the world on the reversal of conditions such as, Autoimmunity: Type 1 Diabetes, PANDAS/PANS/Autoimmune Encephalitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity; Asthma, Allergies, Eczema, and Reactivity; ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities; Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health Disorders, Eating Disorders, ODD; Other Neurological Conditions; Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Disorders; Untangling Mystery Symptoms, Complex Cases, and Co-Morbidities (having more than one condition); Mold Illness; Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; Lyme; Other Infection; and Addictions. Carla is on a revolutionary mission to empower families to transcend our new normal of ill health and chronic disease.

 

 

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