I was a Trader Joe’s Saturday and then on Sunday I heard the one I had went to closed because they had a confirmed case there. You can imagine the worry and stress that overcame me. The facts keep changing and we really don’t know what to expect and many are getting frustrated, angry, and anxious.
Some are going into more fear and anxiety. Some are still wondering what the big deal is. So here is Virus Science 101! Worth 2 mins to read! Then at the bottom there are 10 tips to do that are highly recommend to combat this virus. Some you would be surprised about, like GREEN tea, drinking warm/hot water, showering, and GARGLING with salt water or an antiseptic. Please pass this along to others if you find it helpful.
“Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand…
It has to do with RNA sequencing…. i.e. genetics.
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year… you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.
Novel viruses, come from animals…. the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity… the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.
Now…. sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human… once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be.
H1N1 was deadly….but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too. Fast forward.
Now, here comes this Coronavirus. It existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long…but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person… But here is the scary part…. in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity…doctors have no known medicines for it.
And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs.
That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza…. this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater…And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strains, and strain L….which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.
Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed…(honestly…I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation…
And let me end by saying….right now it’s hitting older folks harder… but this genome is so slippery…if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.
Be smart… acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now. STAY HOME! #flattenthecurve
10 TIPS to Live into a Healthier You
Our bodies fight off invading organisms, including viruses, all the time. Our first line of defense is the skin, mucous, and stomach acid. If we inhale a virus, mucous traps it and tries to expel it. If it is swallowed, stomach acid may kill it. If the virus gets past the first line of defense, the innate immune system comes into play.
1. Wash Your Hands with a Soap that foams up for 20 seconds!
I love the THIEVES foaming hand soap because it has cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus. It;s non-toxic, smells great and not as drying.
2. Breathe! And keep Sinuses moist. Use your humidifier and diffuser!
Diffusing essential oils cleans the air so bacteria is not as likely to grow and also enhances positive emotions, giving you energy or calmness.
3. Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods to boost your IMMUNITY
I like to eat the rainbow. Socrates said “Let Food Be Our Medicine.” Vary it up with fruits and vegetables full of colors. Also try SEA VEGETABLES. These are seaweeds. I love dulse and kelp. Add healing herbs such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, rosemary. I put these on the table to favor our foods in every meal.
Avoid PROCESS sugars. Sugars feed inflammation, bacteria, and viruses!
4. Take showers immediately upon coming home and wash your clothes
The virus can stick to your hair and clothes. So upon coming home after being out, shower and wash those clothes. If you cannot wash the clothes, place in sunlight.
5. Gargle. Gargle. Gargle.
Gargling lowers the viral load, leaving your body with fewer invaders to replicate. Gargle with organic apple cider vinegar, salt water, antiseptic, THIEVES mouth wash – we carry this at the studio and with Young Living Essential Oils.
6. Take a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.
You need minerals. Especially trace minerals because without minerals the vitamins aren’t as active. We have a mineral and detox supplement from miracle clay. I use Concetrace Trace Mineral Drops. It in a blue bottle and you can get it from any health food store.
Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C are all vital nutrients for the immune system. If you take high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus, remember that you should not abruptly stop taking vitamin C. You should titrate down. Vitamin C is needed by the immune system to make interferon, which the immune system produces to protect healthy cells from viral invasion.
Zinc has been proven to be effective against the common cold and to be effective as a topical treatment for herpes sores. It is believed to be effective due to preventing replication of the virus. The immune system needs selenium to work properly and to build up the white blood cell count.
Probiotics are always helpful in maintaining gut health, especially when the body is under a viral attack that involves the digestive system. Probiotic foods and drinks without added sugar can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria.
Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. You can take garlic in a tonic or if you can handle it, chew raw garlic. It not only will help fight the virus, it will help kill any secondary infections trying to take root.
Echinacea not only supports the immune system, it also has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.
Colloidal silver is believed to interfere with the enzymes that allow viruses (bacteria and fungi as well) to utilize oxygen.
A double-blind trail showed elderberry extract’s ability to reduce symptoms of influenza and speed recovery.
7. Hydrate! Especially with WARM/HOT liquids
Your stomach acid may kill the virus before it reaches your lungs. I have ginger and turmeric in a crock-pot all day to drink. Add raw real honey as needed. You can also do this for rosemary! Bone broth is excellent to start your day. Add a little lemon to this.
The flavonoids in green tea are believed to fight viral infections by preventing the virus from entering host cells and by inhibiting replication.
8. Clean surfaces
Doorknobs, rails…virus can live on these for 9 days. CLEAN YOUR PHONE! I love the THIEVES household cleaner. It’s non-toxic and safe for kids and pets. Studies show surfaces cleaned with Thieves had a longer time of protection for germs.
9. Move Your Body
Give QiGong a chance. This is a walking meditation. Try YouTube, I love YOQI.
Your body heals when it rests. 8-10 hours per night. =) Add calcium and magnesium supplement to a beverage to have more restful sleep.
May you be healthy, blessed, and feel Peaceful
All my love,