Taming Covid-19: Why Lifestyle Choices are Our Best Option

With all the doubt and confusion regarding the future of Covid-19, and when it will eventually end, it may seem logical that waiting for the vaccine, which offers the promise of delivering us from this evil virus, a worthwhile goal. I believe that the great majority of people around the world think this way and have the highest of hopes that it will be the definitive solution that will finally put an end to the pandemic.

On the other hand, before a vaccine is to be used widely, it normally goes through development and testing to make sure that it’s going to be effective and safe against the virus and that it doesn’t eventually cause serious problems or dangerous side effects. This process usually takes take several years, because it has to pass through different phases (i.e., exploratory, pre-clinical stage, clinical development, regulatory review and approval, manufacturing and quality control). Because of the urgency, the vaccine process for Covid -19 has been fast tracked, with the hope that a successful product will be available within a few months. Many viral experts are concerned with this, including  the U.S. top virus expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said, during an interview with Business Insider, “The whole process is going to take a year, a year and a half, at least.”

Are there other concerns with a fast-tracked vaccine?

  • According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute: “As of October 1, 1988, no vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine related injury or death, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.” Simply put, privately held pharmaceutical companies are liable for the drugs they produce. But, because of a unique arrangement with the U.S. government, if and when a person reports harm that could feasibly be related to a vaccine (i.e., a serious allergic reaction), a government program—not a pharmaceutical company—pays compensation. If something happens and you decide to sue…you’ll be suing the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a branch of the United States government.
  • For the past 17 years scientists have tried and failed to develop a successful vaccine for a coronavirus. An article in BBC news (May 18, 2020), titled “Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one?”, stated the following:

“A vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months. Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available by mid-2021, about 12-18 months after the new virus, known officially as Sars-CoV-2, first emerged. That would be a huge scientific feat and there are no guarantees it will work. Four coronaviruses already circulate in human beings. They cause common cold symptoms and we don’t have vaccines for any of them.”

  • As with most pharmaceutical medicines there always exists the possibility of side effects, that might be unknown at the time the vaccine is approved and administered.

etc.). Those are not going to disappear. In fact, if another pandemic bursts onto the scene, won’t we have to deal with these same health issues again?

In 1976 I decided to become a vegetarian. I did stop eating meat but continued to consume dairy and eggs. Although I did feel good, most of the time, I remember getting flu-like symptoms once or twice a year, every year.  This went on until 11 years ago, when my brother told me that, since he changed to a plant based diet, several years before, he never gets sick. “Maybe it’s the dairy”, he said. I told him that I had been considering that but giving up cheese seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle for me (love that pizza!). He suggested that I read “The China Study”, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, which I eventually did. It changed my whole perspective on nutrition and I immediately took on the challenge of converting to a Whole Food Plant Based diet. As a result, during these past 11 years I have never experienced those flu-like symptoms again.

The reason I’m telling this story is to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle, especially with regards to nutrition, if we want not only to avoid the serious consequences of the coronavirus or future viruses but also to prevent and sometimes even reverse the chronic deceases that cause so much suffering and premature death.

Let’s say, for arguments sake, that a successful vaccine is produced, one that will eradicate covid-19…for good. That being the case, we’ll still have to deal with the underlying health issues, chronic diseases and a compromised immune system that are associated with the disease (i.e., hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.). Those are not going to disappear. In fact, if another pandemic bursts onto the scene, won’t we have to deal with these same health issues again?

In 1976 I decided to become a vegetarian. I did stop eating meat but continued to consume dairy and eggs. Although I did feel good, most of the time, I remember getting flu-like symptoms once or twice a year, every year.  This went on until 11 years ago, when my brother told me that, since he changed to a plant based diet, several years before, he never gets sick. “Maybe it’s the dairy”, he said. I told him that I had been considering that but giving up cheese seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle for me (love that pizza!). He suggested that I read “The China Study”, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, which I eventually did. It changed my whole perspective on nutrition and I immediately took on the challenge of converting to a Whole Food Plant Based diet. As a result, during these past 11 years I have never experienced those flu-like symptoms again.

The reason I’m telling this story is to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle, especially with regards to nutrition, if we want not only to avoid the serious consequences of the coronavirus or future viruses but also to prevent and sometimes even reverse the chronic deceases that cause so much suffering and premature death.

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The Path to Taming Covid-19:

  • Whole food plant based nutrition is top priority
  • Moderate Exercise
  • Stay active and avoid sitting too long
  • Avoid excess stress through meditation, yoga, exercise, dancing, etc.
  • Maintain positive and loving relationships
  • Sleep well, according to your need

 The benefits: 

  • Best option available now for avoiding serious consequences from Covid-19.
  • A strong immune system
  • Reduction of fear, stress and anxiety, which greatly affect our immune system
  • Achieve optimal levels on blood tests, including total and LDL cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides
  • Achieve normal blood without drugs
  • Less doctor visits and dependence on prescription drugs
  • Less frequent colds and flues
  • Natural and sustainable weight loss
  • Abundance of energy
  • Lighter environmental footprint
  • Enjoy the experience of overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing

The Bottom Line:

 It would have been wonderful if, from the very onset of the pandemic, our leaders and medical experts would have addressed the theme of health, to help us to be better prepared to confront the virus, with less fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. What did happen was an impersonal emphasis on forced lockdowns, social distancing, masks, gloves, etc. As a result, once again we learn that taking care of our health and wellbeing is our own personal responsibility. The good news is that there is a lifestyle plan that can help us to do this. A plan that works…and that there is no better time, than in lockdown, to start our journey.

 

 

 

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