The novel coronavirus is from a family of existing viruses. Approximately 80,000 worldwide have been sickened by the new virus, and a majority of those (around 77,000 are in China). If you or someone you know hasn’t been to China or the surrounding region then you should be alright. And, if you do contract the virus, 81% of cases are mild, 14% of the cases are moderate and 5% are critical.
To put this in perspective, the CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. SARS has a fatality rate of 10%, while currently COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 2%.
Those who should take extra precautions are within the older population, and those with already compromised immune systems. Additionally, those with confirmed MTHFR genetic defects should consider additional immune-boosting measures. Those with MTHFR defects means that the body is not genetically wired to detox on its own, or metabolize folate or B-vitamins.
The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% compromised. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.
Advice from Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill it. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs.
Keep this information in mind:
- COVID-19 will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3-4 days.
- The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
- With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
- The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
How-to Distinguish Symptoms & Prevention Tips
- If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
- Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
- This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 78-80 degrees. It hates the Sun.
- If someone sneezes, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
- If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours, so if you come into contact with any metal surface and wash your hands as soon as you can with hot water and antibacterial soap.
- On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours; normal laundry detergent will kill it.
- Drink warm water, because it is effective against viruses; try not to drink liquids with ice.
- Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
- You should also gargle with warm sea salt water as a prevention.
- Alcohol rub sanitizers kill most bacteria, and fungi, and stop some viruses.
How a Virus Works
A virus is a biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an extraordinary rate.
Viruses are continuously changing as a result of genetic selection. They undergo subtle genetic changes through mutation and major genetic changes through recombination. Mutation occurs when an error is incorporated into the viral genome.
Healthy immune systems can typically address viruses by running RNA interference inside of the cells, thus preventing or limiting replication. Also, the immune system releases T-cells that attack and destroy viruses inside of the body.
Those who eat right, take supplements, exercise and drink lots of water probably have nothing to worry about. Those who smoke, drink, eat processed food, over-consume meat, dairy and products with processed sugar should reassess their dietary and lifestyle habits.
MTHFR genetic mutations will be a concern for many, as well. This means that the body is not genetically wired to detox on its own, and cannot metabolize folate or B vitamins, which is required by the body for cell growth.
Foods that Feed Viruses
Arginine is an amino acid that your body uses to synthesize nitric oxide, which widen and relax arteries and blood vessels to improve blood flow. Arginine also helps to heal injuries, and aids the kidneys in removing waste.
In a viral outbreak, try to avoid overconsumption of foods with arginine. Arginine is an essential requirement for the replication of viruses and progression of viral infections.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Foods to Fortify the Immune System
Vitamin A – This is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.
- Orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.
- Other sources of beta-carotene such as broccoli, spinach, and most dark green, leafy vegetables.
- Egg whites (remove yolks).
Vitamin E – This aids in the prevention of coronary heart disease, support immune function, prevent inflammation, promote eye health, and lower the risk of cancer.
- Nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts/filberts)
- Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)
- Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli).
- In 100 g of avocado, there is 2.07 mg of vitamin E. The same size serving also contains 10 mg of vitamin C, making it a healthy addition to many meals and snacks. Avocado also contains more potassium than bananas.
Vitamin C – It’s necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
- Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit.
- Kiwi fruit.
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries.
Top 3 Immune-boosting Supplements to Consider
- Probiotics w/ Prebiotics – Approximately 80% of the immune system is in the gut. When you have an abundance of probiotic bacteria in your gut, it’s harder for the pathogenic bacteria, which comes with a cold or flu, to take hold. Probiotics also help the body to produce certain vitamins that help keep us strong and they fight viruses on three different levels:
- While the virus is still in your intestinal tract, good bacteria surround and neutralize the virus.
- The good bacteria form a barrier along your intestinal lining to prevent the virus from passing through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream.
- If the virus gets through one and two, the friendly bacteria actually communicate with your body to produce substances that neutralize the virus before it causes damage. Supplementing with probiotics is the easiest way to build up your good bacteria and keep your immune system strong all year long.
- Thyme has a powerful ability to potentially kill off bacteria and viruses and should be taken at first signs of a cold or illness. Thyme contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant properties which supports healing throughout the entire body.
- A member of the mint family, Sage is an aromatic herb that has long been used in traditional medicine to possibly treat viral infections. In one study, sage extract significantly inhibited HIV activity by preventing the virus from entering target cells.
Other supplements to research & consider:
- Digestive Enzymes
- Black Seed Oil
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Colloidal Silver / Structured Silver (liquids, gels & sprays)
- Green Tea
- Licorice Root
External Detox: Infrared Saunas
Infrared saunas are a great option to repair and rejuvenate lung tissue, while clearing out toxins. Of course, it is not recommended during a period of acute sickness. However, the health benefits of exposing yourself to extreme heat include improved heart health, mental health, immune system function and more.
Typically, viruses are inactivated at temperatures between 140-145 degrees, but more slowly than bacteria. Most full-spectrum infrared saunas, which include both near and far technology, can reach between 140-158 degrees. After an acute sickness, infrared saunas are a great option to detox the body.
Anthony Martinez Beven is a certified live blood analyst and detox specialist, and spa owner of Detox Day Spa. Visit http://www.detoxdayspa.com. Call (248) 791-3936.
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