My aim is to educate consumers and health professionals to improve their health and hygiene practices to protect themselves and their loved ones from the Corona Virus. A side effect of this unprecedented pandemic is a new kind of fear causing an understandable panic response. My focus is on sharing time tested natural health solutions for virus protection from enhanced self-care and an integrative, rather mass mandated, medical and public health response.
Coronavirus is in the family of viruses that frequently cause the common cold, which we all have had and lived through with rest, hydration, and immune support from a variety of whole, natural, colorful natural foods, herbs, spices, and dietary supplements. COVID-19 is a novel member of the Coronavirus family that was discovered in December of 2019 in China and appears to be more severe than the common cold for some members of the global human family.
Like influenza (the Flu), COVID-19 seems to affect the chronically ill and the elderly most severely – especially those with cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Fortunately, young children and pregnant women seem to be spared from death and more severe illness (unlike with the flu).
How can you catch COVOD-19?
Like influenza and the common cold virus, COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing and mucus production. These droplets may be directly spread from person to person from as far as 6 feet away or may be picked up from contaminated surfaces. The incubation (how long it takes to get sick from the time you are infected) ranges from 2-21 days. People seem to be most contagious while they are actively sick with symptoms, although there are concerns that the virus may be spreadable even before or after the illness has resolved. How long the virus can survive on surfaces is currently unknown.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The large majority of people who get infected with COVID-19 have mild cold-like symptoms (cough, congestion, runny/stuffy nose, and fever). Some people even have no symptoms at all. In severe cases, it is possible to develop pneumonia, respiratory distress, sepsis (blood infection), septic shock and even death. The mortality rate under the age of 50 is very low.
Is there a test for COVID-19?
There is currently a test for COVID-19 but it is only available through the C DC. This means that regular doctors’ offices are unable to order it. If you have symptoms, you most likely have a common cold or flu. You can go to your doctor or to urgent care or emergency room to be tested for the flu.
Is there a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, but the CDC is working on it. There is currently no specific treatment for the COVID-19. Like most viral illness the treatment is supportive: proper hydration, respiratory support, oxygen, pain management, and hospitalization or intensive care support for severe cases. Lifestyle and natural remedies you can use to strengthen your immune system and protect your body against viral infections are listed below.
Hand washing for more than 20 seconds with soap and water. This has been proven to prevent influenza and many other infections. I recommend doing this before every meal and more often for children who still put their hands in their mouths.
Hand sanitizer – needs to have more than 60% alcohol to be effective. This is sometimes even more effective than hand washing. I like EO essential oil (lavender) hand and face wipes.
Clean surfaces. Viruses can cling to door handles and furniture for up to 2 weeks. Some recommendations would be Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Cavicide, Clorox Wipes, or Rubbing Alcohol.
Minimize travel and high-risk activities. The CDC only recommends avoiding travel to high-risk areas. You may want to consider postponing leisurely travel that you have planned – both within and outside the United States. Airports are clearly “higher risk” locations due to the volume of people from all around the world who pass through.
Stay home if you are not well. This is a major reason why we have epidemics and pandemics. In addition to infecting others, you or your family are more likely to get something else while their system is challenged an
Eat for Health™ – Eat a well-rounded, nutrient-dense, chemical-free, whole food diet. Decrease sugar and processed foods. Affordable Nutrition and the Flavors of Health Cookbook are resources on how to eat well on a moderate budget.
Rest to Recover– Fatigue lowers our immunity and makes us more vulnerable to infection, injury and chronic illness. It slows our recovery. A personal self-healing retreat is a great way to create viral protection and recovery rather than a forced quarantine. Both are a withdrawal from the outside world, but with a different mindset.
Health Products to Consider: Consult with your Health Care Provider for combination, dosing, and duration
Research is abundant that the following supplements, herbs, spices, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies significantly decrease the frequency of illness for children, adults, and working associates. Dosage and duration are best worked out by working with a professional nutrition consultant or natural health care provider.
Vitamin D: The large majority of adults and children have insufficient levels of vitamin D and may actually need more than these basic recommendations.
Probiotics: These friendly bacteria, vital for good health. In addition to improving digestion, they have been shown to decrease the number of upper respiratory infections significantly.
Essential Fatty Acids: Fish oil and cod liver oil (vitamin A and D) is essential for our brain, nerves and immune system to work efficiently. Under stress, systems become inflamed. Good fats
Multivitamin: A multivitamin and mineral, preferably with herbs and enzymes provide a full spectrum of micro-nutrients, trace elements and phytonutrients (from the herbs) to complement the diet. This is especially important for someone who has not been eating well has lost their appetite, of fallen off the health food wagon due to stress or feeling unwell.
FOR ANY INFECTION ADDITIONAL
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Elderberry Syrup
- Oscillococcinum – effective homeopathic for reducing cold & flu symptoms.
SYSTEMS UNDER DURESS
- Medicinal mushrooms
- Bone broth
- “Fire cider” – cayenne, ginger, horseradish, garlic, turmeric in vinegar
- Osha Root
- Oregon grape
- Scutellaria baicalensis
Cool Inflammation, Lessen Pain, Regain Vitality
- Dan shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza)
- Japanese knotweed
- Huang Qin (Scutellaria baicalensis)
- Wild cherry
A virus or other pathogen gains a foothold into your body via a chronically weak or compromised body system. As such, being a health warrior is far better than being a disease worrier. Co-VID 19 is in our biome, our world. So, too are trillions of healthy micro-defenders. The best defense is staying away from crowds and toxic environments, and improving out Wellness Practices, which include (1) Eating for Health, (2) Healthy Lifestyle, (3) Mindfulness, (4) Healing Relationship and (5) Spiritual practice. To learn how to live well, gain truly life-saving education from BaumanCollege.org and personal and community health support from BaumanWellness.com.
Sources and Resources
Bauman College: Affordable Nutrition Workbook and Program. Bauman College Press (2019)
Bauman, E and Marx L, Flavors of Health Cookbook, Bauman College Press (2012)
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen