Staying Heathy in the Face of Coronavirus: Is Social Isolation the Complete Answer?

Staying Healthy in the Face of Coronavirus: Is Social Isolation the Complete Answer?

Part I

As the number of cases of coronavirus infections continues to rise around the world, entire cities – and even countries – are going on lockdown. Travel restrictions and event cancellations are costing the global economy billions and people are clamoring for information on how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from this new illness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends frequent hand washing and maintaining a “social distance” of at least three feet from other people. While handwashing is a given, being able to stay three feet away from people at all times just isn’t realistic in our society, unless you go into self-quarantine.

Nearly every aspect of our daily lives brings us into close contact with other people.  Going to work and school, taking public transportation, running errands, etc. and for most of us, there isn’t another option. So, while it is common sense to avoid close social contact, social isolation cannot be the whole answer. It is too drastic to be imposed for any length of time and overlooks an obvious and important approach to staying healthy in the face of the coronavirus.

You have to ask the question, why aren’t public health authorities telling us how to boost our natural defenses against illness that our bodies already have? Doctors at the WHO and CDC are acting like we don’t have immune systems and that there is nothing we can do to strengthen our natural defenses.  In their public announcements, it’s as if social isolation were the whole and the only answer.

Could it be that public health establishment, including the World Health Organization, is controlled by the pharmaceutical companies? We know that they are the major funding partners of the WHO. Unfortunately, “wellness” is still a foreign concept to public health officials, who are, after all, part of the mainstream medical establishment. Those of us who have read the research on the antiviral properties of a number of botanicals and have personally experienced the benefits of using these botanicals for our own health are outliers.

Antiviral Medications or Botanicals With Antiviral Properties

Doctors are in the process of testing existing antiviral medications and developing new ones for the treatment of the coronavirus, but the process takes time and such medications are very expensive – especially if you live in the United States and don’t have health insurance.

Antivirals are only available with a prescription, which means that you need to make an appointment with your doctor to get them. They are also often in short supply, so unless you are severely ill, your doctor may be reluctant to prescribe an antiviral. But the biggest drawback of all is that you have to already be sick in order to get a prescription.

Botanicals with antiviral properties, on the other hand, are inexpensive, don’t require a prescription, and are meant to be taken as part of your daily health regimen. You don’t have to wait until you get sick in order to benefit from taking them. In fact, they are most beneficial when taken on a regular basis when you are well or on an urgent schedule when you first become aware that you may be coming down with something.

Dietary supplements made from the Camu Camu* fruit (Myrciaria dubia) and the bark of the Cat’s Claw*vine (Uncaria tomentosa) are widely used in naturopathic (natural medicine) circles for their antiviral and immune system-supporting properties. Camu Camu is the most potent source of natural Vitamin C on the planet, making it a powerhouse for immune system support.  (See pubmed.gov and search for “Vitamin C – antiviral” to find studies (there are more than 600) which confirm these properties.  Also “Uncaria tomentosa – antiviral” to see the antiviral studies on Cat’s Claw.

Desmodium* (Desmodium adscendens) is another wonderful botanical that, while not known for its antiviral properties, supports healthy lung function, relieves congestion, and promotes easy breathing – a major issue in both bacterial and viral pneumonia and a host of other upper and lower respiratory illnesses, including bronchitis and the common cold. (See pubmed.gov and search for “Desmodium adscendens – lungs” for studies).

Cat’s Claw can be taken on a long term basis 4-5 times a week, but all three of these botanicals can be safely taken daily to maintain and strengthen the immune system and to promote optimal lung function for a few months to maintain health and help prevent infection, as well as during active illness. Suggested dosages for each botanical are as follows:

For daily use when exposed to people with viral and bacterial illnesses:

  • Camu Camu – ½ t- 1 tsp (3 – 5 caps) twice daily away from food
  • Cat’s Claw liquid extract, 1:1 strength: ½ tsp three times daily away from food
  • Desmodium a. liquid extract, 1:1 strength: 4 – 5 squirts (80 – 100) drops as needed away from food

For immediate and urgent use if you think you might be getting sick:

  • Camu Camu – 1 tsp (5 caps) every 1 or 2 hours away from food
  • Cat’s Claw liquid extract, 1:1 strength – ½ tsp 5 – 6 times daily away from food
  • Desmodium a. liquid extract, 1:1 strength: 4 – 5 squirts (80 – 100) drops as needed away from food

Making Cat’s Claw and Camu Camu a part of your daily health regimen is an excellent way to strengthen your immune system and stay well, along with avoiding crowds when you are surrounded by people who may be sick.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or under medical supervision.

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