OK everyone is talking about the coronavirus and there is a heightened awareness of every cough, cold and sneeze. I was surprised that the sales of Corona beer decreased recently, maybe they should diversify into toilet paper manufacturing as well.
Bad jokes aside, now, is the time for the most critical aspect of conventional and traditional medicine … preventative care. This begins with good sanitation to reduce as much as possible the spread of infectious and contagious disease. While masks can be useful, try buying one! You can use a scarf or similar, otherwise cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. If you use a tissue, discard it immediately in to a bin.
Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap. Don’t touch your face unless your hands are clean. Of course, if you have any cold/flu symptoms, travelled overseas recently or been in contact with someone who has then please, self-isolate.
Nutrition is crucial. From a naturopathic view, eating the good foods is essential, but just as essential is eliminating all the rubbish foods too. Everything that goes into your body has to be processed. Eating junk food reduces your body’s capacity to function and can severely compromise your immune system. Keep hydrated with plenty of water and avoid the diuretics, especially coffee and teas high in caffeine.
Your digestive system (especially large intestine) is the store house for your healthy bacteria. This is a major contributor to your immune system. Probiotics can be very helpful, especially if the bacteria have been compromised, as can be the case after antibiotics.
Mineral and vitamin levels are essential to immune function too. Zinc, iodine and vitamin C are especially crucial. New Zealand soils are particularly low in zinc and iodine so supplementing with these may be useful. Vitamin B6 helps the absorption of zinc and selenium is essential to allow iodine to be absorbed.
Reducing stress levels and taking time out is also important for your wellbeing. Taking time to do things that are fun, and restorative are important. Don’t forget to look after yourself!
Homeopathic remedies have been used for the last 200 years, and in the last 100 years specifically to help with outbreaks of flus and viruses, especially during the Spanish flu. The following is an extract from “Homeopathy In Influenza – A Chorus Of Fifty In Harmony” by W. A. Dewey MD, that appeared in the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1920.
“Dean W. A. Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality of 1.05%. Thirty physicians in Connecticut reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. Fifteen hundred cases were reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia with but fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital were 100%.”
Don’t forget to maintain some happiness and keep laughing … important medicine!
Eugene Sims, Warkworth Natural Therapies