STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS
This community has been asking for a response to the Coronavirus. While I strongly believe that there is too much bandwidth of the collective human consciousness being spent on this topic, I will try to help us move on to apply our great capacity and ingenuity to fulfill the deep purpose that we each have at this tipping point of humankind.
Respiratory infection is one of the most common causes of death worldwide for children and adults and thus has claimed the lives of many thousands of people in the recent months. Each year, the vast variety of microbial sources for these infections varies. This year, a proportion of our global deaths from pneumonia will include the presence of COVID-19 (not likely to be the cause of death – just as with influenza, it is the secondary bacterial infections that typically are the cause of the death). The loss of these loved ones has a profound impact on their families, friends and colleagues regardless of the vector.
COVID-19 seems merciful in the sparing of children and young adults, but we should be saddened by the loss of our elders in a Western culture that has long forgotten to see, respect, and give close ear to our elders. May this respiratory virus that now shares space and time with us teach us of the grave mistakes we have made in disconnecting from our nature and warring against the foundation of the microbiome. If we choose to learn from, rather than fear, this virus, it can reveal the source of our chronic disease epidemics that are the real threat to our species.
As we move forward during this tumultuous time, let us remember to nurture ourselves and those we love. I’ve included below a series of Lifestyle Cornerstones to integrate into your everyday practices, particularly during respiratory risk seasons, as well as the regimen that I recommend for those feeling the need for more health resources during this time.
Best of Health to You and Yours,
Here is my rundown on lifestyle cornerstones for health during our respiratory risk seasons:
Get great sleep
Can you average 8 hours of sleep at least 5 days a week? An early bedtime no later than 10pm is a critical cornerstone of good sleep.
Get as much outdoor activity and exercise as you can
Find a few minutes every day to be outside in the freshest air and sunlight you can find. #breatheyourbiome
Stay well hydrated
Don’t watch the news
A morning glance at the headlines will be enough to keep you abreast of the hysteria, and perhaps some real facts once in a while.
Eat real food with good company
Avoid or reduce alcohol to one glass daily
Be fully present in the moment and reduce inputs that degrade your immune system.
Pursue a creative outlet for at least 10 minutes a day
Avoid processed foods and sugar
If you are feeling the need for more health resources, please consult with your physician. For additional immune support, consider the following tried and true protocols: