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Pandemic 2020 – An Opportunity for Humanity

We are currently being bombarded with a great deal of news coverage regarding this major global health challenge. While much of this information is useful, there are still a lot of unknowns, conspiracy theories and disinformation, which can lead to a sense of uncertainty, helplessness and fear. Many experts are now questioning just how dangerous this virus actually is, rating it as less dangerous than the seasonal flu. The reason for this lies in the fact that many people have had the corona virus but have not been tested and had few or no symptoms. If all these people were added to the statistics, the experts argue, the fear which is now widespread would be lessened.

Our intention here is to provide you with positive perspectives and effective strategies, to help you re-align with your natural state of well-being and empower you navigate a path through this turbulent time, with peaceful presence and rational discernment.

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Taking A Broader Perspective

Quantum theory tells us that we create through intention, focus and attitude. In this way, what we experience as manifestation, is an expression of our individual and collective choices. The fact that we are encountering this situation at this particular time, is an indication that we are out of harmony with our natural state of well-being and balance. Nevertheless, this challenge also represents an unprecedented opportunity.

We are powerful creators and even nature itself responds to our intention, as do the microbes with whom we cohabit this planet. We believe that this viral pandemic is a response  to the state of disharmony, currently present around the world. As a result, organisms, such as these, tend to lose their connection with the larger community of life forms, with which they normally cooperate. Thus, we label them as ‘rogues’, ‘enemies’ or ‘pathogens’.

As a pandemic, this virus will likely reach every living human on the planet. What matters is in what state it will find us. Being centered, peaceful, grateful and caring creates in us a condition in which the encounter will be a learning. For those in anger, fear, separation and pain, the outcome will likely be quite different. For some, there will be a transition out of their physical form. It is important to recognize that whatever state in which we find ourselves, there is always the choice to change.

This is thus one of the greatest opportunities we have ever had to re-establish balance, by helping each of us to refocus on our higher intention and to remind each other of our true spiritual nature and our inter-connectedness. We have the ability to allow the vibration of well-being to express itself in every cell of our body. We can use this level of awareness to support the best in ourselves and each other, in order to rise to this occasion and open up a new possibility for the evolution of humanity.

Practicing simple measures such as meditation, positive visualization, reconnecting to the natural world around us and simple appreciation for the wondrous diversity within nature and among all the people of this amazing planet, will allow us to re-establish this harmony and joyful co-creation we intended for this life.

What follows is our offering, based on years of clinical and spiritual practices, to help you prepare. There will be a number of suggestions ranging from diet and lifestyle to the use of various nutritional supplements for you to consider.

The advice contained here is based on the clinical experience gathered over the years by C. Hassell, MD, CCFP, CMRP who has practiced functional/holistic medicine for many years and G. Roth, DC, ND, CMRP, originator of a powerful novel healing method, and is offered in the hope that, prepared for the virus, you will fare better than otherwise. It in no way claims to be prescriptive and should you begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, please immediately seek medical and Public Health help.

What can you do before you get sick?

Reduce inflammation using diet and lifestyle.

Inflammation is the body’s response healthy to injury but this virus creates trouble by causing an exaggerated inflammatory response, principally in our lungs.  We may be able to modify how our body responds to this inflammatory challenge if we can reduce our body’s reactivity in the time available to us before we meet this virus.  The following are some general suggestions.

Reduce sugar and sweets.

Sugar creates inflammation by disrupting the microbiome and promoting the growth of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and possibly viruses.  Sugar includes sweets in any form including the usual suspects -cookies, candies, ice cream, and soft drinks.  Fruits contain large amounts of sugar.  Some are worse than others.  Grapes apples oranges and most tropical fruit (with the exception of lemon) are very high. Sugar is thought to act by altering the gut microbiome which is largely responsible for our innate immune strength. Additionally, in Oriental medicine sweets are thought to weaken the kidney energy.

Reduce or Eliminate Dairy Products

The body’s response to COVID-19 is to produce an excess of mucus. Consuming dairy increases the body’s mucus load. If milk-like products are important to you, find an almond / oat/ rice/ coconut or other milky substitute. (Soya is excluded from our recommendations). The lungs are particularly sensitive to excess mucus which depend on the clarity of a membrane no thicker than kitchen plastic wrap. The respiratory tract immunity and its function may be impaired by pre-existing mucus issues. Smoking tobacco products and vaping likely will increase the severity of symptoms.

Handwashing – a powerful tool

It turns out that a twenty second hand wash is much more effective than sanitizer at removing corona viruses from the hands. Here’s a great short podcast.

Remain positive – reduce fear which attracts illness.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID or, because of your symptoms, believe you have COVID……. Be Not Afraid! Your ancient immune system will help to see you through until your acquired immunity kicks in to defeat this bug.

Almost everyone with COVID will recover completely. Please consider taking the following steps.

  • Rest. Stay in bed. Drink plenty of hot but not sweet liquids.
  • Avoid NSAIDS (Advil, ASA, Naprosyn) because the fever is beneficial and helps to overcome the virus. If high fever, Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help.
  • Please use the supplements on this page including NAC if you develop a mucusy cough.
  • When you think you’re better and your fever and cough has disappeared, please rest for a few more days to let your immune system catch up.
  • Consider if you might be willing to wear a button saying something like, “I survived COVID – you can too.”

Next Steps - Actions to Improve your ability to remain healthy

You may chose to become proactive in anticipation of your encounter with COVID-19. These are our suggestions.

What follows is a verse by Rudolf Steiner who himself lived through the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1917 in which 10% of the world’s population died. Gratefully although the current event is creating terrible pain and social disruption, these words can bring us comfort and courage.

We must eradicate from the soul
all fear and terror of what
comes towards man
out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
in all feelings and sensations
about the future.

We must look forward
with absolute equanimity
to everything that may come.
And we must think only that
whatever comes is given to us
by a world-directive
full of wisdom.

It is part of what we
must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure
trust, without any security
in existence.
Trust in the ever present
help of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do
if our courage is not to fail us.

And let us seek the awakening
from within ourselves,
every morning
and every evening.                                  Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925)

Read More about lifestyle strategies to reduce inflammation and depression.

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