Covid-19 Variants – Our Proactive Health Plans

No question – this has been a year from…

However, with every miserable thing that happens in life – is an opportunity to learn.

I will always ask (gently and diplomatically!) someone with a chronic illness, “how did you know?” Looking back, were there any signs, that maybe we sloughed off as stress, age, or something else?

How do these covid variants happen?

Let’s first have a crash course on virology. Viruses are probably the best example of our concept of ” to infinity and beyond”. They are the most abundant form of “life” on earth, and probably elsewhere! Exponential growth is an understatement. Literally, trillions to the power of another few trillion.

A virus has a shell, capsid, which protects its viral material, or genome, safe. Some particularly resilient viruses such as Hep C, coronavirus, herpes, HIV have an extra protective coating referred to as envelopes.

Viral envelopes hate soap, soap is their kryptonite, which is why washing with soap is paramount to destroy the virus.

Every time the coronavirus transmits between people, it picks up microscopic changes to its genetic code. The result is coronavirus variants, Researchers are observing patterns as to how the virus is mutating. Covid-19 seems to be the lead track star of viruses – redefining how fast a virus can mutate. The bottom line is, we do not know how many variants exist now, or, potentially how many there could be in the future.

Remaining vigilant about preventing transmission is no less vital now – it is even more important now to help halt the potential for mutations.

Hand washing with soap, masks, distancing, covid-19 testing, abiding by lockdowns… are all vital to harnessing this virus from further mutations. The vaccine is NOT a get out of jail for free card!!!

Hopefully, our vaccines will be able to keep up with these mutations. We know that every year (less actually) our flu vaccines need to be updated. The coronavirus vaccines will demand constant updates – more than any software we have ever complained about updating!

Evolution in action… survival of the fittest: In most viruses and disease-causing bacteria, the use of treatments and vaccines challenges them to evolve ways of escaping them so they can continue to thrive… These viruses certainly appear to have an evolutionary advantage.

What can we do to proactively strengthen us against these multiple coronaviruses?

Yes, we ALL must abide by the rules to prevent transmission. But how can we strengthen ourselves, that if we come into contact with these viruses, we minimize our risk of a deadly reaction?

I have many articles on here about the role of chronic inflammation in every one of our chronic illnesses from heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease, arthritis, depression, cancers… Chronic inflammation is the ultimate underlying cause of a compromised ability for our body to shake off any nasties that hit us. AKA – defences are down.

In patients with a severe reaction to the virus, the lungs are damaged, and patients need supplemental oxygen. The risk of mortality these cases is over 40%.

March 2021 Journal of Immunity: Donna Farber, PhD, professor of microbiology & immunology, Chief of Surgical Sciences Columbia University: “Even though individuals are getting vaccinated, severe COVID-19 remains a significant risk for certain individuals and we need to find ways to treat people who develop severe disease.”

“People refer to patients experiencing a cytokine storm in the blood, but what we’re seeing in the lungs is on another level. The immune cells in the lung went into overdrive releasing these cytokines.”

Very complicated science. Bottom line is – lowering our levels of chronic inflammation, is probably our best defense against a drastic reaction to the virus. This explains why, people who already have underlying chronic conditions are more vulnerable.

Please read the many articles I have here on chronic inflammation, and how we can reduce our risk, to not just covid, but all of our chronic diseases. The research continues to support this necessity. My goal in chronic care management, is to bring reducing chronic inflammation, to the very top of our health “to-do” list. All of our other “healthy lifestyle” habits, fall under the umbrella of reducing inflammation. However, please be careful you are not “paving the road to hell with good intentions”. In other words, get the true science on lowering inflammation, and not the pop science.

7 Essential Oils Useful For Inducing Sound Sleep

Sleep is a necessity of the body that brings rest to all the body organs, after a long day’s activity. A person can rejuvenate his physical energy through a night’s sleep, for at least 6 to 8 hours. But the crucial fact is that only a perfectly sound sleep can provide the desired result for the physical and mental stability of a person. On the contrary, disturbed sleep can lead the body to experience terrible fatigue throughout the day, as well as result in the lack of concentration and irritated mood.

But there are a few essential oils that are known to be effective in creating sound sleep, curing all the sleep disorders. These natural oils are all extracted from the flowers, fruits, and the wood of various kinds of trees and plants.

1. Lavender Oil – This sweet-scented oil is derived from the lavender flowers, which has an excellent effect to calm down anxious feelings. So it is best to apply this oil before going to bed at night, to ensure sound sleep without any disturbance. Only 1-2 drops of lavender oil should be added to the pillow or directly to the forehead, wrists, and feet of the user so that its soothing essence can help him/her fall asleep very quickly.
2. Roman Chamomile – Many people are used in the regular intake of chamomile tea for health reasons. However, this essential oil derived from the Roman chamomile plant is useful in relaxing the body and mind of a user. The soft herbal essence of this oil resembles the scent of apple to some extent. This sweet fragrance acts as a stress-reliever and reduces all negative emotions, like anger, bitterness, and irritation.
3. Cedarwood Oil – This oil is derived from the bark of the cedarwood tree. It is used for relaxing the agitated nerves, due to its natural sedative power. A few drops of this essential oil can be added to the pillow of a patient suffering from insomnia and watched the difference instantly. Apart from inducing a feeling of tranquility, this oil helps in fighting common cold and different household pests.
4. Vetiver – This oil is obtained from vetiver grass, which is also called khus-khus in many Asian countries. It can be applied directly to the body skin for reducing mental stress, leading to sound sleep at night. It also works fast in soothing mental traumas and emotional shocks. It is used as a medicine for the relaxation of nerves and to stimulate the circulatory system of the body.
5. Valor – This essential oil is made by mixing rosewood oil, frankincense oil, black spruce oil, and blue tansy oil. Its woody scent helps in maintaining balance in the nervous system, resulting in increasing the physical and mental strength of the user. Moreover, it induces courage, self-confidence, and concentration. It also decreases the anxiety level, balances the emotional upheaval, and even reduces back pain. Hence, a few drops of this oil should be massaged on the wrists, feet, chest, and neck before going to bed or may be added to the massage oil for a full-body massage.
6. Orange – This oil is derived from the peels of fresh orange, for which it has a sweet, fruity fragrance that calms down a disturbed mind. While it uplifts the mood of the user and acts as an anti-depressant; this essential oil also known to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains d-limonene, which is an antioxidant and thus, helps in regenerating body cells.
7. Stress away – This essential oil is made by mixing lime essential oil and vanilla extract. Sometimes, other pure essential oils, like lavender oil and cedarwood oil are added to this useful oil to make it a more powerful sleep-inducing agent. The sweet citrus aroma of this oil calms down emotions and makes the user mentally peaceful, by driving out all tensions and hard feelings from his/her mind.