Ever wonder why some people rarely get sick while others are dropping like flies?
In this post, all media-hysteria has been omitted and in its place, we’ll concentrate on good old fashioned facts, rather than fear. We’ll then look at some effective ways to bolster your immune system. Ready?
First, let’s take a look at China, with a whopping population of 1.393 billion. To date, China has seen 82'295 COVID-19 cases with 77'816 of those making a complete recovery, and sadly, 3'342 people died, many as a result of pre-existing conditions. As horrible as it sounds, we need to keep that last number in perspective, because every second, of every day, people die.
Take last year, for example. The number of Americans we lost to heart disease was a staggering 647,000 deaths! While we are counting, more than 800,000 people died from suicides, that’s one desperate person every 40 seconds. And in the midst of this current Coronavirus “epidemic”, someone in the US is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds. Tragically, 230 of those American diabetics will suffer a life-changing amputation every day.
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing — Raymond Williams
Our perception of death is skewed by an onslaught of fear created by the mainstream media. Fear has no impact on death, it has an impact on life. It should come as no surprise, much of the media is paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. Lest we forget, this was the same industry that stoked a 2018 opioid crisis resulting in the loss of 128 Americans every, single day! But the real epidemic in this world is cancer, estimates suggest 1 in 2 of us will deal with a diagnosis in our lifetime. We could continue with these skull-crushing statistics but for now, we have a more pressing question to deal with.
In case you missed it, you have just read how 77'816 people in China make a complete recovery. As did British prime minister Boris Johnson, Hollywood celebrity Tom Hanks, 70-year-old Prince Charles of England, and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, to name but a few.
All managed to pull off a miraculous recovery without a single vaccine to their name. How so?
Clearly, the immune system has the ability to fend off viruses and bacteria without so much as a sneeze. So the question we should be asking is this — what’s preventing your natural immune system from working optimally?
It's no secret, anything that taxes the body weakens the immune system. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat have all become increasingly toxic. But add to the list sugar and stress and you have just left the door wide open to infectious disease.
Make no mistake, sitting in front of the TV watching a virus kill off people you’ll never meet is stressful. This type of media-induced fear-porn will inevitably have an impact on rational thinking. But the real problem is when it compounds to the point where natural immunity becomes impossibly overwhelmed.
To make this point, you may have noticed how much better your phone runs when it isn’t clogged up with junk images. It’s not the phone, it’s not the images, it’s the actual number of images we need to pay attention too. The same could be said of your immune system. It’s not the immune system, it’s not a lack of virus preventing face masks, it’s how many stressors your immune system can withstand. This is what determines whether you will remain well, while others perish.
Given the inconceivable sums of money now pouring into a COVID-19 vaccine, I wonder, has it’s crossed anyone's mind that the virus could mutate? Overnight, this has the potential to send us back to square one and everything we think we know about the Coronavirus suddenly becomes irrelevant.
Call me crazy, but hasn’t the immune system already shown us it can take on COVID-19? Perhaps we should all sit in our homes and wait for the economy to collapse. Well, okay, but you know stress is a killer, right?
75 to 90 percent of all doctor visits are said to be stress-related. For that reason, stress is inextricably linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. Wouldn’t it be better to give the immune system what it really needs to thrive and detoxify itself? Tangible things like nutrient-dense food, crystal clear drinking water, fresh air to breathe, and exercise. Yup, that old chestnut.
Instead, hardworking people are being told to sit indoors, endure unprecedented levels of stress, and wait for a vaccine while feeding on packs of ramen noodles boiled in tap water. Why? — Because with no job to go to, that’s all some of us can afford.
Now just imagine, how many lives we’d save if “the powers that be” cleaned up the water supply and handed over a few billion dollars towards peak nutrition. This really isn’t rocketed science — when the immune system works as nature intended, fewer people die. The body uses key nutrients to bolster the immune system and support it’s natural detoxification pathways.
Which begs the question —how do we keep our detoxification pathways working optimally? That's a great question and the rest of this post is dedicated to this important topic. Just for good measure, this information is made easy to understand and simple to apply. Ready?
In its most basic form, detoxification is the process of removing harmful substances from the body. Toxins come out via six main pathways but over time, these pathways may become sluggish and less efficient. Fatigue sets in, brain fog becomes the new normal, and even sleep is disrupted. Here comes some good news!
When the body’s detoxification pathways are working optimally, thinking becomes clearer, energy skyrockets, and a peaceful night’s sleep becomes easily achievable.
Sleep is a pretty big deal as the body repairs itself as we sleep. The body also detoxifies best when it’s in rest and digest mode. (Discover how to improve your sleep here.) For now, let's take a closer look at where these six pathways are, what can go wrong with them, and more importantly, how to keep them running smoothly!
Doing most of the heavy lifting is the liver. But the kidneys, skin, lungs, lymphatic system and the digestive system all play an important role too. Given that the Coronavirus impacts the lungs, let’s start with them first.
As you read this, take a deep breath and see how long you can hold it as you read. It shouldn’t take long to understand the pivotal role lungs play in keeping us alive.
Generally speaking, the lungs do an exceptional job of keeping harmful contaminants at bay. Problems arise when exposure to a harmful substance is either prolonged or poisonous. Cadmium and arsenic are two such poisonous substances. FYI, both of these can be found in cigarette smoke.
Damage to the lungs runs by the name of pulmonary toxicity, or lung toxicity. Toxic mold spores, ammonia, and asbestos will all do the trick too. Signs that something untoward is happening in the lungs can be shortness of breath and coughing. Anything that lasts more than a few days is worth getting checked out by your medical provider. Mold can be a little trickier as many doctors won’t pick up on the connection. There’s also no blood test for mold toxicity which makes it a hidden, stealthy type infection. But make no mistake, when it comes to lung problems, mold is the ugly sister to heavy metals. Mold and metals both have the ability to shut down your detoxification pathways. In doing so, they will mimic symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. If you are currently experiencing a lockdown in a moldy house, here’s how you deal with mold issues.
We sometimes think of the lungs as two bags of air. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A much better mental image would be to think of them as a highly sophisticated pair of sponges, each being gently squeezed. Oxygen is fed to the lungs via a series of tubes that become increasingly smaller in size. These tubes look a lot like roots you might find under a large tree, gradually getting smaller the deeper they go.
If you made it all the way to this point without gasping for air, congrats, but you should probably stop now. Hopefully, this short exercise made you realize just how important your lungs are.
HELP FOR POORLY FUNCTIONING LUNGS
Illness aside, making life easier for the lungs is relatively easy and inexpensive to do. The fastest way is to do this is to clean up your indoor air quality. This can be done by simply adding plants to your home. No really, it’s true!
NASA did quite a bit of research in this area and found that Peace Lily, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Ivy were all ideal candidates for this purpose. Compared to other indoor plants these are also pretty low maintenance making them a WIN/WIN.
Air fresheners, on the other hand, are notorious for irritating the delicate lining of the lungs (as are most household sprays). Indoor air quality can be greatly improved by simply opening windows whenever possible.
If your situation allows, spend less time sitting indoors and more time outside in the fresh air. To help alleviate any minor respiratory conditions Mullein tea can also be helpful. Mullein tea helps to lubricate the delicate lining of the lung.
If you have pine trees growing locally be sure to walk among them breathing in that rich pine scent. As you do so your airways will automatically open up and the air quality just feels better. The healing benefit of pine is well documented and dates back to ancient times.
Straight out of the gate, don’t underestimate the value of your skin, it’s alive and intelligent! It doesn’t take kindly to being clogged up with makeup, perfumes, or even worse bug spray! Lest we forget, the skin is porous. Whatever goes onto the skin goes into the skin which then travels into the bloodstream. Problems begin when the number of toxins being absorbed into the skin becomes greater than the body’s ability to detoxify them. Be aware of this when using budget soaps and shampoo’s in the shower. Heat opens up the pores making it easier for toxins to pass through the skin.
On a hot summer day, be aware that the skin needs to breathe. Wrapping it in layers of nylon fibers only makes this more difficult. Wearing natural fibers such as cotton, hemp, allows the skin to breathe. Keeping yourself properly hydrated is critically important especially in the heat of the day.
Skin is sometimes described as the third kidney. It’s also the body’s largest organ. Psoriasis, eczema, and rashes are all indicators that your skin is struggling to cope with something inside the body. Adding cream to the area may help short term but it really isn’t addressing the root cause.
HELP FOR YOUR SKIN
Toxins can also be drawn out of the skin by applying a thin layer of natural clay. Bentonite clay can be purchased online or through your local health food store. Preparation is super easy to do, simply mix it with water to make a paste. For a facemask, apply it to the face and leave to dry for about 15 minutes. Other areas can be left on a little longer so long as it doesn’t feel uncomfortable. Once you are finished clay is then washed off with warm water.
Brushing the skin daily with a firm, natural bristle brush will boost circulation. This, in turn, stimulates the lymphatic system (more on this in a moment). The ideal time to brush the skin is first thing in the morning (before you shower). Start with the feet and work your way up to your legs, then hands and arms working towards the heart.
In the evening, adding a cup of Epsom salts along with one cup of organic apple cider vinegar to hot bath water will draw toxins out of the skin. By far the most effective way to help your skin release toxins is to use a sauna. Bonus points if it’s a far infrared sauna that will speed up the elimination of heavy metals. Rather than overwhelm you, we’ll touch on saunas again later in the book.
The primary role of the kidneys is to filter blood. Kidneys can filter as much as 150 liters of blood per day! Anything deemed suspect is removed from the blood and sent out to the bladder. But that’s not all kidneys do. They also balance blood pressure, maintain proper electrolyte levels, and pH of the blood to name but a few.
We have two kidneys each kidney made up of about a million nephrons. Nephrons are a network of tiny tubes that make for a pretty delicate filtering system. Under normal circumstances, these remarkable filters give us good service day in day out. However, some substances can be poisonous to the kidneys. Chemical solvents, heavy metals, and certain medications are all especially harmful to the kidneys.
The term “nephrotoxicity,” simply means toxicity in the kidneys. Kidneys can handle a certain amount of nephrotoxins, but continued exposure will result in damage. In some circumstances, this damage can be irreversible or even deadly!
Other causes of kidney damage can be linked to diabetes and poorly managed high blood pressure. Early signs that something untoward is happening in the kidneys is an increase in urination. Urine may also appear foamy or bubbly due to a higher than normal amount of protein being excreted.
Puffiness under the eyes, sudden fatigue, excessive foot odor, and/or swelling in the ankles can all be indicators that something isn’t quite right in the kidney department. If you suspect, you have any type of kidney issue be sure you to get it checked out by your healthcare provider.
HELP FOR YOUR KIDNEYS
Hydrated is key to kidney health. Adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to a morning glass of water can help with this. For best results, always drink lemon water at room temperature on an empty stomach. Bonus point if you have access to clean spring water. If not, try cutting out the plastic bottle by filtering your own water — water filters were covered earlier in the book.
Diuretics can help increase the amount of urine that your kidneys produce. This can be helpful when trying to flush the urinary system (more on this later). Diuretics do this by altering the body’s electrolyte or body salt compositions. Obviously, it’s important to be drinking enough water to help keep you hydrated. There are lots of diuretics out there but I like the natural ones such as dandelion tea.
Herbs that can help cleanse the kidneys are juniper berries and uva ursi. Tea made from a large handful of dried corn silk may also prove helpful to soothe the urinary tract. That said, it pays not to overload the kidneys with too many things at once. As with anything new, better to start with a small dose and go slow. Adding fresh parsley to your diet (or daily smoothie) can be helpful too.
The kindest thing you can do for your kidneys is to eliminate any further exposure to nephrotoxins. If your kidneys are overworked or sluggish you may find “Rentone” (sold by Ayush Herbs) is particularly helpful.
THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
The lymphatic system is part of the vascular system and an important part of the immune system. It uses a fluid by the name of lymph to send infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. It also maintains fluid balance and plays a role in absorbing fats and fat-soluble nutrients.
There are approximately 600 checkpoints (known as lymph nodes) located at certain points around the body. The primary role of these is to check the quality of the lymph. You may have noticed how lymph nodes sometimes swell up in response to an infection. If the swelling persists, it can be cause for concern especially when accompanied by fever or unexplained weight-loss.
When the lymphatic system becomes overburdened with too many toxins it becomes sluggish. This is sometimes described as lymphatic dysfunction. The good news is; sluggish lymph can be improved with movement (AKA exercise)
HELP FOR YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
Lymph moves best when you move. The human body was never intended to sit still for hours at a time staring at a computer screen which is why the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. A brisk morning walk is enough to get things moving. Or as Hippocrates once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.”
If walking isn’t your thing you can also get the lymph moving by jumping on a small rebounding trampoline. You can pick these up for under $100 and if money is tight you can sometimes find a used one. Rebounding trampolines are a great way to exercise as they require no gym membership. You can even do it indoors while listening to music. If a little light jumping while listening to music isn’t your thang, then allow me to introduce the James Bond shower.
To do this simply hop in a hot shower. Feels good right? Okay, just before you get out, be sure to turn the water all the way to cold. I know right, but trust me, this is one of the most effective ways to get sluggish lymph moving again.
You can start with just a few seconds and then try and work your way up to a whole minute. The more times you do this the easier it gets. A friend once asked me if doing a James Bond shower every morning would help him live longer. Without missing a beat, I said, “I can’t guarantee it but it might feel like it”. Joking aside, a few seconds of cold water not only gets the lymph moving it can REALLY help to lift your mood. I guess you’ll never know until you try it.
THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Digestion begins with the mouth and ends with the anus. The primary role of the digestive system is to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. When the body has everything it needs, heavy metals form part of that waste. In case you were wondering, then yes, I’m saying heavy metals leave in your poop.
The digestive system is the only system that YOU get to decide how well it works. What we put into our mouths every day is a choice. Some of those choices are nutrient-dense, others, are not so much.
Digestion is how the body gets those all-important minerals we mentioned earlier. Minerals are essential to help us make new cells and carry out repairs. When the body is low on minerals, it is forced to use whatever available. Imagine trying to build a house with substandard materials. Heavy metals take this concept to a whole other level as they fool the body into thinking they are a mineral. Lead is one example of this which is why it becomes embedded in bone.
Your digestive system is also pretty important as it’s home to a whopping 70% of the immune system. Hence, it’s often called “the cornerstone of good health”.
HELP FOR YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Fiber is the key to good digestion but not everybody is able to tolerate fiber in the form of whole grains. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of fruits and vegetables that contain fiber.
Chia seeds contain a huge amount of fiber but they need to be soaked overnight. Soaking chia seeds in almond milk and then adding a spoonful of raw cacao powder makes chocolate chia pudding. Apples, Asian pears, and berries all have lots of fiber. And as anyone following a low carb diet will already know, Avocado’s will do the trick too.
When too many toxins find their way into the digestive tract they are sometimes reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. Fortunately, this book will show you how excess toxins can be bound up and shipped out of the body with the use of a simple “binder”.
Binders can be defined as solid, insoluble particles that pass through the gut unabsorbed. Binders attach to toxic metals and hold onto them just long enough for them to reach the toilet bowl. Chlorella, Modified Citrus Pectin, activated charcoal, Bentonite clay, Silica, and Zeolites are all binders. You can find more information on binders here. Moving along nicely, let’s now take a closer look at the liver.
When it comes to multitasking, this bad boy is in a league of its own. Your liver doesn’t have one main task, it’s responsible for more than 500 different tasks! How important is the liver? Well, it must be pretty important because it can literally regrow itself. No really, it’s true!
Even if one half of your liver was surgically removed, the remaining half would regrow itself. No other body parts can do this. But what’s really impressive is that the liver remains functional even while the other half is growing!
Here are just a few of the things the liver does …
The liver helps to filter out toxins from the body, but it also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It does this by creating a substance known as bile. Bile helps to breaks down fats making them easier to digest. The liver is also an active player in the immune system. It contains high numbers of immune cells (called Kupffer cells) which destroy any pathogens that may enter the liver from the gut.
IT’S A GIVER
When the body has sufficient vitamins the liver will hold back vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12 for a rainy day. Yup, your liver is a giver. But it should come as no surprise that when the liver isn’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
Liver problems can display themselves as irritable moods (in the old days this was often described as being “liverish.” Rage and anger is also something to be on the lookout for. Traditional Chinese Medicine describes anger as an emotion of the liver.
Other symptoms may include digestive upset which may leave you feeling bloated to feeling sluggish after food. An increase in food intolerances, or full-blown allergies. Fatigue, headaches, low energy, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Constipation and diarrhea are common too (especially after eating fatty foods). Skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
When the liver is struggling to keep up with the demands being placed on it people may have trouble sleeping, especially from midnight to 3 am. If this is you, the bitter herbs like milk thistle help to cleanse the liver.
One of the more noticeable signs of a liver problem is a yellowing of the whites of the eyes known as jaundice. Symptoms of jaundice may also include a yellow tinge to the skin, dark urine, and itchiness. An inflamed liver or obstructed bile duct can also lead to this condition.
WAYS TO HELP YOUR LIVER
In case you missed it, your liver has more than enough things to do. This section isn’t about giving it more stuff to do, it’s about taking away known stressors. The most obvious would be alcohol. When the liver tries to break down alcohol, it causes damage to its cells. As the liver quickly scrambles to repair itself damage can be caused by inflammation and scarring
Medications can also tax the liver so it’s ALWAYS a good idea to read the insert. If you notice any of the telltale signs from above, then talk to your doctor, a substitute medication may be available. Failing that, a natural alternative may prove helpful. That said, try to steer away from some of the cheaper natural supplements on the market as many are mixed with fillers. Some of these fillers can be difficult for the liver to process.
Last but not least, it should be no surprise that processed foods can also cause problems for an overworked liver. Throw fried foods into the mix and the health of our liver is slowly edging towards the edge of a cliff. Be especially wary of any foods cooked in oils made from corn, canola, soy, safflower, and sunflower. Healthier alternatives are coconut oil, avocado oils, butter or ghee. Bottom line: Treat your liver well and it will keep you well.
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