The more you think about it, the less it makes sense.

Ever see someone in the grocery store wiping “germs” off the handle of their shopping? I often wonder, are all those antibacterial wipes providing a false sense of security?

Think about it, unless shoppers are going to wipe down the entire store, then where’s the cutoff point? Did the farmer who picks the lettuce wipe his hands? How about the guy loading the soda truck? What about the person cutting down the bananas?

Can you see where this is heading?

Unless fear is kept in check, there’s no end to the amount of “what ifs.” What if last night, while you were sleeping, a random bat swooped down and wiped its tiny nose on your front door handle?

Fear is a powerful human emotion. Yes, fear can help protect us from an escaped tiger but too much fear can work against us. Imagine if this Howard Huges mentality were to erode the mental robustness of the next generation.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have noticed how the media likes to constantly fan the flames of fear. At the rate we are going, the general public will be so scared we’ll all be walking around in hazmat suits!

Any idea who controls the media?

Yup, whoever spends the most money on advertising. Ads generate revenue, this, in turn, pays the salary of your trusted news anchor. Here’s the thing, people who wear nice clothes and speak well on camera influence our perception of the world 24/7.

Think of it this way. 99% of what you see and hear is controlled by a handful of men with deep pockets. By the same token, those same men decide what you don’t see and don’t hear. Given the amount of corruption in this world, that last sentence should send a shudder down every spine.

A lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is lacing up its boots. — Mark Twain.

It’s no secret, the media is now a vehicle to help the pharmaceutical industry sell its lucrative products. But the media isn’t the only one taking pharma money.

Any lobbyist worth his/her weight in pig shit will have the ear of your favorite politician. In case you missed it, the goal of a politician is to find wealthy donors to help them get re-elected. The goal of a lobbyist is to influence legislation. Hang on a second, isn’t that a conflict of interest?

Hell yeah! A more critical mind might suggest some of our rights are being offered for sale to the highest bidder.

But what’s any of this got to do with germs?

As it happens, quite a lot. By the time you read this, a fresh batch of “emergency” legislation will have already passed. Some of it gave the government extraordinary powers. For those who follow history, you’ll already know that any government with extraordinary powers rarely bodes well for the little guy.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. — Ronald Reagan.

When fear turns to panic your right to decide what’s best for can disappear with a stroke of a pen. Make no mistake, this goes above and beyond where you can and can’t travel/shop/work. In emergency situations, health agencies could well decide what goes inside your body.

That’s right, it’s not enough to have control of the world around you. The man now wants to crank it up a notch and control the environment within you. AKA, your immune system.

As any psychologist will tell you, desperate people have a habit of doing desperate things. It’s just a quirk of human nature. When the mind is driven by relentless fear, the ability to think critically becomes impaired. Press that fear button long enough and hard enough and some people will demand their rights be taken away. Now we have a problem looking for a billion-dollar solution. And so, the yearning for a quick fix begins.

Most have chosen to stand in line waiting for the government to “shoot-em-up”. If this route brings you peace, then more power to you. I salute your right to choose. Sadly, this also impacts my right to choose.

For any germaphobes out there, you should probably know that trillions of bacteria and viruses are already living inside you. No really, it’s true. As you read this, your skin is crawling with them.

At any one time, approx. 100 trillion bacteria live inside your digestive system. But wait, there’s more. It estimated that there are over 380 trillion viruses living inside you. This is known as the human virome. Without it, life as we know it would cease to exist.

You may think of yourself as being human but the number of microbial cells inside you outnumbers human cells by ten to one. That makes you only ten percent human. I wonder what effect all that hand sanitizer has on a body? Can we say endocrine disruption? I think so.

The trick to staying healthy is to give the body what it needs and steer it away from what it doesn’t. As an example, few would argue that sugar weakens the immune system. But did you know that certain bacteria and viruses feed off sugar? But if that’s true, why isn’t legislation demanding people make better food choices? Short answer — money, lots of it.

Ever noticed how two people can be exposed to the latest bug going around but only one person gets sick? This would suggest that some immune systems are stronger than others. The good news, there are ways to boost your immune system naturally.

To keep your immune system running at optimal levels, the body requires key nutrients, adequate rest, and a lack of emotional stress. Key nutrients were once found abundantly in the soil.

But thanks to modern farming practices, many are now missing from our food. In some cases, these nutrients have been replaced with toxic products. Sold to us by non-other than… The same supermarket handing out those wipes! I know right, you couldn’t make this stuff up!

And yet, you only have to look under a microscope to see how effective the natural immune system can be. Once fired up, it’s a match for a wide range of would-be enemies. It can defend itself from multiple foreign invaders. At the same time, it can also launch counterattacks with deadly precision. To be clear — your immune system is equipped to deal with threats on a minute-to-minute basis. It’s been doing this since the beginning of time.

Again, we just have to give it what it needs. With the right fuel in the tank, the immune system becomes a formidable ally. Hence, those with a robust immune system rarely get sick. With that in mind, correcting any underlying nutritional deficiency would seem like a logical step in the right direction. But there is a problem, can you see it?

A downgraded immune system results in sickness. Hence, the medical industry has been trying to rid the world of infectious diseases for the past hundred or so years. For the past fifteen years, that battle has somewhat intensified. And yet, rates of serious illness continue to rise, and nobody seems motivated to ask why?

We need to be exposed to germs. Trying to control infectious diseases is a lot like trying to squish a balloon. As soon as one disease is eradicated, another pops up of equal or greater magnitude.

As millions rush to line up outside the doctor’s office in search of a quick fix there’s also an element of risk. Could this be a reason why autoimmune conditions are now skyrocketing? Maybe, baby.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. -Voltaire

With more than a hundred to choose from, autoimmune conditions range from annoying to life-threatening. From MS to ALS, from Type 1 Diabetes to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Tragically, the list goes on and on and on.

Perhaps this is the clearest signal that man has underestimated the complexity of the immune system. I suspect there is more to this debate than meets the eye. But when the only tool being used is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.

As it stands, science doesn’t know the reason for the autoimmune epidemic. Autoimmune conditions cost the taxpayer billions of dollars each year. The cost of human suffering is incalculable.

Once triggered, a confused immune system can launch an attack anywhere within. Having an autoimmune condition can be like having an octopus on your back. Its long tentacles reach into every part of your body. Whatever it comes in contact with, it then destroys.

Lest we forget, the immune system is anything but dumb. When we treat it with respect it becomes a formidable ally. Treat it wrong and it becomes a highly complex problem that few people understand.

What did we learn from this?

Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge. — C.G. Jung

When it comes to autoimmune conditions, science is quick to point out that it doesn’t have all the answers. I’m simply suggesting that we explore other avenues to fight disease. One of which is to remove processed food from the diet. Then, flood the cells with cutting-edge nutrition. This topic alone should open the door for intelligent debate. Sadly, freedom of speech is becoming an illusion.

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