Letter from Publisher, April 2020
The coronavirus, so long an unreal event taking place in a country that’s a continent away, is now a pandemic we are all grappling with on a daily basis. We are told to be calm as public venues, sporting events and schools shut down. We have learned new phrases like shelter-in-place and social distancing.
It sometimes feel like the earth is shifting beneath our feet. How do we protect ourselves and our families from this new threat to our health? As you know, or might expect, I am a devout believer in natural health. Does that mean I never go to a doctor or hospital? No, I had foot surgery last November and I check in with an integrative medical practice twice a year.
But, I don’t get flu shots, I don’t take prescription drugs, thankfully—except for a minimal dose of hormone replacement—and although I have been urged by friends “because of my age” to get a shingles vaccine, I have not heeded their advice. Some may call that foolish on my part. I call it a firm belief that my body, mind and spirit are interconnected. Like musical instruments in a symphony, and with me as the conductor, if they are all playing in harmony, the result will be beautiful.
I know that my body knows how to heal if I give it the fuel it needs in the way of nutritious, non-GMO, unprocessed foods; and if I avoid sugar as best I can, given that I have a sweet tooth. I also meditate, practice gratitude, and try to remind myself when I feel a wave of melancholy approaching of what Bruce Lipton says—my biology is based on my belief. That may sound radical to some, but to me radical is putting chemicals and toxins in your body and expecting it to thrive.
Aside from a healthy diet, my prescription to stay well during these challenging times includes taking vitamin C, a B complex, vitamin D, zinc and magnesium. I also take an all-natural immune booster, called Buried Treasure, ACF. The ingredients in ACF include a variety of herbs like echinacea, rosemary, thyme, elderberry, myrrh and additional vitamin C. I cap it off with a teaspoon of colloidal silver and a probiotic. A great way to add a probiotic to your diet naturally is by eating fermented food, like sauerkraut and yogurt.
Foods that can help boost our immune system can play a big part in staying healthy. In the article Gut Check: Feeding The Immune System from our January issue, under this site’s Home page menu item Health > Conscious Eating, you will find some recipes that are not only healthy, but also delicious. Two of my favorites are Cauliflower Tumeric Soup and Lentil Stew.
Another weapon in our arsenal is Nature. If you can, try to spend ten minutes a day outside, feeling the sun on your face, listening to birdsong, putting your bare feet on the ground. Yes, I believe in grounding, too. The earth has many gifts to offer us.
Over the years, I have come to realize that the body, in concert with the mind, emotion and spirit, is an awe-inspiring organism that we have not yet begun to truly appreciate.
Peace and Blessings,
p.s. The picture below is of my adorable great granddog, Max. As many of you are aware, pets help reduce stress, and that helps our immune system, too!