Dr. K On Immunity

Greetings Q devotees! The world is now in the grip of a viral pandemic and coronavirus is not through with us. This is a novel virus, which means that no one has resistance or previous exposure. When this occurred with the current flu virus, millions died. Of course that was before much was known about viruses and their spread.

The following information is based on science and an understanding of the human response to viruses. It is not intended to replace or otherwise interfere with the direction of your healthcare providers. It is given as a service to Q Sciences members, and is to be regarded as such. Bear in mind that in considering the relative threat of the coronavirus, the regular old flu virus kills many thousands worldwide every year. Especially those with pre-existing medical conditions or compromised immune systems (chemotherapy, etc).

Rather than repeating what is all over the media regarding the use of hand washing, sanitizers, masks, and isolation, I would like to give you my considered take on the situation and what can be done to deflect this epidemic from our immediate lives. By now, the largest component of this development is the deep fear it engenders in many millions of people, even those who are at very low risk of ever being in contact with the virus.

First of all, a little explanation of the role of viruses and how they become virulent and cause diseases. Viruses are rather like zombies. They cannot survive long outside living cells, which they may readily invade. If they set up house in a living cell, they take the energy and nutrients of the cell to replicate, spreading outside the host to other living beings. If they are on a surface, for example, they have a limited life-span, and washing the surface with soap and water or other cleansers usually removes them, rendering the surface safe from their contamination.

Viruses generally come into our bodies through our respiratory or digestive tissues, which are naturally more open. They may be present in the droplets of sneezes or skin of those affected. They do not enter our bloodstream through our skin, although some viruses can enter via open cuts or sores. Daily, throughout our lives, we are exposed to potentially thousands of viruses, but they do not generally pose a health threat.

One of the most prominent features of such an epidemic is fear, which can take larger-than-life dimensions in our lives. While it is next to impossible to measure fear and make connections to health or disease, I have observed through my many years of caring for the sick that fear in and of itself is a health risk. It seems to set up a vibration that attracts problems rather than making us safer. Of course I have no scientific evidence for this, but I am sure that most people have observed the spread of viruses in families for example. This is not a given, but if your sibling, partner, roommate, etc. comes down with a bug, many simply assume it is just a matter of time before they get it. I used to have 25 people cough in my face as I examined them, and I rarely became ill myself. The only possible explanation I have for this is a strong immune system and a lack of fear. That being said, this is a relatively new situation for many and reasonably causes some fear and trepidation even in the most fearless among us.

So certainly wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap, use hand sanitizers if you wish, but the use of these alcohol containing gels is not a panacea for the epidemic. The surgeon general of the US now advises people NOT to use face masks unless they are ill, or in contact with someone else who has a fever and possibly an undiagnosed illness. Avoid public places if you have no real need to be in them. This is a restriction that may help reduce the spread of the virus, and over the coming days and weeks we will get a clearer picture of how the virus spreads and how we respond to it. Like the flu bug, it may in fact become a regular issue in some areas, perhaps on a seasonal basis. Outright elimination may be impossible at this point, but it can be contained.

There is lots of news about how long the virus can remain viable outside of the body, but this is really not clear at this point but theoretical since we don’t know when a surface becomes contaminated. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. just stated that the virus can live in the droplets from the respiratory system of infected individuals for some time. I feel that this is a stretch, as tuberculosis and many viruses die rapidly when exposed to the elements. Heat, cold, dryness and other factors influence this dramatically.

It is important to be aware that we have an "acid mantle" or protective layer on the outside of our skin. This generally protects us against offending viruses and bacteria, and an important part of that mantle is the bacteria, such as strep and staph species. These bacteria are usually friendly and may help protect against certain microbes, but if our skin is broken and the bacteria are introduced into the cut they may become pathogenic. These are called opportunistic infections. The regular or overuse of hand sanitizers may actually kill the bacterial portion of our acid mantle, and this may aid intrusions rather than protect from them. There are natural options that use coconut oil and essential oils such as eucalyptus, sage, rosemary and other viricidal ingredients mother nature has been so kind to supply us with. Rest assured that ALL Q Sciences products have been formulated to support and assist natural immune function.

Naturally there is significant concern, some warranted and some not. The fact is clear that most of those infected will exhibit no or minimal symptoms, notably fever, fatigue, perhaps cough and other symptoms like the flu. This has not been fully communicated, and as we look at the dire news of deaths it is only natural to take it out of context. With regards to testing, that is a decision that should be made by you, your healthcare provider(s) on the basis of history. Testing supplies are limited, and the government has some control over that. Have you had contact with someone who is ill, perhaps with some other virus or infectious process? Are you yourself ill? Bear in mind that the overwhelm majority of fevers and self-limited infections are caused by agents that the body is readily able to deter and defeat. A vaccine is some ways off, and if you would rather avoid public exposure, then do so. Work from home, if possible, or take other precautions. In the final analysis, it is up to you, and your immune system may well be up to the task of shirking this intrusion. Have faith instead of fear and all will be well!

Until next time, all my best wishes.

Dr. K

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