Can You Clean Coronavirus Off Your Food?

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  • Evidence suggests there’s little reason to be concerned about coronavirus on your food. There are no known cases of food or food packaging transmission of COVID-19
  • Conventionally accepted food safety guidelines should be followed. Cook your food well. Takeout can be reheated if you’re concerned about contamination. Fresh produce should be washed under running water
  • Do not use hand soap, dish soap or bleach to clean your produce
  • Raw food is also unlikely to cause COVID-19, even if it’s contaminated by a cough or sneeze. The reason for this is because respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 reproduce in your respiratory tract, not your digestive tract, which is where your food goes
  • A sensible way to minimize any risk associated with contaminated food packages, however potentially small, would be to transfer the food to a clean container and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after discarding the original container

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BREAKTHROUGH? Single dose of common agricultural drug Ivermectin found to “essentially eliminate all viral material” of COVID-19 coronavirus within 48 hours

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A new study published in the journal Antiviral Research finds that Ivermectin, a common agricultural drug used as a de-wormer for cats, dogs, horses and livestock — achieves a 5000-fold reduction in replication of the SARS-cov-2 “Wuhan” coronavirus. Continue reading

Fruit Juices Not as Healthy as Most People Assume

In a world where people drink soda by the gallon (I used to know a woman who had a Coke for breakfast), fruit juice would seem to be the height of good sense. Just about the perfect health habit. Continue reading

Vitamin B1 Is Vital to Protect Against Infectious Disease

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  • Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency syndrome (beriberi) has many similarities to sepsis — a primary cause of COVID-19 mortality — and thiamine deficiency is relatively common in critically ill patients in general
  • Thiamine deficiency is prevalent in pulmonary tuberculosis, and the more severe the case, the more severe the thiamine deficiency. Thiamine has been shown to limit Mycobacterium tuberculosis by regulating your innate immunity
  • Thiamine deficiency is also associated with the development of high fever, and some researchers have suggested that serious infections may in fact be a presenting manifestation of thiamine deficiency
  • Clinical case reports have shown thiamine injections reversed a number of acute illnesses in which high fever was a factor, including one case where the patient presented with high fever, headache and asphyxia, and another where the patient had high fever and severe pneumonia
  • Thiamine is required for metabolism of some of the metabolites of vitamin C. Vitamin C also works synergistically with corticosteroids, which helps explain why the Marik Sepsis Protocol is so effective. Magnesium may also be important, as it is required for the activation of thiamine

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3 Musts for Pregnant Women During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s pretty scary for everyone during this time of COVID-19, and doubly so for moms-to-be. Continue reading

Things to consider when building your stockpile of healthy foods

During this period of worldwide calamity, everyone is looking into the kind of healthy foods they should get for their stockpile. You may be living in a city or state that has already imposed some lockdown procedures. In that case, you may want to check the foods you currently have. Continue reading

Here’s how to use cold storage to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh, even without electricity

When the power goes out, you won’t be able to rely on electric-powered refrigeration to keep your healthy fruits and vegetables fresh. Given the state of the world today and the fact that panic buying is becoming the norm in grocery stores all over the country, you may want to consider alternative ways for keeping your produce fresh for as long as possible. You can still do this by utilizing cold storage. Continue reading

These high-zinc foods could help stop coronavirus

In case you didn’t know, scientific research published in the journal PLoS Pathogens back in 2010 found that ionic zinc is a powerful inhibitor of coronavirus, preventing its replication and spread. Continue reading

Tasty and nutritious: 3 easy bread recipes

Consumers hold a positive view of bread, according to a comprehensive review led by Ghent University in Belgium. Despite a tendency to consume junk foods, consumers consider bread to be a basic food product. It is also regarded as an important component of a balanced diet due to its high dietary fiber content. Plus, it is an excellent source of good carbs that aid metabolism, digestion and immunity. Continue reading

More people are starting home gardens to address possible FOOD SHORTAGES due to the coronavirus pandemic

While the rest of the country is panic buying because of the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have taken up home gardening and prepping aren’t too worried about possible food shortages. Continue reading

High Heat May Kill the Coronavirus

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  • A recent Chinese investigation suggests COVID-19 is highly sensitive to high temperatures and spreads faster in colder climates; its most rapid spread is occurring at a temperature of 8.72 degrees Celsius (47.7 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Fever is a core mechanism by which your body fights viral infection. You can simulate a fever by raising your core body temperature in a sauna, steam bath, or by engaging in physical movement to induce sweating
  • A number of studies have investigated the antiviral effects of sauna bathing. For example, a clinical study involving 50 volunteers showed regular sauna bathers had half the rate of common cold compared to nonusers. Those who use a sauna at least two or three times per week also have a lower risk of influenza and pneumonia
  • Sauna use kills bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses and boosts your immune function by increasing white blood cell, lymphocyte, neutrophil and basophil counts. By elevating your core temperature your body also releases heat shock proteins that help block the replication of influenza viruses
  • Coronaviruses (as a general group) incubate in your sinuses for about three days before moving down into your lungs, and appears to be destroyed by temperatures around 133 degrees F (56 degrees Celsius), which can easily be reached in a sauna

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Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety, Isolation and Loneliness

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  • If you’re anxious about getting infected with novel coronavirus or worry about the health of family members, consider trying the Emotional Freedom Techniques to ease your anxiety or the FAST technique from NET
  • As governments around the world are issuing social distancing recommendations, more and more people are self-isolating and limiting their face-to-face interactions. While important to curb the spread of infectious disease, self-quarantining can also trigger or worsen feelings of loneliness
  • Even without government-recommended social distancing, loneliness is already at “epidemic” levels; 46% of American adults report feeling lonely, 47% say they do not have meaningful in-person social interactions on a daily basis and 43% report feeling isolated
  • Ease boredom and stay connected by video chatting with family and friends. Other creative solutions people have come up with include live-streamed DJ sets, online book clubs, cooking classes and other online events conducted via video conferencing or video chats
  • For those who were already isolated to begin with, the recommendation to connect through technology may not help much, since they lack a social network. Many of the most vulnerable, such as the elderly and disabled, also lack the technical know-how. For these individuals, the answer really lies in a compassionate reaching out by others, perhaps complete strangers

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The Most Vulnerable Die First

Two years ago I wrote: The CDC has called the 2017-2018 flu an epidemic and in England it’s a pandemic filling up hospitals until its standing room only. They are reporting that more than 50 patients at a time had been left waiting for beds in casualty units, with 120 patients a day being managed in corridors and “some dying prematurely.” Continue reading

6 Natural ways to strengthen the immune system amid the coronavirus outbreak

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. A healthy immune system can identify pathogens and distinguish these from the body’s cells. However, a weak immune system caused by poor nutrition and lifestyle choices can make the body susceptible to infections, like the coronavirus that is currently ravaging the world. Continue reading