10 Potent herbs to protect your respiratory system

Chronic respiratory conditions can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. From breathlessness to chronic chest pain, respiratory conditions cause a host of complications that can impair the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Continue reading

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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CO2 Treatments for Coronavirus

A global push to slow the spread of the coronavirus has put more than 1.7 billion people confined to their homes. All of these people need some simple treatments they can do. The perfect treatments for coronavirus need to be safe, widely available, inexpensive, easy to administer and of course effective. The good news is that 100,000 people have recovered from the virus. It is treatable for the vast majority unless one is already near dying from a preexisting condition. Continue reading

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

The Truth About Sleep

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  • Our modern lifestyle, which glamorizes constant internet connectivity and round-the-clock activity, conspires to keep us awake far longer than is healthy
  • The standard recommendation for adults is to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Teenagers need around nine hours, while younger school-age children may need upward of 11 hours
  • Healthy sleep consists of five general stages, each stage lasting five to 15 minutes, with a complete cycle (light, deep and REM sleep) taking between 90 and 120 minutes. You cycle through these stages four to six times each night, and this cycling is tremendously important, from both a biological and psychological perspective
  • So far, 51 DNA markers that appear to influence sleep have been found, including markers for long and short sleep duration, morning and evening personalities, insomnia, and high or low sleep efficiency
  • Sleep deprivation has a number of concerning health ramifications, including the promotion of diabetes, excess weight, heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline, just to name a few

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The Impact of Effective Handwashing Against Infection

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  • To effectively wash your hands, use soap and running water, lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds, and be sure to wash your fingertips and between your fingers
  • Forget the hot air hand dryer or cloth towels and use a folded paper towel to increase absorbency
  • By washing your hands you can prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, which may slow the spread of antibiotic resistance
  • Washing your hands too frequently may damage the skin barrier and trigger cracks in your skin that allow germs into your body
  • Build a strong immune system by avoiding processed foods and sugar, supporting your gut microbiome, eating foods high in vitamins and minerals and getting quality sleep 

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Acupuncture therapy is an effective treatment for improving health-related quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Researchers from different universities in Taiwan comprehensively analyzed the effects of body acupuncture therapy in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Their findings were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Continue reading

Here are 10 healthy reasons to start sprouting

Sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can introduce to your diet. Many sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that offer various health benefits linked to immunity, metabolism and cardiovascular health. Continue reading

In quarantine? Here are 6 museums you can visit without leaving home

The National Anthropology Museum and Palace of Fine Arts are among those offering online tours Continue reading

The National Plan to Vaccinate Every American

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  • The coronavirus vaccine may be the first genetically engineered messenger RNA vaccine to be fast tracked to licensure
  • The FDA has not yet licensed messenger RNA vaccines that use part of the RNA of a virus to manipulate the body’s immune system into stimulating a potent immune response
  • There likely will be lots of questions about whether the fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine was studied long enough to adequately demonstrate safety
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) may recommend that all Americans get the newly licensed coronavirus vaccine
  • The government has a National Vaccine Plan designed to make sure you, your child and everyone in America gets every dose of every vaccine that government officials recommend now and in the future

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Which Soap Is Best for Preventing Outbreaks?

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  • Research suggests that were people to more frequently wash their hands during travel, the risk of pandemic infection could be reduced by 24% to 69%
  • Increasing the hand-washing rate at just 10 key airports with the highest infection spread rate could reduce the risk of a pandemic by as much as 37%
  • Frequently washing your hands during influenza season and other pandemic outbreaks is a crucial safety measure. Habituated face-touching is a vector for self-inoculation and transmission of infectious diseases, and most people touch their face an average of 23 times per hour
  • It’s important to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water. Only when soap and water are unavailable is alcohol-based hand sanitizer recommended, as soap eliminates viruses more effectively
  • Soap very effectively destroys most viruses, including COVID-19. Soap dissolves the fatty membrane that holds the virus together. As the virus falls apart, it is rendered harmless and can easily be washed off under running water

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Social distancing helps reduce new caseloads and ease pressure on health care systems, say epidemiologists

Epidemiologists at Imperial College London looked at how various health measures can potentially slow or even prevent the spread of the current coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over 275,000 people and killed over 11,000. Continue reading

Prepare for a long-term coronavirus quarantine by learning these essential survival skills

It’s hard not to panic when news reports keep telling you that confirmed cases of the coronavirus are steadily skyrocketing in the U.S. and the rest of the world. But as a prepper, you can ease some of your fears by learning essential survival skills. Continue reading

Exotic cubeb pepper shown to help respiratory problems, other health issues

Respiratory problems are a huge concern right now as coronavirus plagues the world, so it is a good time to get acquainted with the cubeb pepper plant. Used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to address respiratory infections, its list of health benefits is lengthy and impressive. Continue reading