OUTRAGEOUS: American Red Cross accepting coronavirus-infected people as blood donors, claims coronavirus can’t be spread through blood

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In the latest example of outrageously bad information that we’ll file under “self-serving ignorance,” the American Red Cross has publicly declared that asymptomatic coronavirus-infected individuals can give blood, even claiming they won’t be tested for the coronavirus when they do so. Continue reading

Air pollution levels DROPPING all over the world as coronavirus causes cities and industries to shut down

As major cities all over Europe go into lockdown, levels of air pollution are dropping dramatically. Continue reading

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

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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Telemedicine Comes of Age in Era of Covid-19

(Monarch Beach, CA) – “It took a virus to demonstrate the beauty and proficiency of telemedicine effectively,” mused CEO is US Tele-Medicine, Jacques von Speyer, “ Twelve years ago when we commenced operations, the term telehealth was an arcane notion to almost all healthcare executives nationwide. Indeed, there were exceptions, but by and large, it was relegated to the unknown and, therefore, impracticable. “ Continue reading

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

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

New York City becomes the new Wuhan: Big Apple now the new US epicenter of global coronavirus pandemic

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By far, most cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in America have occurred in states along both U.S. coastlines, but one of them — New York — has emerged as the U.S. “epicenter” for the disease. Continue reading

Researchers: 69 Drugs May Be Effective Against Coronavirus Including Chloroquine

Scientists have recently identified 69 drugs and experimental compounds that may be effective in combating the novel coronavirus.  Continue reading

The coronavirus did not escape from a lab. Here’s how we know.

The persistent myth can be put to bed. Continue reading

They WANT it to spread: Kaiser Permanente theatens to FIRE nurses for wearing N95 masks while treating coronavirus patients

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Nurses working at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California face being fired for wearing their own N95 masks while treating coronavirus-infected patients, health care unions are now warning. The story, broken by The Intercept, is sending shockwaves of disbelief across the internet as people are coming to realize some health authorities are TRYING to spread the epidemic in America. 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