In my earlier posts dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak, I highlighted The Best Little-Discussed Weapons to Fight Coronavirus (sleep, rest, prayer/meditation, food choices) and More Little-Discussed Weapons to Fight Coronavirus (fresh air, sun, exercise).
These are natural, free or inexpensive weapons that serve to raise a person’s immunity to help fight any disease or ailment. Based on the mortality rates of Coronavirus, it’s clear that some experience little symptoms, while others die. The strength of one’s immune system is therefore paramount.
Does Spring Offer Hope?
With the start of Spring, more people will have the opportunity to breathe fresh air; and allow the increasing heat of the season to potentially bring improved health and less disease transmission.
President Trump said in February, “It looks like by April, you know in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away — I hope that’s true.”
The 2003 SARS epidemic went away as the weather warmed up, which would make sense as fresh air and sunlight are great disinfectants (as I mentioned in my first post on this subject), among other reasons. But experts claim that the reason SARS went away had more to do with “extremely intense public health interventions in mainland Chinese cities, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Canada and elsewhere. These involved isolating cases, quarantining their contacts, a measure of “social distancing,” and other intensive efforts.”
Perhaps it was a combination of both factors.
Young and Dumb?
Working against Spring containment of Coronavirus is some of the dumb Spring Break behavior of young Americans who somehow didn’t get the memo. Or perhaps they did, and knowing that they are not personally in a high-risk group, took the young and selfish route and just flouted the disease.
I could see state (New Jersey, Florida, Alabama, etc.) or federal officials coming down on this pretty soon.
Doesn’t Heat Kill Virus?
Experts have known for a long time that heat kills germs. Otherwise, why would they tell us to wash with hot water?
Why is pasteurization used to kill microbes in milk?
Boiling water makes it safe to drink.
Cooking raw meat can make it safe to eat.
I could go on and on.
For instance, a recent article states that heat can kill most germs. Usually at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or more. This article includes specific information regarding the temperature necessary to kill microbes.
Internet Censorship Increasing
So why are articles abounding that seek to lump questionable “cures” with heat protocols—claiming heat WON’T work to stop Coronavirus, without explaining why it won’t work? And why are social media platforms looking to curb the free flow of information?
Now I understand the desire to see quality information proliferate in the face of a global outbreak. But shutting down free discussion and the search to stem this outbreak is just wrong!
Personally, I suspect a desire for the “health experts” to ensure that any cure for Coronavirus comes from the “conventional” medical gatekeepers.
Twitter has just expanded the content that will be banned on its platform. Per a new article from Motley Fool, “Any content that includes denials of expert guidance, encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic tools and misleading content that’s purported to be from experts will be removed from Twitter.” Of course, Twitter gets to decide what is a “fake” or “ineffective” treatment, right?
By the way, how can a treatment be considered “ineffective” if it hasn’t been effectively studied?
Let me be clear: I am NOT suggesting that anyone ignore prudent disease-fighting measures. But in addition to that, with no official “cure” in sight; and knowing time-tested principles (i.e.: heat kills), what is the harm in people seeking to combat a potentially deadly virus by utilizing natural laws?
We criticize China’s “censorship,” but not our own!
Natural Health—The Foundation of Health
There is a constant “cold war” (no pun intended) being waged against natural health practices like heat. Natural health is often purposely smeared by including non-sensical “cures” like drinking bleach to stop Coronavirus, thus hoping to discredit sound traditional health practices.
For instance, Native Americans have long used “sweat lodges” to rid the body of impurities, and to restore good health. These are not altogether different from modern saunas. Now I don’t know if saunas can play a role in combatting Coronavirus as some have claimed, but we have long known that sun, heat, fresh air, and sweating out impurities can improve our immune systems, as can many other natural practices.
And it is my firm belief that turning our backs on natural health practices will not serve to hasten the end of the Coronavirus scourge, but will instead cause us to be more at its mercy.
Let us resist the urge to disparage natural health practices and to throw away our freedom of speech, in some panic-induced notion that this will somehow “secure the public health.”
Critical thought, the free flow of information and discussion only serve to strengthen our world, not endanger it.
I welcome your thoughts.
To your health and fitness…
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. Its focus is natural health and independent living. Patrick is the author of GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple, Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body—Even if You’re Old, Weak, or Broken Down; and is also the creator of Greek Yoga™ and the Greek Yoga for Beginners video. He offers health and fitness consulting in-person in Middle Tennessee and worldwide via phone, Zoom, and Skype. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].