Updated: Aug 23, 2021
With Covid-19 "We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the truth" ~ Hippocrates
I truly believe that Hippocrates, the Wise Greek Physician, also the 'Father of Western Medicine' had it all figured out. Look at a few of his insightful quotes:
“First do no Harm”
“All Disease Starts in the Gut”
“Let Food Be thy Medicine and Medicine thy Food”
“The Greatest Medicine of all is Teaching People How Not to Need it.”
Let's focus on this one:
“All disease starts in the gut”
Yes! If your gut is not working properly - and by gut I mean the esophagus, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine - you probably have what's known as a Leaky Gut. Leaky what?
Let me explain....
The delicate lining of the digestive system is a filter designed to only allow substances of a certain size to pass through to the intestines. We have trillions of good and bad bacteria working to digest food in the gut but we need to keep a healthy balance. There are many things that can throw off the balance like stress, toxins, processed foods, medicines, pathogens and organ malfunction. These can cause the delicate lining of the gut to tear.
When the intestinal lining has tears, harmful substances may leak into your bloodstream where they don’t belong. These substances include toxins, waste, undigested food, as well as harmful viruses and bacteria. With leaky gut syndrome, the damaged cells in the intestines are not able to produce the enzymes needed to perform the proper digestive process, making it very challenging to absorb all the good nutrients from your food and supplements.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF LEAKY GUT?
There are obvious signs like pain, gas and bloating, but also you can also break out with acne, feel irritable, have trouble sleeping, feel consipated and it even exasserbates anxiety and depression.
What does this have to do with Covid-19?
The 3 main thing I want to point out here are:
1) That Leaky gut creates INFLAMMATION which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune disorders. These are all co-morbidities which make dealing with Covid more complicated.
2) No matter the quality and price of the food and supplements you take, if you have a leaky gut, you will not be able to absorb the benefical nutrients.
3) The Modern American diet (convenience and packaged foods) cause acidity, and pathogens thrive in an acidic environment.
Can Leaky Gut Syndrome be Treated?
Band-aid treatments with corticosteroids, prescription antibiotics and immuno suppressive drugs may be temporarily life-saving for acute episodes of pain, bleeding or severe inflammation as occurs in Crohn’s disease, lupus or colitis. In the long run, however, none of these treatments do anything to heal the leaky gut problem.
What can be done?
It is difficult to fix the delicate inner gut-lining, but it is not impossible.
Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome should begin with bovine colostrum, specifically one that is standardized to contain high levels of immunoglobulins, lactoferrin,
PRPs, growth factors and that has a protective and delivery mechanism such as liposomal delivery with phospholipid coatings to protect the colostrum from
digestion and ensure it can deliver the nutrients and anti-pathogenic action of colostrum to the cells in the liningof the intestine. ProColostrum LD has been clinically proven to prevent and heal Leaky Gut Syndrome in human trials conducted at the Royal Hospital in London.
Why are Hippocrates' quotes so relevant today, and why am I bringing this up now?
Well last week, Bloomberg posted an article that predicted that the world may never reach herd immunity, and Covid-19 (and its derivatives) would be around for many decades. Also, professor Roger Seheult, an MD who works at a major San Diego hospital, (arguably America’s leading voice on COVID-19) says that people with co-morbidities fare far worse that healthy people.
Depressing? Maybe. It all depends on your mindset and lifestyle.
I do not want you to worry because I am going to give you the 'Hippocrates Advantage'.
“Let Food Be thy Medicine and Medicine thy food”
I writing this to offer you an alternative to the fear-mongering from news stations and an provide alternative approach to worrying about the vaccine: whether it’s effective or whether to take it and worrying about new variants.
And if you get sick from anything, I am here to urge you to STOP looking to Big Pharma for the answers, and heed Hippocrates’ ancient wisdom:
"The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." - Hippocrates
It's my Mission to help you Remember to Embrace your Inner Healer: We must remember our biggest defense against any disease is our INNATE ability to heal ourselves. So where to start?
It all starts with the power of our Immune System, a huge gift we were born with, which, if you treat it well, will not let you down.
Let me ask you this: Hasn’t it proven itself, again and again, fighting disease, healing broken bones and tissue and getting you well after an illness? YES! And if it hasn't, you can fix it.
As Hippocrates said, what we should be doing now, is not looking externally, but figuring out ways to strengthen the immune system and maintain our health through NATURE and LIFESTYLE: such as, nutrient-dense foods, supplements, meditation, fresh air (ventilation) and staying active.
*Incidentally, doing these things will give you energy and increase your happiness and vitality!
So what is the role of the innate immune system?
The innate immune system consists of physical, chemical and cellular defenses against pathogens. The main purpose of the innate immune response is to immediately prevent the spread and movement of foreign pathogens throughout the body.
Examples of innate immunity include: Cough reflex; enzymes in tears and skin oils; mucus, which traps bacteria and hairs which trap small particles.
The Innate Immune System consists of the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the nasopharynx, cilia, eyelashes and other body hair.
Innate immunity is comprised of different components including:
physical barriers (tight junctions in the skin, epithelial and mucous membrane surfaces, mucus itself);
epithelial and phagocytic cell enzymes (i.e., lysozyme), phagocytes (i.e., neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages),
inflammation. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and initiate tissue repair.
HOWEVER, if the inflammatory response doesn't switch off, inflammation can wreak havoc on your health and lead to these co-morbidities.
How can we protect The immune System and reverse Inlammation?
Lifestyle has a massive impact on immune response. Here are some things that help:
eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
maintaining a healthy weight.
drinking alcohol only in moderation.
getting enough sleep.
avoiding infection through regular hand washing.