Monday, June 22, 2020

Covid-19 Can We Do More to Protect Ourselves?

Covid-19 is a scary, unpredictable global pandemic. There are few people who are recovering and for some of them their lungs get destroys. We have seen it isn't just seniors and those with prior ailments that surrender to the infection. 

Covid-19 Can We Do More to Protect Ourselves
Coronavirus - Covid19 Virus

Is there an opportunities for this appalling pandemic and for future worldwide viral assaults - would we be able to accomplish more to secure ourselves? We should investigate resistant capacity. 

Our immune system is divided into 2 categories:

Our innate immunity is the immune system we are born with, and functions to keep foreign threats out - bacteria, viruses, toxins...

Our adaptive immunity, the body identifies a threat, and we create antibodies specifically designed to that threat. The threat is neutralized, and the adaptive immune system "remembers" it, so hopefully future responses to the same threat are also neutralized.

Very often we hear people talks about "strengthening our immune system". There is a truly obscene amount of supplements that claim to do that.

What we really need is a balanced immune system. When out of balance, the immune system not only fails to protect us, but it can even turn against us, mistaking our own cells for invading pathogens (nasties), resulting in debilitating chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies are all examples of autoimmune responses.

Now let's take a look at Covid-19:

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. If one knows what the common cold is and human coronaviruses are similar to it.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Our body or immune system have never observed this specific strain of infection previously, so we haven't created resistance. It is likely more contagious than the virus that cause flu and basic cold since it is new to people. People have no real way to get ready for it, and our body or immune system isn't prepared to battle it. This outcomes in the infection causing increasingly cell harm and producing more inflammatory cells."

I have published many articles here on ezines about oxidative stress and inflammation. Please refer to those for more background here.

Yes, Covid-19 is new to us. Research is showing us many of the people dying in the novel coronavirus pandemic appear to be harmed more by their own immune system than by the virus itself. It is the inflammatory response of the immune system that presents grave danger.

Research form the University of Melbourne is showing us "a robust immune response across different cell types was associated with clinical recovery". Balanced immune response seems to be the key in people who recover.

Science now refers to something called a cytokine storm. Albeit still under a great debate, a cytokine storm is an over active immune response and inflammatory responses out of control. An uncontrolled release of pro inflammatory cytokines.

Doctors and researchers are increasingly convinced that in at least some cases of Covid-19, the body's own immune system is overreacting to the virus with a cytokine storm. The immune system has an extreme response that causes more damage than the virus itself. Few doctors are now started using powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to fight with the virus.

There are a thousands of articles, featuring hundreds of studies on the diseases linked to chronic inflammation. 

Research on Covid-19 is very recent. The entire world has put other research on hold, scrambling to save lives. There is so much we do not know, however, we do not have the luxury of time. We all have to do our very best to protect ourselves, and we all have a social responsibility to do our utmost to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Again, many of us think we are choosing a healthy lifestyle, but we are actually increasing our levels of oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation and those cytokine storms, are linked with chronic diseases, and death as research deepens. The research is indicating Covid-19 is no exception.

Shira Litwack, Chronic care management and prevention Providing personal and corporate health programs based on health from the cell. Lowering oxidative stress and chronic inflammation is the key to living a healthy lifestyle, and disease prevention.

Not educating proper about health from the cell, assessing and lowering chronic inflammation explains why so many health programs fail us!

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