Post #7: Viruses 101.... What we Know to be True about Viruses (aka.... the care and feeding of a virus)
What?!? You don't want to care and feed a virus of any sort?
Well, then..... let's set the stage for what it might look like to create an inhospitable environment should a virus want to step foot into your personal space. 😉
Please refer to Posts #5 & #6 for Action Points #1, #2, and #3 'cause I'm just gonna dive right in to.......
Plan of Action #4: Virus infection is dependent upon our body's pH.
To give you 10 seconds of science.... (ie: the how and why)..... Viruses LOVE an acidic environment because they rely of acidification of the endosomal compartment to enact their warfare on our cells.
What is the proper pH of a healthy person? Ideally, we want our body's pH to stay in the slightly alkaline range of 6.8-7.5 to help reduce the risk and lessen the severity of "bug" infestations.
In researching about pH and viruses, I found a study by the Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London. That study concluded that raising the body's pH to an Alkaline state increases the immune system's ability to kill pathogens.
A healthy pH is directly related to a healthy oxygen supply in the body. Hmmmm....... is it any coincidence that our pH is also directly related to our body's electrical frequency? Nope. #wearefearfullyandwonderfullymade
👉TAKEAWAY: The lower the voltage of a body's cell = the lower the body's frequency = the lower the body's pH = the more apt sickness is gonna occur.👈
Here's a cool thing... we don't all have to run out and get test strips to test our pH, although you can certainly do that if you'd like. An easy and quick reference is dependent upon your emotions.
People with an alkaline pH tend to be predominately happy, joyful, calm, peaceful and are generally healthy. People with a more acidic pH tend to harbor emotions of anxiety, fear, anger, guilt, unforgiveness.....and they tend to catch lots of bugs and are prone to more body system dysfunctions.
(This is physics, biology, and neuropsychology all rolled up into one. Please refer back to my post on frequency and viruses if you need a refresher!)
Elevated levels of ☠️ carcinogens, toxins, exposure to indoor and outdoor pollution (this includes unhealthy foods and drinks) causes our cells to be unable to uptake oxygen efficiently. Indoor pollution (ie: what we deal with within our homes and offices) is actually more harmful than outdoor pollution.
Luckily, most of us are largely in control with, at least, our home indoor environment. As the gatekeepers, we have the authority to say what products we bring into our homes...... so it's pretty important job if we are to stay slightly alkaline!
If you are new to the concept of removing toxins from your life, there's no time like the present to start! (see previous posts in this series for pointers)
🛀 DETOX BATHS ARE AN EASY WAY TO START ALLOWING YOUR BODY TO RETURN TO A HEALTHY ALKALINE STATE.
HERE'S AN EASY DETOX BATH RECIPE:
3/4 CUP EPSOM SALTS
2 CUPS BAKING SODA
1/4 CUP BENTONITE CLAY
MIX TOGETHER, AND CONSIDER ADDING 8-10 DROPS OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ESSENTIAL OILS TO YOUR MIXTURE BEFORE ADDING TO YOUR BATH WATER: FRANKINCENSE, LEMON, ROMAN CHAMOMILE, LEDUM, GERANIUM, FENNEL, BLUE TANSY, AND/OR HELICHRYSUM.
Additionally, make sure your detox bath oils are good ones. I cannot speak for other oil brands in terms of purity, and only use Young Living essential oils myself because I know they are unadulterated and, thru their strict distillation methods, they are able to maintain the integrity of the constituents (the working parts) of the oils. #prettyisasprettydoes
Remember tho..... detoxing does no good if you don't first stop exposing yourself to that which made you acidic to begin with. #kickthehouseholdtoxinsout #kicktheacidicemotionsouttoo
You can learn more about the farming, distillation, and testing practices Young Living exemplifies at http://seedtoseal.com/en.
Each oil bottle has an individual batch number that can be traced all the way back to the very seeds or acreage of trees that were planted and harvested. I wish our food supply did this! It gives me great peace of mind to know every effort is being made to keep the oils in their purest therapeutically active form.
Another way to encourage alkalinity, is a simple ingredient most of us probably have in our own homes: Baking Soda.
I'll admit, baking soda in water doesn't taste great, but we can all take and do things if it increases the odds of being healthy, right? I have opted to utilize a YL product called Alkalime when I feel like I've dipped my toes into the acidic side of the wellness pool. It tastes much better than baking soda in water, but I've used baking soda in a pinch.
Take a look at this historical piece of info regarding baking soda and illness that I found:👇
"SODIUM BICARB“The proven value of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda as a therapeutic agent is further evinced by the following evidence of a prominent physician named Dr. Volney S. Cheney, in a letter to the Church & Dwight Company:
“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of ‘Cold,’ Influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated. Further, within my own household, before Woman’s Clubs and Parent-Teachers’ Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of Soda as a preventive for “Colds,” with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took “Soda” were not affected, while nearly everyone around them had the “Flu.”
Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.
During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.
During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.
This info ☝️ from Arm & Hammer historical archives is interesting, isn't it? Our ancestors used some very simple things to stay well and healthy. #anditworked
Plan of Action # 5 : Iodine
Iodine is absolutely critical to our immune system's health, and approximately 97% of individuals in the USA are estimated to be deficient.
As long as we're revisiting history, I stumbled across another interesting historical factoid about Iodine.... and I can't recall ever learning it in pharmacy school. .... We definitely learned about iodine's role in healthy thyroid function and that's why I take a YL supplement ( Thyromin) that happens to have kelp (a natural source of iodine) in it to keep my thyroid happy..... but we're talking about immune system function... not the thyroid today.
Interesting factoid: Did you know that it was once commonly recommended to mist areas with an iodine solution when there were viral outbreaks? I did a little perusing, and found a book (The International Record of Medicine and General Practice Clinics, Volume III circa 1920) that gave easy (but medically specific) instructions on how to do so... you can find it with a little digging on Google.
Then, I found this little jewel that was written more recently in 2009. Here is an excerpt (or you can read the full article also attached below)👇:
"When iodine was suspended in a solution, viral inactivation occurred at dilutions of 1/1,000,000. Aerosols inactivated many viruses within 30 seconds or less. Watery solutions such as Lu- [7,8,12] gol’s are the superior germicides. "
I'm wondering why nobody is doing this in virus laden areas nowadays? It's cheap, easy, and harmless (unless you are a virus!). #IthinkIknowtheanswertomyownquestion $$$
OK.....I'm off to feed my farm-ily and soak in some nature.
Stay tuned.... Post #8 in this series is rollin' around in my noggin.
And remember.... these are musings and observations based on what I know to be true about biology, physics, and history. Please do not interpret any of the above as diagnosing, curing, or treating. You do you. I'll continue to do me 😘.
Stay healthy and be well!
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!