There seems to be quite a bit of panic being generated by government and media lately over the Corona virus, with trillions shaved off the stock exchanges in the last few days because of it. I realize that people have died, and that’s tragic. I am paying attention to it, but I am not in a panic, and I do not fear that I am going to succumb.

I’d like to remind people that we have been through this before and many times. I recall 1976 with the Swine Flu epidemic. They quickly came up with a vaccine. Millions took it, and many wound up with Gullain-Barre Syndrome- from the vaccine, not from the disease- and tied to iron lungs for the rest of their lives. I didn’t take the Swine flu vaccine. And guess what? I’m not going to take the Corona vaccine either, if they come up with one.

I want you to realize that fear sells. And it’s also good for business, the government business, including the CDC business.  I am reminded of the line from V for Vendetta, when the despotic High Chancellor tells his Cabinet, “They (the people) need to be reminded, again and again, why they need us.”  And you should also think about the fact that every time there is an outbreak, some people get sick and some people don’t. And that was true even in the worst pandemic of the 20th century, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Back then, there were so many people who were traumatized, depleted, and malnourished from World War 1, that they had no resistance. I have to think that the state of your nutrition, the state of your vitality, and just your overall health has a huge bearing on whether or not you get sick. And frankly, I feel vigorous. So, I am not losing a wink of sleep worrying that I am going to succumb to this virus. 

But, let’s talk about the people who are probably going to be more vulnerable than I am, and it consists of millions of people. For instance, there are the millions of people who take drugs every day to destroy their stomach acid. Do you realize that stomach acid is meant to be a sterilizer? That one of its purposes is to kill microbes and to protect your system from infections? So, all these people who take Nexium or Prevacid or other acid-blocking drugs are tampering with a powerful protective mechanism. The truth is that stomach acid is something that you need. I realize that when it rises up into your esophagus and throat that it’s a problem, but it certainly does belong in your stomach, and to solve the problem of acid reflux by destroying your stomach acid is the wrong approach. Doing that has unintended consequences, and increased susceptibility to infections is one of them.

Do you realize how much energy it takes for the body to concentrate acid in the stomach? It takes a lot of energy, and that’s why young people, who are more energetic, have more stomach acid than old people.

You should think of your stomach like a battery. What happens when your car battery runs out of acid?  You have to get a new battery; that’s what happens.

Saliva is another protective agent. There are anti-microbials in saliva, and plenty of people take drugs that cause “dry mouth” as a side effect, and that increases their risk of infection too. Taking mucus blockers does the same thing because the mucus that lines the respiratory tract, from top to bottom, is also protective. And then people are taking a lot of other drugs that are immune-suppressive, including steroids, plus all these new “biologics” that are prescribed to treat auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Then there are the cancer chemotherapy drugs that are also immune-suppressive.

So, there are a lot of vulnerable people out there, but I am not one of them.  I’m not doing anything to hurt my immune system, and I’m doing plenty to support it, nutritionally and otherwise. I apologize if that sounds cocky, but I am just telling you honestly that I am not worried for myself about the Corona virus.   And I am going to be 70 years old on my next birthday.

And, there is a very important point here, and it is that susceptibility arises from weakness, and weakness results from what people do to themselves, and what doctors do to them- with their prescription pads. And there is plenty more of the latter going around than most people realize.