4.3 How to Improve Your Immune System

Take care of yourself and your immune system will take care of you.

I am not the only one who thinks it is better to strengthen the immune system that to force social isolation. On March 10, 2020, Steven Hotze, M. D., posted an article that also questioned the current Corona Virus hysteria. Here is a quote from his article:

“Take a deep breath. Think accurately and rationally. Use common sense. There have been numerous strains over the years of the corona virus (CoV). Some corona viruses simply cause the common cold, while others cause more serious illnesses. This is not the first time a strain of the corona virus has caused a health scare. The SARS-CoV corona virus was the cause of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002. The MERS-CoV corona virus caused the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012. Remember the Bird flu in 2005 and the Swine flu pandemic in 2009? During each of these infectious disease outbreaks, the media put on their “Chicken Little” costumes and cried out, “The sky is falling!”

“That is what is happening again. The current corona virus, COVID-19, pales in significance compared to the annual influenza epidemic. Let’s look at the facts and put this current corona virus strain in perspective. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that so far in the United States this flu season, from October 2019 through February 22, 2020, there have been 45 million cases of the flu in the US. More than one in ten people got the flu this year. There have been 560,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 46,000 flu deaths in America in the past five months. There is no specific treatment for the corona virus other than supportive care.

You have been exposed to millions of viruses and bacteria daily since you were born. You have an immune system that makes antibodies to fight off these infectious organisms.

“To build a healthy immune system, I recommend an “ABCDZ program” to my patients, consisting of high doses of Vitamin A and B complex, Vitamin C and Vitamin D3, and Zinc. This will help prevent them from getting the flu, corona virus, or any other viral or bacterial infection. Use common-sense hygiene, like washing your hands. “

I too have recommended that folks take Vitamin C and D3 as well as a multi-vitamin which has the other vitamins and minerals noted above. There is strong scientific research supporting the claim that these vitamins can improve your immune system. They not only protect you from the corona virus – they also protect you from the normal flu and a host of other illnesses.  Low vitamin D levels are linked to respiratory infections and increase susceptibility to influenza. Exercise and going outdoors is also good. Staying indoors and hiding under your blanket is not good for you or for the economy.

Evidence Our Immune System Fights The Corona Virus
On March 16, 2020, researchers in Australia announced in Nature Medicine that they had mapped the body's immune response to the Corona virus. "We saw a really robust immune response that preceded clinical recovery." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51921403

With the help of our immune system, people recover from the corona virus in the same way that people recover from the seasonal flu. Thus, the key to reducing fatalities is not so much preventing folks from getting the virus but in strengthening our natural immune system response to the virus. Patrick Porter PhD stated:

“First, you have an innate built-in immune system, the one you were born with. Mom, Dad and generations before them helped you get a leg up on what you might face in the world after birth. Your second system is called the adaptive immune system, and this is the one you can best control.”

Many people have figured out the connection between their immune system and resisting viruses even without the help of a scientific study. As news escalated about the corona virus, online searches for ways to bolster the immune system have surged. Here are some of the questions people are asking in online searches:

Are there foods to boost my immune system? (yes)

Will vitamins help? (yes)

If my immune system is deficient, how do I fix it?  (exercise, lose weight, eat well, quit smoking).

While eating healthy, exercising, and taking vitamin supplements for deficiencies, such as Vitamins C and D, can all help strengthen your immune system, there is one additional factor that many people are not aware of. That factor is stress also known as fear or your body’s fight and flight response – triggered by Mass Hysteria Media coverage of the corona virus.