Coronavirus: The Other Half of the Equation | Ornish Lifestyle Medicine – Dr. Dean Ornish

To avoid getting sick, most of the focus so far has been on preventing exposure to the coronavirus, which, of course, is very important—staying at home, social distancing, hand washing, gloves, masks, disinfecting, etc.

But very little has been written about the other half of the equation: how to enhance your immune system so that if you are exposed, you can reduce the chances of getting sick—or at least mitigate the intensity of the disease and thus reduce the death rate.

The four aspects of our lifestyle medicine program—eat well, move more, stress less, love more—have been proven to reverse a wide variety of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, early-stage prostate cancer, and hypertension. They also enhance immune function.

Here are some relevant studies:

1. Love More:

Spreading fear and loathing about the coronavirus may, ironically, increase the risk of getting sick. Fear can be self-fulfilling to the extent that it does suppress immune function and makes someone more likely to get the very disease they’re most afraid of.

Also, staying at home and social distancing help prevent transmission of the virus, but feeling lonely can be harmful to your health. Study after study have shown that people who are lonely and isolated are 3-10 times more likely to get sick and die prematurely of virtually all causes when compared to those who have a strong sense of love and community.

Fortunately, there are many things we can do to enhance our immune function to help protect us. While it’s important to stay at home, wash your hands, disinfect, etc., it’s also wise to spend more time socializing with family members who are living with you as well using video or just audio technologies like Zoom or the phone to virtually spend time with friends and family in other places.

For example, Sheldon Cohen did a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which he dripped rhinovirus (which causes the common cold) in the noses of volunteers. (I don’t know how he persuaded people to volunteer and got this approved by the human studies committee….) All of them became infected, but not everyone developed the signs and symptoms of a cold.

Those that had only 1-3 social ties—defined as a phone call or visit from a friend every two weeks—were 4.2 times more likely to develop a cold than those with 6 or more social ties during that time. (Now, just visit friends virtually rather than in person.) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/417085

2. Stress Less:

In an earlier study, Cohen dripped five types of respiratory viruses (rhinovirus type 2, 9, or 14, respiratory syncytial virus, or coronavirus type 229E, a less deadly form than the current coronavirus) into volunteers. The rates of both respiratory infection and clinical colds increased significantly in a dose-response manner with increases in the degree of psychological stress. Infection rates ranged from approximately 74 percent to approximately 90 percent, according to levels of psychological stress, and the incidence of clinical colds ranged from approximately 27 percent to 47 percent.

In other words, stress suppressed their immune function. Because of this, the more stressed they felt, the more likely they were to get infected and sick. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108293250903
And in a more recent study, he found that those who he infected with rhinoviruses who had positive emotions such as happy, pleased, and relaxed had a 2.9 times lower risk of developing a cold than those who did not in a dose-response fashion.

In other words, feeling happy and peaceful enhances your immune system. https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Emotional_Style_and_Susceptibility_to_the_Common.25.aspx

In contrast, when you’re depressed, your immune system is depressed as well. In a different study by Margaret Chesney and others, men who were HIV positive (i.e., all had evidence of being infected with the HIV virus) and were depressed were significantly more likely to develop AIDS and die from it than those who were not depressed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8885823

3. Eat Well:

Numerous studies have clearly shown that a healthful whole foods plant-based diet enhances your immune function. There are thousands of substances in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy products that are protective against infections. https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/incredible-vegan-immune-system

4. Move More:

Many studies have shown a clear, inverse relationship between moderate exercise and risk of a wide variety of illnesses, including infectious diseases. It enhances immune regulation. Just walking 15-30 minutes/day makes a big difference in your immune function. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005

So, I put all of this together to say that it does make very good sense to be mindful of reducing risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus by staying at home, social distancing, hand washing, gloves, masks, disinfecting, etc.) without becoming afraid or depressed. And to spend more time virtually in loving relationships with friends and family; eating well; moving more; and stressing less.

In short, enhancing our immune system can help us to be less “influenced” by the influenza virus.

Finding meaning in situations, especially bad ones, also helps enhance our immune system. With all the tragedy of the coronavirus, is there anything meaningful that comes from it?

First, for those of us who work too much, being at home and being told not to go to work or to travel gives everyone a valid rationale to spend more time with our friends and family, both in-person with those you live with and also virtually with others. No FOMO if everything is cancelled. You don’t have to give an excuse at work to stay home.

Also, having a common enemy can help heal some of the wounds that divide our country. These are profoundly human issues that affect everyone in all states, both red and blue.

It reminds me a little of the classic science fiction movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which an intelligent alien comes to Earth to warn everyone of the importance of living peacefully. He caused all mechanical and electrical machines to stop for an hour to get everyone’s attention. Our world this week is also stopping—for much more than an hour—and it’s getting everyone’s attention as well.

And, finally, having so much less traffic and manufacturing is also giving the Earth a chance to breathe and heal, at least temporarily. A literal breather.

Source: Coronavirus: The Other Half of the Equation | Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Ep. 3: Dr. Michael Klaper—Health & Hope Amidst a Lockdown – podcast with Rip Esselstyn

Dr. Michael Klaper is a friend, a philosopher, and a humanitarian. Today, he returns to the podcast for the third time to talk about the coronavirus and to answer your health questions. In this ever-changing landscape, we are dedicated to providing you with a compass—pointing you towards facts, science, and the world’s most well-trusted medical authorities on health and nutrition.

In addition to talking through the origins of the COVID-19 virus, as well as tips on how you can maximize your health and minimize risk, Dr. Klaper also provides HOPE!

In fact, as he says, there is room for magic in this “pandemic of possibilities.” Hopefully, we will all emerge with a renewed sense of awareness and appreciation for our planet, our animals, and each other.

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Pandemics: History & Prevention Michael Greger M.D.

How to treat the cause by preventing the emergence of pandemic viruses in the first place (a video I recorded more than a decade ago when I was Public Health Director at the HSUS in Washington DC).

DOCTOR’S NOTE

*Please note there is graphic human and animal footage*

This video is more than a decade old, so be aware that the stats are outdated, but I wanted to get something out on this important subject as soon as possible. I am currently working on updating the information, including with my upcoming webinar.

So now that the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is here, what can we do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities? That’s the subject of my upcoming live webinar on April 8 at 2pm ET: How Not to Die in a Pandemic. To register, go here.

All of the sources used in this video, as well as others regarding the history and prevention of pandemics, can be found here.

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Plant-Based Transformation for Beginners Classes Now Available Online from Stephanie Spencer


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Necessity is the Mother of Invention 
 
These are unpredictable times in which we live, sometimes forcing us to try new things we never would have considered under normal circumstances.   
 
Some of us may be eating a bit differently and with greater concern for our health now that our dining patterns have changed
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And others (meaning me) are finding that technology may be the best
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When you combine those two things together,  this may be the perfect opportunity for you to emerge from this difficult time stronger and healthier than you’ve ever been before!  
 
I’ve been a cardiac RN for over 25 years and we reversed my husband’s pre-diabetes with a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet (WFPBD).  We also both lost 20 pounds without even trying.  After seeing Paul’s amazing health transformation, I went on to get my certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the
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After spending almost two decades directing programs that manage chronic disease, now I want to empower people to drastically improve and frequently reverse their chronic illnesses with this life-changing knowledge! 
 
In addition to Type 2 Diabetes, a WFPBD has been shown to greatly improve and frequently reverse many other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, gastric reflux, arthritis, enlarged prostate, and many more.
 
 Arkansas is a “chronic illness hot-spot” and in 2017 was first in the nation for death rates from chronic respiratory diseases.  We know those that suffer from chronic disease have weakened immune systems and suffer more persistent inflammation. Arkansas’s State Chronic Disease Director, Dr. Appathurai Balamurugan has cautioned those with chronic disease to “be vigilant” about their conditions during this unprecedented global pandemic danger.
 
A WFPBD is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients which strengthen the immune system and fight inflammation, two processes important in boosting defenses against infection.   And if there was ever a time to quickly improve an underlying chronic illness so that you can stay out of the hospital,
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We know that we can plummet diabetic’s average blood sugars and insulin requirements in as little as 16 days on a Plant-Based Diet.
Anderson JW, Ward K., Am J Clin Nutr. 1979 Nov;32(11):2312-21.
 
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn demonstrated that patients with a baseline cholesterol averaging 261 could drop to an average of 126 within 10-14 days of starting a strict WFPB diet. Within 6 weeks, these patients’ perfusion scan (non-invasive way to assess blood flow to the heart) was normal as well.
Esselstyn CB Jr., Gendy G, Doyle J, Golubic M, Roizen MF. A way to reverse CAD? J Fam Pract. 2014 July; 63(7): 356-364
 
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What Are The Top Ten Action Steps We Can Take To Improve Our Health And The Planets? What Government Policies Would Help The Food System? Ocean Robbins

31-Day Food Revolution by Ocean Robbins

Ocean Robbins is co-founder & CEO of the 450,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people in live events, and he has organized and facilitated hundreds of seminars and gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations. Ocean founded Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed it for the next 20 years.

He has served as adjunct professor for Chapman University, and is a recipient of the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Freedom’s Flame Award, the Harmon Wilkinson Award, and many other honors. He was selected by Time and Audubon as among the heroes of the new millennium, and is author of 31-Day Food Revolution: Simple Steps To Heal Your Body, Feel Great, And Transform The World (Grand Central Life & Style, January 2018).

Drugs Vs. Food For Autoimmune – Brooke Goldner, M.D.

Question from recent Q&A – “Isn’t it bad to strengthen your immune system when you have autoimmune disease? I thought that was why we have to take immunosuppressant medication.” Medications can suppress your immune system – which can be life-saving when you are severely ill from autoimmune disease, but also leaves you susceptable to infections. The #GoodbyeLupusProtocol uses nutrition to suppress the inflammatory immune response and strengthen the anti-inflammatory immune response, so you can get your health back and not need those medicines any longer. Caution: Please do not change, taper or stop medications without consulting your prescribing doctor, this can be dangerous for your health. Work on getting healthy so you don’t need them anymore and let your doctor taper you when you are ready!

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Good News From China | The Exam Room Podcast | Physicians Committee – Jia Xu, PhD

The COVID-19 pandemic is turning life upside down and affecting communities around the world. On this episode of The Exam Room™ podcast, Jia Xu, PhD, shares a field report from Beijing, China. Jia is a Nutrition Specialist for the Physicians Committee, and he shares positive news from China.

Dr. McDougall’s Self-Help Approach to Saving Yourself from COVID-19

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to Dr. McDougall and the McDougall Team. Here, Dr. McDougall speaks candidly about COVID-19, from the history of viruses to what measures you can take to be safe. Dr. McDougall is monitoring the situation and will bring you up-to-date information as it develops. He will also be conducting Q & A sessions soon. Please email your questions to office@drmcdougall.com. We hope you share this free information with others and take care of yourself, your family, and your community.