One Key “Don’t” And One Key “Do”

Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

Americans are, by nature, freedom-oriented, and when it comes to mandates, rules, ordinances and even laws, there’s a touch of the renegade built into each of us that makes us flex, innovate, fight in battlefields of all kinds, and challenge authority or civilly disobey when we believe it is called for.

We may be defiant when our personal preferences are in conflict with whatever behaviors we resist on principle. For example, how we embrace CDC standards on COVID safety, hand washing, social distancing, staying out of crowds and keeping our faces covered — it seems like a small price to pay, but many push back, not only on the acts being suggested, but on the act of suggesting them.

Veteran contrarians like me don’t like being told what to do without good reason, and I have rebelled against enough good reasons to know one when I see it. So, I have decided that for now these four precautions are within my comfort level, and I’m glad that many have come to the same conclusion.

But such defensive maneuvers are at best a holding pattern, and apparently not even that, as whatever inconsistencies with these guidelines, or their inherent limitations, are manifesting as ongoing community spread with no end in sight. I’m tired of blaming medicine – if they knew what to do, they’d be doing it, but they don’t, so they can’t, leaving many of us to get ground up on the gears.

And that invites us to consider what we should be doing to fill that vacuum. There’s such opportunity for whoever steps up to solve this riddle, it’s shocking that the obvious has not yet gained traction.

Louis Pasteur, all-time great microbiologist, said “C’est le terrain,” meaning that it isn’t the microorganism causing the disease, but rather the degree and quality of host resistance that allows it – which is good for us, since we may not be the ideal practitioners to treat infectious disease, but we are perfectly suited for increasing resiliency and health to make our neighbors less vulnerable.

And that brings up two articles I found this week, pointing out one big “don’t” and one big “do” we can apply to augment health and immune response. They’re not everything, but they’ll make a difference.

The CDC lists obesity as a predisposing factor for contracting COVID-19 when the Body-Mass Index is over 30, which includes a whopping 42% of our population, with the worst 9% having a BMI over 40. Numerous studies offer explanations, from mechanical issues like fat compressing the lungs to hamper respiration, to inflammation amplified by hormonal imbalance, to common comorbidities like heart disease and diabetes, to leptin biochemistry and more. But one thing is abundantly clear – the obese are more susceptible, and while obesity is rarely listed as the primary cause of death, COVID sufferers are more likely to expire when they are overweight. So, “don’t” be obese, it increases risk.

And we can support that, by teaching those patients to recognize the jeopardy they place themselves in, and by providing natural weight correction strategies designed to improve lifestyle choices so they can get fit without dangerous drugs, invasive surgeries or other potentially hazardous tactics.

The “do” comes from a new study that showed that those deficient in Vitamin D were 77% more prone to be infected. You can adopt the simple habit of taking inexpensive, readily available Vitamin D, and/or spending more time in the sunshine. So, “do” raise your Vitamin D levels, it decreases risk.

Most of us have been too passive for too long, and the results are not great. Let’s exert more of an influence on those we touch and serve, starting with one big “don’t” and one big “do,” and let’s see if we can change the trend and facilitate the reclamation of our lives, sooner rather than later.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global

PS As the world awakens, don’t go to sleep – prepare to lead. Work together. Be loving. Do good.