What Defense Against the Virus? Just Act Naturally

A new corona virus sweeps across the nation and people look to government to protect us. The proper role of government is not to protect you; the primary role of government is to secure your natural rights. You look to government to protect you at peril of the loss of constitutionally guaranteed natural rights of life, liberty, and private property.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

Ronald Reagan

Self-defense is a personal responsibility.

What if you knew that each of us has natural defenses against viruses within us? What is the meaning of natural?

Natural: existing in or formed by nature and not by humans

Government is not a natural defense against infectious diseases. This is not to suggest that governments do not play an important role in the prevention of diseases that can cripple a nation.

What natural defenses do we all possess?

Natural barriers and the immune system defend the body against organisms that can cause infection. (See also Lines of Defense.)

Natural barriers include the skin, the corneas of eyes, tears, mucous membranes, earwax, mucus, and stomach acid. Also, the normal flow of urine washes out microorganisms that enter the urinary tract.

The immune system uses white blood cells and antibodies to identify and eliminate organisms that get through the body’s natural barriers. Merk Manual: Defenses Against Infection

An infectious microbe whether virus, bacteria, or fungus will have no effect on you unless it gets past one of your natural defenses. To be clear, unnatural defenses like face masks and plastic gloves are vastly inferior to your natural defenses. However, they are helpful if your natural defenses are compromised.

The deep meaning of natural must not be lost from our understanding of this word. Our Founding Fathers knew it. I refer to the Declaration of Independence, particularly a phrase in the first paragraph, the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, and a phrase in the second paragraph, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.

God formed us and He formed our natural defenses against infections. Responsibility is ours to cultivate and to maintain the effectiveness of natural defenses.

SKIN

A break in the skin offers and opening to an infectious microbe. Action: clean and cover wounds. In the case of cracked or cut skin on the hands, plastic gloves can do nicely. Many people are allergic to latex; I recommend nitrile gloves.

To protect skin of the hands, I use O’KEEFE’S WORKING HANDS hand cream. The chief ingredients are water and glycerin. Apply AFTER washing the hands for best results because glycerin creates a hydrophilic surface that traps moisture to prevent cracking. Regular use prevents those painful cracks in the tips of the fingers.

An emollient I use on dry skin beyond the hands is Aveeno SKIN RELIEF MOISTURIZING lotion. Like the O’Keefe product, Aveeno’s chief ingredients are water and glycerin. The active ingredient dimethicone is the moisturizer. You can use Aveeno cream on the hands but it is too costly for that use – my opinion.

EYES

My eye surgeon Dr. T. Jeff Russell prescribes SYSTANE® COMPLETE Lubricant Eye Drops. The keyword is lubricant. I have used various other eye drops; COMPLETE leaves my eyes lubricated and comfortable.

Avoid touching the eyes before first washing the hands.

URINE FLOW

Any senior citizen knows well the relationship between how much we drink and how often the bladder calls for relief.

I suggest you drink water. How much? There are several suggested glasses-per-day. Here is the a highly scientific method: monitor the color of your urine. Drink enough water to keep the urine stream as clear as possible. Dark yellow = unhealthy. Clear = healthy.

MUCUS

Mucus captures undesirable microbes and flows to carry the unwanted visitors to a place of disposal.

Fox News, 23 Apr 2020 | Cells most vulnerable to coronavirus are in lungs, nose, intestines: study

The average person generates more than a liter of mucus a day, including snot, saliva, cervical mucus, as well as protective coatings for the digestive system, urinary tract, lungs, nose, and eyes. Mucus covers 400 square meters of surface area in an adult body, roughly the same area as a basketball court. – Greta Friar, MIT Scope, 17 Mar 2017

Do you now understand mucus is not some disgusting byproduct of a capsaicin-laced Mexican dish or a nasty cold?

 A runny nose, while socially embarrassing, indicates your immune system works hard to protect you. A common cold, fine dust, and specific allergies can precipitate a runny nose. It is not the mucus that is the bad guy; it is the microbes and foreign materials that trigger the sinus and lung mucus membranes to go into action.

Antihistamines can cause dry mouth, dry nose, or dry throat. In other words, antihistamines can temporarily shutdown your immune system. The conditions of dryness mean you temporarily have no protective mucus. Use wisely and only under a doctor’s supervision.

YOUR SPIRIT

Stress is defined as a process in which environmental demands strain an organism’s adaptive capacity resulting in both psychological demands as well as biological changes that could place at risk for illness. – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI)

Short-term stress is not the problem. Long-term stress has a deleterious effect on one’s health.

What is the cure?

Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!

Psalm 55:6 NLT

Medical science has no off-the-shelf source for personal peace, freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity. Peace is a condition of one’s spirit.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:6-9 NLT

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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