Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
April 2020 Newsletter
Well what a difference a month can make. The weather has been much nicer but the world has been much crazier. I hope for your personal sanity you are watching comedies on Netflix and not 24/7 news on the Corona virus.
Be Careful What You Focus On
The media loves sensational stories. “If it bleeds, it leads,” has been the mantra of the newsrooms for decades now. If a Boeing 777 fall out of the sky and all aboard are killed, that will be the main news story for days or even weeks. That plane can carry slightly more than 550 passengers and crew. In 2017, there were 37,133 people killed in this country in traffic accidents. That is 712 per week. Where is the daily count on the media for that one?
Per the CDC’s website: In 2017, the 10 leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide) remained the same as in 2016. Causes of death are ranked according to number of deaths (1). The 10 leading causes accounted for 74.0% of all deaths in the United States in 2017.That’s 731.9 deaths per 100,00 people per the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db328.htm)
There were 325,084,758 people living in the US by the end of that year. That means about 6518 people died per day. Why don’t we see that statistic being counted daily? Maybe because it might make our healthcare system look bad or people would be afraid to buy cars and drive if we focused daily on these two statistics.
The media determine the focus of the news and it appears they are trying to stir-up panic and fear by how they present the “news”. My last newsletter I showed where the CDC numbers counted 55,672 died in 2017 from the flu and pneumonia. That’s about 153 people a day over a year but the flu season really runs from October thru March so that would double the daily number to about 305 since it’s for 6 months and not a year. From Dr. Brownstein’s latest blog:
You can see the season starts in October and November with low numbers, peaks in January and February and begins to decline in March. The peak month of activity can change between the months of January, February and March. Keep in mind, this chart is an average of the activity between 1982-2018.
So, it’s natural to see a big run-up in cases and deaths of flu and pneumonia this time of year but we’ve never been exposed to the daily count before. Maybe they were trying to hide the dismal performance of their beloved flu shots?
The media has not covered what we can do to strengthen our immune system to all infections. It is well known that stress weakens your immune system and laughter strengthens it which is why I made the recommendation at the beginning of this newsletter.
Wash your hands and hide plus use tons of chemically based wipes and sanitizers daily has been the media mantra to keep you well. Unfortunately, chemicals absorbed through the skin and lungs actually make you more susceptible to infections and weakens your immune system. Soap and water are great but don’t go crazy with the Clorox wipes unless you are wearing gloves and a mask. Ozone air purifiers do kill all those infections and chemicals floating around in your house which is why I have one at home and the office.
Sleep, hydration, light exercise, 7-9 hours of sleep per night, avoiding sugar, alcohol and processed foods all help to strengthen your immune system. All vitamins and minerals help but especially vitamins A, C, D, E, K, selenium, zinc, antioxidants, lysine, licorice root, neem, olive leaf, golden thread, oregano, tea tree, echinacea, astragalus, Coptis, cat’s claw, garlic, curry, turmeric, medicinal mushrooms, pine bark extract, grape seed extract, green tea extract, Omega3 EFA’s, fermented foods, etc. There is a lot you can do to keep you well but this doesn’t fit the drug model of Big Pharma and the AMA so you won’t here about it on the news.
We are here for you during this crazy time to treat you or ship you supplements. Stay well!