No one wants a weak immune system. Can we all agree on that?

 

So, why are we making our immune systems weaker? The answer is good intentions.

 

Currently, most of us wear face masks. Businesses won’t allow us in unless we wear them. We’re told to keep at least six feet of distance at all times. Don’t go outside, stay home. Disinfect packages and grocery bags delivered. Wear gloves.

 

It’s strongly suggested that we use hand sanitizers (60% alcohol +) frequently as well as wash our hands (take your gloves off please) thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of however long it takes you to say the ABC’s thrice.

 

With good intentions, we’ve been forced to live in a bubble so to speak.

 

Prolonged non-exposure to germs in our environment may protect us from COVID19, but at the expense of weakening our immune system. Are we creating a more serious situation later on?

 

Please understand that I believe that COVID19 is a real threat and if you’ve had anyone in your family sick or even worse, they’ve died because of it, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I too have had friends who’ve suffered with COVID19.

 

My only intention with this information is to educate you on how your immune system works. I’m not a doctor, just a personal trainer who cares a ton about my customers, friends, and family.

 

A quick story about my daughter’s immune system…

 

When our daughter was around 2 years old, my wife took her to a neighborhood park to play and have fun. A woman comes over and in a panic hysterically informs my wife that her daughter is putting sand in her mouth. My wife calmly thanked the woman and assured her that our daughter was being cared for.

 

As our daughter continued to play in the sand and enjoy a little gritty taste here and there, the woman, now angry, came over and loudly exclaimed, “Your daughter is eating sand!”

 

My wife calmly thanked her and said, “Don’t worry, she’ll get tired of it soon.”

 

The woman left in an angry huff. More later on how this is actually a good thing. Got your attention yet?

 

COVID19 has left it’s mark. It’s made many people sick and lives have been lost because of it. However, I’m afraid there’ll be another mark left on our society and the world because of the pandemic.

 

That mark is called FEAR. 

 

Fear can actually be a good thing. For instance, if you’re in a crosswalk and see a car coming towards you at a high speed; fear can work for you to make you react to get out of the way. Fear can also be deadly as well. Chronic fear leaves it’s mark and causes damaging effects that lead to a myriad of health challenges. Particularly a weaker immune system. 

 

My recommendation to help with this type of fear…

 

Stop watching the news. 

 

Let’s look first at what is an immune system and how it works.

 

When a foreign germ (antigen) enters our body, it’s either recognized or it isn’t. If our body does not recognize it, it immediately goes to work to neutralize any harmful effects.

 

Our immune system stores information for this new germ if it doesn’t recognize it, and goes to work figuring out how to kill it. The next time that particular germ gets into our body, the new fighter cells (phagocytes) go to work eating them like a Pac-Man game. Does anyone play Pac-Man anymore?

 

There are two subsystems of our immune system. 

 

The innate (non-specific) immune system provides a first line defense against a particular germ getting in through either our skin or digestive system.

 

The adaptive (specific) immune system makes antibodies to fight specific germs that it has learned about from a previous invasion. So, this is an acquired or learned response from a fabulous immune system that’s already built in and ready to go! 

 

You and I could be well equipped with a stronger immune system, but there are bumps and bruises along the way. These bumps and bruises are colds, flu’s, and various viruses that get into our body. Good thing or bad thing?

 

Initially, it could be a bad thing because we become sick and in some cases, it can be lethal. In the long run however, a good thing because we become stronger because of it and a stronger immune system results.

 

In a recent article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola, the World Health Organization WHO’s June 5, 2020, guidance memo1 on face mask use states there’s no direct evidence that universal masking of healthy people is an effective intervention against respiratory illnesses.

 

If this is true, why are we requiring healthy people to wear masks? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to sequester the sick and require those who are symptomatic to stay home and wear face masks?

 

From the same article…

 

CDC Policy Review Found No Evidence of Usefulness Either

A policy review paper9 published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in May 2020 — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s own journal — has also reviewed “the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures … in non-healthcare settings,” and they too found no evidence of benefit:

 

“Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”

 

And…

 

“In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs [randomized controlled trials] that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks …

 

Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids …

 

There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure.

 

Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza … In this review, we did not find evidence to support a protective effect of personal protective measures or environmental measures in reducing influenza transmission.”

 

My objective is not religious nor political. It is this. Learn how your immune system works. Be a critical thinker and decide for yourself. And most of all, respect others decisions on what’s best for them.

 

Despite all the sand my daughter ate, the many times she put her snotty hands in her mouth, sneezed without covering, and ate food she dropped on the floor (always remember the 5 second rule), she is healthy today, has hardly ever been sick in her 33 years, and is a great mom to my grandson.

 

By the way daughter of mine. I noticed that my new grandson was putting his hands in his mouth a lot. Gross. 

 

 

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