What to Do About Coronavirus if You’re Over 50

Steve Kroening, ND

March 25, 2020



The media keeps saying that older folks like us are more likely to die of the coronavirus. While that’s statistically true, it’s very misleading.

The reality is the coronavirus isn’t looking for old people. In fact, the virus doesn’t ask for an ID when it infects you. It doesn’t ask your age. And it doesn’t look for gray hair.

The virus wants one thing. It wants to find a place where it can easily replicate. And, if it lands on you, it could care less about how old you are.

Samantha is 34 years old. She started coughing and running a fever one week ago (March 18). Two days later, she struggled to breath and ended up in the hospital.

She’s now in ICU with pneumonia. Her lungs look like she has shards of glass in them. And she’s on a ventilator and an IV.

Her lungs are in such bad shape that each movement causes her blood oxygen levels to drop. To keep her still, she’s now on a paralytic drug. Without it, any movement could cause her body to crash from a lack of oxygen. She’s that close to death.

Why did Samantha, a young, vibrant woman have such a struggle with a virus that should have had little to no effect on her? Samantha has suffered from asthma her entire life, which made her lungs weak.

Samantha may not have known it, but she was a prime target for the coronavirus. She didn’t fit into the “older, more vulnerable” demographic. She’s younger, but her weak lungs were a great environment for the virus to replicate.

Most 34-year-olds aren’t this vulnerable. They’re healthy, strong, and able to keep the virus from replicating. But how can these young adults know if they’re vulnerable or not if the media isn’t telling them the full story?

What the Media Isn’t Saying About Your Immune System

At this point, most of the media and its experts are ignoring the necessity of having a strong immune system. What’s worse, they’re completely avoiding the discussion on how you can develop a strong immune system. Here’s what I mean:

I was watching the news the other night and the host had two doctors on to answer questions from the audience. One woman asked the doctors how to protect ourselves against the virus. She mentioned taking vitamin C and other supplements.

The doctor who answered her question refused to even mention supplements. He said that nutrition was important, so eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Then he went right into hand washing and social distancing – neither of which can boost your immune system.

Now, I don’t know if that doctor is just ignorant about supplements, as medical schools don’t talk about them, or if he’s opposed to supplements. But our medical professionals must recognize the ability of supplements to boost the immune system against these pandemics. If they don’t, then they’re showing once again that medicine is about money and politics, not saving lives.

Doctors have used nutrients to treat illnesses for thousands of years. But today’s so-called enlightened doctors look at supplements as “alternatives” to real medicine. It’s time for doctors to recognize supplements as a main line of defense and treatment! Here’s why this must happen immediately….

You’re Going to Get the Coronavirus – If You Haven’t Already

If you don’t already have the coronavirus, you probably will very soon. This virus has proven to be highly contagious. It moves fast. In fact, the question isn’t whether you will get infected, it’s when. Medical professionals know this.

Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters: “As we’ve seen from recent countries with community spread, when it has hit those countries, it has moved quite rapidly. We want to make sure the American public is prepared. As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”

Messonnier also said, “As the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the U.S. will at some point, either this year or next, get exposed to this virus.”

In other words, there’s really nothing they can do to stop the spread of the virus. The virus will spread. It will do so quickly. And you will probably get it. Why? Because modern medicine doesn’t have anything in its arsenal to stop the spread. The hope is that a vaccine will do it, but the history of vaccine effectiveness in pandemics is spotty at best.

So the medical establishment is trying to slow the spread. According to the New York Times, the CDC believes that up to “214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic.” That’s 65% of the population.

Harvard University Professor Marc Lipsitch told The Atlantic that up to 70% of the global population will be infected with coronavirus within the next year. He also said we won’t be able to contain the virus.

All of that sounds like bad news, but it’s not.

Dr. Martin Blaser, a professor of medicine and infectious disease at Rutgers University, says, “A virus like the coronavirus will keep spreading to people until it runs out of people to go to…. Generally, epidemics end when 50-70% of the population become immune to the virus.”

In other words, there are basically two ways to stop the virus. The first is to use social distancing and quarantine to “have as many dead-end infections as possible,” as Dr. Blaser describes it. However, most medical professionals agree that this will only slow the spread.

The New York Times said, “If new infections can be spread out over time rather than peaking all at once, there will be less burden on hospitals and a lower ultimate death count. Slowing the spread will paradoxically make the outbreak last longer, but will cause it to be much milder.” This is what they mean when they say “flattening the curve.”

Conventional medicine’s second option for stopping the virus is to build up the immunity of the populace. But there’s a problem with that. Modern medical professionals don’t have anything other than vaccines to build up the immunity. So they’re relying on the first option, while trying to develop the vaccine. In the meantime, they have nothing!

But you do. So don’t stop there.

Build Your Immune System Today

If you’re over 50 or have a compromised immune system, you must take control of your health today and boost your immune system. You can’t wait until there’s a vaccine. As fast as this virus spreads, you will likely contract it long before a vaccine comes out. Plus, the best vaccine available, according to Dr. Blaser, is an immune system that defeats the virus. Once it does, “you’ll have lifetime immunity” with no side effects.

So how can you boost your immune system and become immune for the rest of your life?

Start by walking outside. Not only will the exercise help strengthen your lungs, it will boost your immune system. And you’ll get some help fighting the virus from the sun. You may have seen reports that this virus is very sensitive to ultraviolet light, like most viruses.

AccuWeather founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers said, “If the coronavirus behaves like most other viruses, then as the sun grows stronger day by day as we head toward the summer solstice, the stronger sun and increased hours of sunshine may start to take their toll on the virus, thereby helping to slow its spread, particularly as the sun gets stronger in April and May. The point of most rapid increase in sun intensity as well as duration of the day is right now.”

Given this information, spend as much time outside as you can. Getting outside and walking is good for your immune system. Plus, if you’re creative about how you get outside, you can still maintain your social distancing. I’ve seen some people in the city moving their treadmill out on their balcony or putting it close to an open window.

It’s Spring, Play in the Dirt

Another activity you can do outside is gardening. Gardening is great exercise, but there’s so much more it does for you. The dirt itself helps build your immune system.

Back in 2016, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine wanted to find out the health benefits of farming. The researchers looked at two traditional Christian farming groups: Amish schoolchildren and Hutterite kids. The big difference between these two groups is that one uses modern farm equipment (Hutterites) and the other uses hand-held tools (Amish).

The researchers found that the Amish group had significantly less asthma than the Hutterites. The Amish kids also had significantly more white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections. One of the authors of the study suggested that the reason for the higher white blood cells was that the Amish kids had a greater exposure to microbes, which boosted their immune system.

But gardening isn’t just good for kids. Moving dirt around stirs up microbes that protect your lungs against viruses. So spend as much time in the dirt as you can this spring. It can help your lungs and immune system regardless of your age.

This may sound too simple to be effective, but I’ve seen playing in the dirt cure antibiotic-resistant MRSA when the doctors had nothing to offer. Dirt is powerful medicine!

Summertime Brings Another Benefit

With more sunshine comes more citrus fruit. And more citrus fruit means more vitamin C. I’ve already detailed the ability of vitamin C to beat the coronavirus. There’s ample research showing it can help the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. One study in the online Taylor & Francis journal found that immune cells need vitamin C to produce proteins that activate the immune system throughout the body against virus attacks.

So start taking a minimum of 500 mg a few times daily. It works best if you can take up to 5,000 mg daily. Sometimes high doses of vitamin C can cause loose stools. If it does, back off on the dose and try to raise it back up after a couple of days. We leave a bottle of vitamin C on our kitchen cabinet so everyone in our family can take some throughout the day.

By doing everything I’ve told you here, you can start protecting yourself today. No, it won’t keep you from catching the coronavirus. Nothing can do that. But it may keep the virus from replicating and causing devastating symptoms.

Fortunately, this isn’t all you can do to boost your immune system. I’ll have more next week on a mineral that works wonders on respiratory illnesses.

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