With a year to reflect, what conclusions have we drawn? Apparently, surprisingly few. Whilst there are social, political, economic, local and global perspectives to be had, if we confine ourselves to the cellular aspects of health, what can be surmised?
Here is just one issue: we are missing the bigger picture. The conversation no one is having is about the general state of health today. We are at a point in history where we are more susceptible to disease than ever before. Why? The perturbations of stress, lifestyle, poor dietary choices, degrading food quality, toxicity and pollution, climate change, over-reliance on medications, and obesity amongst many other afflictions are enabling the burdens of inflammation, poor immune responses, detoxification issues and genetic variations predisposing us to all-cause mortality.
Today, the statistical chances of dying from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and obesity associated diseases is higher than ever before. These conditions are INCREASING, despite medicine’s best efforts.
So, who are the people most likely to develop symptomatic and fatal cases of CV19? People with exactly the same conditions.
Why do these conditions come about? Rinse, repeat and recycle the above paragraph above on the state of health.
In the end, these co-morbid conditions all share similar causes. Different lifestyles, genetic predispositions, environmental factors and other facets then go on to determine which disease these factors manifest into. So, the real question becomes, how do we prevent the inflammation, the oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, the immune storms and the breakdown of detoxification pathways? These are all upstream questions and solutions as opposed to a downstream solution like vaccinations. Downstream solutions ignore the causes and focus on the symptoms. Meanwhile, the upstream causes are free to cause further damage.
Very few are championing the simple solutions which prevent these co-morbid and upstream cellular issues. What would happen if we ate less sugar and processed foods? What if we lost weight? What if we stopped overeating? What if we got more exercise? Or more sun? What if we learned to meditate? Reduce stress? What if we stopped over-prescription of synthetic medications? What if we mandated organic farming and made it cheaper? What if we drank more water? What if we consumed more vegetables and less meat?
The research is all out there. The problem is, on average, it takes 17 years for published research to become mainstream teaching and indoctrinated into clinical practice. We don’t have that long. The next health pandemic will be around the corner - same dog, different leg.
I would implore everyone to become educated on CV and walk with caution through the mainstream narrative. Unless you are reading the original research, don’t take second hand information as truth. I appreciate it is hard to resource correct scientific information and often, even harder to understand. If you have any questions around the CV and preventative health, I would be happy to address them in articles like this or on Paragon’s Wellness Wall facebook page.