The elephant in the room

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Since I revealed I tested positive for “The COVID,” I’ve gotten a lot of questions… so I want to address the “elephant in the room.”

If you are a health researcher, a supplement formulator and founder of a supplement company… don’t you take your own products?

And if you do, shouldn’t they have kept you from getting this thing?

To that I say, “what a novel question!”

Now, I’m just joking here. If people had a switch on their back that could be set to a “mode of operation,” mine would be set to dumb jokes. I love to laugh.

Although I work in wellness and spend most of my time researching and writing about very serious subjects, I prefer to keep things lighthearted.

Because frankly, laughter is the best medicine. And it’s so important if you are struggling through COVID-19. But before I talk about that, let’s discuss exactly why COVID-19 is called “novel” and what that means for you and me.

So, what does it mean exactly when something is novel…

Well, the official definition of novel is: of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before.

And although coronavirus is a large family of viruses that can cause illness that ranges from the common cold to pneumonia to death, and despite the fact that we’ve experienced a couple already like SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012… a novel strain like COVID-19 is one that is entirely new and that has NEVER been identified in humans before.

Let me take a moment to stop and reiterate that…

Humans have NEVER had the strain of coronavirus that we now know as COVID-19.

That’s what makes it so frightening. Why?

Because we have no antibodies to fight it! None!

It’s like being stuck outside without a winter coat in a snowstorm. No matter what you do… without that coat, you’re gonna get wet and cold.

COVID-19 doesn’t care how fit you are… professional athletes from the Utah Jazz, the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant all tested positive…

It doesn’t matter how old you are… infants… children… teens… and young adults… all the way to the very oldest seniors in our population have lost their lives to this awful disease…

How rich or well known you are… Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, superstar Idris Elba, Prince Charles… and journalists Chris Cuomo and George Stephanopoulos have all tested positive…

How connected you are… politicians and dignitaries from around the world like U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Senator Rand Paul, Miami Mayor Francis Xavier Suarez, Utah Rep. Ben McAdams… and the wives of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain have it…

Where you live, your nationality or what you do for a living… this virus has touched people from nearly every country, from all walks of life and in all professions… but it’s sadly the poorest among us with the highest rate of infection because they’re most likely to work in essential jobs that can’t be done from home.

So, to start right back at the beginning… and to answer the “elephant in the room” question — How could I not get it?!

Although I consider myself healthy — I eat a healthy diet of lean meat, vegetables and fruits… no sugar, no wheat and no dairy… I maintain a healthy weight for my height… I exercise every day… I take my supplements (all the ones I tell you about)… and I sleep 8 hours every night — I was exposed to COVID-19 and my body did not have the antibodies to fight it. It’s really very simple… and here’s the rub…

Neither does yours… unless you’ve had it and recovered…

…at least that’s what we’re hoping. But there is still so much that is not known about COVID-19 that not even immunity for recovered patients is a certainty. There have been some initial reports out of China of people previously infected with the virus getting it again.

We are also learning there are multiple strains. As a health researcher, I would have to ask the question… does the fact I’ve had COVID-19 and will eventually recover mean that the antibodies will protect me from other strains? That’s a topic we’ll have to tackle in a future issue.

But know this, more than ever it’s important to protect your immune system, reduce systemic chronic inflammation and strengthen your lungs.

And I have to believe that my healthy lifestyle… that includes daily, clockwork doses of many of the supplements we sell — plus a few others we don’t — helped me and my family’s outcome.

In fact, I was in the process of testing a brand new product I hope to launch soon that I personally think was a godsend during this ordeal… more details on that one soon.

But one thing that helped me get through this experience most of all was humor…

I’m fortunate to be married to the funniest person I know. And even though we were both sick… we were sick together. And he kept me laughing the whole time.

If there is one thing that will make your experience with COVID-19 really uncomfortable, it’s anxiety! One of the main symptoms (and most uncomfortable) of our coronavirus experience was chest pain and shortness of breath. Almost like someone was sitting on my chest — all the time. I kept asking them to kindly “get off” but they refused!

As my husband got sick, and then my kids, I could feel the anxiety creeping in…

One of the first signs of an anxiety attack is tightening in the chest and shallow breathing. Adding that to the virus symptoms was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

I quickly learned that for me to be as comfortable as possible — while going through the worst it had to throw at me — I had to remain as calm as possible. That meant…

No watching the news… deep breathing exercises… yoga stretches… hot soothing drinks (including the one I hope to tell you about soon)… long hot, steamy showers… and humor, in whatever form I could find it!

Just remember, we’re gonna get through this bump in the road. For some the experience will be worse than it will be for others. And at the moment there is no way to know when it will end.

But if you do happen to come down with COVID-19, I hope I can be a source of experience that can help guide you through it.