When it comes to our health, the Western world has largely adopted the germ theory, meaning we need to identify and destroy anything we deem as a foreign invader, as it is directly responsible for causing disease. However, there is another theory called the terrain theory, which believes that it is not the “germ” that determines disease, but rather, the state of our internal health and its ability to maintain homeostasis in the face of “unfriendly” organisms.
Let’s look into each theory a bit further to determine which theory we should adopt when trying to be healthy, especially during this Coronavirus pandemic.
It looks like coronavirus (COVID-19) could be around for a while. As long as it is the top news item and the topic of conversations, I will continue doing research to discover concrete steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are some things I learned this week.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) … is it a pandemic or more of a panic-demic? For those who are health conscious and take daily high-quality Melaleuca supplements, and take the appropriate precautions, you have little to fear. In any case, fear will not help you unless it drives you to learn more about what you can do to help yourself and others around you. In this newsletter we will highlight some things you can do that will greatly increase your chances of fending off the virus or, if you do contract the virus, will make your illness much shorter and less severe.
Medline Pluswarnsthat breathing or swallowing DEET bug spray can cause poisoning. And even pyrethrins bug sprays can cause problems. We also learn that DEET is especially dangerous to small children.
Special precautions are advisedwhen products containing DEET are used on kids. Low doses should be used sparingly, and not used on kids' hands or face. The product should be applied in an open area to avoid breathing it in. And a child's skin should be washed with soap and water after coming indoors. The clothing the child wore when DEET was applied should be laundered before it is worn again.
Most of the wrinkles and aging we see on our skin are caused by daily, ordinary sun exposure. Sunburns early in life are associated with developing dangerous melanoma later in life, and a lifetime of cumulated sun exposure often leads to non-melanoma skin cancers and damaged skin.
TheNew England Journal of Medicinepublished a study (including a picture) showingwhat years of sun exposure can do. The story is of a 69-year-old man who drove a truck for 28 years. There is marked aging on the left side of his face.