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Coronavirus – Germ Theory Approach or Terrain Theory Approach?

Originally published March 19, 2020

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.

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Coronavirus—Hopeful Information

Originally published March 14, 2020

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.

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Natural Insect Repellent

Medline Plus warns that 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 advised when 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.

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Sun Damage Protection

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.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study (including a picture) showing what 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.

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Healthy Hair

Most of the hair on our head is in the growing stage. After growing for a few years hair will enter into the resting stage and then into a shedding stage that lasts two to three months. This hair growth cycle continues throughout our life unless interrupted.

Some conditions can cause a large number of hairs to prematurely enter into the resting and shedding phase. After giving birth, some women will lose up to one-third of their head hair but will quickly grow it back within the year if properly nourished. Stressful events, such as a high fever, infection, malnutrition, or excessive dieting can cause severe hair loss six weeks to three months after the event. Hair loss is also a symptom of several autoimmune diseases.

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