Retreat and Advance

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For many it felt like the end of the world. The Great Depression began in 1929 and quickly spread worldwide. By 1932, one of every four workers were unemployed. Banks failed and life savings were lost, leaving many people destitute. With no job and no savings, thousands of Americans lost their homes. Republican U.S. President Hoover decided the government could do nothing to help. The poor lived in cardboard shacks in so-called Hoovervilles on the edges of cities across the nation; hundreds of thousands roamed the country on foot and in railroad boxcars in futile search of jobs. Although few starved, hunger and malnutrition affected many.

With the nation at its peak of the Great Depression, fed up with their uncaring president, the United States elected Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933. He started his inauguration speech by saying “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself —nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”.

We are entering a global stress that is, in many, producing fears. The world has been in this situation many times already and we survived. Another global pandemic, the 1918 influenza lasted from January 1918 until December 1920; was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. It was the first of the two pandemics involving the H1N1 influenza virus, with the second being the swine flu in 2009. People died during these pandemics from pneumonia and heart failure. Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The infection causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe.

Today, we know that with the 1918 pandemic, many died because of aspirin. In a 2009 paper published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, Karen Starko concluded that aspirin poisoning contributed substantially to the fatalities. She based this on the symptoms in those dying from the flu, as reported in the postmortem reports still available. The timing of the big “death spike” in October 1918occurred shortly after the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and the Journal of the American Medical Association both recommended large doses of 8 to 31 grams of aspirin per day as part of treatment. Complications of taking aspirin include low blood sugar, seizures, swelling of the brain or lungs and heart failure.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and heart failure is also why people die from COVID 19. The initial symptoms of COVID 19 are flu-like and may include fever, headache, muscle pain, tiredness, cough, sore throat, and other nonspecific symptoms. The only symptom common to all patients appears to be a fever above 38 °C (100 °F). SARS may eventually lead to shortness of breath and pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia

At home, we are planning not to use any aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, or other medication for fever or pain. Thankfully acupuncture works wonders on headaches. The natural medicine reduction of fever has for centuries been an enema. Our choice is the old-fashioned red bag and white tube. Warm, clean water slowly flowing into the anus provides rehydrating water and will help reduce fevers.

We also learn from the 1918 pandemic about what doctors called, the ‘open-Air’ treatment. Medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated in an indoor, closed environment. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients, and infections among medical staff. There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus. Sunlight increases Vitamin D levels and there are many medical journal articles reporting the anti-viral effect of vitamin D. Unfortunately, many people today have low levels of vitamin D3, which not only strengthens bone health, but is showing immune system support.

Get the Point! American author, Andrew Smith wrote – “People fear what they cannot understand and what they cannot control.” We can control how we are facing the COVID 19 pandemic! With good hygiene, public distancing, minimizing time spent in tightly closed (air-conditioned or heated buildings), take this time home to prepare healthier meals and add immune support vitamins like C, D3and zinc. For headache resist, aspirin and try an enema for fever, get outside for a walk, open a window, enjoy your garden, a park or the sea while the crowds are low. Remember to check on those in need. Focusing on safely helping others, keeps us from focusing on fear. Time to Advance. We will get through this too.

CARLOS VIANA, Ph. D. is an Oriental Medical Doctor (O.M.D.) having studied in China; a US Board Cert. Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.), an Addiction Professional (C.Ad.), Chairperson of the Latin American Committee of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a Rejuvenating Cell Therapist specializing in Age Management, has a weekly radio program, writes and lectures extensively. For information: VIANA HEALING CENTER, Kibaima 7, St Cruz TEL: 585-1270 Web Site:

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