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Updated: Jan 31, 2021

You have permission to listen to your GUT instincts. Please think of me like your Fairy Godmother. With the flick of my wand, I will empower you to listen to your gut. If the shoe does not fit, don't wear it. Here's what I want you to remember always: Your GUT intrinsically knows what's right for you and what's not.

Our GUT can save us either from an attacker on the street by telling us, "Don't walk down that road!" And our guts can help us heal from the most significant foreign invaders like germs, viruses, and the foods we eat. Conversely, when not taken care of, our guts can also cause us significant pain, irritability, and a high probability of early death due to Cardiovascular Diseases, Respiratory Diseases, making us more susceptible to SARS-Co-V2. Since the Public Health Officials are failing to educate the General Public, I will try.

Suppose you are like me and you love looking at the data. In that case, you can see from the chart below; it is not the boogeyman or boogers flying through the air that we should be most afraid of. Based on the available data, the number one way to go out with a bang is from a broken heart, AKA, heart disease.

As it turns out, it's our lifestyle that can cause us to die sooner rather than later, and most likely, we aren't going to die because someone exhaled on us. In 2017, 17.79 million people worldwide did not die of a virus but rather did die of Cardiovascular Disease.

Cardiovascular Disease is is a mostly preventable chronic disease, but it requires a lifetime of healthy living. Rarely in some cases, like with a genetic heart valve issue, lifestyle has nothing to do with heart failure. But mostly, based on the study of Epigenetics, we know that it's how we nurture our nature that determines our fate. It is not what other people do to us, but rather, it is our actions, how we see ourselves, and what we do with our life that defines us.

We should be most afraid of ourselves!

Based on the overwhelming amount of scientific data on death, dying, and diseases, it turns out that it is what we voluntarily eat that can either wreck us or heal our gut. Foods that are high in sugar, processed foods, foods that contain antibiotics (fast food), gluten (glyphosate), sodas, and too much food consumption and not enough physical activity all damage the environment in the gut microbiome. A weak gut microbiome is what makes us more susceptible to "catching" a virus. But it's not the catching of a virus that makes us sick. It is a weak gut microbiome that is responsible for not being able to catch and release. A body that is diseased cannot easily fight off foreign invaders like respiratory viruses.

As it turns out, the most relevant fear is not the fear of someone else chasing us down and murdering us. Or worse, someone sneezing in public! Nope! More people kill themselves by suicide than those who get killed by homicide. The chance of dying in a terrorist attack is just one above a natural disaster that is last on the death list. Further, based on the data, more people harm themselves by not prioritizing a healthy lifestyle over gluttonous fun than any other cause of death. Of all the things in the world, we should be most terrified of the foods we eat and what we personally do each day.



What's OBESITY have to do with Heart Health and Gut Health?

They are all connected. We cannot separate one from the other. People who are OBESE and OVERWEIGHT by more than 20 pounds also suffer from Heart Disease, Diabetes, Respiratory Issues, Gut Microbiome Imbalances and are most susceptible to UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS. Considering that 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight and 1 in 13 are obese, we have some big problems that we need to tackle because viruses aren't going to disappear, so we need to address the root cause of this current situation. And, face diapers can't fix what's broken in the belly.

Just as we cannot separate parts of the human anatomy and pretend we live inside a vacuum or on a slide under a microscope with only one factor being relevant, we must acknowledge that health and chronic diseases are multifaceted. The people running the show right now seem to be acting as if stopping the spread of COVID-19 is so simple. As if we all just did what we are told and stayed home, would everyone that passed away in 2020 be alive today? - That's unlikely. Even prisoners in solitary confinement catch colds, so apparently, isolation isn't the answer and in fact, considering isolation is what we do to prisoners as a form of punishment, it's astonishing how many people are A.OK. with these orders. And, the latest advice we are getting from our elected officials is, "Since one mask is not enough, how about TWO?"

Dear God! Is this the best we got here in America? Let's make it even more difficult to breathe that way; no boogies will explode out of anyone's noses and kill people passing by. (SARCASM) And, let's scare the shit out of everyone so no one leaves their homes to walk, go to the gym, or do anything that might provide some stress relief and make the heart and lungs healthier. Masks are face diapers - they catch shit and guess where that shit stays all day? - YEP all of the viruses and bacteria from our respiratory tracts just sit there hanging out on the cloth for us to re-inhale.

Here's what we understand based on thousands of years of scientific discoveries, "The HUMAN BODY is one of the most intricate multi-system organisms." The way I see it is, "The body is more like a smoothie than a six-course meal with different plates on the table." If we divide up the HUMAN BODY and reduce the body down to bits and pieces, we will never fully understand it. Reductionism might work to understand parts of the whole, but we have to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Maybe reductionism is sufficient for a surgeon who needs to remove a tumor, but it doesn't work to prevent chronic diseases and respiratory infections that affect every body system.

Remember that song we learned in Kindergarten: DEM BONES

Toe bone connected to the foot bone

Foot bone connected to the heel bone

Heel bone connected to the ankle bone

Ankle bone connected to the shin bone

Shinbone connected to the knee bone

Knee bone connected to the thigh bone

Thigh bone connected to the hip bone

Hip bone connected to the backbone

Backbone connected to the shoulder bone

Shoulder bone connected to the neck bone

Neckbone connected to the head bone

Now hear the word of the Lord.

We have to look at the big picture and from a big picture view every internal system from the Digestive System to The Immune System, The Cardiovascular System...DEM systems are all connected. And, what's connected to DEM systems is what we put into them. We have to recognize that what we do to our bodies each day will either make us well or break us down. When we look at this image below it is 2-dimensional.