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The Difference Between Individual Health Recommendations & Public Health Guidelines & Why The Wellness World & The Public Health Experts Couldn’t Seem To Agree On Hardly Anything This Year

As we hunker down for Pandemic Act Two, I wish to handle a nuance that appears to get misplaced within the fray of discussions about particular person well being versus public well being with regard to Covid. Lots of people appear to have confused concepts about why public well being officers are not doing extra to attempt to implement pure well being measures with regard to Covid. I put out an e-book filled with Sacred Medicine tools- The Corona Cocoon– early within the pandemic to share a few of the Sacred Medicine instruments I’ve collected through the years that might need relevance for Covid and I linked to my colleague Cynthia Li’s e-book How To Strengthen Your Inner Shield about diet, dietary supplements, and different purposeful drugs interventions that may optimize your end result with regard to Covid. These instruments are great- and they’re doubtless that can assist you have a greater end result should you do get Covid, even should you’re vaccinated. But these interventions are very exhausting to leverage on the public well being stage due to accessibility, value, and scale. They’re good for the person, however not essentially reasonably priced or scalable on the stage of public well being.


I hear so many distressed people within the pure well being and wellness world who’ve the mistaken (and wildly inaccurate, bordering on narcissistically boastful) concept that if solely you eat right, do yoga, and take your dietary supplements, you gained’t get Covid. That’s merely not true. Unless you’ve been vaccinated or you’ve already had Covid (and even then, you might not have mounted a sturdy sufficient immune response,) you should not have ANY antibodies to a novel virus, so that you’re not immune, regardless of how sturdy your immune system is. It’s true that these with typically good well being, a standard weight, a daily exercise routine, a regulated nervous system that permits the immune system and self-healing capacities of the body to perform optimally, and a nutritious diet going into the pandemic are going to have a significantly better likelihood of getting a gentle or even asymptomatic an infection in the event that they get Covid.

But it’s not a assure. Even the extraordinarily younger and healthy are generally dying, as demonstrated by an Instagram wellness influencer who does every part “right” and simply obtained his ass kicked with Covid. We’re not totally positive why one individual is totally asymptomatic from a Covid an infection whereas one other younger, seemingly healthy individual will get very sick or dies. Science is nonetheless attempting to resolve lots of mysteries with Covid, and there’s no magic bullet. Science is a gradual, drawn out strategy of trial and error, asking questions and being keen to be mistaken. But science did flip AIDS from a deadly virus right into a largely persistent illness. Science is imperfect and might be influenced by components like monetary pursuits and political ideology. I nearly posted an extended essay I wrote a 12 months in the past about why medical science is so flawed at this level in historical past, however I made a decision that publishing my essay can be irresponsible in the midst of a pandemic, given how a lot mistrust there already is for medical science. Suffice it to say that whereas science is imperfect and shouldn’t be the one means we make selections, it’s FAR MORE RELIABLE (scientifically) than your instinct alone. So for now, alongside with your Whole Health Intelligences (not simply psychological intelligence, however emotional intelligence, intuitive intelligence, and somatic intelligence), it’s the best we’ve obtained in relation to fixing world issues like local weather disaster and a pandemic.

Just like with our local weather catastrophe, the cat is out of the bag with Covid now, and we might very well all get Covid at this level, even when we’re vaccinated- as a result of we didn’t cooperate rapidly sufficient and the variants are now problematic. It’s nonetheless price efforting to stop the unfold as a result of medical remedies are bettering, science is doing its lengthy, gradual factor, and your chance of dying of Covid should you get it now in comparison with should you obtained it in the beginning of the pandemic is FAR decrease. Given that we’ll in all probability all get it, the query now is how a lot time can you purchase the scientists before you get it, how unhealthy will your particular person case of Covid get, and will you get lengthy Covid or not should you survive it.


Just to be clear, public well being consultants have a really totally different purpose than a self-help creator within the wellness world like me, and it’s a job that I don’t envy. My job is to show you what you’ll be able to do- by yourself or with a practitioner, individually- to get the best well being end result to your particular person self when standard drugs fails to remedy you or stop sickness. I’m conscious that a few of the interventions I’ve really useful through the years are a mark of privilege, and solely those that can afford or entry these interventions can profit from them. I perceive that the best way I handled myself, for instance, once I was mauled by a pit bull, or the best way I obtained off seven medicine and saved my very own life, is not one thing all people might have carried out. I leveraged my privileged entry to the best standard and different and pure drugs I might pay for with a view to keep away from surgery-and it worked- and it’s not honest. I hate how inequitable good well being care is, as a result of I imagine well being care needs to be a right, not a privilege. But prefer it or not, good well being in my nation is typically the results of unearned privileges- and that sucks.

Public well being, then again, is all about hurt discount on the mass scale- the right way to stop the maximal quantity of hurt as cheaply as potential and in a means that might be utilized equally to everyone- and within the case of the pandemic, rapidly. For this motive, costly, time-intensive, and long-term strategies of prevention or therapy of any illness (like consuming healthy or treating trauma) are not normally thought of by public well being experts- as a result of they’ll’t be scaled for the general public affordably and rapidly.


For instance, let’s discuss concerning the distinction between particular person good well being and good public well being measures with regards to diet. In June, the British Medical Journal revealed (an admittedly imperfect) research “Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case–management research in six nations.” The research discovered that individuals who ate a plant-based or pescatarian diet obtained a lot much less sick than those that ate low carbohydrate, excessive protein diets once they obtained contaminated with Covid. The research concluded that plant- and fish-based diets are protecting in opposition to reasonable to extreme Covid. No shock right here, however it’s good to have the info.

But how do you apply this as a public well being measure for Covid when plant- and fish-based diets are typically dearer and more durable to entry than the usual American diet, when folks live in food deserts and don’t have entry to a Trader Joe’s or Costco the place they could discover these meals accessibly and affordably, when the oceans are being depleted from overfishing, and when profiting from the advantages of this sort of diet in all probability takes time and gained’t scale back your threat of extreme Covid should you change your diet immediately and get Covid subsequent week? Do I feel public well being consultants needs to be educating the general public about research like this? By all means. Especially since Paris Agreement activist and creator of The Future We Choose Christina Figueres says that to save lots of our planet, we’ll need to all change to a plant-based diet if we’re going to make any iota of influence on the local weather disaster. So it’s sort of a moot level to debate the professionals and cons of a Paleo vs plant-based diet within the wellness world, since that dialogue is solely trying on the INDIVIDUAL stage of well being, however not trying on the large image of public well being.

From my hen’s eye view of the scope of the menace to public well being between local weather disaster and the pandemic, switching to a plant-based diet looks as if a smart transfer right now. Have I carried out so personally? Nope. I eat meat raised by a neighborhood farmer who is my good friend as a result of my daughter and I each didn’t do well on a plant-only diet. But selecting to do what I did for the sake of mine and my daughter’s particular person well being isn’t serving to the well being of the planet one bit. So once more, we’re again to the large image. We can’t simply take into consideration what’s good for my particular person heath or hers. We have to consider the planet as an entire and public well being on the whole, even when it means making some sacrifices to our particular person well being. Which is why the general public is being requested to endure no matter side results may come up from getting vaccinated by a vaccine that hasn’t been round very lengthy and isn’t technically even authorised by the FDA- as a result of generally we have now to take one for the workforce and take part within the lengthy, gradual dance of science, and resist being purely egocentric with a view to do what’s right for the most important variety of folks. So…it’s difficult.

Whether or not public well being officers needs to be recommending plant-based diets is also difficult by the fact that our governments are unlikely to set limits or impose restrictions on processed food gross sales or provide the poor who live in food deserts supplemental cash to allow them to purchase greens and fish from a supply service. And it tends to be cheaper to fill your youngsters’ bellies with processed meals than with a vegetarian diet except you’ve been educated how to take action cheaply (which is potential, as soon as you understand how). Because of that, public well being officers are typically reticent to advocate interventions that may not be scalable and accessible to everybody equally. But would a plant-based diet influence public well being from an enormous image lens? Absolutely. It would assist each local weather change and the pandemic. So sure, public well being wants some reform and it’s imperfect.


Now let’s speak about your well being personally. Those of us within the mind-body drugs and pure well being world who write books and have on-line platforms educate folks about the right way to make an influence in your INDIVIDUAL well being (particular person being the operative phrase right here). People like me and radical remission researchers Kelly Turner, PhD and Harvard physician Jeffrey Rediger, MD all analysis and write books about radical remission survivors and well being outliers, as a result of we expect it’s helpful to learn what sure people did to expertise a seemingly miraculous restoration. We research different kinds of outliers, like Olympic athletes and inventive geniuses, so why not research the well being outliers and see if we will have extra affect on our private well being outcomes when the medical doctors have thrown up their palms and given up on us.

But can Jeff’s or Kelly’s or my suggestions in CuredRadical Remission, or Mind Over Medicine be utilized on the stage of public well being for Covid? Not actually. Should you learn our books and do what we advocate should you individually wish to maximize your probabilities of having a very good end result should you do get Covid? By all means, please do! Our books are filled with nice well being recommendation, however it’s not public well being recommendation. It’s particular person well being recommendation.

When it involves stopping extreme Covid individually, I can now say to you- with imperfect science behind me- that should you eat a plant-based diet, you’ll doubtless have a greater end result should you get Covid and assist stop further local weather injury. So if you wish to optimize your well being end result, you’ve now been educated! Eat vegetation. Avoid meat.

I can also make an assumption right here from my ten years of analysis for Sacred Medicine, which incorporates my findings, that when you’ve got a trauma historical past (together with developmental trauma, shock trauma, generational trauma like being the kid of a Holocaust survivor, or the collective trauma of living a tradition filled with systemic racism or living on a planet full of individuals hell bent on making their species extinct)- and should you get innovative therapy to your trauma, you might be much less more likely to expertise extreme Covid or endure from lengthy Covid (although we don’t have science to show that but. It’s simply my scientific speculation that must be examined with our lengthy, gradual scientific technique.)

But right here’s the rub. Treating your trauma is one thing it’s important to do WAY forward of time. It might take years and it will value tens of 1000’s of {dollars} your insurance coverage gained’t doubtless pay for, so it’s not essentially the most helpful public well being recommendation should you may get Covid subsequent week.

I might also say that many vaccinated medical doctors who know that the Delta variant is breaking by the vaccines are attempting to guard themselves on the entrance traces by profiting from the very controversial and politicized (and questionably unscientific) I-MASK+ protocol for prevention and early therapy of Covid. This protocol contains the broadly controversial ivermectin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Quercitin, Zinc, Melatonin, and an antiseptic mouthwash. Rick Loftus is not advocating for the use of ivermectin, however different medical doctors I do know who work on the entrance traces and are afraid of dying are utilizing it prophylactically and treating sufferers who get Covid with the opposite protocol meant for therapy. I’m not advocating for or in opposition to medicine like ivermectin, however folks are utilizing it, with or with out good science- as a result of they’re determined.


Here’s one other rub. Even if we knew for positive that this protocol labored (we don’t), this protocol, sure healthy diets, trauma remedy, and different wellness business interventions like acupuncture or vitality therapeutic value a LOT of cash, are exhausting to entry for some folks, and can’t be simply scaled and distributed for the plenty, which is why public well being officers are specializing in masking, social distancing, vaccination, and now vaccine mandates, slightly than telling folks to be supplement-dosing yogi vegetarians on ivermectin who see a therapist as soon as every week.

Does that make sense? I’ve been focusing lots of my on-line work on platforming public well being consultants like Rick Loftus, MD, as a solution to broadcast what individuals who look on the large image of public well being need us to know and as a result of it could be an absolute violation of my scope of follow to counsel that I do know something personally about stopping Covid. I’m not a public well being physician or a entrance line Covid ER or ICU physician, and frankly, these are the one folks we needs to be listening to. Everyone else ought to simply shut up and let them educate us the right way to cooperate.

From what I perceive from folks in public well being and on the entrance traces, there is nice consensus that the first step is to get everybody with out a medical exemption vaccinated. Then as soon as we accomplish that purpose, we will begin speaking about what else you are able to do to keep away from a nasty Covid outcome- or the right way to get higher should you get lengthy Covid. Of course, we might and needs to be doing these items simultaneously- getting vaccinated and should you can afford it, inexperienced juicing and consuming vegetation whereas taking Vitamin D and C (and I’ve been doing all these issues). But I haven’t needed to distract from the one most essential factor any of us can do to keep away from a nasty Covid outcome- which is to just accept the vaccine when you’ve got entry to it.



The phrase holistic means “to be complete.” In different phrases, ALL medicines used in concord make holistic drugs. The false binary being touted within the wellness world and within the standard drugs world is completely not good drugs! That’s why I name it Whole Health Medicine and prepare well being care suppliers to follow it within the Whole Health Medicine Institute!

The drawback is that many individuals have made the error of pondering this is binary- EITHER we apply pure well being instruments to enhance our end result with Covid (whereas selling harmful and misinformed anti-vax propaganda)- OR we blindly observe solely the general public well being pointers whereas we preserve consuming crap, living a sedentary life, spinning our dysregulated nervous system as a result of we’re not treating our trauma, and doing nothing to bolster our immune methods. I’m right here to be an advocate for BOTH- should you can entry it and afford it, which a lot of you’ll be able to’t. BOTH/AND is the best way to go right here, not both/or. We want EVERY software on the planet’s drugs bag if we’re going to get by this pandemic and the local weather disaster we collectively face, so let’s use them all!

I will apologize upfront for recommending interventions that you might not have the ability to afford and that our authorities is not more likely to subsidize the best way they’ve backed the vaccine, which is free. I acknowledge that, for instance, letting you recognize that some entrance line medical doctors are utilizing the I-MASK+ protocol is assuming you will have the privilege of entry and affordability. If you’re a health care provider, you in all probability do. But should you’re a janitor in a hospital, you might not. And that’s not honest.


The drawback so many anti-vaxxers, yogis, and pure well being people have made is that they’re selling the I-MASK+ protocol and others prefer it as an alternative choice to vaccination- and it’s not. It was a much less than scientific, questionable solution to attempt to preserve folks on the entrance traces from getting Covid before we had a vaccination, and now that there’s a secure vaccine, each professional I do know agrees that vaccination is superior to this protocol and shouldn’t be used as an alternative to vaccination amongst those that can obtain it. Anyone who suggests that it’s a very good different to vaccination is in all probability attempting to promote you one thing (most certainly these dietary supplements or a e-book about why you shouldn’t belief medical science). I’ve not even talked about this protocol till now as a result of I don’t even wish to ship you to the web site the place it’s listed- as a result of a lot of that web site is populated by paranoid, conspiritualist anti-vaxxer medical doctors showing on podcasts like Joe Rogan, despite the fact that they submit a disclaimer that states, “The FLCCC Alliance is not against vaccination on the whole, and moreover, helps insurance policies resembling masks sporting and social distancing to stop the unfold of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The determination to get a vaccine needs to be made in session with your physician or medical care supplier. Our prevention protocols are designed for each those that haven’t acquired vaccines and for these that have been vaccinated, however have issues relating to declining safety in opposition to rising variants. Our therapy protocols are designed to serve these that have already contracted COVID-19. Our purpose is to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic till it is overcome, and to permit for an earlier return to each day life.” So learn the protocol should you want- and strive it your self if you’d like (I’m not utilizing it personally however I’m also not on the entrance traces)- however don’t get swept into their conspiracy theories.

Anyway, right here we are in a pickle now, as a result of these self-absorbed, traumatized, misinformed folks selling vaccine alternate options and Covid prevention routines with out also saying “Follow public well being pointers first” have interfered with public well being objectives and made a multitude for the remainder of us. I’m not a paranoid individual and I’ve by no means been inclined to purchase into most conspiracy theories as a result of I simply don’t assume anybody is that slick that they may secretly manipulate the entire world and not get busted. But I do assume we have to simply hand over on a lot of the influencers within the wellness world as a result of, in the event that they haven’t seen the error of their ways by now, most of them are not going to cooperate any time quickly. They’re doubling down and ramping up, and we have to simply unfollow them, give them area, and not permit them in our homes or our companies (and possibly not even our hospitals, as a result of why put our entrance line employees at any threat than they are when folks don’t care one bit about defending them?) These misguided people are both cultic of their abuse of energy and capacity to solid a spell on their weak audiences or they are traumatized and weak and underneath the cultic sway of poisonous narcissists like Trump, who has hoodwinked them. Cult consultants all know that you’ll be able to’t discuss somebody out of a cult. You can set superb and clear boundaries and maintain folks to account with your actions (like I had to do with my former good friend Charles Eisenstein). You can preserve your coronary heart open and let them know you’ll be right here in the event that they get up sooner or later and see how a lot hurt they’ve endured and triggered. You can keep adjoining (safely) and hope they hit all-time low sooner slightly than later so they could sooner or later strategy you, with a modicum of humility, and say, “I f’d up. Please assist me.” And in the event that they do, you will get them to a trauma therapist the minute they do, as a result of when the fact of what they’ve carried out sinks in, they’re going to be at very excessive threat of harming themselves or another person.

I’ve carried out every part I understand how to do to coach you as best I can so you’ll be able to exercise your free will option to get vaccinated or not. If you’ve refused the vaccine (which to me is the ULTIMATE mark of privilege, to refuse a Covid vaccine when folks everywhere in the world would do something to get one), then I truthfully can’t assist you and we must always in all probability simply half ways right here. But should you’re nonetheless right here and you want extra assist from somebody who I hope you’ve come to belief, it’s my intention to do what I can. So now I’m going to change gears a bit and begin sharing some issues that the privileged and vaccinated can do to influence your individual particular person well being end result, because it’s doubtless we’ll all get Covid at this point- due to the shortage of cooperation with public well being pointers. I’ll nonetheless share innovative public well being updates as I get them, however I’m also going to attempt to assist those that have cash and entry perceive what you are able to do to optimize your particular person well being and the well being of these you like, like your unvaccinated youngsters.

I simply needed to elucidate this distinction, so that you all aren’t confused or mistaking any pure well being suggestions as alternate options to vaccination, which they’re not. And should you can’t discover or afford the suggestions I would make, I’m very sorry it’s so unfair and I’m doing what I can in my non-profit work to do my half to make that well being inequity extra equitable.

As I’ve at all times stated in my messaging, I’m not within the pro-medicine or anti-medicine camp- and I by no means have been, so it makes me loopy when folks say “But you wrote Mind Over Medicine!” Yes. And I revised it final 12 months and nonetheless stand by it. But nowhere in that e-book does it say ignore medical science, keep away from medical doctors, and defy public well being pointers.

I refuse to join a camp and am saddened by how each camps have behaved this previous 12 months. If something, I hope to be the voice of no camps. I’ve criticized the well being care system, Big Pharma, and medical science advert nauseum- and these establishments also save lives. I’m a fan of trauma-informed drugs and pure well being and immune-boosting measures- and that doesn’t imply I don’t observe good science, settle for the vaccination, and see medical doctors if I must. No drugs is good, and all medicines have side results and dangers, however right now, we want even essentially the most flawed medicines.

This is a time once we want ALL the instruments in our medical software field, and that’s why I wrote Sacred Medicine for you all this 12 months through the pandemic. It gained’t be out till April 2022, however I’ll do what I can that can assist you from my secure, sheltered place in Northern California whereas all of us hunker down for what is more likely to be a brutal fall.

Healing With The Muse

I’m previewing lots of what I’ve discovered in my ten years of analysis for Sacred Medicine in our on-line group Healing With The Muse. I invite you to join us there for non-bypassing religious therapeutic, trauma therapeutic, meditation, singing, dancing, creativity with your muse, and loving, open-hearted, empathic group. Join us right here. If you respect my volunteer activism to attempt to preserve you up to date in a always altering world and should you can afford it, contemplate buying a membership (and possibly donating it to somebody who can’t afford it) to assist my volunteer efforts and assist us preserve our enterprise operating in attempting occasions.

My coronary heart is with you all. Be as well as you’ll be able to in thoughts, body, coronary heart, spirit, soul, and planetary body as we put together for an additional spherical of Pandemic Act 2.



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